Privacy Cryptocurrency Zcash Prepares for ‘Friendly’ Fork

In about five hours, the privacy-oriented cryptocurrency Zcash will spawn a new blockchain network called Ycash. It’ll be the first of its kind to boast a near-identical codebase to the Zcash blockchain but function as a separate network and de facto competitor. First announced in April, the effort is spearheaded by long-time Zcash supporter Howard Loo. Loo described in a Zcash forum post that Ycash was a preemptive move to resist future community decisions that may extend Zcash’s system of developer funding known as the “Founder’s Reward” beyond a promised…

Grin Cryptocurrency Executes First Hard Fork

Privacy-oriented cryptocurrency Grin has just executed its first backward-incompatible upgrade, also called a hard fork. Today’s planned upgrade introduces key changes to the nearly $60-million network that will optimize for maximum miner decentralization and usability. Grin launched in January 2019. “It was planned since way before Grin launched,” Grin developer John Tromp told CoinDesk. “We would do four hard forks in the first two years, at regular six-month intervals, to introduce new features.” Tromp said that today’s upgrade did not result in a network split. Rather, the old Grin network simply…

Cryptocurrency Grin Follows Through With Anticipated July 17 Mainnet Hardfork

Privacy-focused cryptocurrency Grin has completed the first hardfork so far on its mainnet. The fork occurred at block height 262,080 on July 17, as shown on the Grin block explorer Blockscan.   According to an official announcement from Grin core dev Quentin Le Sceller, the latest blockchain hardfork is designed to discourage Grin mining through dedicated application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and also includes a new iteration of its “bulletproof rewind scheme” for Grin wallets. As previously discussed by Cuckoo Cycle author John Tromp, there is reportedly no sign of users…

Reasons Why US Government Won’t Ban Libra Cryptocurrency

Things are heating up for Libra: This week’s United States congressional hearings showed that many politicians are not convinced by the safety aspects of Facebook’s cryptocurrency project, as they grilled the social media giant on privacy- and trust-related issues. In response, Facebook keeps stressing Libra’s compliance with regulators and readiness to discuss possible frameworks. Meanwhile, a drafted bill titled “Keep Big Tech out of Finance” surfaced right before the testimonies before Congress took place. So, does the U.S. government have the power to terminate Libra — which is something Rep.…

Cuba Libra? Island Nation Slowly Explores Cryptocurrency Options

Cubans are quietly exploring cryptocurrency use-cases on the politically isolated island, even watching Facebook’s Libra project with cautious optimism. Cuban expat Claudia Rodriguez of the Brazilian startup Fusyona, the sole bitcoin exchange proactively serving Cubans, told CoinDesk the exchange has nearly 700 accounts since launching in 2018. She said up to 60 users purchase a total of one or two bitcoins every week. “For Cuba, that is a lot,” Rodriguez said. “Cuba is probably going to be very interesting for Libra [developers] and I hope there will be some potential…

North Korea Launched Cryptocurrency Attacks in Response to Sanctions, Says FBI

United States sanctions incentivized North Korea to launch cyberattacks involving cryptocurrency, a senior FBI official told a conference. The comments were quoted by South Korean English-language news outlet Korea Herald on May 30. Speaking at an event organized by U.S. thinktank The Aspen Institute, Tonya Ugoretz, deputy assistant director of the FBI’s cyber division, said financial strain had driven North Korean state actors to cybercrime. As Cointelegraph reported, Pyongyang is suspected to be behind several major campaigns involving cryptocurrency ransomware and theft in recent years. These have ranged from global…

China’s Cryptocurrency | A Response to Facebook’s Libra Coin?

In response to Facebook’s new cryptocurrency, Libra, China’s central bank is reportedly developing its own cryptocurrency. According to the South China Morning Post, Libra poses a threat to the country’s financial system, and this has spurred on the development of the bank’s own digital coin. China’s Cryptocurrency At an event at Peking University’s Institute of Digital Finance yesterday, the director of the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) research bureau, Wang Xin, argued that if Libra effectively functions like money, then it will likely have a huge influence on “monetary policy, financial…

Generation Z Does Not Plan to Buy Cryptocurrency

Generation Z does not plan to buy cryptocurrency, according to the results of a survey conducted by Business Insider released on July 5. Per the report, SurveyMonkey Audience partner Cint surveyed 1,884 U.S. residents between ages 13 to 21 to learn the opinions Generation Z. The survey participants were asked how likely they were to purchase cryptocurrency in the next six months, and over 52% answered: “not at all.” Furthermore, only 5% answered “extremely likely,” 6% “very likely,” 15% “somewhat likely,” and 17% “not so likely,” while 4% gave different,…

Cuba ‘Studying Cryptocurrency’ to Dodge US Sanctions, Says Gov’t

Cuba is the latest country to consider using cryptocurrency to skirt U.S. sanctions, Reuters reported quoting a government source on July 3. In a public address on local television, the country’s president, Migual Diaz-Canel, said the plan would raise capital for around one quarter of the population, helping to pay for reforms.  Cuba has felt a severe knock-on effect from the crisis in Venezuela, which was previously a major source of aid.  “We are studying the potential use of cryptocurrency… in our national and international commercial transactions, and we are…

Cuba ‘Studying Cryptocurrency’ to Dodge U.S. Sanctions, Says Gov’t

Cuba is the latest country to consider using cryptocurrency to skirt U.S. sanctions, Reuters reported quoting a government source on July 3. In a public address on local television, the country’s president, Migual Diaz-Canel, said the plan would raise capital for around one quarter of the population, helping to pay for reforms.  Cuba has felt a severe knock-on effect from the crisis in Venezuela, which was previously a major source of aid.  “We are studying the potential use of cryptocurrency… in our national and international commercial transactions, and we are…