Update on beta testing payments in Signal

Update on beta testing payments in Signal

Signal has often been asked if we can build something to support this kind of payments use case for a better alternative future (one that isn’t dominated by big tech).

Edward Snowden: Bitcoin privacy sucks

Edward Snowden: Bitcoin privacy sucks

Edward Snowden, the famous whistleblower who leaked highly confidential information from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013, criticized Bitcoin (BTC) for its inability to protect users financial privacy.And people thought that the creation of Bitcoin would solve the privacy concern in the financial space.

PayPal will let United States users pay with Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin

PayPal will let United States users pay with Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin

After rolling out the ability for US users to directly buy and sell cryptocurrency directly from their accounts last November, PayPal’s new “Checkout with Crypto” allows users to instantly convert their Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, or Bitcoin Cash to US dollars that PayPal then uses to complete the transaction.However, you can only use one type of cryptocurrency for each purchase you make.

Congressional hearing investigates role of cryptocurrencies in domestic terrorism financing

Congressional hearing investigates role of cryptocurrencies in domestic terrorism financing

A recent Congressional hearing held by the Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy sought to examine the use of cryptocurrencies in financing domestic terrorism such as the Capitol Insurrection as well as the way privacy rights make investigations harder.

Apple puts additional walls between your browsing data and Google on iOS 14.5

Apple puts additional walls between your browsing data and Google on iOS 14.5

Instead of trading at 39 exchanges around the world, as he had claimed, Qin spent investor money on personal expenses and to invest in other undisclosed high-risk investments, including initial coin offerings, prosecutors said.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: January 15, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: January 15, 2021

WhatsApp is forcing users to share personal data with Facebook, and Elon Musk is urging people to switch to Signal, a smaller encrypted messaging app.WhatsApp has made the long awaited move of changing its privacy policy to share personal data from WhatsApp users to its parent company Facebook.

Proposed FinCEN regulation would create financial surveillance net for cryptocurrency transactions

Proposed FinCEN regulation would create financial surveillance net for cryptocurrency transactions

Proposed FinCEN regulations on cryptocurrency transactions would create financial surveillance net.The EFF noted several potential effects of FinCEN’s proposed regulations that are categorically all results of the increased financial surveillance this regulation would bring.

Apple And Google Admit Ethereum App To Let Employees Prove They’ve Been Vaccinated

Apple And Google Admit Ethereum App To Let Employees Prove They’ve Been Vaccinated

Far from a theoretical blockchain application that might be of value at some future date, the app, which lets users prove a wide range of personal information, as well as spend bitcoin, ether, a version of the U.S. dollar issued on the ethereum blockchain, and Civic’s own token is available today on both Apple’s App Store and Google Play.

CipherTrace Announces World’s First Monero Tracing Capabilities...

CipherTrace Announces World’s First Monero Tracing Capabilities...

CipherTrace’s contract with DHS Science & Technology Directorate resulted in the development of forensic tools for law enforcement and government agencies to trace and visualize Monero transaction flows for criminal investigations.

Privacy-centric Tor Browser struggling to contain a major security issue

Privacy-centric Tor Browser struggling to contain a major security issue

Check out our list of the best antivirus services aroundWe've built a list of the best anonymous browsers right nowHere's our choice of the best malware removal software on the marketDespite three separate attempts to rid the network of the malicious servers after alarms were raised by Tor directory authorities, the group still reportedly controls more than 10% of exit relays today.

Introducing IOTA Stronghold. Stronghold is a collection of…

Introducing IOTA Stronghold. Stronghold is a collection of…

There are many challenges involved in securely managing digital secrets like passwords, vehicle access codes, and wallet seeds:High-value secrets like private keys need to be encrypted at rest, using modern and secure algorithmsSuch secrets need to be purged from device memory immediately after useUsers must be able to configure systems to their security needsApplications need to run on any type of hardware from phones to cars, where possible leveraging Trusted Execution Environments.

US Court rules that cryptocurrency exchanges must give up your private financial data

US Court rules that cryptocurrency exchanges must give up your private financial data

In the case of blockchains without privacy protections such as Zcash anonymous transactions , governments and third party blockchain analytics companies have access to all of the blockchain data – by design.

Twitter says 130 people were targeted in hack that hijacked accounts of Elon Musk, Joe Biden

Twitter says 130 people were targeted in hack that hijacked accounts of Elon Musk, Joe Biden

said late Thursday that about 130 people were targeted in a cyberattack that took control of high-profile accounts to promote a bitcoin scam."Based on what we know right now, we believe approximately 130 accounts were targeted by the attackers in some way as part of the incident," the social media firm tweeted.

Coinbase wants to identify Bitcoin users for DEA, IRS

Coinbase wants to identify Bitcoin users for DEA, IRS

However, a spokesperson for the San Francisco-based company told Decrypt that the firm offers its Coinbase Analytics product to financial institutions and law enforcement agencies to support compliance and investigation purposes.

Cryptocurrency is the Second Amendment of the Internet

Cryptocurrency is the Second Amendment of the Internet

My conclusion, which I cover in this article, is that platforms based on cryptocurrency tech are uniquely good at one thing in particular: not being shut down, a property known more formally as “censorhip-resistance.” And I will argue in this post that this property alone causes cryptocurrency tech to act as a “second amendment of the internet,” providing a check against information-based oppression that is analogous to how the right to bear arms acts as a check against physical oppression.

