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
USG Madame Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went to Qatar this weekend to watch USG envoy Zalmay Khalilzad sign the USG's surrender to the Taliban, Continue reading
US stock prices took a hit today with the three major indexes all falling more than three percent (archived). The Dow Jones Industrial Average had shown some small gains for the year until markets opened today. The day's 3.56 percent drop takes its performance down to -2.2 percent for 2020. Mainstream reports are crediting coronavirus panic for the loss, but US stock prices have been climbing rapidly the past few months as the Federal Reserve undertook a quiet campaign of "Quantitive Easing", buying questionable debts and printing new dollars.
Four Democratic Virginia State Senators voted in conjunction with Republicans to turn down a bill that would have banned the sale of assault weapons and mandated the surrender or destruction of magazines which hold more than 12 rounds. The bill was proposed by Democratic Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (archived). 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