Lunyr Partners with Airbitz to Increase Adoption of the Lunyr Platform

Lunyr Partners with Airbitz to Increase Adoption of the Lunyr Platform

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Lunyr, a decentralized knowledge base built on Ethereum, has partnered with Airbitz to increase adoption and usability of the Lunyr platform.

“This partnership represents a major step forward for Lunyr’s vision of creating a next generation world knowledge base that is accessible to a mainstream audience,” explained Lunyr Project Lead Arnold Pham.

The user experience of managing private keys in Ethereum makes it difficult for a mainstream audience to adopt the platform. To solve this problem, Lunyr has teamed up with Airbitz, which has been working on a decentralized, secure, peer-to-peer synchronized, cryptographic key management system since 2014. With Airbitz, Lunyr users will have the ability to login and manage their accounts through a traditional username and password experience while maintaining a high level of cryptographic security. Users remain in full control of their private keys. With this partnership, Lunyr strives to become more easily adopted by a mainstream audience.

Airbitz CEO Paul Puey expressed his excitement for the Lunyr platform:

“This is a very exciting project for us at Airbitz. Lunyr has an exceptional team and they have a vision that is both highly useful and ideologically exciting for those of us in the blockchain space. Knowledge and information is power. We think everyone in the world should be able to easily access and contribute to reliable, accurate information while at the same time being able to secure their own personal information and value while doing it. The partnership between Lunyr and Airbitz is an example of where technology is heading. Decentralized, open, secure, and liberating.”

Lunyr has raised over $675,000 in crowdfunding to date. The crowdfunding is currently in progress and ends on April 26, 2017. Lunyr tokens are a flat price so later buyers can join anytime for the same price as early buyers.

Further information:
https://lunyr.com
https://medium.com/lunyr

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Company name: Lunyr Inc.
Company site: https://lunyr.com
Company contacts: 2040 Martin Ave, Santa Clara, California 95050, USA
Email: support@lunyr.com


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Your Bitcoins Open to CIA and Criminals, Heed Wikileaks’ Warning

Wikileaks has exposed the CIA’s hacking tools and techniques in “the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency.” Some readers are probably compromised without knowing it – if not by the government, then by criminals who have acquired the non-secured tools. Here’s how to assess your vulnerability and what to do about it. 

Also read: Bitcoin Gamblers Have Wagered $4.5 Billion in BTC Since 2014

What is “Vault 7”?

Your Bitcoins Open to CIA and Criminals, Heed Wikileaks' Warning“Vault7” is Wikileaks’ codename for a series of massive document releases on the e-surveillance and cyber-warfare techniques of the CIA. It is not known how many releases will occur but four have so far.

  • March 7: “Year Zero” contains over 8,000 documents or “more than several hundred million lines of code” – that render the CIA’s entire hacking capacity.
  • March 23: “Dark Matter” documents several CIA projects to infect Apple Mac firmware and explains how the CIA gains “persistence” on “Apple Mac devices, including Macs and Iphones” and how it uses “EFI/UEFI and firmware malware.”
  • March 31: “Marble Framework” offers 676 source code files for the CIA’s program that aims “to hamper forensic investigators and anti-virus companies from attributing viruses, trojans and hacking attacks to the CIA.”
  • April 7: “Grasshopper” contains 27 documents from the CIA regarding “a platform used to build customized malware payloads for Microsoft Windows operating systems.”

“Year Zero” is the most interesting to Bitcoin users because it documents proximate dangers. “Grasshopper” is also important to examine.

Which Devices are Vulnerable to CIA ‘Infection’?

Your Bitcoins Open to CIA and Criminals, Heed Wikileaks' WarningThis Wikileaks dump reiterated something we already knew; Our devices are fundamentally unsafe. No matter what kind of encryption we use, no matter which secure messaging apps we take care to run, no matter how careful we are to sign up for two-factor authentication, the CIA—and, we have to assume, other hackers—can infiltrate our operating systems, take control of our cameras and microphones, and bend our phones to their will. The same can be said of smart TVs, which could be made to surreptitiously record our living-room conversations.

Consider just three.

Smartphones

Reason magazine states the danger simply. “According to Wikileaks, the documents show the CIA has a specialized unit specifically for stealing data from Apple products like the Iphone and the Ipad, and another unit for Google’s Android mobile operating system. These units create malware based on ‘zero- day’ exploits that the companies that develop the compromised systems are not aware of.”

PC Backdoors

CIA can reputedly infect computers which run on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. Mac OS or Linux – those are reported to be affected as well.

