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Hacker steals US$440K in 'easily avoidable' digital currency breach
A hacker hijacked Black Wallet to steal around $440,000 from Bitcoin rival Stellar Lumen - High Tech Bridge's CEO says it was simple to prevent.
Nelson not-for-profit electricity provider accepting payment in Bitcoin
"NextGen Energy is creating disruptive opportunities within the NZ electricity sector, and actively pursues the adoption of new technologies."
New Zealand's tech leaders get behind global blockchain platform
Kiwi tech stars are launching the world’s first blockchain platform for the multi-billion-dollar global online ratings and review industry.
Exclusive interview: Chatbot 101 with Tim McNamara, founder of Hut34
"We’ve sold about $2.7million worth of tokens for the ecosystem.”
FinTech industry welcomes Govt's anti-money laundering rules for digital currencies
“The legislation will help bring further legitimacy to exchanges operating in Australia, unlocking the benefits of digital currency usage."
IoT, cryptocurrency, Linux & WiFi hacks: WatchGuard's security predictions for 2018
WatchGuard Technologies has whipped up some key IT security predictions ranging from IoT botnets to Linux attacks.
More than the money: The future potential of blockchain
Blockchain is more than a buzzword thrown around in banking circles; it’s the future of distributed security.
Startup making Bitcoin accessible to NZers raises $400k
The startup plans to use the funding to continue driving growth in New Zealand while also expanding into the UK market.
Malicious cryptocurrency miners shift focus to Google Play
Cryptocurrency miners are spreading beyond computer operating systems and on to Android applications through Google Play.
Blockchain tipped to be top cybersecurity trend in 2018
If cybercriminals are confident that Bitcoin provides a safe mechanism for the payment of ransoms, it indicates just how secure blockchain is.
The Coinhive cryptocurrency miner - more trouble than it's worth?
"Somewhere between malicious use, irresponsible use and implementation, it seems that end-users always come out on the losing end of this deal."
Gemalto & Ledger bring security to finance firms seeking blockchain
Gemalto is focusing its efforts on blockchain and cryptocurrency thanks to a partnership with specialised cryptocurrency security provider Ledger.
North Korea's cyber attacks against South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges failed
South Korean police have completed investigations into North Korea’s alleged attempts to steal cryptocurrency from four South Korean Bitcoin exchanges
Is bitcoin the new alternative investment or a bubble ready to burst?
The surge in bitcoin prices means that the cryptocurrency’s market valuation has now crossed $75bn.
Monero cryptocurrency miner enslaves Windows Server 2003 systems in botnet
“As a significant number of systems are still vulnerable, users of Windows Server 2003 are strongly advised to apply the security update KB3197835."
Ethereum Classic & Litecoin cryptocurrencies now available in NZ
New Zealanders are now able to buy and sell two alternative Bitcoin cryptocurrencies in New Zealand dollars.
EITest hijacks tech support scam pages to mine cryptocurrency
Tech support scams are now being used as social engineering tools as part of EITest’s campaign to deliver Coinhive’s Monero cryptocurrency miner.
North Korea's nefarious links to cryptocurrency theft
North Korean state-sponsored actors may be behind campaigns to steal virtual currencies in order to fund the state’s activities.
Diamond-backed cryptocurrency Sparkle Coin to launch token sale
By backing Sparkle Coin with diamonds, early adopters have a safety net for their participation in cryptocurrency.
Aussie anti-piracy blockchain startup launches token sale
Team Veredictum want to use their token, Ventana, to reduce film and video piracy by 80% over 10 years.
KyberNetwork introduces first decentralised cryptocurrency exchange
Centralised exchanges are also prone to price manipulation, DDoS attacks, internal fraud, which KyberNetworks wants to change.
Hackers steal $32m of ethereum cryptocurrency – expert commentary and advice
In the second heist this week, hackers have stolen around US$32 million - Webroot senior threat analyst shares his commentary and insights.
Cryptopia launches first NZD-tethered cryptocurrency
Tokens available are limited to $100,000 NZDT - not enough liquidity to allow widespread adoption, but Cryptopia hopes to get the ball rolling.
Mind - blown. A blockchain neophyte goes to a conference
A beginner in the arcane art of the blockchain attends day two of the Blockchain NZ conference in Auckland.