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On February 17th (MON) - 18th (TUE), 2014 we were at an event in Tokyo called CODE BLUE, a new international information security conference (http://codeblue.jp/) originating from Japan.
No doubt its been a crazy week for anyone even remotely interested in Bitcoin. Mt. Gox, once the largest Bitcoin marketplace out there, has shut down, putting a bitter end to an almost month-long situation in which all withdrawals were halted because of technical issues. As customers were unable to move their funds out from Mt. Gox, the worlds most famous exchange essentially became isolated from the rest of the Bitcoin ecosystem, making the Bitcoin price traded on Mt. Gox plummet to as low as $100 for 1 BTC before the exchange went completely offline.
January saw spammers switch their attention from Christmas and New Year to St. Valentine’s Day. English- and Russian-language mass mailings offering video surveillance systems were yet another popular trend in January.
The mobile malware sector is growing rapidly both technologically and structurally. It is safe to say that today’s cybercriminal is no longer a lone hacker but part of a serious business operation.