Bitcoin’s Lightning Network Found More Centralized Than Expected by Researchers

The Lightning Network was found to be more centralized than initially believed, increasingly relying on hubs through a core-periphery model observed by researchers. The Lightning Network’s (LN) configuration is becoming increasingly centralized, with multiple hubs being formed. This is the finding of a yet-to-be-reviewed research paper, released on pre-print site arXiv on Feb. 7. A […]

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The Law Enforcement’s Guide to Policing Crypto Cybercrimes

Partnerships, deanonymization and transaction pattern analysis: What else do international police use to detect crypto cybercriminals? 2019 demonstrated that cyber-attacks are getting more numerous in the cryptocurrency industry, while hardware remains vulnerable and high-profile data leaks are becoming more common. Even worse, the trend is a continuing one.  Way back in June 2018, Kaspersky Lab […]

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Bitcoin Tweets Reach 2-Year High as $10K Fuels Google Interest Surge

Twitter users churn out 75,000 posts mentioning Bitcoin in a single day, as price action sees mainstream consumers pay fresh attention. Bitcoin (BTC) hitting $10,000 catapulted it back into mainstream consciousness — but internet consumers were paying attention before, data shows. Statistics from monitoring resource Bitinfocharts reveal that in early February, mentions of Bitcoin on […]

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Bitcoin Hits $10K, Coinbase Controversy, Buffet with Buffett: Hodler’s Digest, Feb. 3–9

Bitcoin returns to five figures, some Coinbase users are limited to withdrawing $10 a day, and North Korean hackers get inventive. Coming every Sunday, Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions and much more — […]

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Switzerland to Require ID for Crypto Exchange Transactions Over $1K

Swiss regulators are now adopting FATF directives from June 2019, which required to lower the threshold for unidentified crypto exchange transactions to just $1,000. The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) passed an anti-money laundering provision on Feb. 7. Citing additional risk, the threshold for unidentified crypto exchange transactions is lowered from 5,000 CHF to […]

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