Weeping Angel

C/net reports that Weeping Angel is an “alleged spying tool, co-developed by the CIA and the UK’s MI5 security agency, which lets a Samsung Smart TV (specifically, the F8000 Smart TV) pretend to turn itself off — and record your conversations — when you’re not using the screen.” Although there is evidence of development since 2014, there is no hard evidence of completion. Note: Samsung drew sharp criticism in 2015 when its smart TVs were shown to be recording private conversations.

Weeping Angel may not affect Bitcoin use directly but it demonstrates the pervasive surveillance being pursued by the CIA.

A Truly Troublesome Wrinkle – Criminals

Your Bitcoins Open to CIA and Criminals, Heed Wikileaks' WarningMost people will not be targeted by the CIA or even by government agencies with which the hacking tools may have been shared, like the IRS. But the CIA seems to have lost control of their own tools including weaponized viruses, malware, and trojans. The tools, code, and strategies apparently circulated freely among former contractors and hackers for the U.S. government, who were not authorized to view them.

NBC News reported on an interview with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. “Assange ridiculed the CIA for failing to guard information about its online arsenal, allowing it to be passed around within the intelligence community. That is how the material ended up in Wikileaks’ hands ─ and, possibly, criminals’, he said.” Wikileaks has “held off publishing viruses and other weapons”; it has delayed publication in order to first “disarm” the tools.

You should assume that weaponized hacking tools are in private hands. The CIA may not consider you “worthy” of targeting but criminals are less discriminating.

What to Do in Self-Protection?

  1. Avoid the specific companies, devices and operating systems mentioned in Vault 7. Wikileaks has compiled an impressive list of the “companies, products, tools, and terms that are mentioned in the Vault 7: CIA Hacking Tools Revealed publication to date.” The list is here.
  2. Some companies, like Mozilla, have vowed to fix the vulnerabilities, and Assange has provided incentive. A headline in the Washington Examiner (March 18) stated, “Wikileaks threatens to reveal tech companies that haven’t responded to help offer against CIA hacks.” But how will you know if the companies actually come through? If you are loyal to an operating system, as I am to Linux, then take further steps.
  3. Don’t abandon encryption. It still offers better security than “naked” transmissions.
  4. If your iOS and Android devices are compromised, so are your apps because input can be grabbed before encryption. Use open source software whenever possible. Richard Stallman of the GNU Project explained: “Proprietary software tends to have malicious features. The point is, with a proprietary program, when the users don’t have the source code, we can never tell. So you must consider every proprietary program as potential malware.” (Android’s core is open source but closed source has been added on top of it.)
  5. Keep strangers physically away from your devices, because some of the compromises revealed seem to require a physical interaction.
  6. Update your operating systems to the latest version. The company may have fixed security weaknesses and your current system may not accept security updates. Alternatively, consider switching to an older “dumb” phone.
  7. Use an antivirus program. If a backdoor was installed with the company’s cooperation, malware may not be detected, let alone fixed, by security updates.
  8. Don’t just turn devices off. One security advisor suggests treating microphones as if they were guns. Always assume they are loaded and unplug them.

Stay safe out there.

What do you think about the CIA’s hacking tools, and Vault 7? Let us know in the comments below. 


Images courtesy of Shutterstock, Pixabay, and Wikileaks. 


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The Tatiana Show – Matt Philips of the Free State Project

Tatiana and Josh interview Matt Phillips of the Free State Project.

Topics Include:

–“What is the Free State Project?”

–“The Importance of Community”

–“Scammers”

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-Matt Philips majored in politics at Princeton and interned at the Cato Institute before joining Internet advertising pioneer DoubleClick (now owned by Google). He then co-founded Right Media (bought by Yahoo!). He now lives in New Hampshire, where he is an angel investor and the president of the Free State Project.

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BitBoost to Launch the Block, a ‘Decentralised EBay’

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The Ethereum-based marketplace BitBoost will allow anyone to list items for sale and shop online, with low fees, a high level of privacy, and zero censorship.

BitBoost is announcing The Block, a new decentralised e-commerce platform, and will shortly launch its public beta ahead of a crowdfund later this year. The marketplace, which is based on smart contracts protocol Ethereum, will allow buyers and sellers to trade online, in a similar manner to eBay but with the efficiencies and advantages of a decentralised architecture.

‘Ethereum allows us outsource the global infrastructure that eBay has to maintain, with the result that we can charge way, way less,’ explains CEO Paul Mahone. ‘We have a very simple fee structure. We only charge to list an item, and never take a percentage of the sale price. A basic listing will cost about 1 USD in BitBoost tokens.’

