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Anonymous Bitcoin miners are taking over the network

The world’s most popular cryptocurrency is a now a little bit more decentralized, thanks to the waning influence of Bitmain and the return of the anonymous Bitcoin miner. Blockchain research unit Diar has published new data revealing exactly who has been validating the Bitcoin network. Analysts determined that mining pools either owned by or heavily tied to Bitmain (Antpool, BTC.com, and ViaBTC) are now validating far less Bitcoin blocks than this time last year. In fact, it is “unknown” anonymo...
Tags: Startups, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Bitmain, Hard Fork, Diar


Long-serving cryptocurrency exchange forced offline, hackers blamed

One of the internet’s longest serving digital asset exchanges, Cryptopia, claims to have been hit by a debilitating hack. After a full day of unscheduled maintenance outages, the NZ-based cryptocurrency exchange posted an official statement, explaining it had suffered “a security breach which resulted in significant losses.” According to Cryptopia, both New Zealand police and its high tech crimes unit are jointly investigating the matter, which they are treating “as a major crime.” pic.twitter.c...
Tags: Startups, New Zealand, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Nz, Hard Fork, Cryptopia


Israel shipping giant opens its blockchain after successful trial

Israel‘s largest shipping firm is opening up its blockchain to all of its clients of specific trades following a successful trial. Shipping firm Zim took the decision to roll out its blockchain for electronic bills of lading (eBLs) following a successful trial last year, TradeWinds reports. For those not in the shipping biz, which I think is most of us, an eBL is a manifesto of a ship’s cargo which is given to the master or captain of the vessel as part of the ship’s legal documentation. Reports...
Tags: Startups, Israel, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Zim, Hard Fork


Bittrex launches peer-to-peer trading service for high rollers

The United States-based cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex has just launched an over-the-counter (OTC) trading desk which will see cryptocurrency traders deal directly, rather than through an exchange. The trading desk will support just under 200 cryptocurrencies, and will guarantee pricing for trades over $250,000, Coindesk reports. The OTC platform went live yesterday evening at 6pm UTC. Bittrex is not the first company to provide such a trading desk. Late last year, Coinbase quietly launched its...
Tags: Startups, United States, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Hard Fork, Bittrex


How Spain’s Iberdrola is using blockchain tech to push renewable energy

Iberdrola, one of Spain’s main energy companies, has completed a blockchain pilot to track renewable energy more accurately than it ever could before – resulting in losses being slashed in half. The trial was carried out in cooperation with Kutxabank, a bank with an equity shareholding in Iberdrola. The energy giant used the Energy Web Foundation, an open-sourced and scalable blockchain solution to monitor the renewable energy delivered from two wind farms and one power station to the bank’s off...
Tags: Startups, Spain, Blockchain, Insider, Basque Country, Iberdrola, Hard Fork, Energy Web Foundation, Cordoba Iberdrola


What to Expect in 2019: Lending & Funding

By Rieva Lesonsky Most of us small business owners start the new year with mixed emotions. We’re hopeful and optimistic about growing our businesses, yet with anxious about all the challenges we know we’ll face. To find out what lies ahead, I’ve collected a number of tips, predictions and advice from people in the know. Last week we explored general consumer, financial and economic trends, as well as what to expect in the fields of marketing, technology, retail, and HR.   From Sharon Miller, Ma...
Tags: Business, Money, Bank Of America, Fintech, Blockchain, Fundera, Jared Hecht, Kabbage, Digital Banking, Right Now, Bluevine, Fundbox, Digital Banking Report, Rieva Lesonsky, Rohit Arora, Eyal Lifshitz


HSBC leans on blockchain tech to process $250b worth of fx transactions

Global bank HSBC has processed more than 3 million foreign exchange (fx) transactions using blockchain technology.  According to a report, the transactions, completed over the past year, were worth $250bn. If previous statements are anything to go by, HSBC likely used a permissioned (aka private) blockchain to carry out the transaction. Private blockchains are typically preferred by regulated financial entities such as HSBC because they provide a workaround the fact that the anonymity of partici...
Tags: Startups, Hsbc, Blockchain, Hard Fork


HSBC leans on blockchain tech to process $250bn worth of fx transactions

Global bank HSBC has processed more than 3 million foreign exchange (fx) transactions using blockchain technology.  According to a report, the transactions, completed over the past year, were worth $250bn. If previous statements are anything to go by, HSBC likely used a permissioned (aka private) blockchain to carry out the transaction. Private blockchains are typically preferred by regulated financial entities such as HSBC because they provide a workaround the fact that the anonymity of partici...
Tags: Startups, Hsbc, Blockchain, Hard Fork


