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German Programmer ‘Hacks Back’ After Bitcoin Ransomware Attack

German programmer Tobias Frömel (aka “battleck”) has “hacked back” the perpetrators of the Muhstik ransomware who forced him to pay 0.09 Bitcoin (BTC) to recover access to his files. In a Bleeping Computer forum post on Oct. 7, Frömel revealed that he had hacked the attackers’ database, sharing almost 3,000 decryption keys and a free decryptor with fellow victims. An illegal but sweet revenge Bleeping Computer previously reported that publicly exposed QNAP NAS devices have been targeted by ransomware dubbed Muhstik. The attackers extorted a fixed “fee” of 0.09 Bitcoin…

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State-Backed German Bank Says Bitcoin Will Leap to $90,000 in 2020

The German bank BayernLB has published a report on Bitcoin (BTC) vs gold in which it predicts a big leap for BTC in 2020. Bitcoin outshining gold? On Oct. 1 the Munich-based bank BayernLB published its latest research report that seems to suggest that the forthcoming Bitcoin halving effect hasn’t yet been priced into its current price of around $8,300. The German bank explains that gold has had to earn its high stock-to-flow ratio “the hard way  over the course of millennia.” Bitcoin, on the other hand, will most likely…

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German Firm Unveils Mobile Eco-Friendly Bitcoin Mining Containers

Bitcoin (BTC) mining infrastructure firm Northern Bitcoin AG has announced the completion of tests for its new air-cooled mining container, which houses 144 ASIC miners. A press release published on Sept. 9 outlined that the highly mobile container solution has been designed as a piece of flexible and efficient infrastructure that will enable the firm to establish mining pools in countries with year-round cool locations.  Setting up shop anywhere energy is cheap, sustainable  Headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, Northern AG develops and operates Bitcoin-focused mining hardware that uses renewable energy…

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German Politicians Want to Fight Climate Change With Blockchain Tech

The Free Democratic Party (FDP) in Germany proposes to issue a new cryptocurrency called Arbil to anyone who removes CO2 or other greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Get paid to withdraw CO2 from the atmosphere In a report by local news daily Welt on Sept. 2, the FDP recognizes that it is no longer enough to focus only on putting less CO2 into the atmosphere. It states that, if the world wants to slow down global warming, it will also need to bring back greenhouse gases that have already been…

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German Regulator Greenlights $280 Million Ethereum Real Estate Bond

The German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) approved an Ethereum-based real estate bond of security issuance firm Fundament Group. The company announced the news in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on July 23.  Regulated real estate bonds on the Ethereum blockchain The given bond backed by a portfolio of properties in major German cities with an issued volume of 250 million euros ($280 million). The firm’s solution reportedly leverages standardized and regulated financial instruments to build a real estate-backed asset that can be traded worldwide independently of banks. Providing…

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EY Spearheads Blockchain Tracking Platform for German Logistics Firms

German logistics firms partner to jointly create a blockchain tracking platform, local news outlet Tiroler Tageszeitung reports on July 16. Per the report, logistics firms LKW Walter, GS1 Austria, and its EDITEL Austria subsidiary, Bundesvereinigung Logistik Österreich, Deutsche Bahn subsidiary DB Schenker, and WU Vienna are participating in the project. Furthermore, big four auditing firm Ernst & Young (EY) is managing the initiative. The system will reportedly see freight documents being digitized on the blockchain with the aim of reducing costs and resource consumption while ensuring higher transparency standards, and…

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German Police Seize Six Figures in Crypto From Suspects Involved in Dark Web Site

German police, along with Europol, have shut down servers of a dark web marketplace and seized six figures in crypto from the arrested suspects, Europol announced on May 3. The Wall Street Market, reportedly the world’s second-largest dark web market, has been shut down by the German Federal Criminal Police under the authority of the German Public Prosecutor’s office. According to the report, German authorities arrested three suspects and seized over 550,000 euros ($615,000) in cash  along with bitcoin (BTC) and monero (XMR) in six figure amounts (actual value unspecified)…

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