Privacy

What the History of Headphones Says About the Internet’s Future

Predicting the blockchain future is easy. Knowing when to try is hard. I’m going to talk about the future of the internet and blockchain technology, but first, let’s talk about noise-cancelling headphones. John Wolpert is the group executive in charge of enterprise mainnet at ConsenSys AG and the chair of the technical steering committee of …

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A Day in the Life of the Splinternet

In 2030, at the interminable tail end of another hot, smoky summer in Mexico City, the power went out again and she went down into the basement where it was cooler. Other people from the apartment block were already sitting on the gritty concrete: snacking, vaping, talking, thumbing through their devices and killing time. People …

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Cashfusion Use Increased by 328%, $200M in BCH Fused and Close to 20,000 Fusions

<div class=”featured_image_container”> </div> <div class=”td-a-rec td-a-rec-id-content_top “><a data-bid=”1″ href=”https://news.bitcoin.com/linkout/411174″ rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer” target=”_blank”><img loading=”lazy” src=”https://scoreit.online/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/daw_1456x360-30.jpg” alt width=”1456″ height=”360″></a></div><strong>Cashfusion, the privacy-enhancing solution for the Bitcoin Cash network is nearing its one-year anniversary and during the last four months, fusions have increased by 328.93%. The protocol recently completed a security audit and fusions are nearing 20k with …

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Cloud leak exposed sensitive data from over 200,000 voicemails

vm via Getty Images Some data leaks contain more sensitive info than most. Security researcher Bob Diachenko and Comparitech discovered (via Threatpost) that Broadvoice, a cloud VoIP provider for businesses, left over 350 million records exposed online in an unprotected cluster, including 2 million voicemail records with 200,000 transcripts. Many of those transcripts included sensitive …

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In Effort to Differentiate, Litecoin Makes a Move to Privacy

Litecoin (LTC), a nine-year-old cryptocurrency whose price returns have chronically underperformed the bigger and better-known bitcoin in recent years, is hitching its wagon to a new star: privacy. The blockchain industry subsector of “privacy coins” – cryptocurrencies with embedded technology that shields identifying information from public view – is becoming one of this year’s hottest …

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Aztec launches private smart contracts as Ethereum rollup

Aztec, a privacy protocol developing on Ethereum, announced on Monday the launch of its second iteration, promising private transactions and smart contracts while being cheaper than standard transfers. The layer two solution adopted by Aztec relies on zkRollups, similar to Loopring or ZkSync. All these protocols rely on zero-knowledge proofs to help Ethereum, scale but …

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Prison video visitation system exposed calls between inmates and lawyers

bortn76 via Getty Images Prison video visitation systems are sometimes the only way family and lawyers can talk to inmates, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the security of those systems recently suffered a major lapse. Researcher Bob Diachenko told TechCrunch that video visitation provider HomeWAV left a database dashboard publicly accessible without a password …

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Chinese app offers a peek over the Great Firewall, with big catches

Shanghai Fengxuan Information Technology Co. You can’t officially bypass China’s Great Firewall when it’s illegal to use a VPN for that in the country. Chinese residents appear to have a legal option, though, at least if they’re willing to live with some significant consequences. TechCrunch notes that a Qihoo 360-owned company has released Tuber, an …

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FBI sent a team to ‘exploit’ Portland protesters’ phones

REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY Federal agents tend to focus their phone cracking efforts on terrorists, but they appear to have shifted their attention to civil disobedience. NYR Daily has learned that the FBI sent its “Fly Team” counterterrorism unit to Portland in mid-July to conduct the “initial exploitation” of phones and other …

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You should care about decentralized identity in the wake of COVID-19

To navigate well in a digital world, we must be able to easily and securely establish our digital identity. Traditionally, a username, password and some trivial arcana like our first pet’s name have been key pieces of information held by institutions to establish our digital identity. Unfortunately, this system has come at a high cost. …

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