A crypto manager lays out the market improvements to the currency and says 2019 will be a year to watch

Although crypto markets underperformed in 2018, the pace of underlying development activity has accelerated dramatically. This is true both with regards to underlying technology and market infrastructure. Many still think that cryptoassets are not shortable, that there are no derivatives, and that SEC-qualified custodians don’t exist, that there are no prime brokerage services, and that…

Take-Two is suing over a Grand Theft Auto cheating mod — again

Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto Online, which launched over five years ago, isn’t the studio’s newest online game — it was upstaged by Red Dead Online last year. But GTA Online’s publisher is still going after people who enable cheating (as well as other modding options) in the game. Last week, Take-Two filed a copyright…

Crypto Mystery: Quadriga’s Wallets Are Empty, Putting Fate Of $137 Million In Doubt

Some $137 million worth of bitcoin held by the embattled exchange Quadriga remain missing, months after the company reported that its CEO had died. An auditor says it also found what appear to be more than a dozen accounts that were internally created, using aliases. Dado Ruvic/Reuters hide caption toggle caption Dado Ruvic/Reuters Some $137…

Alleged Russian boss of Bitcoin ‘money-laundering scheme’ wants to go home

Alexander Vinnik, the alleged operator of troubled cryptocurrency exchange BTC-e (who is wanted in several countries for his potential involvement in a Bitcoin fraud case) has lodged an appeal for extradition to his native Russia. Vinnik, who has reportedly been on hunger strike for three months, was arrested in July 2017 at the behest of…

PSA: Don’t use this fake Wasabi wallet to store your Bitcoin

Watch out! Wasabi, the popular anonymizing Bitcoin BTC wallet, has been duplicated in an apparent bid to steal your Bitcoin — and the ruse comes complete with an entirely phony website. Wasabi’s co-founder, nopara73, shared the discovery this morning: “The first malware that pretends to be Wasabi […]. Notice only the Windows download link points to their own website,…

Get ready for a Facebook-sponsored cryptocurrency

Whatsappcoin — New York Times: Facebook is building a new cryptocurrency for WhatsApp payments. Timothy B. Lee – Feb 28, 2019 7:04 pm UTC Facebook is preparing to launch a cryptocurrency, the The New York Times reports. The new cryptocurrency would be integrated with Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging platform, allowing ordinary WhatsApp users to send electronic…

Hacker selling 26M stolen user records in exchange for $5,000 worth of Bitcoin

A hacker by the name of Gnosticplayers is trying to sell more than 26 million user records on the dark web in exchange for $5,000 worth of Bitcoin (1.2431 BTC). This is the fourth data dump posted on Dream Market – an online darknet marketplace founded in late 2013 – by the hacker, who previously put up more than…

The Vilest Phishing Method, Sextortion, Often Snares Victims Using Fake Security Alerts

Photo: GettyIt’s embarrassing, so few employees tend to report it, but a type of phishing attack known as sextortion is becoming increasingly common at workplaces, according to one security company’s recent analysis. To get the attention of users, many of these threatening messages are initially disguised as legitimate security warnings.These type of scams are carried…