23 Sep 2021

Robinhood To Test Crypto Wallet With Blockchain Transfers Next Month

Stock and cryptocurrency exchange Robinhood announced its users will soon be able to send and receive crypto to and from outside wallet addresses. What Happened: According to a Wednesday Reuters report, Robinhood plans to start testing its cryptocurrency wallet features next month ahead of a broader rollout in early 2022. The

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21 Sep 2021

Polymath to Launch Blockchain Built for Tokenized Stocks

Security token specialist Polymath announced Monday its institutional-grade blockchain built specifically for regulated assets – Polymesh – will go live next month, with a target launch date of Oct. 13. Announced at Messari’s Mainnet event in New York City, the Polymesh network was designed to iron out the wrinkles encountered when

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11 Aug 2021

Hackers take $600m in ‘biggest’ cryptocurrency theft

A hacker has allegedly leveraged a vulnerability to steal $600 million from a blockchain finance platform in an attack that is being called the largest cryptocurrency theft to date. On Tuesday, the victim, Poly Network, announced the attack. The platform targeted was DeFi, a decentralized finance platform that works across

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25 May 2021

IRS Wants Tools for Cracking Crypto Wallets

The IRS wants to create a set of reliable tools and processes for cracking crypto wallets as the purchase of goods and services using the technology becomes more popular. The IRS’s Criminal Investigations division faces difficulties in that cryptocurrencies are harder to trace and therefore do not offer the same

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22 Feb 2021

The OODA Almanac – 2021 Edition

As a logger and holstein farmer, my grandfather was heavily dependent on the weather for his livelihood. Each year, he purchased a copy of the Old Farmer’s Almanac and it was kept in an easily accessible reading spot for reference. Taken on a day by day basis, the Farmer’s Almanac was not the greatest of guides, but if you took it on a month-by-month basis it claims about an 80% accuracy, which was more than enough to guide generalized decisions about logging and farming environments in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.

The OODA Almanac proposes to identify those topics and patterns we see having significance in 2021 to guide your short and long-term decision making. Over the course of 2021, we will continue to inject additional observations on these topics into our analysis or as stand-alone tidbits of observed intelligence (OODINT).

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29 Jan 2021

Camila Russo on Ethereum and the Future of Decentralized Finance (DeFi)

This week’s OODAcast features an interview with Camila Russo, the author of the book “The Infinite Machine: How an Army of Crypto-hackers Is Building the Next Internet with Ethereum”. Camila is also the founder of the Decentralized Finance (DeFi) site The Defiant, which tracks developments, emerging trends, and news in the fast moving DeFi space.

In this interview, Camila shares how her experience covering fiat currency issues as a reporter for Bloomberg sparked her interest in Bitcoin and how she focused her attention on the Ethereum project early in its development. We discuss Camila’s book and the emergence of Ethereum as well as the most interesting applications of Ethereum, future disruptions, and the general trends driving the DeFi space.

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05 Jan 2021

Federally Chartered Banks and Thrifts May Participate in Independent Node Verification Networks and Use Stablecoins for Payment Activities

Yesterday, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released a letter stating that national banks’ and federal savings associations’ had the authority to participate in independent node verification networks (INVN). The letter also clarifies that these entities can use stablecoins to conduct payment activities and other bank-permissible functions.

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07 Dec 2020

Top 10 Security, Technology, and Business Books of 2020

The Top 10 Security, Technology, and Business Books of the year is a list compiled by OODA CEO Matt Devost and is typically one of the most popular posts on the site every year. This year, an eclectic list that takes care to avoid pandemic related topics and features some deep cuts that you won’t find anywhere else.

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14 Oct 2020

Homeland Security Funds 5 New Projects Exploring Blockchain Technology

The Department of Homeland Security has released information on new projects that the agency will be funding to further the exploration and development of emerging technology, specifically blockchain. The agency has been focused on programs that can help refresh how it conducts operations, taking advantage of cutting-edge technology. The five

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09 Oct 2020

US unveils enforcement framework to combat terrorist, criminal cryptocurrency activities

The US has created a framework for how criminal usage of blockchain technology should be dealt with on behalf of the government. Although the possibilities of blockchain are considered to be some of the best recent technological developments, the dark side of this is that cybercriminals often rely on them

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