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Wasabi Wallet Launches #BitcoinIsSafe Campaign to Counter Erroneous Antivirus Detections

Recently, Wasabi Wallet users have reported multiple instances in which antivirus programs identify both Wasabi and the newly integrated Bitcoin Core as “system infections.” More specifically, the computer security algorithms for Avira, Bitdefender, Kaspersky and F-Secure (and many other antivirus softwares) confuse full Bitcoin nodes with unwanted cryptocurrency mining programs that run in computer backgrounds and steal processing power (a type of malicious attack whose popularity peaked during the 2017 bull market).In response to this phenomenon, Wasabi Wallet developers have started a social media campaign — distinguished by the hashtags #BitcoinIsSafe and #WasabiIsSafe — as a way of encouraging community members to write to the providers of their antivirus software and demand that Bitcoin and Wasabi be labeled as “false positives.”On the Wasabi Wallet website, Bitcoiners who want to join the reporting movement can obtain an email template, a list of online forms and email addresses for sending the false-positive-label requests and some tutorials that are meant to offer a graphical step-by-step guide throughout the process.While Wasabi is clearly incentivized to free its own product from system infection designations, the campaign is also pushing to ensure that Bitcoin Core spreads as widely as possible.“Bitcoin Core is considered to be Bitcoin’s reference implementation,” Wasabi contributor Riccardo Masutti explained to Bitcoin Magazine. “A malware warning confuses users, and might deter them from running a full node — and full nodes are among the most important parts of the whole Bitcoin ecosystem.”Wasabi Wallet and Bitcoin CoreIn December 2019, Wasabi Wallet launched version 1.1.10 — the first to include a partial Bitcoin Core integration for users who want to connect with their full nodes. This addition effectively maximized user sovereignty while simultaneously minimizing both the need to trust Wasabi and the use of Neutrino as an alternative for full nodes...
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