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Big business in cryptocurrencies and cybercrime
Wed 10 Aug 2022
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As of June this year, about a quarter (26%) of Australians considered cryptocurrency as a good investment, and over 36% have at one point considered buying cryptocurrency as an investment.
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Nvidia joins the list of brands favoured by fraudsters
Wed 20 Jul 2022
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“Crypto scams that involve images of celebrities, or power brands, have become trendy. We’ve witnessed campaigns with Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Pavel Durov."
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Bitcoin ATMs becoming more mainstream, increasing by 4,200% worldwide
Fri 11 Mar 2022
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Bankless Times has recently carried out research that highlights an increase of 4200% in global Bitcoin ATMs in the past six years. 
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2021 a year to remember for blockchain industry - report
Wed 26 Jan 2022
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Blockchain application research firm Huobi Research Institute has released its Global Blockchain Industry Overview and Trends 2021-2022 Annual Report.
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Check Point Research reveals how hackers run token scams and 'Rug Pull' money - and how to avoid them
Tue 25 Jan 2022
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Check Point Research has revealed how scammers are altering smart contracts to create fraudulent tokens. They then use methods to "rug pull" money from people with altered smart contracts, leading to money heists.
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Ability to access and share data may drive more cybercrime in 2022 - security firm
Mon 10 Jan 2022
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Enabling data to move more easily between organisations will undoubtedly lead to more crime, says a cybersecurity firm.
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Bitcoin's in a slump but expert says ignore the crypto deniers to build long term wealth
Tue 4 Jan 2022
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Bitcoin is likely to record its worst monthly performance since May, but the CEO of a global financial giant says you should 'ignore the crypto deniers' if you want to seriously build your wealth for the long term.
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Blockchain company DigitalX appoints new CEO after extensive search process
Tue 28 Dec 2021
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DigitalX has announced the appointment of experienced finance industry executive Lisa Wade as CEO.
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90% of crypto enthusiasts expecting inflation to be a real problem
Mon 2 Aug 2021
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“As an asset in limited supply, fast growing cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin can be a strong inflation hedge against devaluing fiat currencies."
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Bitcoin cyber attacks surge 200%
Tue 29 Jun 2021
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“Accelerating interest and demand for bitcoin has provided cyber criminals with a payments method that is virtually untraceable, enabling a multi-billion economy of ransomware."
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New wave of Fancy Lazarus DDoS extortion campaigns identified by Link11
Thu 17 Jun 2021
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A new wave of DDoS extortion campaigns by Fancy Lazarus has been identified by Link11.
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New Bitcoin indicator series from State Street
Mon 10 May 2021
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State Street Corporation has launched its new Bitcoin Indicator series, aiming to measure the popularity of Bitcoin and its impact on traditional markets. 
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How Bitcoin could impact the cyber-threat landscape
Wed 27 Jan 2021
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Bitcoin's escalating valuation has made some criminal organisations and malicious individuals very wealthy. The impact of this growth in wealth may have a severe impact on the future threat landscape.
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Dark net vendors wanting Bitcoin payments for unverified COVID-19 vaccines
Thu 14 Jan 2021
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As the medicines are being offered on the dark net, purchasers have no way of knowing whether they are genuine, according to Check Point.
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Price of Bitcoin reaches all-time high in 2020
Wed 23 Dec 2020
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Bitcoin's epic bull run is backed by strong investor interest, according to new research from analyst firm GlobalData.
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Unprecedented Twitter bitcoin scam targets Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Apple
Thu 16 Jul 2020
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As part of the attack, the hacked accounts each tweeted a link and implored their millions of followers to send bitcoin to the address, promising to send back double the donated amount back to the sender. 
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How an investigation into sextortion led to discovery of a criminal underworld
Fri 24 Apr 2020
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According to Sophos, the bitcoin extorted from the scams totalled approximately US$500,000, with individual victims on average forced to pay up to $800 into attackers’ coffers.
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Scammers using Bitcoin, sextortion to take advantage of Coronavirus fears
Fri 20 Mar 2020
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As people's fear and desire to do something about COVID-19 is dominating the news, it is also being exploited in every way by online criminals. 
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ZCoin launches new crowdfunding system to decentralise funding
Sun 29 Dec 2019
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"As a privacy project, decentralisation is essential for long term sustainability which includes governance and funding."
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ESET discovers campaign stealing bitcoins from darknet users
Tue 22 Oct 2019
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ESET researchers have discovered a trojanised Tor Browser that cybercriminals use to steal bitcoins from darknet market buyers.
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Cryptocurrency investors reminded of tax obligations
Mon 9 Apr 2018
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The currency is usually encrypted using Blockchain technology that regulates the generation of new units and verifies fund transfers.
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Cybercriminals laundering $200b in ill-gotten gains – here’s how
Sat 17 Mar 2018
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​A new report from Bromium has landed with a number of startling findings, including the confirmation of a bustling cybercrime laundry market.
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Bitcoin’s not a fad, it’s a waiting game
Fri 16 Mar 2018
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The Bitcoin's wild price swings have polarised people into evangelists and detractors - but why does the technology matter?
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Cryptocurrency exchange says it lost $195m to hackers – but is it a scam?
Tue 13 Feb 2018
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BitGrail wasn't known to many until last week when it announced it had been hacked, but many experts believe all is not as it seems.
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