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“By continuing the process of inflation, governments can confiscate secretly and unobserved an important part of the wealth of their citizens.” – John Maynard Keynes, writing about the effects of a seemingly small amount of inflation every year.

Crypto Currencies

Opera 60 Reborn 3 promises to be Web3-ready with a Crypto Wallet and a Revamped VPN

Opera Software has released Opera 60.0, a major new version of its web browser dubbed Reborn 3. The ‘3’ is a partial reference to the browser’s support for Web3, the so-called decentralized “block-chain based internet of the future”. The new browser’s support for Web3 comes with a new Crypto Wallet to facilitate secure online identification and transactions. The browser’s free VPN service has also been overhauled along with a design […]

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Russians Found One Use for Bitcoin: Hacking the 2016 US Election

Your analysis of the candidates and the issues may have been partially influenced by fake news spread online by Russian hackers. To facilitate all this, the hackers used many modern tools, including Bitcoins, to fund their operation. The hackers allegedly used the funds to purchase the domains, servers, and accounts involved in obtaining and disseminating the stolen materials. You can read more about this news in an article by Gregory […]

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Introducing Wasabi, a Privacy-Enhancing Bitcoin Wallet

Wasabi is a desktop wallet developed by Adam Ficzor, the maker of HiddenWallet. However, Wasabi is more than just a rebrand of HiddenWallet. As Ficzor explained during his Building on Bitcoin talk, the wallet has been rewritten from scratch to add a variety of new features. Wasabi prevents blockchain analytics firms and other would-be snoopers from spying on your bitcoin transactions by automatically “mixing” your coins with other users’ funds […]

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Still ANOTHER Facebook Security Problem: Facebook Messenger Malware Is Targeting Crypto Currency Users

If you use Facebook and you also own crypto currencies, your user name and passwords on crypto exchanges may already be known to hackers. Trend Micro said in a blog post that the Chrome web browser’s extensions “were made over” to steal user credentials for Google, MyMonero, and Coinhive. The bottom line is that it promotes a scam that dupes users into sending ether to the attacker’s wallet and drains […]

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The Real Reason to Own Bitcoin

There are numerous advantages to owning Bitcoins, the new and somewhat controversial “crypto currency.” One of the major advantages is to increase one’s privacy. Bitcoins offer greater privacy than do financial transactions made with credit cards or checks. Of course, the most private transactions are the ones made with cash but cash seems to be rapidly disappearing these days. To be sure, Bitcoin transactions are not completely private. However, the […]

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Bitcoin Wallets are Under Siege from the ‘Large Collider’ Attack. Luckily, There is an Easy Solution.

This should be a trivial problem for anyone who is properly managing his or her Bitcoins. A group called the “Large Bitcoin Collider” claims it can smash open bitcoin wallets by using a so-called brute force attack, which directs mass amounts of computer power at individual wallets in order to guess their private keys. A “trophy list” on the home page of Collider (an apparent reference to the Hadron Collider) […]

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