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Hey, look at that. A cryptocurrency exchange had therefore decided to do the right thing- albeit belatedly, and only after a sustained public protest.

The San Francisco-based exchange Coinbase announced on March 4 it had agreed to persona lanes with several brand-new hires impounding a particular shocking separation: Namely, that they previously worked for the unbelievably disreputable Italian spyware company Hacking Team.

Hacking Team, for those not in the know, has been accused of selling spyware to governments with pessimistic human rights records. For pattern, the Ethiopian authority reportedly applied Hacking Team tools to target journalists in the U.S .

So how did Coinbase get involved with Hacking Team? The companionship announced on Feb. 19 that it had acquired Neutrino, “a blockchain intelligence platform” that just so happens to have been founded by former Hacking Team employees. The action from the cryptocurrency society was quick, and negative.

A #DeleteCoinbase action soon ricochetted up, with cryptocurrency dignitaries like Riccardo Spagni adding to the pile.

Today, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong copped to making a pretty big mistake.

“While we looked hard-boiled at these new technologies and security of the Neutrino product, we did not properly evaluate everything from the perspective of our duty and evaluates as a crypto fellowship, ” he wrote in the aforementioned blog berth. “We took some time to delve greatly into this over the past week, and together with the Neutrino team have come to an agreement: those who previously use at Hacking Team( despite the fact that they have no current affiliation with Hacking Team ), will transition out of Coinbase. This was not an easy decision, but their prior labour does present a conflict with our mission.”

It is not clear at this time exactly what “transition out of Coinbase” means. Will the former Hacking Team hires get to stay on for an additional few months? Will they receive a severance carton?

We reached out to Coinbase in an attempt to answer those questions, but have not received a response as of press epoch. How the company directs the difference of these employees will go a long way toward illustrating what its “values” genuinely are.

Either way, it seems like Coinbase decided it didn’t need this headache on its handwritings.

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