Twitter hack: Three charged for alleged roles, including 17-year-old ‘mastermind’ (USA Today)

USA Today: Twitter hack: Three charged for alleged roles, including 17-year-old ‘mastermind’. “Three people, including a 17-year-old Tampa teen, face charges linked to the largest breach ever on Twitter, affecting the accounts of verified figures including Bill Gates and former President Barack Obama. In a statement released Friday, the Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office in Florida said the teen was the ‘mastermind’ behind the hack, which involved posting messages on high-profile Twitter accounts soliciting bitcoin.”

Ars Technica: Woz sues YouTube over “bitcoin giveaway” scam videos using his name

Ars Technica: Woz sues YouTube over “bitcoin giveaway” scam videos using his name. “Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has sued YouTube over the proliferation of ‘bitcoin giveaway’ scam videos on the YouTube platform. The videos falsely use the names of Wozniak and other celebrities—including Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin—to give the scams legitimacy.”

CNN: Twitter’s massive hack could be even worse than it seems

CNN: Twitter’s massive hack could be even worse than it seems. “The enormous Twitter hack that led to the accounts of a former US president, a possible future president, numerous billionaire businessmen, celebrities and the world’s most valuable company all promoting a bitcoin scam may go down as one of the worst cybersecurity disasters ever to hit a social media company.”

Livemint: BitBuddy launches Bitcoin explorer- a web tool to access all Bitcoin statistics

Livemint: BitBuddy launches Bitcoin explorer- a web tool to access all Bitcoin statistics. “The users can access every record of Bitcoin from explorer, including the real-time Bitcoin statistics, mining difficulty rate, and Bitcoin transfer hash. This unique interface can also be used to track and understand all insights of the Bitcoin blockchain. Additionally, it also provides the transaction status done via Bitcoin, a crypto asset.”

CoinWorld360: Brave New Coin’s new tool uses artificial intelligence to track emotions of the crypto community on Twitter

CoinWorld360: Brave New Coin’s new tool uses artificial intelligence to track emotions of the crypto community on Twitter. “Brave New Coin (BNC), a New Zealand research company specializing in blockchains, has introduced a new system for assessing the emotions of the Bitcoin community based on Twitter messages. According to the BNC, the new Twitter Sentiment assessment system analyzes over 34 million Twitter feeds related to the bitcoin every week. The firm uses artificial intelligence algorithms that look for entries containing the words bitcoin, $BTC and BTC and others.”

Bitcoin News: Decryptionary Helps New Investors Understand Crypto Terms

Bitcoin News: Decryptionary Helps New Investors Understand Crypto Terms. “Decryptionary provides concise definitions of many terms that are widely used in the crypto industry. You have the option to look up a specific word or phrase relating to cryptocurrencies and distributed ledgers using the site’s search bar. Alternatively, you can access the full contents of the online dictionary where entries are listed by first letter or number.”

Navigating Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP: How Google Is Quietly Making Blockchains Searchable (Forbes Africa)

Forbes Africa: Navigating Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP: How Google Is Quietly Making Blockchains Searchable. “It’s a balmy 80 degrees on a mid-December day in Singapore, and something is puzzling Allen Day, a 41-year-old data scientist. Using the tools he has developed at Google, he can see a mysterious concerted usage of artificial intelligence on the blockchain for Ethereum. Ether is the world’s third-largest cryptocurrency (after bitcoin and XRP), and it still sports a market cap of some $11 billion despite losing 83% of its value in 2018. Peering into its blockchain—the distributed database of transactions underpinning the cryptocurrency—Day detects a ‘whole bunch’ of ‘autonomous agents’ moving funds around ‘in an automated fashion.'”

Ars Technica: Widely used open source software contained bitcoin-stealing backdoor

Ars Technica: Widely used open source software contained bitcoin-stealing backdoor. “A hacker or hackers sneaked a backdoor into a widely used open source code library with the aim of surreptitiously stealing funds stored in bitcoin wallets, software developers said Monday. The malicious code was inserted in two stages into event-stream, a code library with 2 million downloads that’s used by Fortune 500 companies and small startups alike.”

CNET: Facebook’s Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and bitcoin top this year’s list of Tech Turkeys

CNET: Facebook’s Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and bitcoin top this year’s list of Tech Turkeys. “For generations, the president of the United States has ushered in the holiday season by pardoning a turkey, saving it from the Thanksgiving dinner table. Unfortunately for the tech industry, there’s no saving its turkeys. The list of tech screwups, blunders and embarrassments is long this year. And much of it intersects with politics because Facebook, Twitter, Google and Reddit are now ground zero for election interference, fake news, hacking and online troll wars that spill into the real world.”

Wired UK: Why can’t Twitter stop Elon Musk bitcoin scams? It’s complicated

Wired UK: Why can’t Twitter stop Elon Musk bitcoin scams? It’s complicated. “Verified Twitter accounts – including Google’s G-Suite and Matalan – are getting hacked and pretending to be Elon Musk. The bitcoin scams are making thousands but why can’t Twitter do anything about them?”

Ask Leo: How Does Bitcoin Mining Work?

Ask Leo: How Does Bitcoin Mining Work?. “It’s been hard to avoid hearing about cryptocurrencies lately, especially Bitcoin. Opinions run the gamut from it being ‘worthless, artificial gold”’ to the wave of the future and next universal currency we’ll all be using someday. Regardless of what you think about its future, the underlying technology is fascinating to people like me. Recent reports once again question the (unverified) excessive amount of electricity being used to power Bitcoin mining operations. The question is, of course, how does mining something that exists only as bits and bytes in a computer use so much electricity? Heck, just what is ‘mining’ in this context, anyway? To understand that a little better while sidestepping some of the complexity, we’ll play a game.”

Bitcoin Price Depends More on ‘Silent Majority’ Than Twitter ‘Thought Leaders’: Research (CCN)

CCN: Bitcoin Price Depends More on ‘Silent Majority’ Than Twitter ‘Thought Leaders’: Research. “The louder they are, the less influence they have. This seems to be the conclusion drawn by Feng Mai, a researcher at the New Jersey-based Stevens Institute of Technology, after conducting a study investigating the influence of social media on the bitcoin price.”

PR Newswire: TipRanks Launches CoinWatch, a Comprehensive Platform for Data Aggregation and Analytics in the Cryptocurrency Market (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: TipRanks Launches CoinWatch, a Comprehensive Platform for Data Aggregation and Analytics in the Cryptocurrency Market (PRESS RELEASE). “TipRanks, the world’s leading financial analyst ranking service, today announced the launch of an innovative tool dedicated to providing in-depth data and real-time analytics on the volatile cryptocurrency market. In addition to aggregating the latest trading prices and historical data for over 1,000 different crypto coins, CoinWatch offers unique data on recent media buzz and news sentiment affecting coins.”

BetaNews: Google slaps a ban on cryptocurrency ads

BetaNews: Google slaps a ban on cryptocurrency ads. “Google has announced that advertisements for cryptocurrencies will be banned from its platform starting in June. The ban not only covers currencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, but also related products such as initial coin offerings, cryptocurreny exchanges and digital wallets.”