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BlockChain.info Domain Hijacked; Site Goes Down; 8 Million Bitcoin Wallets Inaccessible

BlockChain.info Domain Hijacked; Site Goes Down; 8 Million Bitcoin Wallets Inaccessible

Oct 12, 2016
UPDATE: The site is back and working. Blockchain team released a statement via Twitter, which has been added at the end of this article. If you are fascinated with the idea of digital currency, then you might have heard about BlockChain.Info. It's Down! Yes, Blockchain.info, the world's most popular Bitcoin wallet and Block Explorer service, has been down from last few hours, and it's believed that a possible cyber attack has disrupted the site. The site is down at the time of writing, and the web server reports a bad gateway error, with a message on the website that reads: "Looks like our site is down. We're working on it and should be back up soon." With more than 8 million Digital Wallet customers, BlockChain is users' favorite destination to see recent transactions, stats on mined blocks and bitcoin economy charts. A few hours ago, BlockChain team tweeted about the sudden breakdown of the site, saying: "We're researching a DNS
Warning — Bitcoin Users Could Be Targeted by State-Sponsored Hackers

Warning — Bitcoin Users Could Be Targeted by State-Sponsored Hackers

Aug 19, 2016
Another day, another bad news for Bitcoin users. A leading Bitcoin information site is warning users that an upcoming version of the Blockchain consolidation software and Bitcoin wallets could most likely be targeted by "state-sponsored attackers." Recently, one of the world's most popular cryptocurrency exchanges, Bitfinex, suffered a major hack that resulted in a loss of around $72 Million worth of Bitcoins . Now, Bitcoin.org, the website that hosts downloads for Bitcoin Core, posted a message on its website on Wednesday warning users that the next version of the Bitcoin Core wallet, one of the most popular bitcoin wallets used to store bitcoins, might be replaced with a malicious version of the software offered by government-backed hackers. Specifically, Chinese bitcoin users and services are encouraged to be vigilant " due to the origin of the attackers. " Bitcoin.org doesn't believe it has sufficient resources to defend against the attack.
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Craig Wright Will Move Satoshi Nakamoto's Bitcoin to Prove His Claim

Craig Wright Will Move Satoshi Nakamoto's Bitcoin to Prove His Claim

May 03, 2016
Yesterday, BBC broke a story allegedly revealing Craig Wright as the original creator of Bitcoin digital currency Satoshi Nakamoto. However, the highly skeptical cryptographic community is definitely not yet convinced with the technical proofs Wright has yet provided to the media outlets and on his  blog . Now, Wright has promised to provide further evidence for his claim that he is behind the pseudonym, Satoshi Nakamoto. Wright's spokesman told BBC that he would " move a coin from an early block " of Bitcoin owned by Nakamoto " in the coming days. " However, the spokesman did not specify a deadline. " So, over the coming days, I will be posting a series of pieces that will lay the foundations for this extraordinary claim, which will include posting independently-verifiable documents and evidence addressing some of the false allegations that have been levelled, and transferring bitcoin from an early block. ", Wright said in a latest blog post
​DARPA Wants To Build Ultra Secure Messaging App for US Military

​DARPA Wants To Build Ultra Secure Messaging App for US Military

Apr 24, 2016
Just last month, DARPA launched a project dubbed "Improv," inviting hackers to transform simple household appliances into deadly weapons . Now, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is finding someone in the private sector to develop a hacker-proof " secure messaging and transaction platform " for the U.S. military. Darpa wants researchers to create a secure messaging and transaction platform that should be accessible via the web browser or standalone native application. The secure messaging app should " separate the message creation, from the transfer (transport) and reception of the message using a decentralized messaging backbone to allow anyone anywhere the ability to send a secure message or conduct other transactions across multiple channels traceable in a decentralized ledger, " agency's  notice explains. In simple words, DARPA aims to create a secure messaging service that not only implements the standard encryption and se
Wanna Mine Bitcoins Faster? Researchers Find New Way to Do it

Wanna Mine Bitcoins Faster? Researchers Find New Way to Do it

Feb 15, 2016
A new machine for Bitcoin Mining called " Approximate Hardware " would make Bitcoin mining easier. Bitcoin had gained tremendous popularity over a few couple of years among the virtual currencies due to its decentralized principle. Mining a single Bitcoin is not an ice cake walk, as it requires an enormous amount of computing power to dig Bitcoins. To overcome this issue and mine Bitcoins faster, security researchers has conducted a study and made a new loophole in the mining process in an effort to mine the Bitcoins easily. How to Mine Bitcoins Faster? A team of Illinois-based researchers led by Indian Scientist, Rakesh Kumar, has designed a new hardware named " Approximate " that could reduce the pain of Bitcoin mining by 30 percent. The proposed system would make use of the faults in the hardware system such as: False Positives where an error is not present but notifies a fake error. False Negatives where an error is present but
Nasdaq to Use Bitcoin-style Blockchain to Record Shareholder Votes

