21.10.2020

Introducing CoinDesk’s All-New Newsletters

Our daily markets newsletter is now called First Mover, a reflection of its mission to provide actionable insights on cryptocurrency markets as well as the time it hits your inbox – 7 a.m. Eastern, every weekday. First Mover starts your day with the most up-to-date sentiment around crypto markets, which of course never close, putting in context every wild swing in bitcoin and other assets. We follow the money so you don’t have to.

It’s a new day for CoinDesk’s newsletters.

If you previously subscribed to any of our newsletters, you’ll notice they now look a bit different. That’s because we’ve re-launched them with new missions, dedicated authors and a fresh coat of paint. We’re also launching a brand-new newsletter with an ambitious mission: a weekly exploration of how money and value are being transformed by the rapid expansion and evolution of digital assets.

It’s called Money Reimagined, and it’s helmed by Chief Content Officer Michael Casey. Every Friday, Michael will take you on a tour of the most important stories in the ongoing disruption of the global financial system that began with cryptocurrency but now encompasses so much more. With his extensive experience covering money (both the old-school and digital kind), Michael brings a unique lens to this transformation, focusing on the real stories of the week, beyond the headlines.

Crypto Long & Short is the new name for our Institutional Crypto newsletter, one that reflects the growing variety in its audience in the professional investment community. There is no better guide to the nuances of cryptocurrency markets and the myriad ways they differ from traditional ones than CoinDesk’s head of research, Noelle Acheson. Noelle’s passion for unearthing the first principles of crypto investing is matched only by her ability to write so thoughtfully about it.

And it’s still incredibly easy to stay abreast of the most current stories that intersect cryptocurrency, blockchain, markets and more with our daily news newsletter, Blockchain Bites. More than just rounding up the day’s news, curator Daniel Kuhn zeroes in which ones really matter and why.

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Interpol Leads Operation to Tackle Cryptojacker Infecting Over 20,000 Routers

International crime fighting agency Interpol has taken action to stem a plague of cryptocurrency mining malware afflicting computer routers across Asia.

According to a Wednesday blog post from TrendMicro, which assisted the operation, Interpol’s Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore led a five month effort to tackle the epidemic of the Coinhive cryptojacker which was installed by cybercriminals exploiting a vulnerability in MicroTik routers.

Dubbed Operation Goldfish Alpha, the action saw Interpol work with experts from national Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) and police across 10 nations across Asia to identify infected routers and help victims remove the malware.

A release from Interpol identifies the countries as Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. TrendMicro said it had prepared a guidance document that was used to guide victims in patching the vulnerability and uninstalling the miner.

At least 20,000 infected routers were found, a number that was reduced by at least 78 percent by the collaborative action when it ceased in November. Efforts are still continuing to remove the malware.

Private entity Cyber Defense Institute also assisted the operation, said Interpol.

“When faced with emerging cybercrimes like cryptojacking, the importance of strong partnerships between police and the cybersecurity industry cannot be overstated,” said Interpol director of cybercrime Craig Jones. “By combining the expertise and data on cyberthreats held by the private sector with the investigative capabilities of law enforcement, we can best protect our communities from all forms of cybercrime.”

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