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BGP Route Origin Validation (ROV): Important Step Towards Securing Internet’s Routing Infrastructure -- 20 Sep 2018 - This post is also available in: עברית (Hebrew)   The internet is essential to the exchange of all manner of information. It is not a single network, but rather is a complex grid of independent interconnected networks. The design of the internet is based on a trust relationship between these ... Read More
Major Content Delivery Network Cloudflare Introduces IPFS-Based Decentralized Content Gateway -- 18 Sep 2018 - Major U.S.-based content delivery network (CDN) CloudFlare has introduced a new decentralized content gateway via its InterPlanetary File System (IPFS), the firm announced in a blog post September 17. The announcement was made during Cloudflare Crypto Week, a week devoted to the adoption of new cryptography-powered technologies. Cloudflare’s IPFS Gateway ... Read More
Research: ICOs See Lowest Funding Level in 16 Months -- 18 Sep 2018 - Funding for Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) has seen its hardest slump in 16 months, Bloomberg reported September 10. Analysis from Autonomous Research shows that in August, startups raised $326 million, which is the smallest amount since May 2017. According to Autonomous Research, Ethereum (ETH) blockchain-based ICOs have been recognized as ... Read More
Open Heart Surgery: Inside Ethereum’s Crucial Replacement of the EVM with eWASM -- 17 Sep 2018 - At the heart of ethereum lies a "virtual computer". Stored across tens of thousands of nodes that make up the platform, the ethereum virtual machine, or EVM, is responsible for executing the countless tokens, dapps, DAOs and digital kittens of which the blockchain is comprised of. It's an engine on top ... Read More
Chinese Holding Firm to Convert US Defense Department Data Center Into Crypto Mining Farm -- 14 Sep 2018 - Chinese holding company Wuhan General Group (China), Inc. has entered negotiations to transform a U.S. Defense Department facility into a crypto mining farm, according to a press release published September 11. Per the press release, in case of a successful outcome to the negotiation, the company will receive the first ... Read More
Bitewei’s “Whatsminer M10”: Game-Changer In Bitcoin ASIC Mining? -- 14 Sep 2018 - Things haven't been easy of late for Bitmain. After CoinDesk revealed the China-based crypto mining giant was planning an initial public offering (IPO) for September, the company has faced a wave of perhaps unprecedented scrutiny. On social media, allegations emerged Bitmain was everything from insolvent to presenting a rosy outlook for ... Read More
“Linzhi” & “Project Lavasnow”: A New Line of Powerful ASIC Miners Is Coming to Ethereum -- 14 Sep 2018 - A chip designer with extensive experience in developing bitcoin mining devices is turning her sights on the ethereum protocol. Chen Min, the former chief chip maker at bitcoin mining chip developer Canaan Creative, launched a new venture to build cryptocurrency mining devices called Linzhi. The firm's first project tackles the ethhash ... Read More
Germany Seeks for Independent SWIFT System Devaluating US Dollar -- 12 Sep 2018 - Positive News for Crypto Given the aggressive sanctions policy led by the U.S., Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, is planning to introduce its independent payment system, which won’t depend on the United States anymore. Experts believe that such an initiative may significantly strengthen the positions of Bitcoin. The sanctions recently imposed ... Read More
“SPoS”: Pseudonymous Creator of Proof-of-Stake Thinks He Finally Figured It Out -- 08 Sep 2018 - "Supernode Proof-of-Stake" (SPoS) allow for "concentration of staking pools"   Known for creating the first proof-of-stake-based cryptocurrency, pseudonymous developer Sunny King is back with an idea that's sure to surprise – adding hardware. Proof-of-stake, or PoS, has been heralded as a more ecological way to come to consensus on blockchains ... Read More
Trust Patent – Network Integrity by “Blockchain Key Exchange”: Walmart Explores Blockchain for Connecting Automated Delivery Drones -- 04 Sep 2018 - Walmart's recent patent efforts have showcased how the retail giant is investigating blockchain, and a new filing points to a focus on autonomous delivery drones. The application was published on August 30, detailing a system by which "autonomous electronic devices" communicate with each other wirelessly and pass transported objects to each ... Read More
The Power of Private Blockchains Is Beginning to Show -- 03 Sep 2018 - World Bank, the IMF and UN see the longer-term advantages of fully permissionless systems once they can handle large-scale capacity   Cryptocurrency purists often dismiss private blockchains as overly expensive undertakings for projects that are better served with a traditional database. Yet these distributed ledger solutions keep being rolled out ... Read More
Will Blockchain Secure Connected Devices? -- 03 Sep 2018 - This post is also available in: עברית (Hebrew) IoT security is a substantial challenge as the use of the connected devices is becoming more and more widespread in every field. The consequences of a breach of a central repository of data collected by IoT devices could be disastrous. Compromising such ... Read More
