Beware of Ryuk: The Emerging Crypto Ransomware!
With the emergence of Ryuk, the amount of crypto ransomware rose 90% in Q1 2019, as revealed from Coveware’s data.

Technology and Participation: The Twin Pillars of a Successful Digital Asset Ecosystem
For any digital asset - cryptocurrency or token alike - to achieve any resemblance of a global, decentralized universal currency, it must have a viable ecosystem. And any viable ecosystem must consist of both technology and participation.

Shorten the span between Ethereum Hard Forks, Is It Possible?
The issue of implementing more frequent small hard forks had been raised in the latest bi-weekly conference for the Ethereum community coders held on 12 April. This question was raised by Tim Beiko, the meeting’s moderator. Another developer suggests a shorter span between forks by quoting core developer Alexey Akhunov’s view point.

Scalability For Dummies!
Scalability refers to a blockchain’s ability to handle large quantities of transactions. It is essential for the mainstream adoption of a blockchain, as (for example) a highly scalable smart contract platform enables dApps with large quantities of users and bulk trading volumes. The key metric commonly used to measure scalability is transactions per second (TPS), which is the maximum rate at which a blockchain can confirm transactions. The TPS processed by a blockchain is fundamentally determined by two key “dials” that can be turned one way or another: block size and block time.

Europe takes a proactive approach on regulation of Blockchain Technology
Europe takes a proactive approach on regulation of Blockchain Technology

Moody: Private Blockchains Are More Exposed to Fraud Risk
According to Moody’s latest report titled “Blockchain Improves Operational Efficiency for Securitizations, Amid New Risks,”, there are several warnings on the use of private blockchain.

Common Blockchain Misconceptions – Part 3 of 3
Standard Kepler CEO David Tang recently authored a series of articles on the subject of blockchain and cryptocurrency misconceptions. This week we have a look at the last two of these misconceptions.

What Transformations will Blockchain Bring by 2020?
Blockchain is the new electricity and the biggest invention after the emergence of the Internet. Now it is the most disruptive distributed technology, used to conduct secured transactions, carried out in a decentralized manner. Although this technology has been introduced with Bitcoin and is commonly associated with cryptocurrencies, it is currently getting more and more attention in many industry and governance sectors. Many EU Member States have launched initiatives to this end, and large IT giants already offer Blockchain solutions to customers. Here are just a few examples: IBM is developing a blockchain-based payment system, Amazon plans to include blockchain in their AWS suite of applications, and Microsoft already provides "Blockchain as a Service" on their cloud platform Azure.

Common Blockchain Misconceptions: Part 1 of 3
Common Blockchain Misconceptions – Part 1 of 3

Common Blockchain Misconceptions - Part 2 of 3
Common Blockchain Misconceptions – Part 2 of 3

Has Mimblewimble left you tongue-tied? Unravel the mysteries of the protocol...
Mimblewimble is a protocol that increases privacy of transactions without having any impact on the verification process and scalability. Learn more about Mimblewimble and what it has to offer and get a glimpse of the future of blockchain technology.

What are the Top 5 Blockchain Incubator Programs in Hong Kong?
Since the end of last year, PwC collaborating with Hong Kong Blockchain incubator Loopnest to launch a joint blockchain-themed accelerator programme (“the Programme”). Hong Kong has accelerators and incubators focused on different verticals for startups to innovate and scale their businesses. We will introduce all the blockchain related incubators in Hong Kong in this article.

Exclusive: Blockchain Trilemma Solved? Secrets Revealed by Turing Award Winner's Algorand
There are numerous blockchain project teams attempting to address the blockchain trilemma, and the Turing Award winning team Algorand is one promising candidate. We have the pleasure to speak with Jing Chen, Chief Scientist of Algorand, on how Algorand attempts to solve blockchain trilemma with its Byzantine agreement. She also explains why Algorand is non-forkable and the restrictions on Algorand’s adversary model!

IMF: DLT Transformation Needs Trust and System Stability
hristine Lagarde – managing director of International Monetary Fund (IMF) spoke to CNBC that the cryptocurrency are “clearly shaking the system”, following a panel on “Money and Payments in the Digital Age” hosted by World Bank Group and the IMF in Washington, D.C.

Fostering Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Adoption with Cross-Chain Technology
Many people have the misconception that solving blockchain scalability will immediately pave the way for the mass adoption of cryptocurrencies. But the truth is that there are other challenges like regulatory compliance, volatility, interoperability, etc that need to be addressed before crypto goes mainstream. Regarding interoperability, individuals can easily move tokens across different blockchains and also benefit from blockchain specific features of the blockchains in question. This helps to save time and money that would have otherwise been wasted if each blockchain had to evolve in isolation.

Bangladesh Explores Possibility of Sending Graduates for Blockchain Training with IT Fund
Bangladesh has expressed its intentions to send 100 new graduates for Blockchain training in Japan and India according to reports by Bangladesh’s English-language newspaper The Daily Star on Aug 4.

Beware of Excel Files in Email Attachment, Says Symantec
Beapy – a cryptojacking malware targeting Chinese enterprises to exploit and stolen and hardcode credentials by using EternalBlue. This leaked NSA tool targets the weakness in Windows SMB protocol to facilitate the spread of files across the networks, according to its blog post published in Symantec website – a security software provider.

United States Department of Defense Tests Out Blockchain Technology to Enhance Cybersecurity
The United States Department of Defense (DoD) is considering implementing blockchain technology to enhance its cybersecurity.

How Hackers Use Excel Files to Compromise Your Computers?
We do not recommend users to open excel (especially excel files among other office format files) from an unknown source. Hacker can gain full control of your computer, including the access of all files, screenshots, your web camera and all information typed by your keyboard!

(Press Release) Blockchain community open to more regulations to make technology more mainstream
Blockchain community open to more regulations to make technology more mainstream