The worthless Forkcoin know as "Bitcoin Gold" is even more worthless having been hit by double spending and 51% attacks demonstrating that its deviant blockchain lacks sufficient interest and value to attract sufficient mining activity. Much like the Roger Ver-ified "Bitcoin Cash" Forkcoin, "Bitcoin Gold" was split from the Bitcoin Blockchain via hardfork by a marginal crew with odd politics and like "Bitcoin Cash" failed to attract sufficient serious interest to matter.
The hill on which the "Bitcoin Gold" crew chose to die was changing the mining algorithm to a GPU mining friendly memory hard algorith of recent publication dubbed "equihash" leaving their blockchain's security to the mercy of altcoin miners with GPU farms and no particular loyalty to any of the non-Bitcoin blockchains they mine. The meteorological risk of circumstances aligning to make these attacks the natural, economically rational choice for miners looms over every purported "cryptocurrency" blockchain that fails to attract sufficient value to actually be Bitcoin.
A great many types of vulnerability-by-design in consumer routers have been public for a rather long time: Linksys, MikroTik, NETGEAR, TP-Link, and other vendors, have — for the entire history of this product type — been selling boxes that are, essentially, public toilets, free for the remote taking by any reasonably-intelligent teenager.
It appears that this "news" has finally percolated down through the drains and into the dark cellars where USG gendarmerie dwell. As part of their regular work to force the replacement of systems containing old, burned NSA-authored vulnerabilities, with new and fresh ones — USG.FBI have recently turned their attention to consumer routers.
The lively petri dish of self-propagating shitware now commonly known to be dwelling in the NSA victims' home routers, has been officially blamed on Putin's omnipotent DNC-diddling brigade. Respectable, non-terrorist USG subjects will, presumably, be issued new, "clean" routers, in the nearest future.
The burning of these vulnerabilities was handled by having "researchers" affiliated with Cisco unveil the presence of a botnet populated by ~500,000 small routers commandeered by an artful piece of malware which persists across device reboots (archived). Meanwhile, Cisco continues having its own profound and self-inflicted security issues.
A member of the US embassy staff in China has reported to have suffered a "mild brain injury" after experiencing a abnormal sound. Similar incidents in Cuba lead the US to depopulate its diplomatic mission in that country. That these incidents keep happening in US embassies raises the possibility that various surveillance and electronic warfare equipment maintained by the US empire in its embassies has adverse effects on human health.
British immigration authorities are demanding businessman Roman Abramovich "prove" the legitimacy of his wealth (archived). Abramovich has numerous business ties to the United Kingdom developed over the years including his personal ownership of the Chelsea football club. For years Abramovich has held a "Tier 1" investors visa, but is latest renewal application is being held up pending a new and invasive AML/KYC demonstration of the money's "legitimacy", in the eyes of the government ruling for the crown.
Yet another vulnerability baked into the "speculative execution" optimizations bundled with many contemporary CPUs has been documented (archived). Expect this trend to continue well into the future.
In the latest round of Cisco patches, the known USG.NSA collaborators included a patch for "CVE-2018-0222" a intentionally placed yet undocumented administrator account with fixed credentials in Cisco's Digital Network Architecture Center (archived).
German daily newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung ran this rather credible cartoon featuring Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a sterotypical Jew in drag, following in a long German tradition of caricaturing Jews in drawings. However, uproar alleging anti-semitism over a German newspaper publishing a Jewish caricature lead the newspaper to fire 85 year old cartoonist Dieter Hanitzsch.
The editorial staff that published the cartoon for print distribution however apologized profusely while throwing the elderly cartoonist Dieter under the boxcars.
A number of dubious publications this week floated a "research paper" of unclear origin, methadology, and conclusion. The popularly distilled headline they produced from the report is that Bitcoin has either achived or is set to imminently achieve 0.5% of the world's energy consumption. Naturally pantsuit outlets editorialized this uncertain finding as "a bad thing" though few things are more encouraging.
Reports are emerging out of the US that a woman died after having been attacked by a pack of seven small dogs (archived). Local media identifies the dogs as dachshunds all weighing under 18 kilograms.
Maduro's criminal gang in Venezuala has seized Kellogg's cereal production factories after the carbohydrate giant decided to quit Maduro's ongoing transformation of the petrostate into a Marxist Theocracy (archived). Maduro declared Kellogg's exit "unconsitutional" and proceeded to turn the means of production Kellogg left behind over to "the workers" according to what are surely Maduro's sincerely held religious beliefs.
Venezuala will be holding presidential elections on Sunday.