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Governor: Colorado Startups Have Raised $50M in Venture Capital

Colorado Governor Jared Polis sat down with CoinDesk at ETHDenver, the third edition of the ethereum hackathon in the Mile High City. A digital native noted for launching multiple internet enterprises, Polis led the charge for bitcoin and other digital assets in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2009 to 2019. “Colorado is the center …

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US government goes all in to expose new malware used by North Korean hackers

Enlarge Jung Yeon-Je/Getty Images The US Pentagon, the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security on Friday exposed a North Korean hacking operation and provided technical details for seven pieces of malware used in the campaign. The US Cyber National Mission Force, an arm of the Pentagon’s US Cyber Command, said on Twitter that the …

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Huawei fires back, points to US’ history of spying on phone networks

Enlarge / Huawei sign displayed at CES 2020 in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Getty Images | Bloomberg Chinese vendor Huawei has provided a longer response to US allegations of spying, claiming that it doesn’t have the spying capability alleged by the US and pointing out that the US itself has a long …

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US says it can prove Huawei has backdoor access to mobile-phone networks

Enlarge Huawei US officials say they have evidence that Huawei has backdoor access to mobile-phone networks around the world, according to a Wall Street Journal article published today. “We have evidence that Huawei has the capability secretly to access sensitive and personal information in systems it maintains and sells around the world,” US National Security …

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Registrars raise alarm over proposal for big .com fee hikes

Enlarge onurdongel / Getty Images Last week, ICANN announced that Verisign, the private company that administers the .com domain, will be allowed to raise prices by more than 70 percent over the next decade. Domain registrars—companies that help the public register domains and must pass along these escalating fees—aren’t happy about it. “ICANN and Verisign …

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Brussels Asks Europeans How to Regulate Bitcoin, Public Consultation Continues Into March

</header> <strong>The European Commission is gathering feedback from EU citizens, businesses, regulators and other interested parties to establish a regulatory framework for crypto assets and markets on a European level. The public consultation which started in December will continue until March 19, 2020, with the finalized proposal expected in the third quarter. </strong> Also read: …

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Technology glitches prevent same-night release of Iowa caucus results

Enlarge / Voters hold up presidential preference cards during the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucus at the Southridge Mall in Des Moines. Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images The Iowa caucuses are the first official event of the 2020 race for the Democratic nomination. Traditionally, results from the Iowa caucuses start being released shortly after the meetings wrap …

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New ransomware doesn’t just encrypt data. It also meddles with critical infrastructure

Enlarge An Energy Company / Flickr Over the past five years, ransomware has emerged as a vexing menace that has shut down factories, hospitals, and local municipalities and school districts around the world. In recent months, researchers have caught ransomware doing something that’s potentially more sinister: intentionally tampering with industrial control systems that dams, electric …

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West Virginia poised to allow smartphone voting for disabled voters

Enlarge Ezra Bailey / Getty Images West Virginia’s legislature last week passed legislation allowing disabled voters to cast votes by smartphone, sending the bill to the desk of Governor Jim Justice. Justice is expected to sign the legislation, according to NBC. It’s a decision that alarms many computer security experts, who say that the Internet …

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Telecom pioneer and convicted fraudster Bernard Ebbers has died

Enlarge / Bernard Ebbers after his conviction in 2005. Adam Rountree/Bloomberg via Getty Images Bernard Ebbers, the man who built Worldcom into a telecom giant before it collapsed into bankruptcy, has died at the age of 78. Ebbers was released from prison in December after serving 13 years for fraud and conspiracy charges related to …

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