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Moonday Mornings: Bitcoin extortionists are wiping GitHub repositories – unless you pay up

Scammers are writing fake Bitfinex white papers too

Moonday Mornings: Bitcoin extortionists are wiping GitHub repositories – unless you pay up

Good morning. It’s Monday, so you know what that means.

It’s time for Moonday Mornings, our wrap-up of the weekend’s top cryptocurrency and blockchain headlines.

1.Bitcoin extortionists have been wiping GitHub repositories and holding the data to ransom, Bleeping Computer reports. All that remains in the repositories is a ransom note demanding 0.1BTC ($560) which hackers claim will ensure the safe return of code.

2. A US district court has ordered Craig Wright to provide a list of his public Bitcoin address to prove he didn’t steal 1.1 million BTC ($6.1 mllion) from David Kleiman over their years long partnership, The Block reports.

3. PepsiCo and media agency Mindshare have completed a test marketing campaign using blockchain smart contracts to track advert impressions. The firms claim the system is 28 percent more efficient than conventional tools, The Drum reports.

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4. In the wake of the $850 million Bitfinex and Tether debacle scammers are writing bogus white papers that detail Bitfinex’ upcoming initial exchange offering (IEO) to try to make a quick buck, CoinDesk reports.

5. A Bitcoin cloud mining firm called Northway Mining is being sued for reportedly stealing over 5,000 pieces of cryptocurrency mining hardware; it also stole $500,000 from its partners, CCN reports.

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