Monero's Riccardo Spagni: "Financial privacy is a basic human right"

Speaking in Davos at an event co-hosted by The Block and E8 Partners, Riccardo Spagni, the lead maintainer of a privacy project Monero, spoke about why privacy matters to him and why he thinks it should matter to everyone. Spagni is convinced that financial privacy is a basic human right. “Privacy is not when you […]
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Jan 28, 2019, 5:18PM UTC

Haven Protocol's only developer appears to have abandoned the project

A member of Haven Protocol’s marketing team ‘news.cutter’ said they “consider [Haven Protocol] dead unless some [developers] take it over” in a public chat room. Core developer of Haven Protocol ‘havendev’ said they were “apparently the only person with access to the code repository” and after being asked to open the code, they weren’t heard […]
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Jan 21, 2019, 1:24PM UTC

Researchers claim nearly 4.32% of monero was mined by malware

A research paper on cryptocurrency mining malware finds monero to be the most popular cryptocurrency among cyber-criminals and estimates over 4.32 per cent of all monero in circulation has been mined illegally, slightly less than previously expected. This “largest systematic study of malicious binary-based crypto-mining” was carried out by Sergio Pastrana and Guillermo Suarez-Tangil, researchers from […]
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Jan 11, 2019, 12:12PM UTC

Tracking the rise in crypto-ransoms as Norwegian kidnappers demand payment in Monero

Kidnapping for ransom is an age-old criminal financing tool. But while such demands have traditionally been made in fiat currencies, in recent years, criminals have also been seeking their ransoms in crypto. The relative anonymity of cryptocurrencies makes it much harder for authorities to track down the perpetrators. Law enforcement can identify users’ wallets, but it is […]
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Jan 9, 2019, 6:01PM UTC

Epic Games founder: Fortnite's move to accept monero was "accidental"

Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games, the creators of Fortnite, tweeted on Saturday that “Fortnite’s brief foray into crypto was accidental.” On January 1, there were reports that the official Fortnite merchandise store has started to accept monero (XMR) payments through crypto-friendly payment service GloBee. According to Sweeney, Fortnite was working with a partner to open a merchandise store but […]
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Jan 6, 2019, 8:09PM UTC

Monero is now the "exclusive" cryptocurrency directly supported by Fortnite's merchandise store

Since January 1, the official Fortnite merchandise store, Retail Row, has been accepting cryptocurrency directly. Monero has “exclusively” secured the position as Fortnite’s direct cryptocurrency payment option, as reported by the project here. There are over 125 million gamers playing Fortnite worldwide, so it is a huge opportunity for Monero to expand its user base and awareness.  While […]
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Jan 2, 2019, 7:17PM UTC

U.S. Government wants to research ways to perform forensic analysis of Monero and Zcash

A pre-solicitation document published by the Department of Homeland Security’s Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) shows that the U.S. government is looking for ways to utilize blockchain forensic analytics for privacy-centric cryptocurrencies such as Zcash and Monero. The SBIR program encourages small businesses to provide quality research and to develop new processes, products and technologies in support […]
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Dec 4, 2018, 8:03AM UTC

Bisq volumes reach all time highs as Monero demand spikes

Bisq, a decentralized exchange, surpassed $3.5M in monthly volumes in October and recorded its most successful month since the project’s inception in April 2016. Bisq’s volumes are projected to approach $5M in October. Decentralized exchanges, which allow buyers and sellers to find each other peer-to-peer, have been popping up at a fast clip over the last year, […]
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Oct 22, 2018, 10:19AM UTC