Surprise – the 3 biggest cybersecurity threats are all cryptocurrency miners

The three most prevalent threats plaguing the internet have been found to be cryptocurrency miners. In its latest analysis of the internet‘s most pressing malware hazards, cybersecurity group Check Point ranked the supposedly neutral Monero-mining script CoinHive in first place – for the thirteenth month in a row, reports ZDNet. Open-source Monero-mining software XMRig was named the second most prevalent, followed by browser-embeddable cryptocurrency miner JSECoin, known as a direct competitor o...
Tags: Startups, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Hard Fork


$950K Bitcoin ransom paid but US businessman still missing

An American businesses man is still missing even though his family have paid kidnappers a ransom of nearly $950,000 in Bitcoin. William Sean Creighton Kopko, the owner of an online gambling platform, was snatched whilst in Costa Rica during September last year, TVNZ reports. Police in Spain and Costa Rica have arrested a total of 12 individuals thought to be involved in the kidnapping of the missing American. Despite this, Costa Rican authorities say that the victim is still missing. After Kopko...
Tags: Startups, US, Spain, Cuba, Costa Rica, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, TVNZ, Kopko, Hard Fork, William Sean Creighton Kopko


Malaysia set to impose harsh new ICO and cryptocurrency laws

The Malaysian government is regulating initial coin offerings (ICOs) and cryptocurrency trading. According to a statement issued by Lim Guan Eng, the country’s Minister of Finance, launching unauthorized ICOs or participating in the exchange of digital goods could result in a 10-year jail term and a $2,4 million (RM 10 million fine). The order, which will acknowledge digital currencies and tokens as securities, will be enforced on January 15 by the Securities Commission Malaysia. In his statemen...
Tags: Startups, Finance, Malaysia, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Securities Commission, Lim Guan Eng, Ministry of Finance MoF, Hard Fork


Ryuk ransomware earns hackers $3.7M in Bitcoin over 5 months

A squad of cybersecurity firms have tracked a ransomware threat spreading across the internet known as Ryuk, which has collected over 705 BTC in just five months, estimated to be worth the equivalent of $3.7 million. Using email phishing campaigns to inject tens of thousands of victims with a banking Trojan called TrickBot, ransomers later hand-picked infected machines believed to be owned by large companies or government organizations on which to deploy Ryuk, ZDNet reports. Once the high-profil...
Tags: Startups, Bitcoin, Btc, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Ryuk, Hard Fork, Ryuk ZDNet


Moonday Mornings: Ethereum Classic hackers return $100K worth of stolen funds

It’s another Monday and that means we have another Moonday Mornings for you. Here’s what you need to catch up on from over the weekend. 1. Nine cryptocurrency mining firms have decided to band together and sue a Washington State utility company after it raised electricity costs. The lawsuit claims the energy supplier operated inappropriately when it created a new rate to raise electricity costs, Bitcoin.com reports. The energy provider, Grant PUD, said the new rate is designed to reduce risk and...
Tags: Startups, Washington State, Marshall Islands, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Grant PUD, Hard Fork


Hybrid Cloud, IoT, Blockchain, AI/ML, Containers, and DevOps… Oh My!

When it rains it pours. It seems regarding Enterprise IT technology innovation,  it is common for multiple game-changing innovations to hit the street simultaneously. Yet, if ever the analogy of painting the car while its traveling down the highway is suitable, it’s this time. Certainly, you can take a wait and see approach with regard to adoption, but given the association of these innovations toward greater business agility, you’d run the risk of falling behind your competitors. Let’s take...
Tags: Technology, Blog, Seo, Innovation, Iot, Containers, Devops, Blockchain, Hybrid Cloud, AI/ML, Blockchain AI ML Containers


NASA looks to secure flight data with blockchain tech

NASA is exploring potential use-cases for blockchain technology in a bid to safeguard the privacy and security of aircraft flight data. A research paper, published by aero-computer engineer Ronald Reisman this week, explored the viability of a blockchain network and smart contracts to overcome the aforementioned security issues. Current radar-based air traffic service providers may be able to preserve privacy for military and corporate operations by preventing the public release of information p...
Tags: Startups, US, Nasa, United States, Blockchain, Hard Fork, Ronald Reisman