PwC Accelerator to Train 1000 Staff in Blockchain Over 2 Years -- 31 Aug 2018 - U.K.-based multinational professional services network PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) will bolster its employees’ blockchain knowledge through a dedicated program next year, Digiday reported Thursday, August 30. Part of a coordinated push to enhance digital awareness, the company will put 1000 staff through its Digital Accelerators program, which will run for two years ... Read More
Filecoin Looks to Mid-2019 for Blockchain Storage Network Launch -- 30 Aug 2018 - Filecoin is planning to officially launch its blockchain-based data storage network sometime near the middle of next year. In a first-and-second quarter update posted on Tuesday, the Filecoin team unveiled an in-progress roadmap stretching into 2019 and beyond, with milestones including this week's release of demos for the go-filecoin protocol implementation, ... Read More
[UPDATED] October Hard Fork: Ethereum’s Next Upgrade Could Be the $29 Billion Blockchain’s Biggest Test Yet -- 30 Aug 2018 - The transition from a Proof-of-Work (PoW) consensus algorithm to PoS Hard forks are never easy. By definition, such system-wide upgrades require every software user to upgrade to new rules near-simultaneously, meaning there's coordination difficulties that need to be overcome to ensure the code continues to operate as designed. Still, in ... Read More
DFINITY raises $102M from a16z and Polychain for a decentralised ‘Internet Computer’ to rival AWS -- 30 Aug 2018 - Since blockchain technology appeared, there has been a persistent problem in its development: how to make it scale to billions of users. Bitcoin was famously never really designed for this, and today other platforms like Ethereum are also struggling. If you could crack this problem, the thinking goes, you’d end ... Read More
Global Information Security Spending To Exceed $124 Billion In 2019 -- 25 Aug 2018 - Worldwide spending on information security products and services will reach more than $114 billion in 2018, an increase of 12.4 percent from last year, according to the latest forecast from Gartner. In 2019, the market is forecast to grow 8.7 percent to $124 billion. “Security leaders are striving to help ... Read More
Online ID Control: Blockchain Platforms vs. Governments and Facebook -- 24 Aug 2018 - We're living at a time of unprecedented concern over identity. Fears abound that our personal data is being abused by distant third-parties, while this data has become more valuable to us at a time when our identities and the identity politics we base around them have become more central to ... Read More
Electronics Giant LG Focuses on Development of Blockchain, AI, IoT with Branding Strategy -- 23 Aug 2018 - LG CNS, a subsidiary of South Korean multinational conglomerate LG Corporation, has announced a plan to strengthen its enterprise offerings in seven key areas including blockchain, according to an official press release published August 22. LG CNS is planning to release new “strategic” brands for each of the seven platforms ... Read More
Can’t Be Taken Offline: A Canadian Government Body Has Built an Ethereum Blockchain Explorer -- 22 Aug 2018 - The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) announced Monday that it has built an ethereum blockchain explorer. The organization wrote in a news release that its Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) is now hosting the explorer on the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) through services provided by Bitaccess, a blockchain startup. Using IPFS, ... Read More
Side-Channel PoC Attack Lifts Private RSA Keys from Mobile Phones -- 22 Aug 2018 - Researchers launched a Proof-of-Concept attack on two Android mobile phones and an embedded system board. Researchers have developed a proof-of-concept side-channel attack that allows them to pull encryption keys from a single decryption for a modern version of OpenSSL. The attack impacts mobile devices — without physical access to the ... Read More
A Guided Tour of the Asian Dark Web -- 21 Aug 2018 - The Asian dark web is not well known. Most people just think of Russia when thinking about underground hacking forums. To gain a better understanding of Asian onion sites and black markets, researchers from IntSights embarked on a six-month long investigation and analysis. The results, published this week at Black ... Read More
Blockchain Enters ‘Trough of Disillusionment’ on Gartner’s Hype Scale -- 21 Aug 2018 - Interest in blockchain technology is waning, research firm Gartner said in its latest "Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies" report. Gartner included blockchain, along with four other emerging technologies, as one of five trends that can blur the lines between humans and machines, according to a news release on August 20. Blockchain ... Read More
Blockchain Firm to Raise $24 Billion for Electric Bus Upgrades in China -- 20 Aug 2018 - Blockchain and AI technology company Seven Stars Cloud Group has scored a $24 billion deal to help finance large-scale electric bus upgrades for China's biggest full-service operator. According to a press release published Monday, under an exclusive contract made with the National Transportation Capacity Co Ltd (NTS), Seven Stars Cloud will ... Read More
Bitcoin’s Lightning Network Is Getting Its Own Hacker Camp -- 20 Aug 2018 - You're scrolling through an online electronic store, when a new drone catches your eye. Eager to fly it for real, you enter a string of numbers to submit your payment. You're not thinking at all about how, behind the scenes, it's bitcoin that makes the impulse purchase possible. Far-fetched today? ... Read More



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