UPS to Use Blockchain to Track Global Shipping Data

A patent application by United Parcel Service is called "Autonomous Service Selection System and Distributed Transport Database"
20 August 2018   578

US logistics giant United Parcel Service (UPS) has applied for a patent, which describes the use of blockchain technology to track parcels around the world.

The application "Autonomous Service Selection System and Distributed Transport Database" describes a method that includes a variety of different types of data contained in a distributed registry. Among other things, the blockchain will contain data on the destination of the parcel, intermediate points and plans for the delivery of the parcel.

Thus, certain embodiments enable tracking of a first set of shipment units and a second set of shipment units associated with the first set of shipment units separately, thereby enabling the use of various smart contracts relating to shipping services and shipment unit handling in a bifurcated manner.
 

UPS

Also, UPS plans to use more than one distributed registry, but several.

In November of last year, UPS became a member of the Blockchain in Trucking Alliance (BiTA), a consortium that aims to develop standards for using blockchain technology to track parcels and make payments between supply chain participants.

Chinese Miners to Fall Victims of Ransomware

Looks like ransomware came together with "improved" firmware, that should "overclock" device
21 January 2019   79

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.