Factom to receive $192k from DHS for Beta Test Concept

The Department of Homeland Security gave Factom, a blockchain startup, $192,380 to start beta testing their concept to secure Internet of things (IoT) data
22 June 2018   346

The $192,380 prize money was except for the final phase of the Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP). Factom hopes that by combining critical infrastructure like sensors and cameras with blockchain technology, it can assist to protect the authenticity and continuity of the data. When the project leverages blockchain technology, it “does not require the creation of blockchain-specific technology.”

The early phases of Factom’s work has informed architecture choices and design decisions inherent in integrating blockchain with existing technology. In Phase IV, Factom will deploy this technology in a realistic field environment with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to understand its operational impacts.
Anil Jon
S&T Identity Management Research and Development Program Manager

With the results of the beta test Factom will be able to access its impact in an outside environment. The idea is to imitate the conditions that US Border Patrol Agents conduct in that include limited internet connectivity and differing weather conditions. 
Factom is aimed to demonstrate that IoT devices can be highly dependable from ground sensors and cameras and that the data they capture cannot be modified, spoofed or disrupted. If Factom prevails, they will produce a more commercially viable product available to the market.

Factom is not the only firm that sees a great possibility to secure data from smart devices using blockchain. In January 2017, Cisco, Bosch, the Bank of New York Mellon, Foxconn, Gemalto, and several blockchain startup companies, decided to work together to establish a similar system that leverage blockchain technology and IoT.

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   109

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.