A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources. This week, a round-up of crypto-currency articles
We are calling this the BitCoin edition because most people are familiar with BitCoin. But we are also stalking stories about other crypto-currencies like Monero or Etherium, and a host of blockchain startups.
Researchers have discovered a way of identifying those who bought or sold goods on the dark web, by forensically connecting them to Bitcoin transactions. Or see the report When A Small Leak Sinks A Great Ship
Cryptocoin startup Prodeum exit-scammed its investors out of millions of dollars, leaving just one thing behind on its website.
After using a server at the Federal Reserve to mine virtual currency, planting remote-access software so he could keep an eye on the workings from the comfort of home, and then trying (unsuccessfully) to cover his tracks by remotely deleting the software, a communications analyst for the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors in Washington wound up getting fired.
KrebsOnSecurity heard from a reader whose friend recently received a remarkably customized extortion letter via snail mail that threatened to tell the recipient’s wife about his supposed extramarital affairs unless he paid $3,600 in bitcoin.
On Tuesday morning, January 23, three armed men entered the office of an Ottawa Bitcoin exchange, Canadian Bitcoins, where they tied up four employees and demanded Bitcoins.
Coinbase and Overstock.com just fixed a serious glitch that allowed Overstock customers to buy any item at a tiny fraction of the listed price. Potentially more punishing, the flaw let anyone paying with bitcoin reap many times the authorized bitcoin refund amount on any canceled Overstock orders.
Recent visitors to a Buenos Aires Starbucks didn’t actually have a choice: instead, a 10-second delay was foisted on them when they connected to the coffee shop’s “free” Wi-Fi, as their laptops’ power secretly went to mine cryptocoins (of which the Starbucks customers received nary one slim dime, of course).
Japanese cryptocoin exchange Coincheck has been hacked out of 523 million NEM coins, worth about a dollar each.
Phishers are using the hot topic of cryptocurrency as a means to an end in cybercrime, not merely as the end itself…
According to reports, buying crypto-currency will be that little bit harder from today.