For some eight years, 82-year-old Rose and 83-year-old Walter Martin have heard police knocking at their front door in a mistaken search for criminals, says a story in the New York Daily News.

The Daily News says that the couple's address was used to test a New York police department-wide computer system in 2002. Their address was supposed to be purged from the system, but it never was. After the couple complained in 2007, their address was again supposedly purged, but by then their address had migrated into other police systems as one where criminals may be hanging out.

Why the couple's address was used in the 2002 test wasn't explained, nor what exactly the test was.

Mayor Michael Bloombergapologized to the couple saying it was "a shame" that it had happened and promised that it won't ever happen again.

The couple are reported to be skeptical.

They have good reason to be, I think.

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The Spectacular Collapse of CryptoKitties, the First Big Blockchain Game

A cautionary tale of NFTs, Ethereum, and cryptocurrency security

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Mountains and cresting waves made of cartoon cats and large green coins.
Frank Stockton

On 4 September 2018, someone known only as Rabono bought an angry cartoon cat named Dragon for 600 ether—an amount of Ethereum cryptocurrency worth about US $170,000 at the time, or $745,000 at the cryptocurrency’s value in July 2022.

It was by far the highest transaction yet for a nonfungible token (NFT), the then-new concept of a unique digital asset. And it was a headline-grabbing opportunity for CryptoKitties, the world’s first blockchain gaming hit. But the sky-high transaction obscured a more difficult truth: CryptoKitties was dying, and it had been for some time.

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