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Norwegian Kidnappers Demand Ransom of $10 Million in Monero

Kidnappers in Norway are holding a woman hostage as they seek a ransom of $9 million Euros, which is approximately $10 million US Dollars, worth of the privacy-centric cryptocurrency Monero (XMR) in exchange for her release. The woman, Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen, is the wife of Tom Hagen, who is one of the wealthiest men in Norway. Mr. Hagen owns the ... Read More »

Department of Homeland Security Seeks to Develop Tools to Track Privacy Coins Like Monero & Zcash

According to a pre-solicitation notice posted on the United States government’s Federal Business Opportunities web site by the Department of Homeland Security, the federal law enforcement agency is seeking contractors to help them develop tools to enable them to conduct surveillance on privacy coin transactions. The pre-solicitation notice specifically mentions the privacy-centric cryptocurrencies Monero and Zcash. Agencies of the United ... Read More »

Monero Becomes First Major Cryptocurrency to Adopt Bulletproofs

Monero (XMR), one of the world’s leading privacy-centric cryptocurrencies, has recently adopted a new technology known as “bulletproofs”, becoming the first major cryptocurrency to adopt the technology. The adoption of bulletproofs by Monero has made the coin much more efficient, and helped enhance security and user privacy. Bulletproofs are a new kind of non-interactive zero knowledge proof protocol. This new ... Read More »

Monero Vs Zcash: The Duel for Both Privacy and Anonymity

Bitcoin has in the recent past been the preferred medium of exchange on the dark web. However, many cryptocurrencies have popped up for users to choose what is best and that which suits their needs and the nature of their transactions. Bitcoin provided higher anonymity than the fiat currencies and now other crypto coins provide much higher anonymity than it. ... Read More »

Monero Hard Fork To Deter ASIC Mining and Increase Privacy

The privacy-centric cryptocurrency Monero has had another hard fork, and the new updated version is designed to prevent Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) mining and to increase privacy. Monero regularly hard forks about twice every year, some people have called these regular hard forks network upgrades. The latest upgrade happened on Friday April 6th at block number 154600. However, just before ... Read More »

Europol: Monero, Zcash & Dash Hamper Our Work

As crime connected to digital currency takes an undeniably high profile, cryptocurrency experts are battling with the cryptography behind a couple of the digital coins available. Over the past couple of years, the criminal abuse of cryptocurrencies has generally implied Bitcoin, thus, the criminal abuse of which has developed in parallel with its general acceptance and legitimate use. It is ... Read More »

Monero Fork MoneroV Could Harm User Privacy

A hard fork of the privacy-centric cryptocurrency Monero (XMR) could essentially be a trap to erode the privacy of Monero users. The hard fork of Monero, called MoneroV (XMV), is set to split from the Monero blockchain just a couple of weeks into the month of March. Users of the original Monero will receive the 10 times the balance they ... Read More »

Leak Shows US Army and NSA Compromised Tor, I2P, VPNs and Wants to Track Monero

A photograph showing an alleged leaked Army document revealing a joint project to track anonymous cryptocurrencies seems to have come from a somewhat unlikely place. The photograph reveals some interesting things, one of which is the revelation that the National Security Agency (NSA) is conducting a joint project with the US Army’s Cyber Protection Team (CPT) from the Cyber Protection ... Read More »

How to Anonymize your Bitcoin with Monero

When it comes to keeping your OPSEC on point you need to make sure you are keeping all your coins anonymous. ‘Dirty coins’ are crypto coins that have strong links to illegal activity – you don’t want this. Basically, to stay safe, you will want to clean your coins (probably Bitcoin). When one thinks of cleaning their Bitcoin the first ... Read More »

NSA Exploits Used to Create Monero Mining Malware

A pair of exploits used by the NSA, which had been leaked online earlier this year by the hacker group known as the Shadow Brokers, is now causing havoc by aiding a group that is using the exploits to install malware which runs Monero mining software on infected computers. Cybersecurity experts from F5 Networks have discovered an attacker who is ... Read More »

New JavaScript Monero Miner Released as More Sites Begin to Mine Coins

A new JavaScript Monero miner project called Crypto-Loot was launched recently. This new JavaScript Monero miner is a competitor to Coinhive, a mining service which originated from a German image board. These cryptocurrency miners run inside of web browsers when a user navigates to a page which loads and runs the mining script. Some websites have deployed these Monero miners ... Read More »

Monero Considers Implementing zk-STARKs

Monero is one of the most privacy-centric cryptocurrency currently being used, and its developers are continually researching ways to make the cryptocurrency even more private and secure. Originally launched in April 2014 as BitMonero, the project quickly shortened the name simply to Monero, which means Coin in Esperanto. Monero is based on the CryptoNote protocol and uses ring signatures for ... Read More »

Adblocker Extension for Chrome Hid Monero Miner

An adblock extension for Google Chrome was discovered to contain a JavaScript Monero miner within it. The Chrome extension, known as SafeBrowse, was meant to help users block advertising scripts which force users to wait and look at, or click on, an advertisement before proceeding to a page. These advertisements are often hosted by Adfly or Linkbucks. SafeBrowse has become ... Read More »

The Pirate Bay May Be Ditching Ads in Favor of JavaScript Monero Mining

One of the world’s largest torrent sites is testing a new way to generate revenue that doesn’t include advertisements. On certain pages accessed on The Pirate Bay, such as search results and categories, the JavaScript for a Monero miner loads silently in the background and uses the site visitor’s spare CPU cycles. The mining script used by The Pirate Bay ... Read More »

DHS Says Darknet Criminals Are Switching From Bitcoin to Monero

The United States federal government continues to view the privacy-centric cryptocurrency Monero (XMR) as a potential tool for cybercriminals. An agent with the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) told CNBC recently that cybercriminals are “looking more closely at other currencies like Monero and Ethereum.” Earlier this year an FBI agent with the bureau’s Cyber Division told reporters at ... Read More »