Ransomware creators arrested in Romania

Five people, alleged in creating of CTB-Locker and Cerber ransomware were arrested by Europol
22 December 2017   517

In Bucharest, five gang members suspected of creating CTB-Locker and Cerber ransomware and organizing the largest computer attacks in the United States and Europe were arrested. For the unlocking of operating systems, hackers extorted crypto currency from their victims. This is reported by the Forbes.

As the publication notes, CTB-Locker was one of the first ransomware controlled through Tor's anonymous network, which allowed attackers to sweep up traces. According to the developer of the anti-virus software McAfee, in 2016 this ransomware became the most popular.

Cybercrime is an area of crime like no other, where it is perceived as low risk, and high returns, which contributes greatly to its growth. Today a clear message has been sent that not only addresses this misconception, but emphasizes the value in public-private partnerships.

Raj Samani

CTO, McAfee

In addition, two arrested members of the gang were implicated in the spread of the Cerber virus, the main victims of which were Americans. This year Google called Cerber the most profitable virus for its owners, because by July 2017 they earned $ 6.9 million with it.

During the searches, police seized equipment for mining, laptops and hundreds of SIM-cards. The identity of the detainees has not yet been disclosed.

ACINQ to Release Lightning API For Bitcoin Mainnet

Strike is API for easy acception of Lightning network payments
25 May 2018   47

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.


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.