• Chainalysis tracks Dash and Zcash
    Cryptocurrencies,  Technology

    Chainalysis touts ability to track ‘privacy coins’ Dash and Zcash… but how?

    Those who use these cryptocurrencies for illicit transactions are more exposed than they think, even if they’re among the tiny group who actually use their obfuscation tools

    The blockchain intelligence firm says it is now able to investigate illicit payments made using Zcash and Dash. And, the company said, this can be done in a way that balances privacy and compliance.

  • Zcash traceable
    Alt coins,  Technology

    Without a trace? Not Zcash, researchers warn

    It has been billed as a privacy coin boasting advanced cryptographic technology, but new research suggests these features are going unused

    A new study by Carnegie Mellon University has uncovered a huge problem with one of the biggest privacy coins… just 0.09% of Zcash transactions in a 30-day period were untraceable.

  • Kaleido’s co-founders, CEO Steve Cervency and COO Sophia Lopez, at the Ethereal Summit in Tel Aviv, September 15, 2019 (photo by Molly Jane Zuckerman for Modern Consensus).
    Technology

    Zk-SNARKs: What are they and how can they protect your privacy?: A talk with Kaleido

    During this weekend’s Ethereal Summit in Tel Aviv, Modern Consensus grabbed some time with enterprise blockchain solution startup Kaleido’s founders to talk about this awkwardly named technology

    Blockchain solution Kaleido, which is backed by ConsenSys, is working on a way to make privacy more of a reality in the enterprise blockchain sphere. While Kaleido made even the traditional financial news headlines last May for its collaboration with Amazon Web Services, the startup’s recent partnership with privacy tech firm QEDIT for zero-knowledge proofs implementation is a decidedly less-recognized name. Modern Consensus spoke with Kaleido’s co-founders, CEO Steve Cervency and COO Sophia Lopez, on this deep tech topic.

  • "Did someone just say mixer?" (via Pixabay)
    Alt coins

    Decred cryptocurrency launches privacy mixing feature

    The autonomous virtual asset is doubling down on its commitment to allowing users to remain anonymous

    Decred works on a hybrid proof-of-stake/proof-of-work mechanism in which miners create new blocks, but owners of DCR coins vote to make the blocks valid, in exchange for 30% of the block reward. As a result, a little more than half of the roughly 10.3 million extant Decred are staked.