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    Must-reads for October 22, 2018: How much blockchain engineers get paid, Hedgie selling house for BTC, and Kenyan BBQ joint takes Dash

    These are the crypto stories you should be following today

    Salaries for blockchain engineers are skyrocketing, now on par with AI experts (CNBC) There’s still a demand for blockchain engineers! Per Salvador Rodriguez (or, at least, the bullet points at the top of his artice): “Blockchain engineers are making between $150,000 and $175,000 in annual salaries on average. Blockchain engineers are the top paid roles in software development, on par with specialists focused on artificial intelligence. Demand for blockchain engineers has increased by 400 percent since late 2017 on Hired, a firm that helps clients recruit tech candidates.”   NatWest to become world’s first bank to use blockchain for loan management (TheNextWeb) NatWest plans on using blockchain technology (specifically, R3)…

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    Cryptojacking skyrockets 629%: McAfee

    Report also says malware threats were up by more than 1,100%

    A new report issued this week by software security firm McAfee shows a stunning surge in malicious attacks on computers to mine cryptocurrency. McAfee Labs reports a 629 percent increase in coin miner malware found during the first quarter of 2018. Malware threats, the report says, were up by more than 1,100 percent. The method, called cryptojacking, takes over a system, allowing hackers to discreetly confiscate computing power and mine cryptocurrency in the background. A system’s user can be unaware this is going on, other than noticing their computer operating slower than normal. “Compared with well-established cybercrime activities such as data theft and ransomware, cryptojacking is simpler, more straightforward, and…

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    Your slowed down computer might be a victim of cryptojacking

    Here’s how to stop the problem that may be killing your battery and your electric bill

    You know the sound by now. You see an interesting article, you click to open it in a new tab. And then the whirring begins. For some reason keeping fifteen tabs open was fine with your computer. But that 16th? Now everything is sluggish and your battery is in the red. And if you’re a laptop user, you might even notice your legs heating up while you read that article on the couch. The whirring noise is cause by your computer’s fan trying to cool down an overworked CPU. For most of us, this is a reminder that it might be time to get a new computer. But few of…