Tagged: virtual currencies

Former FBI Official Gurvais Grigg Comments on Why He Joined Blockchain Analysis Firm Chainalysis

Gurvais Grigg recently revealed why he joined blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis as its Global Public Sector CTO after working for over two decades at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), most recently as Assistant Director of the FBI Laboratory. In his new role, Grigg will… Read More

Court Enters Order Authorizing IRS to Serve John Doe Summons on Fintech Circle to Obtain Info on US Taxpayers’ Crypto Transactions

A federal court in the District of Massachusetts recently entered an order that authorizes the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to serve a John Doe summons on Circle Internet Financial Inc., “or its predecessors, subsidiaries, divisions, and affiliates, including Poloniex LLC.” According to a release,… Read More

Regtech: Compliance Firm Uppsala Security to Create Virtual Asset AML Solution for South Korean Crypto Exchange

Uppsala Security, a provider of tools for Crypto AML, Risk Management, Regulatory Compliance, and Cybersecurity, has revealed they’ve entered into a contract to create a ‘Virtual Asset AML’ solution for the Coin&Coin exchange that “complies with the amendment of the Special Money Act in South… Read More

CBDCs: Bank of Japan Reveals it has Officially Begun Phase 1 of its Digital Currency Tests

The Bank of Japan (BoJ) revealed on Monday (April 5, 2021) that it has officially started Phase 1 of its central bank digital currency (CBDC) pilots and related experiments. The initial phase of testing will mainly focus on assessing the basic functions of CBDCs as… Read More

European Payment Services Provider Nets Group and Salamantex to Support Bitcoin, Ethereum Transactions in Austria

Nets Group, a European payment services provider, along with with Salamantex, an Austrian developer of software solutions for cryptocurrency payments, have announced that they’re bringing acceptance of virtual currencies like Bitcoin (BTC), Etherereum (ETH) and XRP to in-store points-of-sale in Austria. The partnership between Nets… Read More

US Fed’s Digital Dollar Initiative Might Affect Revenue of Wall Street Giants, but Digital Currency May Take Several Years to Launch

The US Federal Reserve’s Digital Dollar initiative may be of concern to Wall Street, according to a report from Bloomberg. The financial services sector may have to prepare for what might be its most significant disruption during the past few decades, according to the report…. Read More

Indian Officials Say they have “Major Concerns” Regarding Cryptos like Bitcoin, Authorities May Require Disclosing Crypto Earnings

Local sources in India have commented on why the government may want residents to disclose their digital currency holdings. Industry professionals in the country have pointed out that the Indian corporate affairs ministry could be looking for disclosures from firms in order to get a… Read More

Engage People CTO Len Covello Provides Key Insights on how Loyalty Points are “Often-Overlooked” Alternative Payment Option

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We recently caught up with Len Covello, CTO at Engage People, a global loyalty tech company. Covello explained how loyalty points are an often-overlooked alternative payment option. Covello talked about how the demand for having the flexibility to pay with points as easy as credit… Read More

CBDCs: Chinese Official Address Concerns Regarding User Privacy and the Digital Yuan

China’s officials have addressed concerns that the digital yuan may be violating or infringing on user privacy. They’ve looked into questions related to “controllable anonymity” as well. STCN reports that on March 20, 2021, Mu Changchun, Director of the Digital Currency Research Institute of the… Read More

CipherTrace and Blockchain Industry Insiders Comment on Updated FATF Guidelines on Virtual Assets and VASPs

Blockchain security firm CipherTrace has provided an analysis on the proposed Financial Action Task Force (FATF) guidance for digital assets and virtual asset service providers (VASPs). On March 19, 2021, global anti-money laundering watchdog, the FATF, released a public consultation for its latest Draft Guidance… Read More

Facebook with 2.8B Users and its Diem Initiative May Compete with Online Payment Platforms, but Bitcoin with $1T Market Cap Can’t be Ignored: Report

Researchers at Deutsche Bank (XETRA: DBKGn.DB /NYSE: DB) have published an update, titled The Future of Payments in which they look into whether Bitcoin (BTC) may offer any value to the financial system. The bank’s research team points out that Bitcoin or BTC’s market capitalization… Read More

Notabene Partners Blockchain Analysis Firm Chainalysis to Bring Scalable Travel Rule Solution to Crypto Businesses

Notabene has teamed up with blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis to bring a “scalable” Travel Rule solution to cryptocurrency-focused businesses. Crypto-related businesses are working consistently to meet updated regulatory guidelines involving counterparty risk. According to a blog post by Chainalysis, the most notable of these requirements… Read More

Coin Center Reminds that Deadline for Comments on FinCEN Rulemaking for Crypto Transactions Is End of March 2021

Peter Van Valkenburgh, the Director of Research at Coin Center, a leading non-profit entity focused on the latest policy issues facing digital currencies, notes that his organization will be using the additional time provided by FinCEN to submit another comment in “ongoing surveillance rulemaking.” Coin… Read More

Overarching National-Level US Legislation Remains Ideal Way to Create Coherent Digital Asset Regulatory Framework, BitOoda Says

Despite a few weeks’ break from their regulatory assessments, the BitOoda team says it has been regularly monitoring the crypto industry and engaging in the ongoing advancement of the US regulatory landscape. BitOoda notes that the recent developments they’ve followed are: New York Attorney General… Read More

CipherTrace Explains how its Traveler Product Assists VASPs with Following Global Travel Rule Regulations

Blockchain security firm CipherTrace notes that its Traveler product has been developed to assist virtual asset service providers or VASPs with adhering to the international “Travel Rule” regulations by securely sharing digital currency transaction details with other “vetted” VASPs. CipherTrace explains that its tools are… Read More

Indian Government Officials to Take “Very Calibrated” Position on Regulating or Monitoring Bitcoin and Other Crypto Transactions

The Indian government may not completely ban (or attempt to) the use of decentralized cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH). During a recent interview (conducted on March 5, 2021), India’s finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman clarified that she intends to support innovative crypto initiatives. #CNBCTV18IBLA… Read More

$21 Million in New 2020 Ransomware Payments were Made According to Chainalysis Review of Uncovered Crypto Addresses

On January 27, 2021, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) revealed that there had been a significant disruption of the NetWalker ransomware strain. FBI agents assigned to the case had taken down a website NetWalker attackers had allegedly used to communicate with the unsuspecting victims…. Read More

Coinbase Recommends Using CoinTracker, a Free Tool for Calculating Taxes on Cryptocurrency Transactions

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San Francisco-based crypto exchange Coinbase says it’s focused on helping its customers during tax season (in the United States) Lawrence Zlatkin, Vice President, Tax, Coinbase, notes that for the second consecutive year, taxpayers will be asked on their tax return forms questions regarding digital currencies…. Read More

Amazon Job Listings Reveal that Tech Giant Is Launching a Digital Currency Project in Mexico

The World Wide Public Sector (at Amazon) team is reportedly looking to recruit an experienced Principal Technical Program Manager (TPM) – Digital Currency to serve as the technology “enabler” for “innovating” their customer solutions in support of their goal of promoting economic development and inclusion,… Read More

Central Bank Officials are Not Confident in Bitcoin or Other Digital Currencies’ Ability to Serve as Legitimate Financial Instruments

Existing virtual currencies are unlikely to last, according to Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey. Decentralized cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) or Bitcoin Cash (BCH) don’t have the appropriate structure to work as a viable long-term payments method, according to Bank of England (BoE) governor Andrew… Read More

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