Russian government hackers mined bitcoin to fund attacks

October 22, 2018

Distributed chaos . Image: writerfantast/ getty People are definitely expending bitcoin, just maybe not the kind of people supporters of cryptocurrency approval had in head. A lengthy indictment from the Justice Department dropped today, accusing seven Russian intelligence officers of conspiring to hack anti-doping agencies around the world in retaliation for their efforts to expose Russian athletic doping. And, at least in accordance with the US officials, the GRU hacking…


Coinbase now lets you buy and sell ZRX

October 18, 2018

Coinbase’s newest asset is live. On Tuesday the popular U.S.-based cryptocurrency platform added support for ZRX, the token representing the 0x Project. On Coinbase, ZRX joins the rarified ranks of Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic and Litecoin. It looks like Coinbase is preparing to add a lot more cryptocurrencies By showing its hand well in advance and being more transparent about its regulatory hurdles, the platform will hopefully avoid…


Coinbase now lets users buy bundles and launches its own index for the top 50 coins

October 15, 2018

Coinbase is shaking things up quite a bit lately and its latest tools are geared toward cryptocurrency traders merely get their toes wet. On Thursday, the company announces that it would add specific features called Coinbase Bundle. The new provide lets users purchase a market-weighted sampling of Coinbase’s five available cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin and Ethereum Classic. The notion is that a bale of coins offers users a…


Google just dunked on cryptocurrency

October 13, 2018

Yup.Image: s-cphoto / getty Google thinks your crypto is a joke.   The search and advertising giant released a new tool on Tuesday known as Call Screen, which helps Pixel owners screen unwanted calls. In a seemingly out of place move, the company used the product’s announcement as an opportunity to dunk on cryptocurrency.  SEE ALSO: Now any idiot can apply to list their altcoin on Coinbase To promote the…


Mosaic Ventures, the London-based Series A investor, has closed a second fund at $150M

October 12, 2018

Well, that was quick: A little over two months since we reported that Mosaic Ventures was in the middle of raising a second fund, TechCrunch can reveal that fund two has in fact now closed, as the London-based venture capital firm looks to double down on backing “Europe’s most ambitious entrepreneurs”. We began hearing from sources late last week that news was imminent, and in a call on Saturday morning…


Cryptos second bubble, Juul has 60 days and three Chinese IPOs

October 11, 2018

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. After a long run of having guests clamber aboard each week, we took a interval on that front, bringing together three of our regular hosts instead: Connie Loizos, Danny Chrichton, and myself. Despite the fact that there were just three of us instead of the usual four, we got through a mountain…


A former US president walks into a blockchain conference

October 9, 2018

In a sign of the major cryptocurrency players’ continued influence and ability to pay premium speaking fees, the keynote speaker for Ripple’s two-day Swell conference was none other than former President Bill Clinton. In what felt like a very odd cameo for Clinton, the former president largely meandered through an hour-long conversation about his new James Patterson book, gun regulation, backroom stories regarding the Oslo Treaty and a couple loosely…


The 21-day bitcoin challenge

October 7, 2018

There is a documentary, China’s Netflix equivalent, about a Chinese bitcoin enthusiast who attempts to survive 21 days by merely living on 0.21 bitcoin, or $1,300, without any help or donations. Her name is something of a nom de guerre – a nickname, with “You Bing” directly translating to “having a disease,” and the whole name alludes to the girl’s over-enthusiasm for bitcoin.  banning public cryptocurrency-related speeches, events, or activities,…


Circle Invest lets you buy cryptocurrency collections

October 5, 2018

With Circle Invest, Circle has been trying to make it as easy as possible to get started with cryptocurrency trading. And the company wants to go one step further with collections of multiple tokens. When it first launched, Circle Invest was pretty straightforward. You could download an app, sign up and buy Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic and Litecoin in just a few taps. But the company then started…


SparkLabs is launching a cybersecurity and blockchain accelerator program in the US

October 2, 2018

Investment firm SparkLabs has run accelerator programs across APAC, now it has announced its first that’ll be based on U.S. soil and it’s a cybersecurity and blockchain program that’ll be located in Washington, D.C. from next year. The program will be led by former Startup Grind COO Brian Park and Mike Bott, who is ex-managing director of The Brandery accelerator. Advisors signed on to work with the batch of companies includes…


This bitcoin wallet claims to be hack-proof

September 30, 2018

The SIKURPhone XZ1 is a Sony XZ1 telephone with Sikur’s software on top . Image: Sikur If you need to carry a significant sum of cryptocurrency on you at all occasions, but you simply don’t trust the average smartphone, a company called Sikur might have a solution. On Wednesday, Sikur launched the SIKURPhone, a customized variant of a Sony smartphone, its Android enhanced with the secure, crypto-oriented SikurOS software. SEE…


Coinbase plots to become the New York Stock Exchange of crypto securities

September 28, 2018

The future of Coinbase seems something like the New york stock exchange. That’s according a eyesight laid out by CEO Brian Amstrong who was interviewed on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco today. Coinbase is known for being the most popular exchange for converting fiat currency into crypto — most of the largest traded exchanges are crypto-to-crypto — but he foresees a future in which it plays host to…


You can now pitch Coinbase to list your bad altcoin

September 26, 2018

Bring on the pumps ! Image: Peshkova/ getty Bring on the altcoin spring. Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase razzed an opening of the shitcoin floodgates today with an announcement that it will allow issuers of obscure altcoins, tokens, and even digital collectables like CryptoKitties to officially apply to be listed on its exchange. At present, Coinbase only rosters a few cryptocurrencies — bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ether, ethereum classic, and litecoin — that…


DFINITY raises $102M from a16z and Polychain for a decentralised Internet Computer to rival AWS

September 25, 2018

Since blockchain technology showed, the committee has been a lingering difficulty in the research and development: how to make it scale to billions of users. Bitcoin was famously never truly designed for this, and today other platforms like Ethereum are also striving. If you could rift this difficulty, the thinking starts, you’d end up with the hottest property in blockchain right now. That, a very healthy dose of aspiration, and…


Crypto exchange claiming it’s ‘practically impossible’ to hack suffers hack

September 23, 2018

Whoops . Image: Ladislav Kubes/ getty I guess we shouldn’t be all that surprised. But still, they did say it would be practically impossible. The Japan-based cryptocurrency exchange Zaif suffered a major hack last week. It issued a statement on Thursday stating that approximately $59 million worth of bitcoin, bitcoin cash, and MONAcoin had been stolen by unidentified offenders. This, patently, is not good. What builds it perhaps worse is…


Watching two bitcoin ‘celebs’ arguing poolside will scare you off crypto forever

September 22, 2018

Making pond parties seem lame since 2009. Image: screenshot/ coinsbank The cruise ship wasn’t big enough for the both of them. On September 10, somewhere in the Mediterranean, two well-known competitors in the cryptocurrency space stood awkwardly poolside. A mob, sporting a mix of cryptocurrency-themed t-shirts and bikinis, lounged nearby on the ship’s upper deck. One human, sweatpants sloshing in the water, steady-going a tripod. The Bitcoin versus Bitcoin Cash…


Crypto exchange Kraken trolls NY attorney general after claim it may be acting unlawfully

September 20, 2018

Decentralized GFYS.Image: MADROLLY/GETTY IMAGES It probably wasn’t the smartest move.  Roughly 24 hours after a major report from the New York state attorney general’s office led officials to declare that the cryptocurrency exchange Kraken is “possibly operating unlawfully in New York,” the exchange apparently decided the best response was to thumb its nose at state officials. In a series of tweets from both the official Kraken Twitter account and the…