Ex-CEO of Kaspersky Lab Called BTC a Product of US Secret Services

Russian IT entrepreneur Natalya Kasperskaya called Bitcoin a product of American special services with the aim of financing secret intelligence services in the USA, England, Canada, and other countries
19 January 2018   822

Natalya Kasperskaya is a Russian IT entrepreneur, President of the 'InfoWatch' Group of companies and co-founder and ex-CEO of antivirus security software company Kaspersky Lab.

Ex-CEO of Kaspersky Lab gave a speech on January 18 at the IT conference "Modern technologies are the basis of information and cyber-wars" organized by ITMO Saint Petersburg University, which is one of Russia’s National Research Universities.

Natalia Kasperskaya at the IT conferenceNatalia Kasperskaya at the IT conference

While presenting her presentation, she showed the slides which displayed the following statements:

Bitcoin is the product of American special services with the aim of quickly financing secret intelligence services in the USA, England, Canada, and various countries. It is "privatized" as the Internet, GPS, TOR. In fact is it dollar 2.0. Exchange control is in the hands of the owners of exchanges.
 

Natalya Kasperskaya

Moreover, she called Satoshi Nakamoto, who is considered to be the creator of Bitcoin, "a group of American cryptographers".

She also claimed that more than 25% of all Bitcoins are in the hands of its "founders", and 927 people own 50% of all coins, while 64% of the Bitcoins are not used at all.

ACINQ to Release Lightning API For Bitcoin Mainnet

Strike is API for easy acception of Lightning network payments
25 May 2018   33

Developers from ACINQ presented a version of Strike API for Lightning-payments in the main bitcoin network.

Strike is an API for easy acception of Lightning payments. From a technical point of view, the service works as follows: ACINQ receives and aggregates incoming payments, and then periodically sends transactions to the recipient's wallet. In other words, companies can offer their clients instant and low-cost payments, receiving funds through the usual cash transaction.

We take a 1% fee on payments, and that’s it. Automated payouts to your Bitcoin wallet are free of charge, because we batch them among merchants. The threshold for automated withdrawals can be set between 0.1–1 BTC.
 

ACINQ

Also, users can make a payment to the wallet manually, however in this case you will have to pay a commission of 0.5 mBTC.

According to ACINQ representatives, although using Strike and assuming the need to trust a third party, the level of risk is minimal, since the service sends an onchain-transaction every time the total amount of payments reaches a user-adjustable threshold.

The developers noted that the Strike integration with the WooCommerce plugin is currently underway. In addition, ACINQ is considering the possibility of partnership with the Canadian Internet company Shopify, which specializes in developing software for online and retail stores. The company serves 500,000 trading companies with a combined turnover of $ 45 billion.