A super simple guide to using cryptocurrency anonymously

Welcome to Hard Fork Basics, a collection of tips, tricks, guides, and advice to keep you up to date in the cryptocurrency and blockchain world. Cryptocurrency and anonymity is becoming an ever more contentious issue. As enthusiasts push for broader adoption of digital assets it pushes governments, banks, and lawmakers to implement know-your-customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) regulations. While KYC and AML are implemented in the best interest of protecting users of cryptocurrency pla...
Tags: Startups, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, AML, KYC, Hard Fork, Hard Fork Basics


Funding Friday: Pigzbe

A friend sent me this Kickstarter project earlier this week. I took a look and thought “wow, that’s so great. a digital piggybank for kids with its own cryptocurrency, a mobile app, and educational games teaching them to earn and save.” I backed it this morning and though I don’t normally take the rewards on Kickstarter, I did this time. I can’t wait to give this to a kid when I get it this summer.
Tags: Games, Trends, Crypto, Blockchain, Hacking Education


Blockchain startup Zwoop collapses following cancellation of ICO

VC-backed cryptocurrency startup Zwoop has gone into administration. According to an exclusive report by The Telegraph’s James Cook, the company’s board of directors filed for administration at the end of November last year. As a result, employees and suppliers from all over the world have been left with unpaid wages and bills, according to sources. Zwoop, founded by Italian entrepreneur Alessandro Gadotti, raised $13 million from Robert Friedland, an American-Canadian billionaire and mining tyc...
Tags: Startups, Telegraph, Blockchain, James Cook, Friedland, Robert Friedland, Hard Fork, Zwoop, Alessandro Gadotti, Ivanhoe Capital Corporation


New blockchain center opens in New York amid cryptocurrency market woes

The city of New York has a new blockchain center. Opened by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) as part of a partnership with FuturePerfect Labs (an affiliate of FuturePerfect Ventures) and GBBC Labs (a subsidiary of the Global Blockchain Business Council), the new facility is expected to play a significant role in developing the city’s blockchain ecosystem. The center, located in the city’s Chelsea district, will seek to provide entrepreneurs and innovators with business...
Tags: Startups, New York, Chelsea, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Hard Fork, Global Blockchain Business Council, FuturePerfect Ventures, GBBC Labs


Pablo Escobar’s estate launches cryptocurrency to impeach Trump

The brother of late drug kingpin Pablo Escobar is launching a new cryptocurrency in a bid to boot US President Donald Trump from office. Less than a day after having a $50 million crowdfunding campaign for its Impeach Trump Fund pulled by GoFundMe, Escobar Inc. is running an initial coin offering (ICO) for a stablecoin pegged to the US dollar, aptly named ESCOBAR. The move is primarily to ensure that no centralized platforms are able to further censor the fundraising efforts of the Escobar estat...
Tags: Startups, US, Donald Trump, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Trump, Escobar, Pablo Escobar, Hard Fork, GoFundMe Escobar Inc


China is forcing blockchain devs to dox users, censor content

The Chinese government is forcing blockchain companies to censor content, store users’ identity data, and share it with authorities in a bid to support “orderly development.” As part of a new registration system, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) will require users of blockchain platforms to submit their real names, national IDs, and even telephone numbers, Reuters reports. The CAC will begin imposing the rules next month. Any blockchain company found not to be recording the identitie...
Tags: Startups, China, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Reuters, Cyberspace Administration of China CAC, Hard Fork


Cryptocurrency analysts predict the end of the Bitcoin bear market

Blockchain investigators have employed a neat method for analyzing Bitcoin activity to determine at what point long-term holders typically yield and sell their Bitcoin. Delphi Digital, an independent research boutique specializing in the digital asset market, has studied Bitcoin transaction data and market prices, calculating that Bitcoin investors are (for the most part) done with their selling. This indicates the start of an accumulation phase that might replicate cycles from way back in 2014,...
Tags: Startups, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Hard Fork, Bitcoin Delphi Digital


The Hinman Test

For most companies and projects in the crypto sector, a big issue has been how to design their token and how to get it in the hands of users, validators/miners, and investors. As Joel explained in this post, you need all three stakeholders to create a well functioning crypto-token. There is the Bitcoin approach, which is to allow anyone to mine the protocol and earn tokens. There is the Ethereum approach, which is to do a pre-sale. And there are many other approaches. The last time I looked ther...
Tags: US, Trends, Bitcoin, Crypto, SEC, Ethereum, Blockchain, Joel, Hinman, William Hinman, Blockchain Association, Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit, SEC 's Division of Corporation Finance


