News: Coincheck hack, YouTube ads with crypto miners, Cobinhood exchange goes Tether-only

  • CCN’s writeup of the Coincheck hack. At $530 million, it was the largest cryptocurrency theft ever. Only their NEM wallet was hacked. The big security issues was that Coincheck kept way too many coins in hot wallets, live and accessible on the Internet. The stolen coins have been marked as being from the hack, which warns other exchanges not to take them; NEM has ruled out a fork to cancel the transaction.
  • Tether’s actual use is to evade the banking system. Taiwanese exchange Cobinhood goes Tether-only after its local banks all cut it off from actual money. Users’ outstanding USD balances will be converted to Ether.
  • Why are there so few women in crypto? Gosh, I bet human females must just not be as smart as men or they’re not into tech, it’s just biotruths — or perhaps there’s some sort of stupendous cultural problem such that the male Bitcoiners think organising an official conference after-party in a strip club is a good and welcoming idea. Who knows, really.



  • John Reed Stark, who’s in private practice now, but worked for twenty years in enforcement at the SEC: Beware ICO Lawyers: As Regulatory Gatekeepers, You’re the Next SEC Target.
  • Nouriel Roubini: “The idea that hundreds of cryptocurrencies could viably operate together not only contradicts the very concept of money; it is utterly idiotic.”





  • There’s an interview with me about Bitcoin in Jungle World, a German left-wing political magazine, 25 January 2018. I’ll link it, and the original interview in English, when the paywall comes down.
  • Jungle World also has a piece on bitcoin use by the alt-right. It’s a pretty good article, at least through Google Translate, though I think it overstates the ideological attraction of bitcoin for the alt-right — because the alt-right are stupid neo-Nazis, and, despite not being so keen on leaving the basement, are much more like boot-Nazis than tie-Nazis. I think they like Bitcoin mostly because they’re getting kicked off PayPal.



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