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Venezuela to OPEC: “Petro Will Become the Digital Currency of Oil Transactions Worldwide”

Venezuela’s Minister of Petroleum says he has been invited by the Secretary-General of OPEC to propose that Venezuela’s new state-issued cryptocurrency, El Petro, become the standard unit of account in global oil markets, XinhuaNet reports. Minister Manuel Quevedo, who is also President of the Venezuelan… Read More

Four More ICOs Sanctioned in Colorado

Colorado Securities Commissioner Gerald Rome has ordered four more issuers of initial coin offerings to stop selling unregistered securities in the Western American state. The latest round of cease and desist orders brings the total number of ICOs now sanctioned by Colorado to 12. Bitcoin… Read More

Principal and Vice-Principal in China Caught Mining Ethereum on School Systems “For Personal Gain”

A principal and vice-principal at a middle school in Hunan, China have been caught and punished for using school rooms and school electricity to mine the cryptocurrency Ethereum, HK01 reports. The story reportedly began when a cousin of Principal Lei Hua of the Puman Middle… Read More

Venezuela Promises Stability or Returns on El Petro Cryptocurrency to Holders of New All-Seeing Digital IDs

The Venezuelan government has initiated a savings plan based on the country’s controversial new cryptocurrency, El Petro, and is somehow promising that investors will see their money appreciate or at least stay stable, Telesur reports. The scheme, however, will require interested parties to obtain one… Read More

Hackers Spread Crypto-Stealing Code Through StatCounter at Gate.io Exchange

On November 3rd, hackers successfully sandwiched crypto-stealing code into the middle of a popular web traffic-measuring plugin from StatCounter, which is now used on more than two million websites, including government sites, WeLiveSecurity reports. Because the infected software creates a new bitcoin address for every site… Read More

SIM-Swap Cryptocurrency Thefts Being Abetted by Telecom Employees, Police Say

Researchers at Krebs on Security have shed new light on the nature of SIM-swap hacks, which have recently allowed thieves to steal millions in cryptocurrencies. Previously, it was thought that most SIM-swap attacks were being executed by hackers calling up mobile phone companies and impersonating… Read More

Isreal Will Not Issue “E-Shekel” Cryptocurrency Any Time Soon

A dedicated team established by the Central Bank of Isreal to consider whether the country should establish a state digital currency has determined that risks, complexities, a lack of need and a lack of globally-established standards means that Isreal will not be issuing a central bank… Read More

Canadian University Network Shut Down for Four Days to Fend Off “CryptoJacking” Attack

St Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada had to shut down its entire network for four days last week to fend off a crypto-mining malware attack, Global News reports. Campus email, Wi-Fi, debit transactions, online course selection, cloud storage, and drives on the… Read More

Malta Bank Accused of Money Laundering by Murdered Journalist Loses License

Pilates, a private bank accused by murdered journalist Daphne Carauna Galizia of laundering money for Maltese politicians and foreign interests, has lost its license, Financial Times reports. The license was withdrawn last Friday by the European Central Bank (ECB), several months after Pilatus’ founder and ex-chairman Seyed… Read More

“Almost All” Pakistani Banks’ Customer Data Breached in Recent Hacks

At least six banks in Pakistan have frozen their customers’ bank and credit cards and have suspended international remittances in the wake of news that, “almost all major Pakistani banks’ (customer data)” was hacked in recent security breaches, Geo News reports. According to Captain Mohammad… Read More

Marshall Islands Opposition Members Seeking to Oust Pro-Crypto President

Members of the opposition in the Marshall Islands have called for a non-confidence vote to oust the nation’s first-and-only female president, Radio New Zealand reports. The vote to oust Hilda Heine, who has previously backed a contentious plan to create a sovereign national cryptocurrency for… Read More

Researchers Trace Zaif Crypto Exchange Hackers

Cybersecurity researchers in Japan say they have unearthed digital traces that could lead them to the hackers responsible for the September 14th theft of $60 million USD in cryptocurrencies from the licensed Japanese crypto exchange Zaif. The attack in question took place over two hours… Read More

Enterprising Iceland Crypto Miner is Recycling Mining Energy as Heat

A woman running small crypto mining operations in the southern Iceland district of Reykjanes is using the energy her machines consume to heat storage spaces she rents from local farmers, Wired reports. Krista Hannesdóttir, a math teacher by day, started crypto mining in a former… Read More

Ontario Securities Commission Releases Colourful New “Cryptoasset” Educational Website

The Ontario Securities Commission, regulator of capital markets in Canada’s most populous economic-powerhouse province, have created a colourful new website to educate investors about cryptocurrencies: GetSmarterAboutCrypto.ca According to a release announcing the initiative, 5% of adult Ontarians, or around 500 000 individuals, now own “crypto assets,”… Read More

Top Bulgarian Immigration Officials Detained for Selling EU Passports for Bitcoins

The Chief Secretary and the Head of the State Agency for Bulgarians Abroad  (SABA) along with an accused Serbian co-conspirator, have been detained by Bulgarian police and charged with selling EU passports for Bitcoins, Nova and The Times report. According to the Times, SABA Head Petar Haralampiev has been arrested on… Read More

Police in Turkey Arrest 11 People Connected to Alleged Bitcoin Theft

Police in Istanbul arrested 11 people last week in connection with the hacking theft of bitcoins from the cryptocurrency wallets of 14 victims, Hürriyet reports. Along with 11 suspects detained, police from the Cybercrimes Division also seized 18 mobile phones, 18 sim cards, 22 flash memory… Read More

China Flags Crypto “Airdrops”

As part of ongoing government efforts to quash initial coin offerings (ICOs) in China, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) has extended prohibitions to cover “airdrops” -the promotional distribution of free cryptographic tokens- which may possibly be being used now in China to circumvent the… Read More

Coinbase Exchange Cuts Remote Staff

Though Coinbase announced it raised $300 million “from high-quality investors” last week, the cryptocurrency exchange also laid off an estimated 15 people working remotely in support, compliance, and fraud departments, Yahoo Finance reports. Coinbase would not confirm how many employees were cut, it did admit… Read More

Taiwan Bans Anonymous Crypto Trades

Trading cryptocurrencies anonymously is no longer legal in Taiwan, Focus Taiwan reports. The change was made Friday, November 2nd as Taiwan prepares to be evaluated by the Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG), which will take place between Nov. 5th and the 16th. Although Taiwan also… Read More

Extortionist Threatening Amsterdam Businesses Demands Bitcoins

An extortionist has been contacting Amsterdam businesses by email threatening to shoot at or tie grenades to their storefronts if he or she is not paid a ransom of 50 000 Euros in bitcoins, NL Times reports. At least one nightclub and three coffee shops… Read More

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