Hold on to your butts – Argentina is going on sale.

This year Argentina has a new president, one Mauricio Macri. The fellow stands very strongly on the side of capital and against labour, with daily pronouncements drawing the ire of the grobian-socialistoid Argentine (("Hay que reducir los gastos, y el salario es un gasto mas" (Macri) – "El salario es un derecho [umano]!11" (the G-S A). Continue reading

HashFast Asset Auction Cancelled

Last Thursday, Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali approved a joint statement from HashFast and its creditors in which it is made clear that no-one other than Simon Barber is interested in purchasing the remaining assets. Early last month, HashFast was ordered to auction off its assets but plans for the auction have been scuttled at the last moment as the Bid Procedures Order only received "lowball offers."

In addition to the joint statement released last Thursday, a document dated October 31st was made available. This document shows that a Venezuelan congressman by the name of Guido Ochoa made a bid of $420,000, which was accepted, for all HashFast assets but the ASICs. Continue reading

Daniel J Bernstein Speaks on Keeping Crypto Insecure

Yesterday Daniel J Bernstein gave the Keynote speech at the 11th Hackers To Hackers Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A PDF of his slides is available here, and the slide text is presented below for those with PDF aversions. The talk presented a narrative of how an attacker could manipulate the cryptographic ecosystem to culture insecurity. Continue reading