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US claims cyber strike on Iran after attack on Saudi oil facility

Enlarge / Saudi defence ministry spokesman Colonel Turki bin Saleh al-Malki displays pieces of what he said were Iranian cruise missiles and drones recovered from the attack site that targeted Saudi Aramco’s facilities, during a press conference in Riyadh on September 18, 2019. US officials have now said that the US responded with a cyber …

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Turkey Throws Another Wrench Into the USD’s Works and Joins Russian Swift

</header> <strong>The dominance of the U.S. dollar as the global reserve currency is being robustly challenged on all fronts. Other geopolitical powers and smaller but important players are unwilling to accept the political influence Washington exerts through its fiat money. And in times of trade wars, sanctions, and even tensions between allies, the push to …

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Iranian Bitcoiners Risk Fines, Jail Time as Government Regulates Mining

The Iranian government has been cracking down on cryptocurrency mining operations over the past three months, pending new legislation for formal mining licenses. Since authorities have not officially approved a mining license process, several sources told CoinDesk that bitcoin miners are now operating in a climate of perpetual fear. In rare cases, they can be …

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Iran Is Being Targeted for Economic Independence, Not Terrorism

</header> <strong>New, unprecedented economic sanctions have been imposed on Iran’s central bank after blame for a September 14 oil field attack was pinned on the nation by U.S. leaders. The sanctions blacklist the Iranian central bank and sovereign wealth fund, further severing the country’s already tenuous ties to the global market. With soldiers and weapons …

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Missiles and drones that hit Saudi oil fields: Made in Iran, but fired by whom?

Enlarge / Smoke billows from Saudi Aramco’s oil processing plants in Abqaiq and Khurais, Saudi Arabia, after attacks on September 14—attacks that used drones and possibly cruise missiles built in Iran. Orbital Horizon/Copernicus Sentinel Data 2019/Gallo Images via Getty Images The US government has stopped short of officially blaming Iran for launching drones and cruise …

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18 months after indictment, Iranian phishers are still targeting universities

Enlarge Aurich Lawson / Getty In March 2018, nine Iranians were criminally charged for their involvement with the Mabna Institute, a company federal prosecutors said was created in 2013 for the express purpose of using coordinated cyber intrusions to steal terabytes of academic data from universities, academic journal publishers, tech companies, and government organizations. Almost …

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NYU report lists likely social media disinformation tactics for 2020

Sponsored Links Karl Tapales via Getty Images The 2020 US presidential election will serve as the ultimate test for social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to prove they can combat fake news. But could they be fighting the last war? A report released by NYU’s Stern Center for Business and Human Rights argues that …

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Reformed BTC Maximalist Erik Finman Proves the Value of Unschooling

</header> <strong>A 12-year-old, future unschooling advocate at an Occupy Wall Street protest learns about Bitcoin while running from the cops. He invests. Later, the independent Erik Finman will become the supposed “world’s youngest bitcoin millionaire” at age 18. That’s not where the story ends, though. The high school dropout has since gone on to launch …

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GitHub and Slack Bans Are Hurting Iranian Bitcoin Businesses

Iranian bitcoiners are showing the world what censorship resistance really looks like. Starting last weekend, Microsoft’s GitHub started identifying and banning Iranian accounts based on U.S. trade restrictions. As such, blockchain developers are hindered from participating in software projects that include private repositories or paid services for commercial ventures.  “The majority of serious crypto/blockchain projects that …

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