A well-executed hackathon combines the right atmosphere, resources (aka endless caffeine), raw talent and teamwork in order to accelerate the transformation of interesting ideas into real, innovative, working prototypes. Here, we’ll rewind to revisit some of the projects that caught our eye and tackle real world problems, both big and small. One project is even preparing for an official launch. If we’ve peaked your curiosity, keep reading!
Early this morning (GMT time), we discovered that our Twitter account was defaced with provocative and distasteful political propaganda. We quickly got to work securing access to the account, removing the offensive tweets and broadcasting a message that all Blockchain services, including wallets and API were not impacted whatsoever. Unfortunately, we were not the only firm swept up in this issue. As this article notes, Forbes, BBC North America, Amnesty International, the European Parliament were among the hundreds of accounts impacted.
Twitter acknowledged the incident in a statement to Gizmodo stating:
We are aware of an issue affecting a number of account holders this morning. Our teams are working at pace and taking direct action on this issue. We quickly located the source which was limited to a third party app. We removed its permissions immediately. No additional accounts are impacted. Advice on keeping your account secure can be found here.
What we know is that a third party social media analytics provider called The Counter, which many large firms (including Netflix, YouTube, Slack, the UN and Adobe) rely on, was compromised. We will no longer be using them. At no time was Blockchain the deliberate target of this external breach. Here is what they had to say:
We're aware that our service was hacked and have started an investigation into the matter.We've already taken measures to contain such abuse
— TheCounter (@thecounter) March 15, 2017
While the motivation for this bizarre social media attack is still unknown, we’re sorry for any confusion or offense this may have caused. We take these issues extremely seriously and have already kicked off an internal audit of our security practices for both our analytics providers and also specifically our social and community channels to prevent a similar incident from happening again.
Thanks for joining us for this edition of our news roundup. In this edition, we recap on headlines covering bigger picture price predictions, bitcoin ETF basics and the much anticipated SEC ruling, plus we touch on some of the developments unfolding for bitcoin in Venezuela and Nigeria. Keep reading to find out!
Bitcoin can seem a little (if not very) complicated and confusing, especially for first time and newer users. We do our best to answer frequently asked questions in our Support Center and here on the blog, but we’ve also integrated helpful tips directly into our wallet! In this post we’ll cover a few of those tips.
Since the very first transaction took place in January 2009, bitcoin has sparked the world’s curiosity in some big ways. We’ve put together a list of some of (what we think are) the most comprehensive newbie-friendly bitcoin documentaries that will not only keep you interested, but make you the grand champion and absolute go-to among your friends for bitcoin trivia (…and we think that’s pretty cool).
Thanks for joining us for this round of headlines in the world of bitcoin and fintech. In this edition we celebrate bitcoin’s new all-time high, share some insights on scaling, and show how banks and governments are reacting to it all. Dive right in for these headlines and more!
Recently, our support team was in the spotlight on our blog for their outstanding performance in customer service. This week we’re back with more related news that we’ve yet to officially announce: мы предоставляем поддержку на русском языке (that’s “we’re providing Russian support” for all you non-Russian speakers). Keep on reading to find out more about how we’re supporting our growing Russian userbase (scroll down to the end for the Russian version of this post).
Thanks for joining us for this edition of our bitcoin and fintech news roundup! Today we’re showing how bitcoin can empower both nonprofits and donors, sharing some invaluable tips from a security expert, and filling you in on what a growing number of investors think about bitcoin. Read on for these headlines, and more!