Nasdaq to Use Bitcoin-style Blockchain to Record Shareholder Votes

Feb 13, 2016
The Nasdaq stock exchange and the Republic of Estonia have announced the use of Blockchain-based technology to allow shareholders of companies to e-vote in shareholder meetings even when they're abroad, according to Nasdaq's press release. Global stock market giant is developing an electronic shareholder voting system implemented on the top of Blockchain technology that underpins Bitcoins . Blockchain – the public and decentralized ledger technology underpins all Bitcoin transactions and logs each transfer of an asset in an encrypted "block" that is added to a permanent, transparent chain showing every deal associated with that asset. Even some of the world's major banks are also considering the adoption of the Blockchain technology. In the mid of last year, 9 of the World's renowned Banks, including JPMorgan, Royal Bank of Scotland, Goldman Sachs and Barclays , collaborated with New York-based financial tech firm R3 to create a new fram
Bitcoin Core Developers Quit Bitcoin Project to Launch a New Digital Currency

Bitcoin Core Developers Quit Bitcoin Project to Launch a New Digital Currency

Dec 28, 2016
Some of Bitcoin's Core developers have left the Bitcoin project and started building their separate cryptocurrency called DECRED . Decred aims to prevent the issues Bitcoin is currently facing regarding project governance and development funding. CEO of ' Company 0 ', Mr. Jacob Yocom-Piatt , who has funded Bitcoin development since early 2013, said the actual development of the Bitcoin cryptocurrency is funded by external entities that forms a conflict of interests between the groups and the project's core developers. According to Bitcoin's developers, these group puts limitations on input in Bitcoin's governance, selecting options that are favorable to their own interests only, and generally ignoring the developers' and project's best interests. "The Bitcoin software is controlled by a small group of people who decide exclusively what can and cannot be changed," Jacob says in a press release . "This is in part due to a la
Police Raid alleged Bitcoin Creator Craig Wright's Home in Sydney

Police Raid alleged Bitcoin Creator Craig Wright's Home in Sydney

Dec 09, 2015
Just hours after the Australian man ' Craig Steven Wright ' outed as the possible real identity of Satoshi Nakamoto , the anonymous creator of Bitcoin, Australian Police raided his home in Sydney. Over 10 police officers raided Wright's home in the Sydney suburbs on Wednesday afternoon. They forcefully opened the door, and 'started searching the cupboards and surfaces of the garage.' However, the Sydney police raid at Wright's home is not associated with the claims of his being involved in creating Bitcoins, rather related to the Australian Taxation Office investigation, the Guardian reported . Wright was recently identified as the mysterious creator of Bitcoin, based on leaked transcripts of legal interviews and a number of emails and blog posts. However, neither Dr. Wright nor anyone else has publicly confirmed the real identity of the founder of Bitcoin Satoshi Nakamoto. In a statement, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers said the raids weren
Bitcoin Creator 'Satoshi Nakamoto' Unmasked! An Australian Man 'Craig Wright' identified...

Bitcoin Creator 'Satoshi Nakamoto' Unmasked! An Australian Man 'Craig Wright' identified...

Dec 09, 2015
Breaking Update:   Police Raid alleged Bitcoin Creator Craig Wright's Home in Sydney . Yes, Satoshi Nakamoto , the mysterious creator of the Bitcoin digital cryptocurrency has possibly been identified as an Australian entrepreneur, according to investigations independently done by Wired and Gizmodo . His name is Craig Steven Wright … ...at least based on some convincing evidence shown by both the publications. Bitcoin is a revolutionary virtual currency developed around Blockchain , a complicated cryptographic protocol and a global computers network that oversees and verifies which Bitcoins have been spent by whom. The identity of the ones spending Bitcoins are extremely difficult to trace because of its anonymous nature, therefore, are very popular among criminals. Also Read:   Meet The World's First Person Who Hacked His Body to Implant a Bitcoin Payment CHIP Satoshi Nakamoto is not only the father of an entire economy worth Billions of dollars,
Kim Dotcom's Decentralized Internet — For You, Powered By You

