Monday, February 22

Widespread Hacking On Australia

Some state-based cyber hackers are continuously targeting the government of Australia and many other institutions in the country, announced by Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison. He said that the attacks are quite widespread. It spread across all levels of government, along with the crucial services and businesses. He brushed aside the identification of a specific state actor and said no prominent personal data violation had been made. The attacks have already happened for months and are still increasing day by day. The Major Targets Morrison was not specific about the hacking cases. However, he mentioned that the government, industry, political organizations, education, health, essential service providers, and operators of other critical infrastructures are under cyber at...

US Homeland Security’s Startup Booster Calls Blockchain Startup Hunt

The Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP), which acts as the startup booster of the DHS or the United States Department of Homeland Security, has recently started yet another hunt. It is primarily for an anti-counterfeiting project based on blockchain technology. The DHS is looking for the project to have flexible interoperability features. The renewal of hunt this year came on the day of Virtual Industry Day. The use case for the startups has been redefined by the Silicon Valley Innovation Program this time. This time, the array of use cases for use by startups includes food supply chain, natural gas, e-commerce, and also a sustainable alternative to Social Security Number. One of the use cases added by SVIP is for the essential worker license, which was mainly inspired by the COVI...

Why IBM’s blockchain isn’t a real blockchain?

In the world of IT, the name of IBM is much known as a primary service provider in various domains. It has come up with multiple technologies in the past some years that have proven the game-changer in the market. Recently this IT giant is again in the news, and this time it is for its penetration in another segment. IBM has recently introduced Hyperledger Fabric and is in the process to launch blockchain pilots with giants like Aetna and Walmart. IBM's version of blockchain called Fabric is promoted as a permissioned blockchain, and it has features similar to Ethereum and Bitcoins. However, it is facing some criticism from market participants as it leaves a lot of loopholes that are not integral to blockchains. It is also not scalable and compatible with public blockchains, which furt...

Bitcoins And Potential Regulations Of US Federal Agencies

In 2013, an event was hosted by the US Treasury Department's Financial Crimes and Enforcement Division (FinCEN). During this event, advocates of bitcoin met with a few federal agencies to discuss the possibilities of bringing Cryptocurrency under government regulation. The discussion revolved around involving law enforcement and financial agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, IRS, Drug Enforcement Administration, Secret Service, and Department of Homeland Security. The specialty of bitcoin is that it does not have a central governing body or central bank. Customers can send it using peer-to-peer networks that don't have any administration. The money is saved in a digital wallet, and each transaction made is stored in a blockchain. Since blockchains are public records, i...