South Korean government gives tax break to blockchain trailblazers

The South Korean government is giving the blockchain industry a tax break in a bid to help foster innovation in decentralized technologies. The Ministry of Strategy and Finance has announced that blockchain will be included in its amendments to 2018 tax law, which sees companies receive benefits for innovating with certain technologies, reports The News Asia. This means companies developing blockchain technologies will be able to deduct some of the tax from their research and development (R&D) s...
Tags: Startups, Asia, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Ministry of Strategy and Finance, Hard Fork


Report: GitHub hosts the most cryptocurrency mining malware of any site

It’s no secret cryptojackers prefer Monero, but now researchers have determined exactly how much they have gained with illicit cryptocurrency mining malware. In a new study, academics from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and King’s College London calculated that crypto-mining malware has generated roughly 720,000 XMR – or 4.32 percent – of Monero‘s currently circulating supply, reports CoinDesk. While the exact amount of generated revenue depends on when the criminals cash-out their earnings, t...
Tags: Startups, London, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, King 's College, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Monero, Hard Fork


Just because you can earn cryptocurrency for squatting doesn’t mean you should

It’s barely the middle of January and we’ve got our first “why did they invent that” cryptocurrency token project of the year, “Squat for Crypto.” Hearing the words “squat for crypto,” the first image that popped into my head was a bunch of hooded coders with pixelated faces doing their thing in illicitly acquired accommodation. That’s usually the case, right? As it tuns out, it’s not that type of squatting. Announced on Product Hunt this morning, Lympo Squat, is a fitness app that uses your sma...
Tags: Startups, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Hard Fork, Lympo Squat


Crypto mining giant Bitmain is reportedly getting a new CEO as its IPO plan stalls

Bitmain, the Chinese crypto miner maker, looks like it has reached an interesting point in its pathway to going public. There’s been little heard since the company filed to go public in Hong Kong in September, but now it appears that a new CEO has been hired and its two founders are leaving. That’s according to a report from SCMP which — citing two sources — said Wang Haichao, Bitmain’s director of product engineering, has assumed CEO duties following a transition that began in December. Foun...
Tags: Asia, Hong Kong, Money, Finance, China, Ipo, Tech, Ceo, Author, Economy, Bitcoin, Mining, Cryptocurrencies, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Digital Currencies


What to Expect in 2019: Technology Trends

By Rieva Lesonsky Most of us small business owners start the new year with mixed emotions. We’re hopeful and optimistic about growing our businesses, yet with anxious about all the challenges we know we’ll face. To find out what lies ahead, I’ve collected a number of tips, predictions and advice from people in the know. We’ll be exploring general consumer, financial and economic trends, as well as what to expect in the fields of marketing, technology, retail, HR and money. We also have contribut...
Tags: Business, Technology, Gartner, Bill, Blockchain, Manta, Right Now, NTT, Centurylink, NTT Group, Global Marketing, Hot Topics, Rieva Lesonsky, Mimecast, Insureon, Capterra


Investors poured a record £200M into UK cryptocurrency startups in 2018

Funding into cryptocurrency and blockchain startups in the UK reached a new record last year. According to data published by Pitchbook and London & Partners, companies in the space raised more than £200m from venture capital investors. Big rounds included the £61M raised by blockchain software firm Bitfury and a Series A closed by London-based TradeIX. In stark contrast, startups in the sector only received £19.11M in 2017 and £51.96M in 2016. Overall, London’s technology companies represented a...
Tags: Startups, UK, London, Artificial Intelligence, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Bitfury, PitchBook, London Partners, Hard Fork


A top investor at Barry Silbert's bitcoin investment firm shares his top crypto trends for 2019

While crypto tanked in 2018, investors are still pouring billions into the space. Blockchain and crypto-related firms raised $3.9 billion as of October 2018. Travis Scher, who heads the investment arm at Digital Currency Group, shared his outlook on the crypto space with Business Insider.  Scher says the areas worth watching in 2018 include the rise of crypto infrastructure for institutional investors, blockchain-based games, and non-fungible tokens.  The cryptocurrency market kicked off the...
Tags: Trends, Bloomberg, Bitcoin, Crypto, New York Stock Exchange, Coinbase, Blockchain, Barry Silbert, Digital Currency Group, Kraken, Intercontinental Exchange, DCG, Scher, Omniex, Digital Currency Group DCG, Digital Assets Data



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