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North Korean hackers profit from Bitcoins as Singapore central bank warns against investing in them plus links to other news and views

December 19, 2017 - 23:53 -- Admin

Multi-stage cyber attacks net North Korea millions in virtual currencies - researchers - Reuters

A series of recent cyber attacks has netted North Korean hackers millions of dollars in virtual currencies like bitcoin, with more attacks expected as international sanctions drive the country to seek new sources of cash, researchers say.

What Is Bitcoin Really Worth? Don’t Even Ask - New York TimesSingapore central bank warns against investing in cryptocurrencies - ReutersWest grows wary of China’s influence game - Financial Times

With only a brief pause following the 1989 Tiananmen massacre, most developed democracies have engaged with China since the late 1970s in the belief the country would integrate into the US-led global order and eventually become more like them. But those assumptions are now under assault as the west belatedly realises China has no intention of opening up its political system. At the same time, there is growing disquiet over Beijing’s efforts to shape the way western countries think about its authoritarian model.

How China leads a campaign of censorship and intimidation throughout the West - Think Progress

Russia may get the headlines, but China's reach is enough to make Moscow envious

China aims for emission trading scheme in big step vs. global warming - Reuters

China said on Tuesday the first phase of its long-awaited nationwide carbon emission trading scheme (ETS) will focus on the power sector, as the government outlined details of what is expected to be the world’s largest such program.

Haitians Are Turning Plastic Waste Into Valuable Fabric - NPR

Environmentalists haul illegal fishing nets in the ocean, while poor Haitians collect discarded plastic bottles of the streets of their country. All the waste is then turned into fabric and later into high end shoes and backpacks — a new trend in recycling.

Pope Begs Journalists To Avoid 'Sins Of Communication' - NPR

Pope Francis spoke to a group of journalists on Saturday, asking them not to sensationalize despite the "overheating of emotion rather than thoughtful reflection" that often dominates "our time."