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Monero Hard Fork To Deter ASIC Mining and Increase Privacy

The privacy-centric cryptocurrency Monero has had another hard fork, and the new updated version is designed to prevent Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) mining and to increase privacy. Monero regularly hard forks about twice every year, some people have called these regular hard forks network upgrades. The latest upgrade happened on Friday April 6th at block number 154600. However, just before ... Read More »

Europol: Monero, Zcash & Dash Hamper Our Work

As crime connected to digital currency takes an undeniably high profile, cryptocurrency experts are battling with the cryptography behind a couple of the digital coins available. Over the past couple of years, the criminal abuse of cryptocurrencies has generally implied Bitcoin, thus, the criminal abuse of which has developed in parallel with its general acceptance and legitimate use. It is ... Read More »

Monero Fork MoneroV Could Harm User Privacy

A hard fork of the privacy-centric cryptocurrency Monero (XMR) could essentially be a trap to erode the privacy of Monero users. The hard fork of Monero, called MoneroV (XMV), is set to split from the Monero blockchain just a couple of weeks into the month of March. Users of the original Monero will receive the 10 times the balance they ... Read More »

Leak Shows US Army and NSA Compromised Tor, I2P, VPNs and Wants to Track Monero

A photograph showing an alleged leaked Army document revealing a joint project to track anonymous cryptocurrencies seems to have come from a somewhat unlikely place. The photograph reveals some interesting things, one of which is the revelation that the National Security Agency (NSA) is conducting a joint project with the US Army’s Cyber Protection Team (CPT) from the Cyber Protection ... Read More »

How to Anonymize your Bitcoin with Monero

When it comes to keeping your OPSEC on point you need to make sure you are keeping all your coins anonymous. ‘Dirty coins’ are crypto coins that have strong links to illegal activity – you don’t want this. Basically, to stay safe, you will want to clean your coins (probably Bitcoin). When one thinks of cleaning their Bitcoin the first ... Read More »

NSA Exploits Used to Create Monero Mining Malware

A pair of exploits used by the NSA, which had been leaked online earlier this year by the hacker group known as the Shadow Brokers, is now causing havoc by aiding a group that is using the exploits to install malware which runs Monero mining software on infected computers. Cybersecurity experts from F5 Networks have discovered an attacker who is ... Read More »

New JavaScript Monero Miner Released as More Sites Begin to Mine Coins

A new JavaScript Monero miner project called Crypto-Loot was launched recently. This new JavaScript Monero miner is a competitor to Coinhive, a mining service which originated from a German image board. These cryptocurrency miners run inside of web browsers when a user navigates to a page which loads and runs the mining script. Some websites have deployed these Monero miners ... Read More »

Monero Considers Implementing zk-STARKs

Monero is one of the most privacy-centric cryptocurrency currently being used, and its developers are continually researching ways to make the cryptocurrency even more private and secure. Originally launched in April 2014 as BitMonero, the project quickly shortened the name simply to Monero, which means Coin in Esperanto. Monero is based on the CryptoNote protocol and uses ring signatures for ... Read More »

Adblocker Extension for Chrome Hid Monero Miner

An adblock extension for Google Chrome was discovered to contain a JavaScript Monero miner within it. The Chrome extension, known as SafeBrowse, was meant to help users block advertising scripts which force users to wait and look at, or click on, an advertisement before proceeding to a page. These advertisements are often hosted by Adfly or Linkbucks. SafeBrowse has become ... Read More »

The Pirate Bay May Be Ditching Ads in Favor of JavaScript Monero Mining

One of the world’s largest torrent sites is testing a new way to generate revenue that doesn’t include advertisements. On certain pages accessed on The Pirate Bay, such as search results and categories, the JavaScript for a Monero miner loads silently in the background and uses the site visitor’s spare CPU cycles. The mining script used by The Pirate Bay ... Read More »

DHS Says Darknet Criminals Are Switching From Bitcoin to Monero

The United States federal government continues to view the privacy-centric cryptocurrency Monero (XMR) as a potential tool for cybercriminals. An agent with the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) told CNBC recently that cybercriminals are “looking more closely at other currencies like Monero and Ethereum.” Earlier this year an FBI agent with the bureau’s Cyber Division told reporters at ... Read More »

Anonymous Cryptocurrency Monero Sees Drastic Increase in Liquidity, Adoption by Largest Exchange

Monero, the second largest privacy-focused anonymous cryptocurrency behind Dash, has recently demonstrated a rapid increase in value after being adopted and integrated by Bithumb, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by volume. Over the past 12 months, South Korea evolved into a major cryptocurrency market, becoming the biggest Ethereum exchange market by trading volume. A significant increase in demand from professional ... Read More »

Wall Street Market Adds Support for Monero

On May 22, the Wall Street Market technical operator said that staff were a bit busy “working on a new big feature for WSM.” And on July 6, the Wall Street Market (WSM) staff revealed that big feature: Monero implementation. Currently, Wall Street Market is the only darknet marketplace with Monero support. Both Alphabay and and Oasis enabled Monero transactions ... Read More »

Monero GUI Wallet Guide

Monero was the first altcoin to be added to a deep web market. The Alphabay announcement was actually the main catalyst for the amazing rally that took Monero from the $2 mark to $20. It is a privacy driven cryptocurrency and it’s one of the best in its field. However, for a long time, Monero didn’t have its own Graphic ... Read More »

FBI Concerned Criminals Could Use Monero

Monero (XMR), the privacy-centric cryptocurrency that was first released in 2014, is now definitely on the FBI’s radar. In late 2016, darknet markets AlphaBay and Oasis Markets began to accept Monero for payments. At a recent seminar session attended by a journalist from CoinDesk, Special Agent Joseph Battaglia of the FBI’s Cyber Division in New York City, told 150 people ... Read More »