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  • Crypto outbreaks linked to swimming have doubled since 2014

    05/22/2017 1:33:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    Outbreaks of a parasitic infection linked to swimming pools and water playgrounds are increasingly being reported to CDC, with twice as many outbreaks in 2016 as in 2014. At least 32 outbreaks caused by Cryptosporidium (also known as “Crypto”) linked to swimming pools or water playgrounds in the United States were reported in 2016, compared with 16 outbreaks in 2014, according to preliminary data published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The parasite can spread when people swallow something that has come into contact with the feces (poop) of a sick person, such as pool water contaminated with...
  • Detectives believe dead M16spy may have zipped himself in bag in bizarre sex game that went wrong

    09/11/2010 6:15:04 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 56 replies · 1+ views
    dailymail.co. ^ | September 12, 2010 | Simon Walters and Glen Owen
    Snips from excerpt only website: His body was found in an extra-large North Face bag, a type which is favoured by explorers because of its 140 litres of storage capacity, durable material, double stitching, twin haul handles and locking zips.  Erotic asphyxiation is defined as the intentional restriction of oxygen to the brain for sexual arousal. There were also rumours that Mr Williams was the victim of a professional ‘hit’. Other theories included the suggestion that he had been murdered by Russian agents.  Tests on his body were ordered to establish whether he was poisoned, as happened when Polonium 210...
  • Ransomware found in ads on NYT, BBC, AOL and more won’t help the ad-blocking debate

    03/16/2016 9:29:48 AM PDT · by rarestia · 71 replies
    TheNextWeb ^ | Mar 15, 2016 | Ben Woods
    A number of high-profile and very high-traffic websites such as The New York Times (NYT), BBC, AOL, MSN, the NFL and more have all been serving up malicious adverts to unsuspecting users that ultimately results in files being held to ransom by the malware, according to Malwarebytes. Malicious ads making their way onto websites via ad networks used to be a far more common occurence but most ad networks from company’s like Google have gotten far better at rooting out the bad from the good. “Out of the blue on the weekend, we witnessed a huge spike in malicious activity...
  • Congress showed it's willing to fight the FBI on encryption. Finally

    03/02/2016 7:16:33 AM PST · by Eric Pode of Croydon · 26 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 1 March 2016 | Trevor Timm
    Members of Congress did something almost unheard of at Tuesday’s hearing on the brewing battle over encryption between Apple and the FBI: their job. Both Democrats and Republicans grilled FBI director Jim Comey about his agency’s unprecedented demand that Apple weaken the iPhone’s security protections to facilitate surveillance. This would have dire implications for smartphone users around the globe.
  • OpenSSH fixes client crypto key leak

    01/14/2016 7:03:07 PM PST · by Utilizer · 2 replies
    iTnews ^ | Jan 15 2016 6:39AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    OpenSSH developers have patched a serious flaw in the popular open source remote access protocol that could compromise encryption keys, with users urged to upgrade their OpenSSH installations straight away. According to the advisory, the vulnerability has been blamed on an experimental roaming feature, aimed at resuming SSH connections, in OpenSSH versions 5.4 to 7.1. Attackers who control servers could use the vulnerability to discover a client's private encryption keys, the OpenSSH developers said. "The matching server code has never been shipped, but the client code was enabled by default and could be tricked by a malicious server into leaking...
  • GCHQ Publishes a Christmas Puzzle

    12/10/2015 12:17:09 PM PST · by zeugma · 12 replies
    Director of GCHQ ^ | 12/10/15 | GCHQ
    The Director of Britain's Intellegence service GCHQ has published a Christmas Puzzle. The beginning of the puzzle is below. Once you solve it, it will direct you to where to go for the next step. The explanation for this first step:"In this type of grid-shading puzzle, each square is either black or white. Some of the black squares have already been filled in for you. Each row or column is labelled with a string of numbers. The numbers indicate the length of all consecutive runs of black squares, and are displayed in the order that the runs appear in that...
  • Security Experts Oppose Government Access to Encrypted Communication (excerpt)

