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Coinbase Parting Ways with Neutrino’s Employees Who Developed Espionage Software for Authoritarian Governments

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Tue, 5/03/2019 - 6:15
Coinbase Parting Ways with Neutrino’s Employees Who Developed Espionage Software for Authoritarian Governments
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Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong has just announced that the $8 bln exchange decided to drop those Neutrino employees who previously worked at Hacking Team. The move was prompted by a major controversy that even led to the #DeleteCoinbase campaign.

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Coinbase got under fire

Crypto Twitter got furious with Coinbase’s decision Neutrino, the analytics company that helped the governments with poor human right records to spy on their citizens. Obviously, welcoming the hacking team to the family didn’t go well with crypto enthusiasts given that Bitcoin is an anti-authoritarian tech. Multiple users would start posting screenshots of them closing their accounts as part of the above-mentioned #DeleteCoinbase campaign.

The move was praised by Kraken CEO Jesse Powell, claiming that he has tremendous replace for Coinbase. However, he previously criticized Coinbase’s decision to allow its users to store their keys with the help of popular cloud services (Google Drive and iCloud).    

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