After having made the headlines because of the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack last year, the\u00a0Bitcoin Lightning Network is back in the news, but for good reasons.\r\n\r\nTouted to resolve the scalability issue of Bitcoin, the layer-2 technology Lightning Network is now garnering attention due to its \u2018Lightning Torch\u2019 campaign on Twitter. The Lightning Torch, started by an anonymous Twitter handle Hodlonaut on January 19, 2019, is a \u201ctorch payment\u201d that is passed on from one person to another adding 10,000 satoshis at every stop.\r\n\r\nTwitter cofounder and CEO Jack Dorsey has already successfully passed\u00a0Bitcoin\u2019s Lightning Torch. So far, over 150 people have passed the Lightning Torch.\u00a0The campaign has been drawing attention despite of Bitcoin having its longest winter ever.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAnd guess what, Elon Musk\u2019s name has already popped up on the list of Torch recipients' names. Will he pass the Torch? The campaign is on.\r\n\r\nWhile\u00a0blockchain, Bitcoin\u2019s underlying technology, has been increasingly embraced by the white world, Bitcoin\u2019s popularity has always been tilted towards the dark web, sanctioned countries\u2019 markets, and terrorists as well.\r\n\r\nIn one of the previous weekly episodes, we had brought you first-hand account information on how the cryptocurrency was used as a tool of communication as well. A dark web user had then said: \u201cIn 2012, there were some messages in the Bitcoin blockchain which indicated that the US agencies were quite active (as individuals, buyers, sellers).\u201d\r\n\r\nBack in early 2013, the National Security Agency (NSA) of the US Department of Homeland Security had tracked down a number of Bitcoin users across the world.\r\n\r\nLast week,\u00a0the al-Qassam Brigades \u2014 the military wing of\u00a0US-designated terrorist group Hamas \u2014\u00a0announced plans to crowdfund through Bitcoin. It has been now reported that the terrorist group has been receiving Bitcoin from Binance as well as Coinbase users.\r\n\r\nLet\u2019s take a look at the other developments from the crypto world.\r\nQuadrigaCX Does Not Have Money, It Claims: Report \u00a0\r\nGerald Cotten, the founder and CEO of leading Canadian cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX, who died of cardiac arrest in Rajasthan, India, in December, last year, has left a huge puzzle to solve \u2014 his crypto wallet, protected by a password, which has reportedly $145 Mn worth of cryptocurrencies. The exchange needs the money to return it to investors.\r\n\r\nAccording to an affidavit filed by Cotten\u2019s widow Jennifer Robertson, the funds were stored in cold storage wallets which are not connected to the internet but can be opened through private keys only.\r\n\r\nHowever, Zerononcense, a research portal has now published a report claiming that there are no identifiable cold wallet reserves for QuadrigaCX. The exchange was,\u00a0in fact, using deposits from its customers to pay other customers once they requested their withdrawal.\r\n\r\nIt also went on to say that QuadrigaCX didn't have the money contrary to Ms Robertson's claim in her affidavit.\r\nBitcoin Busted? Venezuela Does Not Think So\r\nIt has been 14 months now since Bitcoin\u2019s price started seeing a downslide. While Hodlgang, led by none other than former fortress hedge fund manager Michael Novogratz, still believes in hodling the Bitcoin, there have been no signs of Bitcoin\u2019s price recovery yet.\r\n\r\nNovogratz, who has predicted Bitcoin to hit $20K this year, had also predicted the cryptocurrency would\u00a0cross $40K by 2018-end.\r\n\r\nMeanwhile in Venezuela, Bitcoin fever is always high. Even amid the economic crisis in the country, the demand for Bitcoin has risen. According to CoinDance statistics, in the previous week, Venezuelans exchanged nearly 17.1 Bn Bolivars for Bitcoins. This amounts roughly to 1,927 Bitcoins.\r\n\r\n\r\nCoinGate Enables Native Ripple Payment Option For Merchants\r\nRipple owners can now use it as a means of payment at more than 4,500 shops online, announced Lithuania-based cryptocurrency exchange CoinGate.\r\n\r\n\u201cWhether one wants to purchase a VPN, video game or anything else, we are happy to cater to the huge XRP community and vastly expand the use cases of this digital asset. By being one of the first payment gateways that process XRP natively, we hope to significantly boost its utility. For our merchants, it is also quite a huge deal as currently, XRP falls into a category of the largest cryptocurrency markets according to capitalization. Hence, it makes us confident that this integration will definitely bring more customers to our merchants rather soon,\u201d said the company.\r\n\r\nIn other news, in Japan, the\u00a0world\u2019s leading cryptocurrency market, people mostly use cryptocurrency payments for ecommerce\u00a0while in Australia, they do so for real estate.\r\n\r\nAccording to various reports, Australian homeowners seek Bitcoin property deals despite most cryptocurrencies dropping sharply in value over the past 12 months.