    07/08/2015 8:57:30 AM PDT · by Eric Pode of Croydon · 5 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7 July 2015 | Nicole Perlroth
    SAN FRANCISCO — An elite group of security technologists has concluded that the American and British governments cannot demand special access to encrypted communications without putting the world’s most confidential data and critical infrastructure in danger. A new paper from the group, made up of 14 of the world’s pre-eminent cryptographers and computer scientists, is a formidable salvo in a skirmish between intelligence and law enforcement leaders, and technologists and privacy advocates. After Edward J. Snowden’s revelations — with security breaches and awareness of nation-state surveillance at a record high and data moving online at breakneck speeds — encryption has...
  • Chairman Preibus Gave Me Your Name

    03/26/2015 7:37:35 AM PDT · by Vendome · 19 replies
    Vanity, Sort of... (Email from Newt and RNC)(I respond ) | 3/26/2015 | Vendome
    Friend, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus just authorized the formation of RNC Victory 2016. This is a special group of our Party's top supporters who will provide the resources our Party needs to win back the White House and elect more Republicans in 2016. I am honored the Chairman has tasked me to lead and assemble this important team of Republican grassroots leaders from across our great country.
  • First-of-its-kind bitcoin debit card launching, automatically converts bitcoin into native currency

    05/05/2014 10:08:58 AM PDT · by null and void · 7 replies
    Electronic Products ^ | 5/1/14 | Max Teodorescu
    Creating the infrastructure needed to push the crypto-currency to fruition If bitcoin transactions were less cumbersome, the digital currency could potentially become the premier international currency of the world. But as it stands, using cash or credit for everyday purchases is much more practical. Xapo, the bitcoin wallet and storage service, seeks to reshape this paradigm using a debit card that taps directly into a user’s bitcoin storage and is accepted anywhere in the world where MasterCard is. The Xapo debit card works similarly to a bank issued debit card, performing transactions in real time; when a user purchases a...
  • China’s Central Bank Governor: PBOC Won’t Ban Bitcoin

    04/11/2014 7:46:08 AM PDT · by Errant · 5 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 11 April 2014 | Pete Rizzo
    The price of bitcoin recovered from a low of roughly $380 and rose past $420 at press time on 11th April, on the news that Zhou Xiaochuan, the governor of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), had issued new statements potentially clarifying the central bank’s position on bitcoin. According to reports, during Boao Forum, Xiaochuan offered his opinion on the nascent technology, saying that China would not seek to ban bitcoin and other digital currencies entirely.
  • Bitcoin Price Drops 10% as Chinese Exchanges Stop Bank Deposits

    04/10/2014 9:37:44 AM PDT · by Errant · 6 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 10 April 2014 | Jon Southurst
    Bitcoin prices crashed today as Chinese businesses began receiving official deposit shutdown notices from banks, confirming recent suspicions of an impending crackdown. Exchanges will stop account recharging via bank accounts between now and 15th April. Even though the news has been anticipated for over a week now, bitcoin prices sank under $403 from a high of $450.74 on the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index after companies began making public announcements on their sites.
  • St. Louis Fed Research Director: Bitcoin Could Be A Good Threat To Central Banks

    04/07/2014 7:28:18 AM PDT · by Errant · 8 replies
    Business Inisider ^ | 6 April 2014 | Rob Wile
    Last week, St. Louis Fed Director of Research David Andolfatto released a presentation on Bitcoin, becoming one of the most prominent central bank officials to study the cryptocurrency. We caught up with Andolfatto to ask him about why he put this deck together, where he thinks Bitcoin is going, and whether he personally has anything invested in it. Business Insider: What was the genesis for this presentation? David Andolfatto: Its genesis was a blog post I'd started, addressing arguments that gold bugs frequently put forth, that gold is superior money. Of course, Bitcoin was in the news — I read...
  • eBay Adds New ‘Virtual Currency’ Category to US Site

    04/04/2014 6:52:11 AM PDT · by Errant · 6 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 4 April 2014 | Jon Southurst
    eBay’s main US site has introduced a category for ‘Virtual Currency’, with listings for dozens of bitcoin and altcoin-related activities – including shares in mining operations. Although eBay is still not accepting bitcoin as an official payment, any recognition of the currency is significant since eBay is the parent company of PayPal, the payments firm long earmarked for disruption by many bitcoin fans. The popular online auction site and marketplace quietly included the category in its ‘Category Changes‘ list for April under ‘Coins and Paper Money’. At press time there were multiple entries for bitcoin and altcoin trades, Mining Hardware,...
  • Bitcoin Price…to $1 Million?

