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Submission + - Bitcoin Was Created by the NSA: The Latest Shocking Snowden Revelation (

Sharpened Sticks writes: Startling evidence gleaned from the Edward Snowden leaked US Federal Government documents suggest that Bitcoin, the popular and ostensibly anonymous crypto-currency, is in fact, a creation of the US National Security Agency (NSA).

A scanned image of a diplomatic memo, which is clearly marked “HARD COPY ONLY” was initially erroneously cataloged as a pro-forma required notification to US Embassy personnel in Japan about the timing of war games in the Pacific region. The memo, which provides details of Operation Satoshi, cites the creation of a traceable crypto-currency that is imbued with a false sense of anonymity.


Submission + - Symantec Admits its Networks Were Hacked (

Orome1 writes: After having first claimed that the source code leaked by Indian hacking group Dharmaraja was not stolen through a breach of its networks, but possibly by compromising the networks of a third party entity, Symantec backpedalled and announced that the code seems to have exfiltrated during a 2006 breach of its systems. Symantec spokesman Cris Paden has confirmed that unknown hackers have managed to get their hands on the source code to the following Symantec solutions: Norton Antivirus Corporate Edition, Norton Internet Security, Norton Utilities, Norton GoBack and pcAnywhere.

Submission + - Any Exoplanet Possible in a 'Compulsive' Universe ( 1

astroengine writes: ""Exoplanet discoveries have shown us that if it isn't forbidden by the laws of thermodynamics and Newtonian physics, then it is compulsive," said Virginia Trimble of the University of California at Irvine during the American Astronomical Society meeting in Austin, Texas, last week. It appears that if you can imagine it, without breaking any laws of physics, then any kind of alien world is possible. Does this go for alien life too? "We will ultimately reach that summit with the eventual discovery that life is a condition of the universe," hypothesizes Discovery News' Ray Villard. "In other words, that self-replicating matter is nature's favorite form of self-expression.""

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