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  • Recent Study Estimates That 50% of Websites Using WebAssembly Apply It for Malicious Purposes

    A study published in June 2019 reveals that in the Alexa Top 1 million websites, one out of 600 sites execute WebAssembly (Wasm) code. The study moreover finds that over 50% of those sites using WebAssembly apply it for malicious deeds, such as cryptocurrency mining and malware code obfuscation.

  • Making 'npm install' Safe

    At QCon New York 2019, Kate Sills, a software engineer at Agoric, discussed some of the security challenges in building composable smart contract components with JavaScript. Two emerging TC39 JavaScript proposals, realms and Secure ECMAScript (SES) were presented as solutions to security risks with the npm installation process.

  • MIT Researchers Test Oracles and Smart Contracts on Bitcoin Lightning Network

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has revealed the results of their tests running smart contracts on the Bitcoin Lightning Network. Running smart contracts on the Bitcoin network isn’t necessarily new, however, the approach of using trusted entities called oracles with smart contracts is what makes their approach unique on the Bitcoin blockchain.

  • Coindesk 2018 State of Blockchain

    Coindesk recently released their 2018 State of Blockchain report, which provides more than 160 pages of blockchain related research covering investments in top cryptocurrencies, enterprise blockchain solutions, raising capital through initial coin offerings, government, regulation and sentiment. InfoQ has analyzed this report and has compiled a list of key developments that impact our readership.

  • Blockchain and Smart Contracts in a Business Process

    Buying something through an internet portal, for example a car, normally involves two parties who don’t trust each other; a buyer and a seller. The portal is just a broker so either the buyer must transfer money before getting the ordered item, or the seller must send the item before getting the money. To overcome this lack of mutual trust, Bernd Rücker claims that a blockchain can be used.

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