What is a blockchain? Distributed ledger technology underlies cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and could be the future of money, security, and online privacy. But there's also a ton of hype.


New money-laundering rules change everything for cryptocurrency exchanges

Complying with regulators could mean the difference between going mainstream and remaining forever on the margins of the global financial system.

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An attempted heist at Coinbase was scary good, even though it failed

Details of a recent attack on the popular crypto exchange reflect capabilities on par with those of nation-state-sponsored attackers.

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“Crypto rogue” nations want to use blockchains to undermine the US dollar

Governments that want to circumvent US sanctions are turning to cryptocurrencies to avoid the traditional financial system.

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We’ve had private currencies like Libra before. It was chaos.

If private digital currencies start competing with national currencies, it could cause some of them to be more volatile. Almost 200 years ago, we saw something similar.

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