Thursday, 19 July 2018

Cryptocurrency Transactions May Uncover Sales of Shadow Broker Hacking Tools - Motherboard

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A team of University College London (UCL) researchers recently found likely evidence of payments for those alleged exploits by examining transactions in Zcash, a privacy-focused cryptocurrency that the Shadow Brokers asked potential customers to use, and traced the movement of some of the coins to a specific cryptocurrency exchange.

From Cryptocurrency Transactions May Uncover Sales of Shadow Broker Hacking Tools - Motherboard.

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The U.S. Air Force learned to code—and saved the Pentagon millions

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“Just because you followed the software requirements spec doesn’t mean you met the capability need,”

From The U.S. Air Force learned to code—and saved the Pentagon millions.

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Sunday, 15 July 2018

The Zuckerberg Follies | Dave Denison

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"But Zuckerberg truly believes that stuff—that by connecting human beings we will all start behaving better. Thousands of years of human history to the contrary, he thinks that the mere act of connection contains some positive force, without anything else being present."

From "The Zuckerberg Follies | Dave Denison".

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Saturday, 14 July 2018

You Accidentally Sent $149 to a Stranger on Venmo? Good Luck Getting It Back - WSJ

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"Nick Abouzeid, a 21-year-old in San Francisco who works at a tech startup, received an unexpected $149 from a stranger along with the message ‘for a wonderful evening.’ Two minutes later, he got another message: ‘I again made a mistake (((.’

He decided to investigate. (The app allows users to view the transaction history of others, depending on their privacy settings.) The account, he found, was brand new. He ran the user’s profile picture through Google’s reverse image search engine and saw it used in other places. He also saw the user sent money to another person ‘for lesbian game,’ and a minute later wrote to that person: ‘wrong person, please refund.’"

From "You Accidentally Sent $149 to a Stranger on Venmo? Good Luck Getting It Back - WSJ".

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How Russian Spies Hid Behind Bitcoin in Hacking Campaign - The New York Times

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"All Bitcoin transactions and wallets are recorded on a database known as the blockchain, by a network of computers that anyone can join."

From "How Russian Spies Hid Behind Bitcoin in Hacking Campaign - The New York Times".

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You Accidentally Sent $149 to a Stranger on Venmo? Good Luck Getting It Back - WSJ

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"Users can search or scroll through lists of others who are on the service, but typing one wrong letter can pull up the wrong person with a similar handle or name."

From "You Accidentally Sent $149 to a Stranger on Venmo? Good Luck Getting It Back - WSJ".

It sounds like Venmo needs an effective payee confirmation service just as much as FPS does.

Moneyness: The €300 million cash withdrawal

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"The eyes of the world are on one of history's largest cash withdrawals ever. Earlier this week, the Central Bank of Iran ordered its European banker, Hamburg-based Europaeisch-Iranische Handelsbank AG, to process a €300 million cash withdrawal. Germany's central bank, the Bundesbank, is being asked to provide the notes. If the transaction is approved, these euros will be counted up, stacked, and sent via plane back to Iran. German authorities are still reviewing the details of the request."

From "Moneyness: The €300 million cash withdrawal".

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