Frank Witsil Detroit Free Press Published 3:25 PM EDT Apr 19, 2019 The family of Chad Elwartowski, the Michigan native and Bitcoin entrepreneur who is wanted by the Thai government for living on a prototype dwelling in the ocean, had long been driven by strong political views and a yearning for adventure. He had long been a "pure libertarian," one of his sisters, Delynne Elwartowski, said in an interview Friday morning with the Free Press. He sought to live out his beliefs by making the sea his home. "He has no ill will toward anybody," she added. "He thought he was doing a good thing." In the past week, 45-year-old Chad Elwartowski made international headlines along with his Thai girlfriend, Supranee Thepdet, also known as Nadia Summergirl, for living on a seastead about 12 miles off the coast of Thailand. In a desperate social media plea, Elwartowski said he and Summergirl need help because the Thai government has charged … [Read more...] about Family of seasteader, Bitcoin entrepreneur living in ocean: He’s safe
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Susan Tompor Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Feb 7, 2019 Maybe con artists are inspired by the movie "The Mule" where Clint Eastwood plays an octogenarian who hauls cocaine shipments in a Lincoln pickup for a Mexican cartel. Maybe it's all the political haggling over "The Wall" where President Donald Trump and his supporters want to beef up border security by creating a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border to combat drug traffickers. Maybe it's the El Chapo drug trial in New York. But here's a new scam alert: Consumers are getting alarming phone calls from someone who claims to be from law enforcement or Social Security and then scares you into thinking that your Social Security number has been connected to running drugs and money laundering across the border. The scam tries to convince you that your Social Security number has been suspended because of suspicious activity or because it's connected to a serious crime. In some … [Read more...] about New Social Security phone scam makes you out to be a criminal
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Despite being seen as a potential blockchain development nation, Việt Nam lacks a proper legal framework which may prevent the country maximise benefits from the emerging industry. Vietnamese business man Vương Quang Long runs Tomochain but is headquartered in Singapore because he says the government there has better policies to attract international investment. “When it came to initial coin offering (ICO), Tomochain needed lawyers understanding the country where the company is headquartered and registered. We could not find that in Việt Nam,” Long told baodautu.vn. He said he expects Việt Nam to soon develop a legal framework that allows local firms to draw foreign investment and develop their business. He suggested government agencies recognise the valuation of digital assets, set up a cross-sector committee to track the development of the industry and issue policies on the establishment of an … [Read more...] about Lack of policies blocking blockchain progress
The 2018 Kaspersky Security Bulletin, published last week, ranks Vietnam the second hardest hit country by cryptomining attacks between January and October, with 13 percent of all cybersecurity attacks in this period launched by cryptominers. Kazakhstan ranked first at 16.75 percent, followed by Vietnam, then Indonesia at 12.87 percent and Ukraine at 11.9 percent. Cryptomining refers to solving complex computational math problems to produce cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. It typically requires a great deal of computational power to do so, so the work is often done by using powerful computer hardware like graphic cards. Some cryptominers infect other users’ computers to harvest their computing power and mine cryptocurrencies instead. The miners usually find their way to computers and corporate machines using adware, hacked games, and other pirated content, the report said. "The more freely unlicensed software is distributed, the more miners there are. This is confirmed by our … [Read more...] about Vietnam among hardest hit by cryptomining attacks: security bulletin
Susan Tompor Detroit Free Press Published 7:50 AM EST Nov 8, 2018 Looking to give your portfolio a high now that Michigan voters gave the green light to recreational use of marijuana? Well, let's just say you're not exactly the first one out there to try to catch a buzz on this one. But if you don't watch out, you could easily get caught. "It’s fertile ground for getting burned at this stage," warned the CEO of Sigma Investment Counselors in Northville. Sure, weed stocks are media darlings. On Wednesday, for example, CNBC ran the odd headline: "Marijuana stock Tilray up 30 percent after Jeff Sessions resigns under pressure." Are some speculating here that the marijuana industry won't have U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a critic of legalization, to kick around any more — perhaps paving the way for the end of the U.S. prohibition? Or maybe giving policy makers more room to make it easier for banks to serve cannabis businesses? OK, … [Read more...] about Marijuana stocks: Is it time to invest in them?