China's Sweeping Cryptocurrency Ban Was Inevitable

China's Sweeping Cryptocurrency Ban Was Inevitable

Several exchanges, wallets, and other cryptocurrency companies have announced that they will stop providing services to users in mainland China and enforced a sweeping block of all Chinese IP addresses on their services.

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.

What You Need to Know About 'Roblox'—and Why Kids Are Obsessed

What You Need to Know About 'Roblox'—and Why Kids Are Obsessed

After dancing around and drinking punch, I’m touched when I get voted king of the ball, a prize that comes with a bouquet of flowers and 500 diamonds.“Developing Royale High has been a constant balancing act between making fun games to earn currency and creating fun shop items to spend that currency on (giving players a goal to work towards),” Callmehbob says.

Bitcoin’s Greatest Feature Is Also Its Existential Threat

Bitcoin’s Greatest Feature Is Also Its Existential Threat

Now the content-delivery network Akamai has reported on a new method: a botnet that uses the Bitcoin blockchain ledger.To be fair, not absolutely everyone who uses a blockchain holds a copy of the entire ledger.

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 Genshin Impact Backlash Is Here

The Genshin Impact Backlash Is Here

Streamers, YouTubers, and TikTokers have glommed onto Chinese role-playing game Genshin Impact like it’s a magic top hat unspooling an endless rope of content.And while players can earn free wishes by reaching certain benchmarks, to get and max out all 23 characters or experience the full game, they have to open their wallets.

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.

‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Is the Game We All Need Right Now

‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Is the Game We All Need Right Now

I proceeded to play Animal Crossing: New Horizons on my Nintendo Switch for the next 12 hours straight.In real life, your friends need to be at least 6 feet away, but in Animal Crossing, they can hang out on your island for hours at a time—no social distancing required.

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.

How to Watch Mark Zuckerberg’s Libra Testimony in Congress

How to Watch Mark Zuckerberg’s Libra Testimony in Congress

But, unless grandstanding on other Facebook issues gets in the way, Wednesday’s hearing featuring Mark Zuckerberg at the House Financial Services Committee is mostly about Libra.What to Watch For. Zuckerberg’s defense starts with the company line on Libra so far, pitching the digital token as a tool for financial inclusion.

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.

Was Bitcoin Created by This International Drug Dealer? Maybe!

Was Bitcoin Created by This International Drug Dealer? Maybe!

After a month, I was able to convince a colleague with deep cryptocurrency knowledge, someone who’d followed every twist and turn of the Satoshi saga, that Le Roux was the odds-on solution to the mystery of who created bitcoin.

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.

What Is Blockchain? The Complete WIRED Guide

What Is Blockchain? The Complete WIRED Guide

Big financial services companies, including JP Morgan and the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, are experimenting with blockchains and blockchain-like technologies to improve the efficiency of trading stocks and other assets.

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.

The Ambitious Plan Behind Facebook’s Cryptocurrency, Libra

The Ambitious Plan Behind Facebook’s Cryptocurrency, Libra

Mission: “a simple global currency and infrastructure that empowers billions of people.” It begins with a new cryptocurrency designed for payments ranging from micropayments to remittances without fees (“as easy to send money as an email”) as well as enabling more exotic “smart money” use cases like dynamic contracts, which could enable blockchain-based loans or insurance.

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.

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.

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.