Bitcoin Gold under DDOS attack

Website of Bitcoin Gold fork was under the DDoS attack
21 October 2017   1450

On October 21, the Bitcoin Gold project reported on Twitter that their website had undergone a DDoS attack. The hosting provider is trying to solve this problem, says the tweet.

Bitcoin Gold fork is scheduled for October 25. So far, only a few services have agreed to support the new coin. For example, the readiness to charge users with new tokens was declared by the Yobit, HitBTC, CEX.

In particular, 3 hours before the supposed fork Yobit will temporarily disable the ability to enter and withdraw deposits in order to avoid possible problems.

At the moment of press, Bitcoin Gold website is available.

NSA Tracks BTC Users, Snowden Says

According to the documents from former NSA agent, BTC transaction monitoring is one of the main priorities of the agency
21 March 2018   218

The US National Security Agency monitors actions in the bitcoin blovkchain in order to identify users of crypto currency. This is reported by The Intercept, which received a set of documents from a former employee of the NSA Edward Snowden, according to which the monitoring of BTC transactions is one of the main priorities of the agency.

They also say that the work of the NSA in this direction may not be limited to analyzing the blockchain and include the detection of crypto users.

The published document indicates that the NSA has become more likely to collect passwords of bitcoin users, data about their activity on the Internet and the identity of their devices.

According to the report, the NSA monitors bitcoin users from 2013 through a program code-named OAKSTAR, as well as the MONKEYROCKET program, which is the OAKSTAR project. The data collected over the years can allow the NSA to accurately identify participants in crypto-currency transactions.

For information on bitcoin users, the NSA can use XKeyScore, a powerful system for monitoring Internet activity, which became known in 2013, when Snowden revealed information about the surveillance of the NSA.

The document says that the information collected by the Agency is stored in the file "Provider user full.csv", and details of identification of time stamps and Internet addresses of users for the purpose of determining their location are given.