Bitcoin (BTC) was the star of Jeopardy! Last night, after the 3 contestants were left fighting for the “Greatest of All Time” place were given a quiz on cybersecurity.
The $800 question was tweeted by a viewer:
— Kim Nash (@knash99) January 10, 2020
James Holzhauer, the professional sports gambler contestant, knew the answer is the most popular cryptocurrency in the world and won the contest.
Many Other Questions on Cybersecurity
While the BTC question was referring to the 2018 situation in which the City of Atlanta had to pay over $2.6 million to have its computers unlocked by hackers who were asking for a $52,000 BTC ransom, the other questions in the cybersecurity category were on white hat hackers, website certificates that use encryption, the BYOD policy and keylogging platforms.
Not the First Time Jeopardy! Uses BTC-Related Questions
Jeopardy! has a history with cryptocurrency, especially since it introduced a special category on this technology in 2018. It even had questions about the supposedly oil backed Petro token from Maduro, the CoinYe inspired by Kanye West and the KIN cryptocurrency from Kik messenger.
However, crypto enthusiasts may think it’s frustrating BTC was used for a question about ransomware because critics of the crypto space are often saying governments should make more efforts and even restrict the industry’s technology.
Bitcoin Ransomware Was Everywhere in 2019
Unfortunately, Bitcoin ransomware was everywhere last year. For example, the malware campaign Ryuk attacked private enterprises and government organizations from all over the world, demanding payments of millions of dollars to be made in BTC for the data encrypted maliciously to be released.
What’s even worse is that things don’t seem to slow down, as this week, the Sodinokibi malware strain had been reported to have hit the foreign exchange Travelex, with hackers asking for $6 million in cryptocurrency for returning the access.