    04/03/2014 7:20:12 PM PDT · by Errant · 56 replies
    It’s no surprise that Wences Casares, the CEO of Xapo, a bitcoin startup, is a big bull on the digital currency. His company, which specializes in insured Bitcoin vaults, just raised $20 million in a funding round led by Benchmark. But Mr. Casares belives that other bitcoin bulls, especially those in the U.S., do not fully appreciate the value of the currency, which has proved especially sticky in emerging markets prone to wild currency fluctuations, such as Mr. Casares’ home country Argentina. In a video interview with the Wall Street Journal, Mr. Casares says he’s not worried about bitcoin’s own...
  • Congressional Hearing Explores Costs, Benefits of Small Business Bitcoin Use

    04/03/2014 6:08:34 AM PDT · by Errant · 18 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 3 March 2014 | Stan Higgins
    The US House of Representatives committee on small business held a hearing on 2nd April to discuss the growing use of bitcoin by the country’s small business owners (SMBs), and the pros and cons that using this technology as a payment option offers the demographic. Entitled ‘Bitcoin: Examining the Benefits and Risks for Small Business’, a panel of experts spoke about the benefits and costs of the use of bitcoin by SMBs, while also touching on hot topics like Silk Road and the recent IRS decision on the tax treatment of digital currencies. Committee Chairman Sam Graves noted in his...
  • Bitcoin Price Drops After New Chinese Bank Rumours

    03/27/2014 8:03:34 AM PDT · by Errant · 5 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 27 March 2014 | Jon Southurst
    Less than a week after a fake Chinese news report sent bitcoin and litecoin prices plummeting on some exchanges, another similar rumour hit the Internet today. News that the Chinese government would penalize any bank transacting with bitcoin exchanges after 15th April started to break around mid-morning China time on Thursday 27th March. This time, it was reported as fact by a number of news services. The bitcoin price, already on a downward trend, dropped to a low of $561.61 on CoinDesk’s BPI and below the $550 mark on Chinese exchanges. The latest report gave all the usual reasons a...
  • What the IRS Bitcoin Tax Guidelines Mean For You

    03/26/2014 6:05:50 AM PDT · by Errant · 33 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 26 March 2014 | Danny Bradbury
    The US Internal Revenue Service finally announced its guidance for virtual currencies yesterday, explicitly referring to bitcoin (see the announcement here and notice here). The increased clarity – provided three weeks before the end of the US tax year - will come as a relief to many who were scared to get involved in bitcoin, commercially. But what does it mean for different members of the bitcoin community? US businesses wanting to get involved in bitcoin have been waiting for this for a while. As recently as January, US Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson pressured the IRS in her annual report...
  • IRS Rules Bitcoin Is Property (Not Currency)

    03/25/2014 11:49:35 AM PDT · by Errant · 37 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 25 March 2014 | Tyler Durden
    After less than three months consideration, the IRS has issued its statement clarifying th etax treatment of Bitcoins (and other virtual currencies) before the April 15th Deadline. The finding, summarized, is that Vitual currencies will be treated as property (not as a currency) which, as WSJ notes, means an investor who buys bitcoin would typically have a capital gain or loss when it’s sold. The price of Bitcoin is rising modestly on this news...
  • Gyft Adds Retail Giant Walmart to its Bitcoin Gift Card Network

    03/24/2014 4:51:11 PM PDT · by Errant · 5 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 24 March 2014 | Pete Rizzo
    San Francisco-based mobile gift card app provider Gyft officially added US retail giant Walmart to its merchant network on 24th March. The company took to Twitter to release the news that the largest physical retailer in the US, which earned more than $325bn from its US retail stores in 2012, and garnered more than $460bn in sales worldwide that year, had been added to its service.
  • Australian Manufacturer Debuts First Cashless Bitcoin ATM

    03/24/2014 8:13:52 AM PDT · by Errant · 13 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 24 March 2014 | Jon Southurst
    An Australian company says it has produced one of bitcoin’s holy grails: a cashless ATM that allows users to buy bitcoins using a credit card, and sell bitcoins via a direct deposit to their bank account. The first fully functional Diamond Circle ATM arrived from its manufacturer in Brisbane this week. Unlike competing ATMs and vending machines that rely on QR codes and cash, Diamond Circle’s solution is based on near-field communication (NFC) technology with paper receipt backups. This unique approach is the brainchild of CEO Stephen Rowlison, a seasoned FinTech (financial technology) entrepreneur with 30 years of IT experience...