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Joseph Heller, author of “Catch 22,” a fictional novel about American air combat in the Mediterranean during World War II, penned this line in his book. Cynics the world over, as well as those with a dry wit, have used it ever since. And why not? It often seems to be the case.

Two Chinese companies, Huawei and ZTE, are running into opposition from the US Government over concerns that their smartphones and supporting services are providing the Chinese government with a surveillance capability that poses a national security risk. Other countries are also concerned with both Australia and India investigating the phones.

One of the key design elements in the CRIP.TO Black offering is the use of a field programmable gate array (FPGA) chip. The design to use this technology was a direct result of the CRIP.TO commitment to keeping ours safe from backdoors. When dealing with chips developed by the major suppliers, there is no guarantee that a backdoor has not been introduced either by design or from a manufacturing and firmware issue (see our Blog Post on the Intel and AMD chip issues).

With the current uproar over Facebook’s (FB) data handling practices it might be a good time to take a look at just what they actually have in their system about you. Never really think about that? Neither did I for a variety of reasons. First of all, I am not a huge FB user. The less people know about my personal life the better. What I put out there is minimal…I think. The same goes for Twitter. LinkedIn is a different story as I use that in business.


The Smile-Expo held on 22 March 2018 was the 2nd international conference held in Estonia devoted solely to blockchain technology. The day-long event featured numerous speakers and presentations about blockchain applications and cryptocurrencies.

More than 3,500 people flocked to the first Cryptocurrency Investors’ Show held in London on 10 March 2018. Mr. Stefano Alberico, President and CEO of CRIP.TO, was joined by more than a dozen other speakers to educate attendees on a wide range of topics relevant to the growth of cryptocurrencies as investment opportunities and the use of blockchain technology to provide robust and secure management of crypto transactions.

March 13 – 14 marked the 5th Global Family Office Investment Summit held in Dubai. CRIP.TO was pleased to join over 250 conglomerate companies, private investment firms, industry leaders, and elite Family Offices, among others at this event.

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