Lines Crossed: From Enforcing to Breaking the Law

Last week, former Drug Enforcement Agency (“DEA”) agent, Carl Force, pleaded guilty to charges of money laundering, obstruction of justice, and extortion while investigating Silk Road’s illicit activities.  Force’s plea follows the guilty plea of Shaun Bridges, former Secret Service agent, who also used his insider role to pilfer hundreds of…

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The “Blockchains” of Bitcoin 2.0

Bitcoin is built on a distributed consensus technology – the blockchain – which allows transactions to be verified and securely stored without a centralized authority authenticating the transactions.  In its current form, the blockchain serves as a ledger for digital currency.  However, developers with a sophisticated understanding of cryptography seek…

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