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Cryptocurrency Promoted at Hong Kong Protests

A cryptocurrency ATM company gave out free water and umbrellas to protestors in Hong Kong July 1st, and crypto trading platforms have been, “providing a way to off-ramp from HKD…and advocating for transactional privacy,” as resistance to recent power assertions by China enters its 11th week. According… Read More

Report: 97% of Korean Crypto Exchanges Close to Bankruptcy

97% of Korea’s 200 cryptocurrency exchanges are at risk of bankruptcy as low volume and tightening regulations temper what was once one of the world’s busiest crypto-trading markets, Business Korea (BK) reports. Local exchange revenues are also being diminished as Korean crypto-coin projects increasingly seek to… Read More

Saudi Finance Ministry: Virtual Currencies Not Approved

The Saudi Ministry of Finance has warned Saudi citizens that transactions involving cryptocurrencies could have “negative consequences” for traders because they occur, “outside the monitoring umbrella within Saudi Arabia,” Zawya reports. According to FX Street, the country’s “Special Governmental Committee for Awareness on Dealing with… Read More

After 4-Month Fight, Bitfinex Ordered to Provide Business Records

A judge presiding over proceedings in a case of alleged fraud by crypto trading platform Bitfinex (and associated companies) has ordered the companies to provide records compelled under ex parte orders issued in New York in April. Almost immediately after the orders were issued, Bitfinex… Read More

Canadian Court Upholds Vanbex Asset Seizure

A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has upheld an asset seizure from Lisa Cheng and Kevin Hobbs, principles of a “blockchain consultancy” called Vanbex, who, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), conducted an allegedly fraudulent $30 million CAD ICO (Etherparty/FUEL), “…by falsely representing corporate… Read More

BitMEX, 100x Leveraged-Crypto Trading Platform, Restricts Access in Base Jurisdictions

BitMEX, a platform that allows highly-leveraged trading of cryptocurrency derivatives, has announced that customers residing in Seychelles, Hong Kong, and Bermuda, where the company’s offices are located will be, “restricted from access to BitMEX.” The company claims the change, “will have no financial impact on… Read More

Unauthorized Telegram Token Secondary Market Transferring Risk

Accredited investors who bought into Telegram’s $1.7 billion USD ICO (initial coin offering) in February and March 2018 have been selling the tokens in secondary markets without authorization, meaning buyers could “end up with nothing,” Coindesk reports. According to a GRAM token purchase agreement obtained… Read More

20 Texas Municipalities Suffer Coordinated Ransomware Attack

At least twenty local governments in Texas are now coping with a “coordinated ransomware attack on municipality computer systems,” the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) reports. Affected cities and towns are not named in the release. A response is being coordinated by the Texas Division of… Read More

US Lawmakers, Led by Maxine Waters, in Switzerland to Discuss Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency

A delegation of US lawmakers, led by Representative Maxine Waters, will be in Switzerland this week, on a trip that may have been spurned by Facebook’s decision to domicile it’s Libra cryptocurrency project in a nation known for both progressive financial policies and money-laundering, NZZ… Read More

No Tethers, No Go Up: Critics Note Crypto Price Slump as No New Tethers Issued

Skeptical crypto-twitter commentators are throwing shade on the controversial stablecoin Tether, claiming a correlation between recently stable cryptocurrency prices and the cessation of “printing” at Tether, a company that has minted more than $4.15 billion synthetic USDs for the use in trading of cryptocurrencies. Self-declared… Read More

FinCEN Director: Casinos Must Report Suspicious Transactions, Including Suspect Use of Cryptocurrencies

America’s federal financial crimes enforcement agency, FinCEN, has noticed “a gap” in the reporting of illicit use of cryptocurrencies at casinos and card clubs in recent years, the agency’s director told attendees at the 12th Annual Las Vegas Anti-Money Laundering Conference this week. Director Kenneth A…. Read More

ASA: UK Advertising Regulator Sanctions Crypto Derivatives Platform BitMEX for “Misleading” Ad

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority has upheld complaints against crypto-derivatives trading platform BitMEX claiming the company violated UK advertising standards with an ad it published on the front page of a national newspaper in January. According to the ASA, the “misleading” ad featured a logarithmic… Read More

Bakkt Clears Regulatory Hurdles, Plans to Launch Physically-Settled Bitcoin Futures This Fall

Bakkt, a subsidiary of the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), has announced it has received necessary permissions from the CFTC and the NYDFS to launch its “institution-grade” platform for physically-settled bitcoin futures trades September 23rd. “One year ago, we announced our ambitious vision to bring institutional infrastructure… Read More

Circle’s Crypto Exchange, Poloniex, Delists 23 Trading Pairs Citing Low Volume

Poloniex, the cryptocurrency exchange owned by Circle, a Boston based payments-app-turned-multiplatform-crypto-company, has announced it is “removing 23 trading pairs on August 16, 2019, due to low volume.” The pairs delisted on the 16th of August are: LTC/XMR, DASH/XMR, ZEC/XMR, MAID/XMR, NXT/XMR, BCN/XMR, LSK/ETH, GNT/ETH, MANA/ETH,… Read More

Santander Still Banking Coinbase, Barclays Out, Clearbank Steps In

Coinbase, a large, US-based cryptocurrency trading platform, experienced a shake up of its UK banking services this week. On Wednesday, an anonymous “rBitcoin” forum participant on Reddit posted that (Banco) Santander was refusing to deposit money to the individuals’ Coinbase UK account, probably because of… Read More

US State of Maryland Joins “Operation Cryptosweep”

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced this week that the Maryland Securities Division has joined “Operation Cryptosweep,” a coordinated crackdown on fraudulent cryptocurrency projects involving least 40 North American state and provincial regulators. Frosh notes that an environment of sometimes surging interest in cryptocurrencies can… Read More

Beaxy Crypto Exchange Halts Trading After Hack Involving Major Sell Off of Ripple (XRP)

A cryptocurrency exchange called Beaxy halted trading across the board  August 12th after a high-volume sell-off of XRPs (Ripple tokens) tanked the tokens’ price on the exchange: The exchange corresponded about the suspension in a blog post, stating: “We recently experienced unusual(ly) high volume activity… Read More

Critic: DLT for Administering UK Pensions Not a Foregone Conclusion

The UK Government’s Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) is taking a stab at using DLT (distributed ledger technology) to make pension payments more efficient and secure. The UK’s welfare ministry, however, has “abandoned” the tech in the past, Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain… Read More

Silk Road Founder Ross Ulbricht’s Latest Appeal Postponed

A judge has declared ‘moot’ Ross Ulbricht’s latest attempt to have his multiple life sentences voided/overruled lawyer Paul Grant failed to file papers withdrawing self as Ulbricht’s counsel. Ulbricht is seeking to have his sentences vacated and is alleging that original defense lawyer Joshua Drathel gave… Read More

Indian Telecom Jio Launching “Blockchain Network”

Indian telecom company Reliance Jio will launch, “one of the largest blockchain networks in the world over the next 12 months,” the company’s owner, Mukesh Ambani, told attendees at the company’s annual General meeting August 12th. Ambani also promised, “The network will have tens of thousands… Read More

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