Bitcoin Gold launch date unveiled

The Bitcoin Gold will be fully launched on 12th of November 2017, 19:00 UTC
10 November

Bitcoin Gold developers had official announced the launch date of BTG. It will happen on 12th of November 2017, 19:00 UTC.

With the launch of the core network a link to download the full Bitcoin Gold node client will be given, BTG pools will start to work and users around the world will begin to mine blocks, and wallets and exchanges, as soon as they are ready, will be able to take deposits, withdraw funds and carry out trading.

Initially, the Bitcoin Gold road map indicated that the project intends to launch the main network and provide an opportunity for the new cryptocurrency to be mined on November 1, but later the terms were moved.

Earlier, the developers of the project announced the addition of protection against replaying transactions, which will prevent duplication of transactions in the network of the original bitcoin. Also, the complexity recalculation algorithm was implemented, a unique address format was added, a public test network and a block browser were launched.

The planned Bitcoin Gold hardfork took place on October 24.

We are extremely grateful for the community around the world who have been contributing hash power to our testnets; besides patiently testing their own mining process, they allow exchanges, pools, wallet developers, and all other service operators to implement and test their support of BTG so that the Bitcoin Gold community can have a full suite of services at launch time. Thank you to all those who have donated their hash power to this effort! We’d also like to extend our gratitude to all those service providers who have been working so hard with us to prepare a fully functional ecosystem at launch. 
 

Bitcoin Gold Team

According to representatives of Bitcoin Gold, the project is aimed at creating a truly "decentralized bitcoin". It is claimed that by using the Equihash algorithm, which makes it easier to extract bitcoins with graphics cards, the mining will be available to a larger number of participants, and the influence of large companies will be reduced accordingly.

Bitcoin Ransomware created fake Symantec Blog

Bitcoin ransomware called "CoinThief" created fake Symantec Blog website with fake "security" article
20 November

The news from the hacking and ransomware world has already become as fascinating as a first-class detective novel. And today we have some more interesting news.

The fake website of well known IT security firm Symanctec had appeared. Someone had created the almost exact copy of "Blog" section of original website. It looks almost 100% as original, besides two things: "Search" feature doesn't work and there is a fake article regarding CoinThief.

Original Symantec Blog
Original Symantec Blog

Take a good look at the screenshot above, and take even a better look on the left pic with girl in glasses. 

Fake Symantec Blog
Fake Symantec Blog

Now compare the left pic of the fake website with the original one. The text under says that "New Version of CoinThief Infects Mac Crypto Traders". 

Fake article says that the malicious program is distributed using the zero-day vulnerability in browsers [0day is a term denoting unresolved vulnerabilities, as well as malicious programs against which protection mechanisms have not yet been developed].

Also, the fake site reported that the modified version of CoinThief infects Mac users using the 0-day JavaScript vulnerabilities in the two main browsers (Gecko - Mozilla, Webkit - Chrome, Safari, Opera) without any user interaction.

It gives some fake recommendations, that can be very dangerous and gives a link to a suspected malware download. We strongly recommend you not to follow fake instruction. The original Symantec Blog is https://www.symantec.com/blogs/. It is also worth noting that fake website marked as "Secured" in the browser.