Crypto exchange platforms Coinbase and Bitfinex both announced yesterday, Feb. 20, that they are now ready to implement the Segregated Witness (SegWit) scalability upgrade for Bitcoin (BTC).Coinbase tweeted the announcement that it has finished the final testing stages of SegWit for Bitcoin on the platform and is...
Cloud security intelligence (CSI) firm RedLock has exposed a new case of cryptojacking targeting Tesla’s Amazon Web Service’s (AWS) software container, the RedLock blog reported yesterday, Feb. 20.Hackers accessed Tesla’s AWS access credentials by penetrating a non-password protected Kubernetes software container. The hackers then used the Kubernetes...
Even as Russia stands accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, its national capital is taking a leadership role in making democracy more transparent. Using an existing program called Active Citizen, the city of Moscow has been allowing residents to cast votes for measures ranging from the...
Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro is claiming that the country has raised $735 million in the first day of a sale for its controversial "petro" cryptocurrency. Announced late Tuesday night, Maduro offered no evidence to back up the claim, though the messaging notably came directly from Maduro's official Twitter account. A grandes...
The government of Venezuela published several guides Tuesday in support of the presale for its "petro" cryptocurrency. Announcing the oil-backed token as a form of legal tender that can be used to pay taxes, fees and other public needs, the Venezuelan government outlined its plans and expectations for the...
RMIT, an Australian public research university, has launched Australia’s first university Blockchain course, according to Business Insider Australia.The 8-week course, entitled “Developing Blockchain Strategy”, was designed by RMIT’s Blockchain Innovation Hub and partners with consulting firm Accenture and fintech hub Stone & Chalk. The online course description...
A red-hot ethereum game is off the market, collapsing Tuesday in a complex tale involving crypto-economics, community backlash, and finally, a sudden takeover. Launched just earlier this month, Crypto-All Stars was an instant hit, with over $2 million in ether passing between users, according to data from dappradar.com. Like...
Last  Monday, Feb. 12 Chief Fintech Officer of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) Sopnendu Mohanty mocked the excessive speculatory activity that is “perhaps negatively impacting the whole experimentation of cryptocurrency.” He nevertheless confirmed his dedication to the Singapore central bank’s Blockchain project — “Ubin.” In Mohanty...
Investors need more control over ICOs At least, that's according to ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin. One of the early thinkers to shape the crypto funding mechanism concept, he hasn't quite put the idea aside, last month proposing it could be combined with a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) to best...
The Israeli Tax Authority (ITA) confirmed yesterday, Feb. 19, in a professional circular that the country will tax cryptocurrencies as property.The tax authority had released a draft of today’s circular on Jan. 12, which referred to virtual currencies as “unit used for barter can be used...