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Public Thinks Bitcoin is Mainly for Darknet Use, Study Shows

YouGov, an international market research company, conducted a study on Bitcoin and Ethereum. The findings, the company said, in spite of the growing popularity of both currencies, indicated several findings that some may find surprising. YouGov researches nearly everything. “Domino’s trails behind rival Pizza Hut in quality perception,” one of the company’s tweets reads. Another tweet points out that “53% ... Read More »

How Did BTC-E (Allegedly) Process 95% of Bitcoin Ransom Payments

  BTC-E, the oldest bitcoin exchange in the bitcoin industry, was officially taken down and seized by six U.S. law enforcement agencies last week for its involvement in the theft of $2.21 billion from now-defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox and Bitcoinica. Alexander Vinnick, the founder of BTC-E, was arrested in Greece and charged for laundering over $4 billion in bitcoin ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, August 13, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Goldman Sachs states cryptocurrencies are getting harder to ignore According to Business Insider, Goldman Sachs analyst Robert D. Boroujerdi and his team sent a note to portfolio managers, stating that with a market cap of nearly $120 billion, it’s getting harder for institutional investors to ignore cryptocurrencies. Robert and ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, August 6, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: The Bitcoin network split, and Bitcoin Cash (BCC) is now the fourth cryptocurrency by market cap On August 1, Bitcoin Cash (BCC) or Bcash (BCH) was created as a group of miners “forked” from the main Bitcoin blockchain, essentially running a new, incompatible software that changed the way the ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, July 30, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: A BTC-e operator was arrested, accused of laundering $4 billion, there may be a connection to the Mt Gox hack Various reports indicate that a 38-year-old Russian man recently arrested in Greece for money laundering was an operator at popular cryptocurrency exchange BTC-e. The man, Alexander Vinnik, is accused ... Read More »

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Bitcoin price Analysis 28 July 2017

Bitcoin’s Civil War is not yet over. These past 2 weeks, the price of Bitcoin was in limbo, trapped between breaking higher or breaking down to lower levels. An impending blockchain hardfork on August 1 is perhaps responsible for the tension that could send prices lower. But there is also the overarching bullish trend from late 2016 that is set ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, July 22, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: BIP 91 has locked in with 84.7% support, but Bitcoin isn’t scaled yet Bitcoin’s scaling debate may finally be over, as Bitcoin Improvement Proposal (BIP) 91 has locked in with 84.7% support from miners who signaled for the proposal during 269 blocks, according to data from Coin.Dance. This allows ... Read More »

Analyzing Bitcoin Mining Botnets (Minerbots) – How Can We Shield Our Systems Against Minerbots?

Botnets have recently become one of the most serious forms of malicious tools used by cybercriminals to launch a myriad of attacks not only on individuals, but also on servers belonging to large organizations. Botnets can be used to perform a variety of malicious attacks including DDoS attacks, email spamming, phishing of private data, identity theft, bitcoin mining and others. ... Read More »

The 33-year-old suspect is facing 68 charges relating to the crimes he allegedly committed on the dark web forum.

Arizona Doctor Charged with Selling Bitcoin Without a License

A neurologist from Pheonix, Arizona has been indicted by a grand jury with operating an unlicensed money transmitting business. Dr. Peter Steinmetz was charged by the Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) with violating the Banking Secrecy Act. FinCEN claims that Dr. Steinmetz and co-defendant Thomas Mario Costanzo “enabled their customers to exchange cash for ‘virtual currencies’ charging ... Read More »

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Bitcoin price analysis 19th July

Bitcoin is in Trouble This week Bitcoin’s internal wrangles, that have intensified over the past 4 months, dragged down prices to below the $2000 price level. Within hours, price painted a red candles spiralling down under the weight of the bitcoin scaling deadlock. The fast approaching August deadlines, that threaten to split bitcoin into 3 or more chains, turned into ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, July 16, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Darknet market AlphaBay shut down by authorities; alleged admin found dead in Bangkok Reports suggest AlphaBay disappeared alongside unfolding raids in Canada, Thailand, and the United States. When the raids were first reported a spokesperson stated that a suspect had been arrested in Thailand, and now it is known ... Read More »

Comparing the Security of Bitcoin to That of Common Online Payment Systems

Today’s technology offers us numerous online payment systems which enable us to easily execute financial transactions from almost any spot on the globe, in real time, using any device with internet access. Nevertheless, on the world wide web, there are multiple threat agents, malicious activities, and vulnerabilities, as well as the existence of security exploits; all of which are revealed ... Read More »

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Bitcoin Price Analysis 12 July 2017

Will Bitcoin Tear Itself Apart? This week, the Bitcoin market sentiment seemed to suddenly turn from bullish to bearish overnight. Alternative cryptocurrency markets also turned bearish, as the sharp decline of bitcoin dragged everything down with it. Ethereum dropped 40% from $280 to a low $198 as at writing this. Bitcoin market dominance, a metric that tracks the market capitalization ... Read More »

Bitcoin news roundup, July 9, 2017

This week’s summary of various cryptocurrency news and developments: New developments: Darknet market AlphaBay down for over +90 hours AlphaBay, one of the most popular darknet markets out there, has been down since Tuesday night. The online marketplace’s moderators, after over a day, informed users on Reddit that servers were being updated and that the marketplace would soon be back ... Read More »