With numerous senior members of Iran's government stricken by the novel coronavirus, Revolutionary Guard leader Hossein Salami made a public statement raising the possibility that the outbreak is the result of a US bioweapon attack (archived). On January 3rd the USG assassinated Iranian Quds Force Major General Qassem Soleimani inside Iraq while there on diplomatic business at Iraq's invitation. Iran retaliated with precision ballistic missile strikes on USG positions in Iraq which the USG humiliatingly could not answer with anything other than token sanctions.
While Salami is merely raising the possibility of USG culpability at this point, the USG's credibility on the international stage is locked into a steep downward spiral.
As the show trial of Joshua Schulte for allegedly leaking the USG.CIA's "Vault 7" hacking tools approaches its end, it has come out that the software was secured behind shared passwords including 123ABCdef, mysweetsummer, and others (archived). The security situation described at trial is such that anyone in the development group could have been the leaker making USG's case on the prosecution consist of "Schulte is the one we know was disgruntled, and he, like everyone else on the team, had the means to leak" and nothing more.
Bitstamp has annouced the addition of novelty segwit only Bech32 addresses to their platform (archived). Segwit involves cleaving the ever important transaction signatures from inclusion in Bitcoin blocks through a set of rules precariously enforced at the convenience of miners. With the signatures cleaved, transactions opting for the lower segwit security standard feature a space saving "spend by anyone" script when added to the Bitcoin blockchain. Continue reading
Larry Dean Harmon of Ohio has been charged with three counts operating a Bitcoin mixer service that partnered with the late "Darknet Market" Alphabay. Alphabay's alleged operator Alexandre Cazes was found dead, hung in a Thai Jail cell back in 2017. The USG is begging for forfeiture of two pieces of Ohio real estate and a third property in Colorado upon conviction for the first two counts of "Conspiracy To Launder Monetary Instruments" and "Operating an Unlicensed Money Transmitting Business". The indictment is reproduced in full below: Continue reading
Panic over the "novel" coronavirus first seen in Wuhan has lead to a congestion of traditional postal mail headed into China (archived). Continue reading
The USG has charged four alleged officers of the "People's Liberation Army" claimed to be working out of the "54th Research Institute" in Beijing for purportedly carrying out the 2017 breach of Equifax. The indictment filed in the Northern District of Georia is reproduced in full below: Continue reading
Virginia's pantsuit government has passed a bill demanding all magazines capable of holding more than 12 rounds of ammunition be destroyed or surrendered to police with the failure to do so classed as a felony (archived). This is just the latest taunt directed at the more than 20,000 armed men who politely demonstrated on the Capitol lawn before leaving in peace. The #Vexit movement that would see most Virginia counties instead hoisting the West Virginia flag is still not being seriously discussed in "mainstream" media outlets as a peaceful resolution to Virginia's current governance crisis.
The US Army is funding an effort at Northeastern University to develop technology for indentifying when audiences have "disengaged" from nagging speakers or "implicit bias in the workplace" using their own words (archived). Continue reading
The kleptocrats in Argentina have targeted online flea market Mercado Libre for looting (archived). The nominally Argentine firm, which does the bulk of its business in Brazil and Mexico while maintaining most of its offices in Delaware, is being targeted for its sale of Argentine treasury bills in the aftermath of "PASO" primary results triggering markets to punish Argentine derpery. Because Mercado Libre dumped the treasury bills before Macri gave voters what they wanted in a Peronist turn to keep their payment processing arm solvent, Mercado Libre CEO Marcos Galperin is being charged with "fraud against the state" by the Kleptocracy. Continue reading
Serial liar Hoaxtoshi, a.k.a. Craig Wright (WoT: nonperson) is desperately flailing for relevance by spamming 831 patent applications, including one on the original Bitcoin code, to fiat registrars. In regards to patenting the Bitcoin whitepaper and code, he was quoted as saying: Continue reading