Who Let the Doge Out? The Cryptocurrency Is As Nutty and Joyful As Ever

Who Let the Doge Out? The Cryptocurrency Is As Nutty and Joyful As Ever

In any case, the influencers who dusted off silly old Dogecoin, after the joke had gotten shopworn and trading was flat, are a forerunner of the merry pranksters on Reddit who put the squeeze to hedge funds that were short-selling GameStop in January.

Signal Adds a Payments Feature—With a Privacy-Focused Cryptocurrency

Signal Adds a Payments Feature—With a Privacy-Focused Cryptocurrency

While more established privacy-focused cryptocurrencies like Zcash and Monero have been more widely used and arguably better tested, Marlinspike says Signal chose to integrate MobileCoin because it has the most seamless user experience on mobile devices, requiring little storage space on the phone and needing only seconds for transactions to be confirmed.

John McAfee Is Indicted for Altcoin Pump-and-Dumps and ICO Schemes

John McAfee Is Indicted for Altcoin Pump-and-Dumps and ICO Schemes

According to court documents, McAfee and his associates raked in a combined $13 million between the two efforts, both of which relied on using McAfee’s popular Twitter account to push niche cryptocurrencies or promote initial coin offerings without disclosing that he stood to profit, either through investment gains or promotional fees.

NFTs Boom as Collectors Shell Out to ‘Own’ Digital Art

NFTs Boom as Collectors Shell Out to ‘Own’ Digital Art

Each image was associated with a unique string of digits—a cryptocurrency “non-fungible token,” or NFT—that could be traded on the Ethereum blockchain platform as a title deed granting the holder ownership of a particular kitty.

Feds Indict North Korean Hackers for Years of Heists and Scams

Feds Indict North Korean Hackers for Years of Heists and Scams

It's no secret that North Korea's hackers have rampaged around the global internet for years, stealing hundreds of millions of dollars, extorting companies, and even carrying out vendettas against perceived enemies of the Kim Jong-Un regime.

The Zodiac Killer's Cipher Is Finally Cracked After 51 Years

The Zodiac Killer's Cipher Is Finally Cracked After 51 Years

In August 1969, following the murders of three of the five known victims, the Zodiac Killer sent three almost identical letters to three Bay Area newspapers.In November 1969, after killing the remaining two known victims, the Zodiac Killer sent a letter to The San Francisco Chronicle that included a new puzzle.

ISIS Allegedly Ran a Covid-19 PPE Scam Site

ISIS Allegedly Ran a Covid-19 PPE Scam Site

In a series of civil and criminal complaints and forfeiture notices released today, the Justice Department has revealed that it seized hundreds of bitcoin and ethereum accounts, millions of dollars, and four websites from known Islamic extremist groups that were using those accounts and funds to support terrorist operations.

Now Chrome Can Block Ads That Leach Power From Your CPU

Now Chrome Can Block Ads That Leach Power From Your CPU

Chrome browser users take heart: Google developers are rolling out a feature that neuters abusive ads that covertly leach your CPU resources, bandwidth, and electricity.

Blockchain Developer Gets Busted After Talk in North Korea

Blockchain Developer Gets Busted After Talk in North Korea

The prominent hacker and Ethereum developer Virgil Griffith was arrested by the US government Friday after he spoke at an April conference on blockchain technologies in North Korea.He has been a research scientist at the Ethereum Foundation since 2016.This story originally appeared on Ars Technica.

Inside the Icelandic Facility Where Bitcoin Is Mined

Inside the Icelandic Facility Where Bitcoin Is Mined

The abundant water and underground heat is harnessed by hydroelectric dams and geothermal power stations to produce cheap, green electricity that facilitates the energy-intensive process of confirming cryptocurrency transactions—called mining, since miners are rewarded for their efforts with newly minted and extremely volatile “coins.” The fact temperatures rarely top 57 degrees Fahrenheit also helps.

The First BlueKeep Mass Hacking Is Finally Here—but Don't Panic

The First BlueKeep Mass Hacking Is Finally Here—but Don't Panic

But this is the first instance where I’ve seen it being used on a mass scale," says Marcus Hutchins, a malware researcher for security firm Kryptos Logic who was one of the first to build a working proof-of-concept for the BlueKeep vulnerability.

The Serious Money Is Warming to Bitcoin

The Serious Money Is Warming to Bitcoin

The deal wasn’t a surprise, following reports this spring that Coinbase had outbid Fidelity Digital Assets, which started offering custody to clients in March.The better custody arrangements are another draw, he suggests, making it more appealing for institutional investors who could potentially store hundreds of millions of dollars worth of digital assets.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Facebook's Libra and the Future of Money

Gadget Lab Podcast: Facebook's Libra and the Future of Money

On this episode of Gadget Lab, WIRED writer Gregory Barber explains the intricacies of Facebook’s ambitious plan and how Libra is poised to rattle the future of crypto.

President Trump Is the Latest Critic of Facebook's Libra

President Trump Is the Latest Critic of Facebook's Libra

Gregory Barber covers cryptocurrency, blockchain, and artificial intelligence for WIRED.Late Thursday, President Donald Trump unleashed a three-tweet squall declaring himself “not a fan of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies,” and referring to the use of “unregu­lated digital assets” for “drug trade and other illegal activities.” He included Libra in that category, saying the platform "will have little standing or dependability" and would fall prey to similar dependability issues.

