After multiple failed attempts, the second largest blockchain in the world by market capitalization executed its sixth system-wide upgrade, also called a hard fork. Dubbed Constantinople, the hard fork was executed as two upgrades, one after the other, in order to patch a critical vulnerability discovered mere hours before the upgrade was scheduled for activation. 
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From its founding in 2007 to its members’ apprehension and eventual extradition in late 2016, the Bayrob Group, which operated out of Bucharest, Romania, ran a sprawling hacking and malware operation. They deployed trojan malware in seemingly mundane emails from well-known companies and groups, but when victims attempted to download attachments apparently from Norton, the IRS
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LedgerX offers bitcoin derivatives products to institutional and retail investors in the U.S., primarily physically-settled options and swaps contracts. The company failed in a bid to launch physically-settled bitcoin futures earlier this year, though its application to modify a Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) registration allowing it to do so remains outstanding.
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The idea was in vogue mid-decade until the emergence of ethereum, which was designed specifically for such use cases, and became the go-to launching pad for initial coin offerings, security tokens, non-fungible collectibles and the like. But Liquid, launched in September 2018, has started to make inroads; last week, BTSE announced it was integrating Blockstream’s
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