Kim Dotcom's Decentralized Internet — For You, Powered By You

Nov 03, 2015
Imagine the internet that would offer you to communicate privately with anyone else without censorship, safe from the prying eyes of surveillance authorities…. … Decentralized, Encrypted, Peer-to-Peer Supported and especially a non-IP Address based Internet. Yeah, a New Private Internet that would be harder to get Hacked. This Internet is a dream of all Internet users today and, of course, Kim Dotcom – the Famous Internet entrepreneur who introduced legendary Megaupload and MEGA file sharing services to the World. Kim Dotcom announced plans to start his very own private internet at the beginning of this year and has now revealed more details about MegaNet — a decentralized, non-IP based network that would share data via " Blockchains ," the technology behind Bitcoins. On Thursday, Dotcom remotely addressed a conference in Sydney, Australia, where he explained how MegaNet will utilize the power of mobile phones and laptops to operate. How will M
World's 9 Biggest Banks to adopt Bitcoin's Blockchain Technology

World's 9 Biggest Banks to adopt Bitcoin's Blockchain Technology

Sep 17, 2015
The Existing Infrastructure used by Financial institutions like Banks is Archaic, Slow, and Costly, with hardly any innovation in the past three decades. Nine of the World's renowned Banks, including JPMorgan , Royal Bank of Scotland , Goldman Sachs and Barclays , are collaborating with New York-based financial tech firm R3 to create a new framework based on Bitcoin's Blockchain. Yes, they are back in the game yet again, but this time officially! Blockchain — the public and decentralized ledger technology that underpins all Bitcoin transactions has been now recognized as " the future for financial services infrastructure ". The blockchain technology is a way of keeping records by listing the owner's name with all the previous and present transaction the client was involved. It is a public ledger where a list of all the transactions ever executed is maintained. The Banks are planning to develop and implement Blockchain-like Technology where distributed/shared
MegaNet — New Decentralized, Non-IP Based and Encrypted Network

MegaNet — New Decentralized, Non-IP Based and Encrypted Network

Feb 18, 2015
The Famous Internet entrepreneur and former hacker Kim Dotcom , who introduced legendary Megaupload and MEGA file sharing services to the World, has came up with another crazy idea — To start his very own Internet that uses the "blockchain". Just last month, Kim Dotcom, a German millionaire formerly known as Kim Schmitz , launched the public beta of its end-to-end encrypted video and audio chat service called " MegaChat ", which it says gives better protection than alternatives such as Skype and Google Hangouts. Now, his latest series of tweets referred to Kim Dotcom's supposed " MegaNet " which, he believes, would be immune to the global mass surveillance conducted by governments or corporations and would not be based on IP addresses. MegaNet would be a decentralized, non-IP based network in which the blockchain used by Bitcoin will play an " important role ". Decentralizing the Internet means to take the power of the Web
Ancient 'STONED' Virus Signatures found in Bitcoin Blockchain

Ancient 'STONED' Virus Signatures found in Bitcoin Blockchain

May 19, 2014
If you are dealing in cryptocurrency Bitcoin and have Microsoft's Security Essentials (MSE) installed on your system, then you could be infected by a virus called " DOS/STONED " from the Bitcoin BlockChain. With a number of high-profile cases of fraud, theft, and technical incompetence against the bitcoins, it seems like cyber criminals are looking to scam unsuspecting customers. Blockchain is Bitcoin's most popular bitcoin wallet and block explorer. It is a central part of the Bitcoin system that includes a log file in which all bitcoin transactions are recorded. It stores the wallet data in encrypted form and runs on privately owned dedicated hardware. In an discussion on the Microsoft discussion boards, a user go by the name ' edc678 ' claimed that  Microsoft's Security Essentials  is showing alerts of the signature of the STONED virus in the Bitcoin BlockChain, which could only allow an attacker to write small chunk of text to accomp
Silk Road alternative 'Sheep Marketplace' shut down after $40 Million in Bitcoin Theft

Silk Road alternative 'Sheep Marketplace' shut down after $40 Million in Bitcoin Theft

Dec 03, 2013
Sheep Marketplace , one of the leading anonymous websites, after Silk Road 's closure by U.S. Prosecutors, allegedly selling drugs, has gone offline claiming it was robbed of $6 million worth of Bitcoins . Like Silk Road , Sheep Marketplace was a Deep Web site accessible via the Tor network and quickly grew into a replacement of other popular underground Bazaars. Weeks ago, the Administrator of the Sheep Marketplace announced that withdrawals  from online Wallet would be closed for a few hours as a new feature was being implemented, however deposits were still allowed. Recently, The market's administration left a short message for users, which reads: We are sorry to say, but we were robbed on Saturday 11/21/2013 by vendor EBOOK101. This vendor found a bug in the system and stole 5400 BTC – your money, our provisions, all was stolen. We were trying to resolve this problem, but we were not successful. We are sorry for your problems and inconvenience, all of the current BTC will be di
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