BitPico Takes Responsibility for Lightning Network DoS Attack

Mysterious BitPico admitted creating a network stress tool for Lightning Network
04 April 2018   1923

On March 21 we have reported about the DDoS attack on Lightning Network nodes, which was confirmed by Alex Bosworth, one of the developers of technology. The developer retwitted the screenshot of a chat with BitPico in Slack, and now there are new details of the case, that we would like to report about.

The mysterious twitter account under the name BitPico yesterday posted a screenshot and admitted creating a network stress tool for Lightning Network. According to him, the network was operating out of 8 countries running 22 attack vectors in-parallel from about 384 endpoints.

BitPico tweet regarding lightning network DoS attack BitPico tweet regarding Lightning Network DoS attack 

Developers have performed a Denial-of-Service, a cyber-attack in which the perpetrator seeks to make a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users by temporarily or indefinitely disrupting services of a host connected to the Internet.

There is not so much information about BitPico and their indentity, but as we reported previously BitPico stated that, contrary to the statement on the refusal of the SegWit2X hardfork, it was intending to implement it. Also BitPico stated that it was controlling about 30% of the Bitcoin network hashrate.

Israeli BTC Investors to Face Catch 22

They need to pay taxes from Bitcoin investing in order to avoid their property arrest, but banks don't take their money due to AML issues
06 August 2019   144

Bitcoin investors in Israel are faced with the impossibility of paying taxes, as local banks refuse to accept funds received from the sale of cryptocurrencies because of the risks of money laundering and terrorist financing. About this writes the local edition of Haaretz on August 6.

Bitcoin is not recognized as a currency in Israel, therefore, individuals must pay 25% of the income from cryptocurrency trading to the treasury, and legal entities - 47%.

Investor Ron Gross told the publication that he acquired bitcoins in 2011 and reported his income to the tax office. In 2017, the bank that served Gross began to refuse to accept funds received from the sale of bitcoins. The investor met with representatives of the bank to demonstrate to them a 70-page history of bitcoin transactions as confirmation of the origin of the funds, but failed to convince them.

The tax authority is aware of the problem, but they say the ball isn’t in their courts. I’ve tried working with almost all the banks, but the minute they hear the word ‘Bitcoin’ they freeze up.
 

Ron Gross

Bitcoin investor from Israel

 

Since Gross was unable to pay taxes on time, his bank account, home, and even scooters were arrested. According to the investor, the tax authorities know about the problem, but can do nothing.

According to Haaretz, the tax office is aware of $ 86 million in unpaid taxes on income from cryptocurrency trading. It is possible that the real amount may be significantly higher.

Roy Arav, another Bitcoin investor, kept the proceeds from trading Bitcoin in an account with Israeli bank Discount under the control of the Bit2C exchange. The bank refuses to transfer money to Arava’s personal account under the pretext that its politicians forbid it to transfer funds related to virtual assets to client accounts due to the risks of money laundering and terrorist financing.

Arav also could not pay taxes and was forced to sue the bank. According to the investor, the authorities entered his position and granted him a deferral of time for the consideration of the claim.