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Search engine exposes hackers’ passwords to solicit donations

Some hackers are learning what it’s like when the hunters become the hunted. A new search engine called Indexeus offers an easy way for ne’er-do-wells to look up login credentials from over a hundred hacks, including recent high-profile dumps of Adobe and Yahoo credentials. But there’s a catch: most of the data indexed by the service comes from hacks of forums and websites popular with the underground hacker community. In other words, the search engine is marketing itself to the same people that it is exposing.

Also known as protection money

But that’s all part of the business plan, reports Krebs on Security. The men behind Indexeus planned to offer protection services — pay the site a “donation” of $ 1 per record, and you can have your…

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FEC says political committees can accept bitcoin donations

The Federal Election Commission today unanimously gave its approval for political committees to accept donations in bitcoin. In a 6-0 decision, the FEC said campaigns can accept BTC donations worth $ 100 or less, which currently works out to a fraction of a single bitcoin. Even with the $ 100 limit, it’s a significant boost for the virtual currency and opens the door to bitcoin being embraced by PACs across the US. The commission says that committees should value BTC contributions “based on the market value of bitcoins at the time the contribution is received.” The topic of bitcoin is one the FEC has been grappling with for some time.

Anyone kicking in bitcoin will need to submit their name, address, occupation, and employer according to a…

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One college football sign netted over $20,000 in donations for a Bitcoin enthusiast

After significant publicity and a rapidly appreciating conversion rate, Bitcoin is a widely recognized phenomenon. But to some extent it’s also still a geeky crypto-currency held by a relatively small number of people — who, at least in a recent case, have proven themselves generous to fellow enthusiasts. Yesterday, ESPN’s College Gameday picked up footage of a fan holding a sign that said “Hi Mom send Bitcoin” (using the Bitcoin symbol), then a QR code for a Bitcoin address. The fan, who identified himself on Reddit as BItcoinPitcher2, said he expected maybe a few people would scan the code and send money and wasn’t even sure the code would work. Instead, a check of the address shows about 22.4 bitcoins in the wallet, or around…

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