Arab News: What is bitcoin? A look at the digital currency

It is worth more than an ounce of gold right now, it is completely digital and it is the currency of choice for the cyberattackers who crippled computer networks around the world in recent days.

When the attackers’ “ransomware” sprang into action, it held victims hostage by encrypting their data and demanding they send payments in bitcoins to regain access to their computers. Bitcoin has a fuzzy history, but it is a type of currency that allows people to buy goods and services and exchange money without involving banks, credit card issuers or other third parties.

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