Japan’s Police and FSA Publish a Joint Cyber Warning to Crypto Firms, Link Attacks to Lazarus Group

According to the National Police Agency (NPA) in Japan, North Korean hackers from the crime syndicate Lazarus Group have been targeting crypto companies in the country. Local reports detail that it’s the fifth time the NPA has tied “public attribution” to the organization of North Korean cyber criminals. Japan’s Law Enforcement and Financial Regulator Warn Against Lazarus Group Attacks Hackers from the notorious crime syndicate Lazarus Group are reportedly targeting crypto companies in Japan, according to a recently published NPA cyber security report. Officials have applied “public attribution” to the…

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NFT Collection Veefriends Physical Collectibles to Debut at Macy’s and Toys’R’Us

In recent times, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and their physical counterparts have started to debut at well known retail stores and luxury boutiques. On October 4, the NFT project called Veefriends revealed that the team is launching its limited edition series of collectible characters exclusively at Macy’s and Toys”R”Us. Veefriends holds the 20th position in terms of all-time NFT collection sales, with approximately $240.15 million in sales since the NFT project launched. Veefriends Are Coming to Macy’s and Toys’R’Us Retail Locations, Existing Veefriends Holders Can Claim Physical Counterparts The non-fungible token…

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Microstrategy Is Seeking a Full-Time Lightning Network Engineer to Build a SaaS Platform

The mobile software, cloud-based services, and business intelligence (BI) firm Microstrategy is seeking a full-time Lightning Network software engineer, according to a job listing published this week. The developer, if hired, will build a Lightning Network-based software as a service (SaaS) platform for the company so it can be used for ecommerce use cases and connect with enterprises looking for payment solutions as well. Microstrategy Looks to Hire Lightning Network Software Developer After the company purchased 301 bitcoin (BTC) to hold on its balance sheet, the BI firm Microstrategy published…

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Jihan Wu-Backed Crypto Miner Bitdeer Acquires ‘Singapore’s Fort Knox’ for $28.4 Million

Sources have disclosed that the digital currency mining operation, Bitdeer Technologies, has purchased a high-security storage and display facility in Singapore called Le Freeport for $28.4 million. Bitdeer’s chairman, Jihan Wu, confirmed the vault acquisition via a text message following the reports that revealed the mining firm purchased Le Freeport. Bitdeer Purchases Maximum Security Vault Le Freeport From Yves Bouvier, DBS After the co-founder of Bitmain Technologies Jihan Wu left the company, he co-founded a firm called Matrixport and he’s also the chairman of Bitdeer Technologies. According to a report…

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Github Partially Reinstates Tornado Cash Codebase, Open Source Code Set to Read-Only Mode

The internet hosting and software development subsidiary of Microsoft, Github, has partially unbanned the Tornado Cash repositories following the recent sanctions enforced by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC). Github’s decision follows the U.S. Treasury updating the public, noting that U.S. persons can copy, view, and discuss the open-source code. Github’s partial reinstatement lets repository visitors look at the Tornado Cash codebase in read-only mode. Github Reinstates Tornado Cash Repositories in Read-Only Mode The cryptocurrency community has been discussing the internet hosting and software development platform…

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Proof-of-Work Proponents Question Validator Censorship as 59% of Staked Ethereum Is Held by 4 Companies

Prior to The Merge, Ethereum used to have dozens upon dozens of mining pools dedicating hashrate toward the blockchain network. That has all changed and most of the miners transitioned or plan on transitioning to other Ethash compatible coins like ethereum classic, ERGO, and the new fork ETHW. Now Ethereum blocks are verified by validators and at the time of writing, there are 429,278 validators. However, a great deal of the 13.7 million staked ethereum is held by four known providers. 4 Known Providers Hold 59% of the Staked Ethereum…

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Bitgo Files Lawsuit Against Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital for $100M Over ‘Intentional Breach’ of a Merger Agreement

According to statements made by the digital asset custody business and financial services provider Bitgo, the firm has filed a lawsuit against the crypto company Galaxy Digital and is seeking damages for more than $100 million. Bitgo says Galaxy’s “improper repudiation and intentional breach of its merger agreement” caused the lawsuit. Bitgo Seeks Damages From Galaxy Digital for Terminated Merger Agreement On August 16, 2022, Bitcoin.com News reported on billionaire investor Mike Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital terminating the company’s proposed acquisition deal for the crypto asset financial services provider Bitgo. Galaxy…

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Bitcoin Mining Threatens America’s Climate Change Efforts, White House Science and Tech Department Says

The Biden administration is concerned about digital currency mining operations affecting climate change, after the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy published a report that says politicians should take action against crypto mining. The federal government’s entity recommends the Biden administration should encourage more research about mining’s electricity consumption and codify public policy for the entire mining industry. Office of Science and Technology Policy Report Claims Something Needs to Be Done to Stop Crypto Mining Pollution According to the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), bitcoin mining…

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Value Locked in Lido Rises Prior to Ethereum’s Merge, LDO Token Jumps 23% Higher in 7 Days

In eight days Ethereum is planning to undergo one of the most intensive upgrades since the DAO hard fork in 2016, as The Merge aims to change the network’s consensus mechanism from proof-of-work (PoW) to proof-of-stake (PoS). Amid the lead-up to The Merge, the decentralized finance (defi) and liquid staking protocol Lido’s total value locked (TVL) jumped 6.34% this week and the project’s native token increased by more than 23% against the U.S. dollar during the past seven days. Liquid Staking Service Lido Sees Demand Ahead of The Merge The…

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Ethereum Co-Founder Vitalik Buterin Discusses Bitcoin’s Long-Term Security

On September 1, Vitalik Buterin conducted an interview with the economics author Noah Smith and the co-founder of Ethereum spoke an awful lot about Bitcoin and the network’s long-term security. Buterin also discussed the crypto economy’s crash and said he was “surprised that the crash did not happen earlier.” Buterin: Bitcoin Is ‘Not Succeeding at Getting the Level of Fee Revenue Required to Secure What Could Be a Multi-Trillion-Dollar System’ Ethereum’s co-founder Vitalik Buterin recently did an interview with the economics author Noah Smith and Buterin had a lot to…

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