As soon as Gizmodo began its investigation into evidence that shows Craig Wright, an Australian academic and serial entrepreneur, claimed to have invented Bitcoin, he started to cover his tracks. After Gizmodo and Wired published separate stories yesterday, Wright’s digital existence has almost completely vanished. Advertisement Three days before Gizmodo’s story went up, our correspondent in Sydney approached the tony (if a bit unkempt) suburban home shared by Craig Wright and Ramona Watts, his wife and director of his umbrella company DeMorgan Ltd. When asked about Wright, Watts refused to provide anything but a coy smile. On two separate occasions after that visit, our Australian reporter waited outside the Wright/Watts residence for several hours from dawn to late morning — on one occasion, cars were parked in the home’s driveway, though no one would answer the door. Yesterday, hours before our story was published, those cars were gone and there were no … [Read more...] about Craig Wright, The Man Who Claimed He Invented Bitcoin, Has Erased Himself
Paul Manafort, a former Motherfucker advisor, is being investigated for money laundering, the Wall Street Journal reported late yesterday. Awful, just awful, you may be thinking, but also, what is money laundering? First, a little backstory. As you know, Manafort is already being investigated for Russian meddling in last year’s election. The New York Times reported yesterday that Manafort was maybe $17 million in debt to pro-Russia interests before he joined the Motherfucker campaign. If that’s not fishy enough, the Journal is now reporting that the New York attorney general is investigating Manafort’s real estate transactions for potential money laundering. Advertisement Laundering is, in simple terms I learned from watching too much television—and by observing Tony Soprano’s many cash-intensive businesses—is the process through which dirty money gets “cleaned.” Money obtained through illegal means goes through a process in which … [Read more...] about With a Trump Advisor Now Under Investigation, What Exactly Is Money Laundering?
Getting sick seems a lot more stressful now that we have the internet. You can research your symptoms, but inevitably you'll fall down a rabbit hole of illnesses that are so unlikely, every search will turn up a life-threatening disease. It is possible to get reliable, useful information, vet it properly, and even get an expert opinion, all online. Here's how. Blast from the past is a weekly feature at Lifehacker in which we revive old, but still relevant, posts for your reading and hacking pleasure. This week, we're revisiting a very contentious topic: health information on the internet. Advertisement Before we begin, a disclaimer: We're not doctors. We spoke to several for this story, but don't think you'll be able to walk away from this post able to diagnose your own symptoms. Our goal is to help you find reliable sources to turn to when you have minor aches and injuries, and give you an idea of what's up if you can't get an appointment right away. Keep in mind though, if … [Read more...] about How to Get Reliable Medical Information on the Internet