Hackers make it easier for people to get started using the virtual money.

Even though Bitcoin continues to gain popularity amongst hackers and other tech-enthusiasts, it's can be difficult for everyone else to wrap their head around the concept, or at least how to get involved. A group at the Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas has tried to bridge that gap with a physical briefcase that converts loose change into Bitcoins.

Built by a hacker named Garbage and his group, TwoSixNine, they put together the device at a cost of $250 using a Raspberry Pi microcomputer and a portable 4G modem.

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