"Over the past couple of months, a huge amount of tether has been created, it has shifted to the Bitfinex exchange and presumably buys bitcoin and other cryptos. This, I believe, has been keeping the price up," Nicholas Weaver, a senior researcher at the International Computer Science Institute at Berkeley, California, told CNBC by phone Thursday.

Nicholas Weaver, a professor from UC Berkeley’s International Computer Science Institute has warned that a “bloodbath” would ensue if the claims turn out to be true.

The types of phishing attacks that garner data like that are cheap, effective, hard to track and perfect for the American electoral system, says Nicholas Weaver, a researcher at the International Computer Science Institute.

To expect computing speeds, known in the cryptocurrency world as “hash rates,” to remain steady “is ridiculous,” said Nicholas Weaver, a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley.

As Berkeley International Computer Science Institute researcher Nicholas Weaver noted, “The cost estimates are insanely wrong: Assumes no increase in mining rate, no power cost” (though the language does specify Kodak’s partner Spotlite will cover most operational costs including electricity).

WannaCry, Petya, NotPetya: how ransomware hit the big time in 2017
December 30, 2017 | Alex Hern, The Guardian

NotPetya had another oddity: it didn’t actually seem created to make money. The “ransomware” was coded in such a way that, even if users did pay up, their data could never be recovered. “I’m willing to say with at least moderate confidence that this was a deliberate, malicious, destructive attack or perhaps a test disguised as ransomware,” UC Berkeley academic Nicholas Weaver told the infosec blog Krebs on Security.

Ethiopia targets activists with Israeli spyware: Report
December 11, 2017 | Jillian Kestler-D'Amours, Al Jazeera

Israel's CyberBit Solutions Ltd sold spyware to Ethiopia, which used the technology "to target activists and journalists, even PhD students and lawyers", explained Bill Marczak, a researcher at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab, which wrote the report.

Ethiopia Allegedly Spied on Security Researcher With Israel-Made Spyware
December 5, 2017 | Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

Marczak is a researcher at Citizen Lab, a group that studies how governments around the world use new technologies such as spyware against dissidents and activists. For years, Marczak and his colleagues have exposed several hacking attacks against people all over the world. This time, however, Marczak himself became the target.

Wi-Fi + Malware = Surveillance Dealers' Answer To Spying On WhatsApp
December 4, 2017 | Thomas Fox-Brewster, Forbes

Nicholas Weaver, senior staff researcher focusing on computer security at the International Computer Science Institute at Berkeley, wasn't impressed with what Almenta advertised. "Really, this is a surveillance vendor taking some off-the-shelf tools, combining it with a directional antenna, slapping some [graphical user interface] on it, and probably selling it for way, way, way, way too much money," he said.

Google says phishing attacks are the biggest risk to web users
November 10, 2017 | James Walker, Digital Journal

Google teamed up with the University of California, Berkeley and the International Computer Science Institute to find the most common way in which user accounts get hijacked. The study looked at a variety of hacking techniques to determine the biggest threat to web users. The results may come as a surprise.