Blockchain Tech to be tested by UK National Archives

The National Archives (TNA) - UK government’s official record-keeper, is to use blockchain technology to create a way to verify the accuracy of archived docs
09 June 2018   493

Named ARCHANGEL, the project is one of 3 blockchain ideas that the University of Surrey has won, the other 2 being voting and healthcare. Digital archiving is a rather complicated subject as computer files continuously change and become obsolete, the National Archives blog mentioned.For instance, a digital file from the late 1990s, will demand moving the content to a new file format in order to make it available in the future.

Supported by the University of Surrey and financed by the UK Open Data Institute and The National Archives, the ARCHANGEL uses blockchain technology to let  archives to register hashes of documents onto a approved blockchain. Changes to the blockchain would only be made by authorized parties.

Although ARCHANGEL is completely functional, it stays a prototype constructed over the Ethereum infrastructure, according to a summary of the project in the Cornell University Library. The content hashing is presently done using standard binary hashing (for example, SHA-256).

As noted by the project developers in the Cornell summary, there is a concern in specialized hashing to specific document types like PDFs, images and video. Video suggests the ability to extract content-aware hashes of scanned documents sensitive to tampering but immune to factors such as imaging device or illumination. 

The team is also deciding about integrating the W3C offered PROV standard for document version management since blocks can be supplemented only to supersede prior content from a blockchain. Currently the project uses smart contracts to write to the blockchain, but not to search or checking. Such opportunities can be explored in the future.

Crypto Investor to File Lawsuit Against AT&T

Michael Terpin believes that AT&T helped scammers to still his $24M worth crypto
16 August 2018   120

In the Los Angeles District Court, a 69-page lawsuit was filed by BitAngels founder Michael Terpin against the American telecom giant AT&T. Terpin claims that the operator assisted fraudsters in "stealing digital personal data" from the account on his smartphone, which is why he lost $ 24 million in cryptocurrency, according to an official release.

According to Terpin, for seven months, there were two hacks. Initially, an attacker got access to his phone number without providing a password or correct identification data. Later, the phone number was used to steal crypto.

AT&T’s studied indifference to protecting its customers’ privacy and financial assets is a metastasizing cancer, threatening hundreds of millions of unsuspecting AT&T’s customers. Our client had no idea when he initially signed up, nor when later he was promised the highest level of security for his account, that low-level retail employees with access to AT&T records, or people posing as them, can be bribed by criminals to override every system that AT&T advertises as unassailable.

Pierce O’Donnell
Lead counsel for Terpin in this complaint

Michael Terpin requires AT & T to pay him $ 224 million - $ 200 million for moral damages and $ 24 million for actual theft.