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   1474

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.

Chinese Miners to Fall Victims of Ransomware

Looks like ransomware came together with "improved" firmware, that should "overclock" device
21 January 2019   101

In China, a ransomware spreads, victims of which are Bitcoin miners. The damage from its activities is measured in tens of thousands of dollars. This is reported by Trustnodes.

The virus infects miners, released by Bitmain, and requires you to send 10 bitcoins, otherwise threatening to cause overheating of the device.

The problem is solved by formatting the SD card of the infected device, however, as Trustnodes notes, the whole process can take up to four days, while malicious software rapidly spreads to the other miners.

Compromised device
Compromised device

Probably, the virus comes with an "improved" firmware for miners. Some owners install such firmware to “overclock” their ASIC devices and improve their performance.

The first messages about the virus refer to August last year. In particular, Antminer S9, T9 and even L3 + for Litecoin were attacked. Over time, the malware has been improved. Now its distributor himself can decide when to display a message requesting a ransom. One miner also said that one night the address to which the 4,000 devices belonging to him sent the mined cryptocurrency was changed to the address of the hacker, which brought him $ 8,000.