Articles for August 2016

Warning — Bitcoin Users Could Be Targeted by State-Sponsored Hackers

Another day, another bad news for Bitcoin users.

A leading Bitcoin information site is warning users that an upcoming version of the Blockchain consolidation software and Bitcoin wallets could most likely be targeted by “state-sponsored attackers.”

Recently, one of the world’s most popular cryptocurrency exchanges, Bitfinex, suffered a major hack that resulted in a loss of around $72 Million worth of Bitcoins.

Unauthorized, mislabeled Microsoft support tool leaks; could cause more trouble than it cures | ZDNet


Several mainstream tech sites this week published details of a purported new Microsoft support tool designed to fix problems with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. After some digging, I can report that it is no such thing. My advice: Stay far away from this “Windows Self Healing Tool.”

Source: Unauthorized, mislabeled Microsoft support tool leaks; could cause more trouble than it cures | ZDNet

Someone is Spying on Researchers Behind VeraCrypt Security Audit

After TrueCrypt mysteriously discontinued itself, VeraCrypt became the most popular open source disk encryption software used by activists, journalists, and privacy conscious people.

Due to the huge popularity of VeraCrypt, security researchers from the OSTIF (The Open Source Technology Improvement Fund) announced at the beginning of this month that it had agreed to audit VeraCrypt independently.

Using funds donated by DuckDuckGo and VikingVPN, the OSTIC hired vulnerability researchers from QuarksLab to lead the audit, which would look for zero-day vulnerabilities and other security holes in VeraCrypt’s code.

Source: Someone is Spying on Researchers Behind VeraCrypt Security Audit