In 2016, North Korea made cybersecurity news again with an $81-million heist from the Bangladesh central bank. On May 17th, North Korea’s bitcoin mining operation saw a huge spike in activity. This piece discusses North Korean ventures into crypto, and its links to ransomware outbreaks and cyberheists.
It’s been a long and windy road since Bitcoin was first challenged by Kazakhstan, but the Central Asian nation finally seems to have had a change of heart
While the push for renewable energy is gaining traction, consumers are still tied to large power grids and the even larger cartels who control them. But things might be changing. In 2016, the first ever blockchain managed energy transaction occurred in Brooklyn through a microgrid that allows users to trade energy through a virtual, peer-to-peer system built on blockchain technology.
The representatives of nation-states often refer to their attacks on the crypto-heavy darknet as a war on drugs. In practice it’s a war on their populations, but there’s probably some benefit in playing along with the martial terminology. Let’s apply a little history – both the bang-bang kind and the crypto kind – to this Dutch/Fed/also-ran takedown of Hansa and AlphaBay.
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