Mt. Gox, the Japan-based Bitcoin exchange, has had a remarkably bad month. All withdrawals from the service were halted on February 7, 2014; the CEO, Mark Karpeles, resigned from the board of the Bitcoin Foundation on February 23, 2014; and there was an indefinite closure of all transactions "for the time being" as of two days later. There has been a slow unraveling of the digital currency's valuation since February 1, 2014, though it has been on the mend at the time of writing.
The RSA security conference (where the world's security companies come to do business with each other), opened its doors this week in San Francisco to a wide range of protests by security professionals who would otherwise be attending and speaking at the conference.
The protests might be called "obnoxious," "pointless" and "first world outrage " -- but the protesters affiliated with hacker conference DEF CON, organization Code Pink, and sold-out opposition conference "TrustyCon" are getting everyone's attention this week.
Sony Electronics is closing 20 of its 31 US-based store locations, the Japanese consumer electronics giant announced this afternoon. The news follows layoffs at Sony affecting approximately 5,000 employees worldwide; it's unclear if European or Asian Sony stores are affected by today's news (we've asked).
Schneier has been a fierce critic of the National Security Agency (NSA) ever since the details of this surveillance were first revealed by former CIA contractor Edward Snowden last summer. And following on from an interview with CNN this week where he argued for the NSA to be split up, he took the opportunity to champion for stronger encryption in front of a packed audience at the RSA Conference.
Blackphone, the Swiss start-up that’s launching a smartphone with encrypted communications, is planning a series of devices around the same idea, one of the company’s co-founders said on Monday.
“It’s not the only device we will ever do,” said Jon Callas during an interview at the Mobile World Congress expo in Barcelona. “There’ll be other security and privacy-enhanced mobile devices.”