Privacy

Bitcoin Cash 2019: Year in Review

</header> <strong>2019 is coming to an end and the Bitcoin Cash (<a class=”lar-automated-link” href=”https://markets.bitcoin.com/crypto/BCH” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>BCH</a>) ecosystem has matured a great deal. <a class=”lar-automated-link” href=”https://markets.bitcoin.com/crypto/BCH” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>BCH</a> has successfully upgraded twice this year, adding Schnorr signatures capabilities and most transactions on the <a class=”lar-automated-link” href=”https://markets.bitcoin.com/crypto/BCH” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>BCH</a> network are now non-malleable. Moreover, …

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Matter Labs Unveils Layer-2 Scaling Solution for Ethereum Payments

Funds move between users inside the smart contract, which is orchestrated by validators and guardians. When a contract is open, validators package transactions into blocks. Elected by guardians, validators have a near-perfect probabilistic guarantee of participating honestly with safety features such as built-in collateral (to disincentivize cheating). Users also decide when a contract closes, sending …

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Zcash Donates $40K to Canadian Private Messaging Developer

The Zcash Foundation, the firm behind privacy-centric cryptocurrency Zcash (ZEC), has donated $40,000 to a Canadian private messaging developer. The Open Privacy Research Society, a non-profit group working on Cwtch, a decentralized metadata-resistant messenger, has received 1,044 ZEC from Zcash, the organization announced on Dec. 3. As described by Open Privacy, Cwtch is a platform …

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Litecoin-Funded Grin Developer Challenges Mimblewimble’s Privacy Issue

A Grin (GRIN) developer funded by the Litecoin Foundation has suggested a solution for fixing the “Achilles heel of Mimblewimble privacy.” David Burkett, a developer at Mimblewimble’s (MW) privacy-centric coin Grin, started a thread on monthly updates detailing progress on both Grin’s development and the integration of MW’s privacy-focused technology into Litecoin (LTC). The developer …

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Hackers Mass-Scanning Web for Docker Platforms to Mine Cryptocurrencies

A group of hackers has launched a new cryptojacking campaign on Nov. 24, scanning as many as 59,000 IP networks to find Docker platforms that have API endpoints exposed online, business technology publication ZDNet reports Nov. 26. According to the report, the campaign is targeting vulnerable Docker instances in order to deploy crypto-malware to generate …

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Senate takes another stab at privacy law with proposed COPRA bill

Enlarge / Sen. Maria Cantwell during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Aug. 22, 2018. Al Drago | Bloomberg | Getty Images Perhaps the third time’s the charm: a group of Senate Democrats, following in the recent footsteps of their colleagues in both chambers, has introduced a bill that would impose sweeping reforms to the …

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Pennsylvania court rules suspect can’t be forced to provide his password

Sponsored Links RayaHristova via Getty Images Law enforcment might soon have a harder time forcing suspects to unlock their devices. Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court has ruled that authorities were asking Joseph J. Davis, the accused in a child pornography case, to violate his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination when they asked him to provide the password …

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Facebook built a facial recognition app that identified employees

Sponsored Links Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Facebook’s stance on facial recognition has changed as of late, but its past enthusiasm for the technology may have been stronger than previously thought. Business Insider has learned (subscription required) that Facebook developed an internal mobile app between 2015 and 2016 that used facial recognition to identify …

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Human Rights Foundation: Stablecoin Privacy Is ‘Extremely Lackluster’

The non-profit Human Rights Foundation (HRF) has analyzed the censorship and privacy landscape of stablecoins in a report published on Nov. 20. For privacy coins that are not stablecoins, the largest single-week losses so far this year have ranged between 24% and 34%, the HRF notes; a fact that bolsters the attractiveness of stable-value crypto …

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Researcher Breaks Mimblewimble, Deanonymizing 96% of Grin Transactions

<header class=”article__header”> </header> <strong>The Mimblewimble privacy technology used by cryptocurrencies such as Beam and Grin is broken. That’s the claim of researcher Ivan Bogatyy who has published a report documenting his findings. In it, he reveals how he was able to deanonymize 96% of all Grin transactions just by running a node at a cost …

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