• Most criminal cryptocurrency is funneled through just 5 exchanges
  • #GermanyRIP. Kremlin-loyal hacktivists wage DDoSes to retaliate for tank aid
  • GoldenEye can’t distract from Switch retro games’ most annoying pitfall
  • Like shoppers, Apple shows reduced interest in buying phones

Most criminal cryptocurrency is funneled through just 5 exchanges

Enlarge (credit: Eugene Mymrin/Getty Images) For years, the cryptocurrency economy has been rife with black market sales, theft, ransomware, and money laundering—despite the strange fact that in that economy, practically every transaction is written into a blockchain’s permanent, unchangeable ledger. But new evidence suggests that years of advancements in blockchain tracing and crackdowns on that illicit underworld may be having an effect—if not reducing the overall volume of crime, then…

Read More >>

#GermanyRIP. Kremlin-loyal hacktivists wage DDoSes to retaliate for tank aid

Enlarge / An iteration of what happens when your site gets shut down by a DDoS attack. Threat actors loyal to the Kremlin have stepped up attacks in support of its invasion of Ukraine, with denial-of-service attacks hitting German banks and other organizations and the unleashing of a new destructive data wiper on Ukraine. Germany’s BSI agency, which monitors cybersecurity in that country, said the attacks caused small outages but…

Read More >>

GoldenEye can’t distract from Switch retro games’ most annoying pitfall

Enlarge / Nintendo’s promotional key art for the launch of GoldenEye 007 on Switch. (credit: Nintendo) Today marks the long-awaited rerelease of the Nintendo 64 classic GoldenEye 007 on the Nintendo Switch. As was announced before the launch, the game supports widescreen. When I learned that, my first thought wasn’t “Oh, nice!” Rather, it was “OK, but what about the rest of the library?” To be clear, there’s no easy…

Read More >>

Like shoppers, Apple shows reduced interest in buying phones

Enlarge / Apple will pay you less for this iPhone 13 Pro Max than it used to. (credit: Samuel Axon) As spotted by MacRumors on Wednesday, Apple has cut the trade-in values of iPhones by up to $80, with the biggest cuts coming to the iPhone 13 Pro Max ($570 trade-in value versus $650 before) and the iPhone 13 Pro ($470 versus $550). And while trade-in values for many base…

Read More >>