Paul Mahone has been invited to Seamless Ecommerce Middle East 2017 in Dubai, where he will be one of the Conference Speakers on May 2nd, presenting “Evaluating the potential of the blockchain for ecommerce” as Bitboost CEO.
User experience

The Block is currently available as a desktop application, with a mobile version to come. Cryptocurrency applications are typically complex and require a high degree of technical proficiency as well as a resource-heavy blockchain download – something that the creators of The Block have been at pains to avoid in the interests of building a platform suitable for mass-market adoption.

The marketplace has a clean, straightforward interface that will be familiar to anyone who shops online. A built-in Ethereum wallet, with ETH purchases via BTC enabled through an integrated instant-exchange app, means that the user never has to leave the platform and no third-party wallet service is required. Multiple languages are offered, and a stable, fast user experience ensures no unnecessary technical barriers for customers. However, being built on Ethereum’s blockchain means that The Block offers something qualitatively different to other e-commerce platforms.

Blockchain advantages

As a decentralised platform with listings held on the blockchain, The Block never goes offline and there is no single point of failure. It is a censorship-resistant system: any merchant can list anything for sale, and users can buy and sell without the risk of intervention by third-parties for political or other reasons. Information is stored on thousands of computers around the world, so The Block cannot be shut down.

In line with other cryptocurrencies, using Ether as a payment method brings the possibility of a high degree of privacy. In contrast to other e-commerce platforms, no personal information is ever required from users, either for registration or for payment. Users can connect via the developers’ Ethereum nodes, or via their own node for additional safety if necessary. Listings cannot be removed, even by The Block’s team – although optional blacklists can be provided, to allow users to filter out particular items and sellers if desired.

The Block is currently in private beta. The pool of testers will be expanded as the application becomes market-ready, and a public beta will follow before full launch. For more information, visit www.bitboost.net.

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North Korean Hackers Stole $88,000 Worth of Bitcoin Each Month from 2013-2015

Hackers in North Korea reportedly stole large amounts of bitcoins between 2013 and 2015. South Korea was one of the targets, but not the only one.

Also read: Why South Korean Bitcoin Adoption Could Outpace Most Other Countries This Year

Bitcoins Stolen from 2013-2015

Radio Free Asia (RFA) is a private, nonprofit international broadcasting corporation based in the US. The publication reported on Wednesday that North Korean hackers stole more than 100 million won worth of bitcoin, approximately US$88,000, each month from 2013 to 2015.

Choi Sang-Myong is a senior official at South Korea’s cybersecurity firm Hauri Inc. He told the publication, as translated by South Korea’s largest news agency Yonhap, that:

Cyber criminals have turned to bitcoin for money as it is very difficult to track them down. Since tracking down the culprits is very difficult, North Korea had jumped on the bandwagon of bitcoin extortion since around 2012.

First Target: South Korea

The relations between North and South Korea became extremely strained in 2013, during North Korean Hackers Stole $88,000 Worth of Bitcoin Each Month from 2013-2015the Korean Crisis, when North Korea blocked access to the Kaesong Industrial Region for all South Korean citizens. Both countries agreed to reopen the industrial park four months later, but tensions stayed on edge in the meantime.

According to Choi, the bitcoin thefts targeting South Korea began during the two weeks that followed the shutdown of the Kaesong industrial park that year. North Korean hackers soon stole about 40 million won worth of bitcoin from South Korea at the time, Choi revealed, but noted that the country has not been the only target. He added:

After that, they were confirmed to have secured more than 100 million won in bitcoin every month.

While Choi confirmed North Korea’s bitcoin theft activities up to 2015, he speculated that the hackers involved may have moved onto other more profitable fields thereafter.

Bitcoiners in North Korea

Besides the hackers, there have not been many reports of Bitcoin users in North Korea, North Korean Hackers Stole $88,000 Worth of Bitcoin Each Month from 2013-2015due to their totalitarian internet policy that limits access to a handful of elites and scientists.

However, in January 2014, the first claimed Bitcoin transaction was sent from North Korea, for the amount of 0.1037 btc to Sean’s Outpost, a homeless shelter in Pensacola, Florida. Using the discontinued Changetip app, Reddit user Bitcoindprk proved that he was on a tour in North Korea and sent $100 at the time to the famous Bitcoiner’s charity, run by Jason King. In doing so, the nameless Redditor demonstrated that Bitcoin truly has no borders.

Admitting that it would be a few years until the locals would even get access to the internet, he also claimed that he had been handing out paper wallets “with a few mbtc each to the Korean guides” who accompanied him on the tour.

Do you think North Korea is one of the biggest bitcoin Hodlers? Let us know in the comments section below.


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