Why the next CryptoKitties mania wont be about collectables

Kyle Wood Contributor Taylor Lindman is an associate in Perkins Coie’s New York office focusing on fintech, distributed ledger technology, payments and finance matters. In recent months, the CryptoKitties fad that had users buying and selling tens of thousands of…

Elkrem is a blockchain dev board for tinkerers

Creators of the 1Sheeld, a tool designed to connect smartphones to Arduino boards, have created something even more interesting. Their latest product, the Elkrem, is a smart kit for creating blockchain IoT devices and they have raised $250,000 from Endure…

What the hell is the deal with Tether?

It was a simple concept: a cryptocurrency whose units were always and constantly worth exactly one dollar, because they were backed by dollars held in a bank. Voila: dollars with the powers of crypto, such as the ability to quickly…

How to Protect Yourself Against a SIM Swap Attack

A spate of hacked Instagram accounts. A $220 million lawsuit against AT&T. A bustling underground crime ring. They all have roots in an old problem that has lately found new urgency: SIM card swaps, a scam in which hackers steal…

Meet the Man With a Radical Plan for Blockchain Voting

Siri grew up in Argentina, where he saw the effects of corruption on democracy first hand. The vision is a radical departure from the one-person, one-vote, once-every-year-or-two trip to the ballot box we are familiar with—and by which, in Siri’s…

Saving Lives With Tech Amid Syrias Endless Civil War

The warning that came over al-Nour’s phone was created by three men—two Americans, one a hacker turned government technologist, the other an entrepreneur, and a Syrian coder. The three knew they couldn’t stop the bombings. But they felt sure they…

Coinbase Doubles Down on the Future of Digital Identity

Earlier this year, the executors of #DeleteFacebook engaged in a form of decentralized group therapy. Catharsis came in a zip file downloaded before deletion, containing the data you shared with Facebook—your friends, your photos, your posts—and with it, the data…

Police Bodycams Can Be Hacked to Doctor Footage

As they proliferate, police body cameras have courted controversy because of the contentious nature of the footage they capture and questions about how accessible those recordings should be. But when it comes to the devices themselves, the most crucial function…

Cryptocurrency insecurity: IOTA, BCash and too many more

Cryptocurrencies: a weird agglomerate of fascinating technology built by brilliant engineers; a whole new and potentially important form of economics; … and hype-machine puffed-up crazy-talk nonsense. So, as you might expect, they also combine state-of-the art resilient engineering and comical…

SIM swap hacker caught in Florida

Florida police have arrested a 25-year-old named Ricky Joseph Handschumacher. The young man is suspected of grand theft and money laundering. Handschumacher used SIM swapping techniques to steal thousands in Bitcoin and to “drain bank accounts,” according to security researcher…

Elon Musk Has Some Fun With Tesla

Tesla. Man. I don’t know. I don’t know, man. Elon Musk Musk’s explanation from yesterday afternoon: First, a final decision has not yet been made, but the reason for doing this is all about creating the environment for Tesla to operate…