The Cryptocurrency Rush Transforming Old Swiss Gold Mines

The Cryptocurrency Rush Transforming Old Swiss Gold Mines

For his series The Gold of Gondo , Cerasoli juxtaposes photographs of blockchain computing with images of abandoned gold mines, prompting viewers to wonder what, in a hundred years, will remain of Alpine Tech's bitcoin boom.

Lawmakers Express Privacy Concerns About Facebook’s Libra

Lawmakers Express Privacy Concerns About Facebook’s Libra

Regulators in Europe are worried that Libra could become a systemic risk to the global financial system and rival central banks; a member of the US Congress called for Facebook to halt development until it answers questions about privacy; officials elsewhere have expressed fears that any cryptocurrency may help users evade global sanctions or launder money.

A Shitty Robot Tesla Truck, Facebook's New Cryptocurrency, and More News

A Shitty Robot Tesla Truck, Facebook's New Cryptocurrency, and More News

A Shitty Robot Tesla Truck, Facebook's New Cryptocurrency, and More News. Facebook is unveiling a cryptocurrency, a YouTuber hacked up her Tesla, and US cyber experts worry about war with Russia. The ambitious plans behind Facebook's new cryptocurrency.

A Plan to Stop Breaches With Dead Simple Database Encryption

A Plan to Stop Breaches With Dead Simple Database Encryption

That means MongoDB itself and cloud providers won't be able to access customer data, and a database's administrators or remote managers don't need to have access to everything either.

The Newest Haven for Cryptocurrency Companies? Wyoming

The Newest Haven for Cryptocurrency Companies? Wyoming

Jesse Powell, CEO of the cryptocurrency exchange Kraken, says his company, which has been dropped by US banks in the past, could use such a banking license to hold crypto assets.

Cryptocurrency Company Hacks Itself Before Hackers Can Hack It

Cryptocurrency Company Hacks Itself Before Hackers Can Hack It

Security News This Week: Cryptocurrency Company Hacks Itself Before Hackers Can Hack It. Alyssa Walker. But Microsoft took the rare step this week of reversing course on some of its initiatives, deleting a database of 10 million images built from publicly available shots of 100,000 notable people.

The Clever Cryptography Behind Apple's 'Find My' Feature

The Clever Cryptography Behind Apple's 'Find My' Feature

In a background phone call with WIRED following that keynote, Apple broke down that privacy element, explaining how its "encrypted and anonymous" system avoids leaking your location data willy nilly, even as your devices broadcast a Bluetooth signal explicitly designed to let you track your device.

Hackers Stole $40 Million From Binance Cryptocurrency Exchange

Hackers Stole $40 Million From Binance Cryptocurrency Exchange

It appears that hackers were able to compromise several high net worth accounts, whose bitcoin was kept in Binance’s so-called hot wallet—which unlike cold wallets are connected to the internet—and filch those funds in a single transaction.

Facebook's Cryptocurrency Might Work Like Loyalty Points

Facebook's Cryptocurrency Might Work Like Loyalty Points

As the Journal notes, Facebook’s foray into blockchain could look a bit like a loyalty-points system—tokens that can be earned through and spent on Facebook services, or cashed out elsewhere though partner merchants.

A Programmer Solved a 20-Year-Old, Forgotten Crypto Puzzle

A Programmer Solved a 20-Year-Old, Forgotten Crypto Puzzle

Based on Moore’s law and how long it took to run the squaring operation in 1999, Rivest estimated that computing the answer to the puzzle should take approximately 35 years.

The Brave Browser Will Pay You to Surf the Web

The Brave Browser Will Pay You to Surf the Web

Today, ad networks pay sites like for ad space and web browsers like Brave and Chrome deliver content from those publishers to users. Eventually, the company plans to offer a service that will replace any blocked ads on a publisher's site with ads placed by Brave and give those publishers a cut of the ad revenue.

A 'Blockchain Bandit' Is Guessing Private Keys and Scoring Millions

A 'Blockchain Bandit' Is Guessing Private Keys and Scoring Millions

Ether Comb, Ether Go. Bednarek tried putting a dollar's worth of Ethereum into a weak key address that the thief had previously emptied.

Hollywood Tackles Blockchain—With Not-Disastrous Results

Hollywood Tackles Blockchain—With Not-Disastrous Results

Instead, Hollywood has given us Crypto, a product of headier times, when the Bitcoin bubble still held air. It’s that sort of thing that makes Crypto, while thoughtful about cryptocurrency, a mess of a movie.

China Says Bitcoin Is Wasteful. Now It Wants to Ban Mining

China Says Bitcoin Is Wasteful. Now It Wants to Ban Mining

An executive who works closely with Chinese mining firms told WIRED that although the ban was widely expected to move forward, miners expect it will take years for the government to fully rein in their operations.

Anarchy, Bitcoin, and Murder in Acapulco

Anarchy, Bitcoin, and Murder in Acapulco

It’s approaching midnight as hundreds of anarchists gather at the edge of the surf at a beach in Acapulco, Mexico. Berwick's wife, Kena, is an Acapulco native with deep ties in a city of 800,000 people that locals say feels like a small town.

Here's How Much Money You Can Make by Selling Your Own Data

Here's How Much Money You Can Make by Selling Your Own Data

Tim Berners-­Lee, creator of the World Wide Web, is building a platform called Solid , which will allow users to control which services access their data; Ocean Protocol , a decentralized exchange where people sell their data directly to AI businesses, has attracted tens of millions in VC funding while still in development.