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Bitcoin: P2P underground cyber currency?

Bitcoins, a self-generated hash-based peer-to-peer currency with no centralized regulating body, are on a stratospheric trajectory, will it replace traditional legal tender as the currency of choice for cyber-nastiness? First, a little background. Bitcoins first surfaced in a white paper purportedly by Satoshi Nakamoto. While no one can trace his (her) exact identity, it seems

H.R.4098 – Secure Federal File Sharing Act & P2P

Yesterday the US House of Representatives approved legislation that would specify and limit open-network P2P usage by government employees and contractors on systems authorized to connected to federal computers and network resources. As with everything in life, there are exceptions. Requests to use open-network P2P applications can be made for the following purposes: necessary for

Ten Ways to Dodge Cyber-Bullets (Part 10)

[Part 10 of an occasional series, updating a blog series I ran in early 2009 to reflect changes in the threat landscape. This series is also available shortly at http://www.eset.com/download/whitepapers.php as a white paper.] Don’t be a Crackhead Don’t use cracked/pirated software. Such programs provide an easy avenue for introducing malware into (or exploiting weaknesses in) a

Self-Protection Part 10

And finally… Don’t use cracked/pirated software! These are easy avenues for introducing malware into, or exploiting weaknesses in, a system. This also includes the illegal P2P (peer-to-peer) distribution of copyrighted audio and video files: some of these are counterfeited or modified so that they can be used directly in the malware distribution process. Even if