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March 6, 2019

Bitcoin Mining’s Most Surprising Haven – Your Local College Campus

CISCO’s Umbrella product harvests such data. Umbrella helps large organizations monitor inbound and outbound traffic, including for suspected cryptocurrency traffic where it’s banned. When analyzing cryptocurrency traffic, they found that the top two sources are energy/utilities companies and college campuses.

McBride believes that since the traffic is “quite distributed,” lots of college students are probably running their own Bitcoin mining rigs, rather than through concerted efforts. Clearly, people living in college dorms are not responsible for their energy bills.

He says:

“You leave [the mining rig] running in your dorm room for four [...]

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March 1, 2019

In Depth: Can Bitcoin Be Traced? – Coinnounce

Bitcoins can be traced back to problems with damage, but current technology has led to practical ways of tracking stolen bitcoins. To track the person who received the bitcoin, the address owner must be aware of it.However, governments do not want bitcoin owners to be unknown and they are trying to regulate bitcoin in a way that can be monitored. People can be found if they shop in a webshop and pay with bitcoin and enter their shipping address ( because they have to get the item they paid for ). It’s really nothing new since people have been doing blockchain analysis and bitcoin tracking since bitcoin was used to exchange stuff on the internet.

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August 28, 2018

Bitcoin is Cool: St. Louis Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has published another research paper validating bitcoin’s legitimacy as a currency, even when used as a tool to facilitate private transactions.

The report, which was written by economist Charles Kahn and published by the St. Louis Fed last month, examines the role of private payments in monetary systems.

Bitcoin a Legitimate Privacy Tool

Kahn argues that, beyond their attractiveness for illegal transactions, private payments serve important, legitimate functions in any monetary system, namely, “protection from malfeasance or negligence by counterparties or by the payments system provider itself.”

Traditionally, this payments [...]

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August 16, 2018

Notes From the Brink: Reasons Behind the Crypto Bear Market

Crypto is notoriously a “tough neighbourhood,” as even evergreen Bitcoin bull Tom Lee has put it. After a week in which double-digit losses wreaked havoc on many high-profile cryptos, and Bitcoin(BTC) momentarily fell through the $6,000 support, pitiless bearish sentiment has been circling, with some accusing the top coin of being “exhibit A” in a “permanently impaired or even game‐over” market.

While Bitcoin may have posted 2018 lows, Ethereum (ETH) also plummeted to an eleven-month low to trade at around $254, falling by as much as 20 percent on August 14 alone. That same day, total market cap collapsed by $13.2 billion — back to late November 2017 [...]

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