Why US Intelligence Experts Have Been Monitoring Bitcoin

Why US Intelligence Experts Have Been Monitoring Bitcoin

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Hundreds of U.S. experts within defense and intelligence agencies are seeking to understand how virtual currencies like Bitcoin could undermine the U.S.’s long-standing ability to disrupt the financial networks of its foes and even permanently upend parts of the global financial system, Newsweek confirmed in a report. Juan Zarate, senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and also on the board of advisers for Coinbase, told the weekly news magazine that virtual currencies pose a challenge. It runs contrary to the fundamentals of transparency and accountability that have been built over the last three decades to tackle terrorism, human trafficking, money-laundering and many other types of criminal activity. Is FBI hacking Bitcoin users’ computers? This new information will inadvertently provide an answer to the suspicion held previously that some agencies of the U.S. government have made moves that suggest Bitcoin users are being targeted for unconfirmed reasons. There were reports that a revised Rule 41 would allow the FBI to use a single warrant to hack an indefinite number of computers anywhere in the world. The rule, which will offer authorities an expansion of power over taxable pools of hidden assets such as cryptocurrencies, has been a …

A Jailed Ross Ulbricht Wasn’t Enough For Someone To Access Silk Road Operator’s Account

A Jailed Ross Ulbricht Wasn’t Enough For Someone To Access Silk Road Operator’s Account

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Who doesn’t really know the man Ross Ulbricht? Well, it turns out a lot of you folks don’t so let’s begin with a two line introduction. Ross Ulbricht is the man behind “Dread Pirate Roberts”, you may ask what on earth is Dread Pirate Roberts. Basically, Ross Ulbricht was convicted (a while ago) for operating a Silk Road drug marketplace online. He used the pseudonym Dread Pirate Roberts for the obvious privacy reasons. This fact, however, isn’t news. The real news is that attorneys who are representing Ross Ulbricht have revealed that they have managed to unearth concrete evidence that someone (no one knows the name of this someone at the moment) accessed the Dread Pirate Roberts account by logging in at the Silk Road online forums while their client was in jail. The incidence, attorneys for Ross Ulbricht claim, took place about six weeks after Ross Ulbricht was arrested by law enforcement agencies for running an online drug marketplace. Additionally, it was also revealed that Ross Ulbricht was in the custody of federal authorities when that certain someone accessed his account on the Silk Road online drug marketplace. However, there is still some doubt about the authenticity of the evidence …

With One Percent of Indians Investing Money into Bitcoin, Its Price Can Reach $1000 by the End of 2016

With One Percent of Indians Investing Money into Bitcoin, Its Price Can Reach $1000 by the End of 2016

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What could possibly happen if and when a tiny fraction – one percent – of the Indian populationgets a hold on what Bitcoin could do for them in the country’s time of demonetization, which has forced the citizens into applying unusual efforts to access and use their hard-earned money? Something big, but not unexpected. For starters, a lot is happening globally and India is one of them. Taking Vinny Lingham’s tweeton Nov. 17, which says: “I don’t think the market fully appreciates how much money is about to flow into Bitcoin over the next month.” With hashtags like; #india #trump #china #fed, it could create a nexus, with the prediction by CivicKey’s CEO that the price of Bitcoin will hit the $1000 mark before the end of 2016. Lamassu’s co-founder Josh Harvey started this puzzle with a tweet that says that there are 13 mln people in the Indian one percent, and the fact that many of them will be hearing about Bitcoin now is in itself a big deal. With the Editor in Chief at Adamant Research, Tuur Demeester, adding in a tweet that Bitcoin, on Indian exchange Zebpay, has been selling for 20 percent premium, equivalent to $895, one could …

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Bitcoin Anonymity Over? United States Government Seeks Identity, Transaction Records of Coinbase Users

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The U.S. government is seeking the identity of Coinbase users for tax purposes, sparking fears that Bitcoin’s anonymity may be compromised. According to a legal summons filed in the Northern California District Court, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) seeks to identify several Coinbase users and their financial activity, based on evidence that they may have violated U.S. tax laws: “Based upon a review of the petition and supporting documents, the Court has determined that the “John Doe” summons to Coinbase, Inc. relates to the investigation of an ascertainable group or class of persons, that there is a reasonable basis for believing that such group or class of persons has failed or may have failed to comply with any provision of any internal revenue laws, and that the information sought to be obtained from the examination of the records or testimony (and the identities of the persons with respect to whose liability the summons is issued) are not readily available from other sources.” As indicated by the summons, two things are clear: one, the IRS has tracked Bitcoin-related activity sufficiently to be able to determine that certain users may not be in compliance with tax law, and two, this activity …