Trump to put Secret Service in charge of policing cryptocurrencies

Trump to put Secret Service in charge of policing cryptocurrencies

US President Donald Trump will hand control of cryptocurrency criminal investigations to the Secret Service.“The Budget proposes legislation to return the US Secret Service to Treasury to create new efficiencies in the investigation of these crimes and prepare the Nation to face the threats of tomorrow.”.

Facebook reversed cryptocurrency ad policy ahead of Libra announcement

Facebook reversed cryptocurrency ad policy ahead of Libra announcement

Full reversal of Facebook anti cryptocurrency ad policy, just in time for Libra.While we will still require people to apply to run ads promoting cryptocurrency, starting today, we will narrow this policy to no longer require pre-approval for ads related to blockchain technology, industry news, education or events related to cryptocurrency.”.

Signing Up To A New Crypto Currency Exchange For A Free $10 Is A Bad Idea

Signing Up To A New Crypto Currency Exchange For A Free $10 Is A Bad Idea

So, is giving up your passport or drivers license details — and even residential information — really worth $10?Image SourceWhen you sign up to a cryptocurrency exchange — thanks to government regulations — you’re more than likely using a service with KYC checks in place that require certain documents to be provided to prove your identity due to Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Counter Terrorism Funding (CTF) laws.

Private Internet Access adds BEAM to its list of anonymous payment methods

Private Internet Access adds BEAM to its list of anonymous payment methods

Private Internet Access now accepts anonymous payments through BEAM, providing our users with yet another way to protect their privacy and anonymity when signing up for our service. On the next page, simply add the email address you use for BEAM and verify it, then click “Pay Now”.

Donald Trump blasts Facebook’s Libra, demands strict regulation

Donald Trump blasts Facebook’s Libra, demands strict regulation

Donald Trump is not a fan of Libra, Facebook's proposed cryptocurrency, the president made clear in a series of tweets on Thursday evening. "Facebook Libra’s 'virtual currency' will have little standing or dependability.," Trump tweeted.

Cryptocurrency in the Era of GDPR

Cryptocurrency in the Era of GDPR

This clearly means that transaction data can be considered as Personally Identifying Information when in the right hands, and that sadly many cryptocurrencies are therefore not GDPR compliant. These are known as privacy coins, and their masking of transaction data means that they are mostly untraceable.

Facebook Libra: Great Message, Wrong Messenger

Facebook Libra: Great Message, Wrong Messenger

Depending on what you read or hear, Libra is one or all of: a great act of enterprise social good that will change the lives of millions of people for the better; a nightmare for American and European regulators; a desperate attempt to rehabilitate the reputation and declining readership of Facebook and its increasingly unpopular CEO, Mark Zuckerberg; or a pipedream based on a shaky premise and a yet-to-be-built infrastructure that probably won’t be built.

Firefox 67.0.4 Released — Mozilla Patches Second 0-Day Flaw This Week

Firefox 67.0.4 Released — Mozilla Patches Second 0-Day Flaw This Week

After patching a critical actively-exploited vulnerability in Firefox 67.0.3 earlier this week, Mozilla is now warning millions of its users about a second zero-day vulnerability that attackers have been found exploiting in the wild.

AI Proving to Be an Integral Part of Cryptocurrency High Volume Transaction Security

AI Proving to Be an Integral Part of Cryptocurrency High Volume Transaction Security

Crypto mining | Image source: PixabayBlockchain technology can decentralize the process of transferring money by making transactions transparent and allowing the community of users to verify them.

Facebook's Libra is not really a cryptocurrency and it faces huge hurdles, including in India. Here’s why

Facebook's Libra is not really a cryptocurrency and it faces huge hurdles, including in India. Here’s why

While Libra's utility could render many cryptocurrencies useless due to its play on remittance and payments, it could usher in a new wave of adoption in this space and we will need to wait and see which tokens and coins come out on top.

Facebook unveils ‘its most invasive and dangerous form of surveillance yet’ with launch of Libra cryptocurrency

Facebook unveils ‘its most invasive and dangerous form of surveillance yet’ with launch of Libra cryptocurrency

The cryptocurrency "Libra" launches next yearCredit: AFP or licensors "Libra holds the potential to provide billions of people around the world with access to a more inclusive, more open financial ecosystem," he explained.

Libra: Facebook launches cryptocurrency in bid to shake up global finance

Libra: Facebook launches cryptocurrency in bid to shake up global finance

has announced a digital currency called Libra that will allow its billions of users to make financial transactions across the globe, in a move that could potentially shake up the world’s banking system.

Why Facebook Privacy is a Hoax? Facebook censoring crypto-related messages

Why Facebook Privacy is a Hoax? Facebook censoring crypto-related messages

Maybe Facebook is happy enough by being able to read your SMS and your call history on Android devices. Facebook has been collecting call history and SMS data from Android devices. Facebook just made some big privacy promises, and they all hinge on encryption.

Binance says more than $40 million in bitcoin stolen in ‘large scale’ hack [Updated]

Binance says more than $40 million in bitcoin stolen in ‘large scale’ hack [Updated]

In a statement, the company said hackers stole API keys, two-factor codes and other information in the attack. It will be about a week before Binance can release withdrawals or accept deposits again because it needs to “make sure we completely eradicate any trace of hackers in all our accounts and data and that is a pretty tedious process,” Zhao said.

Key Conference on Private Cryptocurrency to be Held in Denver

Key Conference on Private Cryptocurrency to be Held in Denver

The conference will cover multiple private cryptocurrencies, including Monero. The conference will include presentations on these technologies as well as the philosophy of Monero and other private cryptocurrencies in seven sessions:.