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Report: Major South African Bank FNB Closes Cryptocurrency Business Accounts

As of March 2020, “Top Four” South African Bank FNB will no longer provide business banking to, “(cryptocurrency) trading platforms and intermediaries that trade in digital money,” City Press reports. Affected entities include crypto exchanges Luno, VALR, ICE3X and their intermediaries. “Our decision was made after… Read More

OneCoin Lawyer Convicted in $400 Million Money Laundering Case

Mark Scott, a lawyer accused of abetting the multibillion dollar OneCoin cryptocurrency scam, has been convicted of money laundering and bank fraud. Scott is now facing up to 50 years in prison. According to Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman: “Mark S. Scott, an equity partner… Read More

Judge Denies Crypto Trader’s Petition to Prevent IRS from Accessing Records at Bitstamp

A judge in the state of Washington has denied a cryptocurrency trader’s petition to prevent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from accessing records of his 2016 trades at the Bitstamp cryptocurrency exchange. Judge John Coughenour has, however, determined that the IRS’s original summons goes “overboard”… Read More

To Counter Money Laundering, Polish Crypto Exchange BitBay Ending Support of Monero Privacy Coin

Polish crypto exchange BitBay has announced it has, “end(ed) market trading support for Monero (XMR),” a privacy-enhanced cryptocurrency, because the coin can be used for money laundering: “Monero (XMR) can selectively utilize anonymity features among projects…The decision was made to block the possibility of money… Read More

China Fintech Bluebooks: Cyberfraud in China Now a $16 Billion USD Industry

Scams involving new financial technologies comprise a 110 billion yuan ($16 billion USD) industry in China, according to the publishers of three blue books covering the current state of Fintech, Regtech and blockchain in China. While producing some conveniences, new financial technologies like cryptocurrencies are… Read More

Compliant Digital Asset Platform Polymath Moves Off Ethereum and Onto Parity Substrate

Polymath, a digital asset issuance platform, “optimised for (hosting) compliant assets operating in regulated markets,” has announced it will be building its Polymesh blockchain on Parity Substrate rather than Ethereum. Ethereum is the world’s second-largest “public” blockchain (self-settling ledger-like database). Ethereum was inspired by Bitcoin,… Read More

On the Heels of “Rectification” in Shanghai, Shenzhen Regulators Move to Quash Crypto Trading in Shenzhen

In mid-November, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) and the Shanghai Municipal Financial Regulatory Bureau ordered securities regulators in Shanghai to identify and inspect cryptocurrency exchanges, token issuers, and distributors of foreign ICO’s in the city so they could be shut down. Now, the Shenzhen… Read More

CFTC Report Indicates Slight Uptick in the Number of Enforcements This Year

The Enforcement Division at the American Commodities Futures Trading Commission, tasked with enforcing rules governing commodities markets in the US, has released its annual report. The CFTC defines Bitcoin and Ethereum as commodities and oversees the trading of futures derivatives of these in the US…. Read More

Please Withdraw ASAP: Poloniex Crypto Exchange Now Closed to US Customers

Poloniex, a “cryptoasset” exchange acquired by Circle in early 2018 and “spun out” by them in October, has asked all US-based customers to cease depositing and trading and to withdraw their funds. The platform has been closed to US customers since November 1st and is now… Read More

Cybersecurity Firm Finds “Advanced Back Doors into Practically All Corporate Networks”

The CEO of cybersecurity firm Cyemptive Technologies says his company has found, “advanced back doors into practically all corporate networks.” The holes have been found in companies’ virtual private networks (VPNs), which, according to Cyemptive, are used, “by over 400 million consumers, businesses and government entities to securely… Read More

Tether Seeks Dismissal of Class Action Case in New York

Tether Inc, makers of a popular cryptocurrency that mimics USD (“tether” or USDt), has asked a judge in New York for permission to file a motion to dismiss a class-action suit filed against the company last month. The suit alleges that parties at Tether Inc and… Read More

China Orders “Rectification” of Shanghai Crypto Sector, Shutdowns Expected

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) and the Shanghai Municipal Financial Regulatory Bureau have ordered securities regulators in Shanghai to identify cryptocurrency exchanges, token issuers, and distributors of foreign ICO’s in the city so they can be shut down, The Block reports. According to Chinese… Read More

Walmart Canada and DLT Labs Launch Comprehensive Supply Chain DLT Software System

Walmart Canada (NYSE:WMT) and DLT Labs have announced the launch of the, “world’s largest full production blockchain solution for industrial application.” The system is a “blockchain-based” (or distributed ledger technology) freight and payment network that, “establishes state-of-the-art collaboration and information sharing with 70 third-party trucking companies… Read More

Binance and Tron Lose Important Weibo Social Media Accounts

Malta-based Binance, one of the world’s busiest cryptocurrency exchanges, and Tron, the 11th largest blockchain project, have had their accounts blocked on Weibo, a Chinese social media site similar to Twitter, The Block reports. According to the outlet, all content, including the follower count, has… Read More

“Unknown Fund” Pledges $75 Million in Bitcoin for Development of Anonymizing Technologies, Including Cryptocurrencies

An anonymous group that met on 4Chan has announced it will contribute $75 million in Bitcoins to an “Unknown Fund” for the development of anonymizing technologies, including cryptocurrencies: “The anonymous organisation Unknown Fund has announced that it intends to invest and donate $75 million in… Read More

PayPal Stops Supporting Pornhub. Is This Crypto’s Seminal Moment?

Popular free pornography site PornHub has announced in a blog post that payments giant PayPal has stopped servicing payments to over 100 000 porn performers who sell extras through the site. According to PornHub: “We are all devastated by PayPal’s decision to stop payouts to… Read More

Two Young SIM-Swap Hackers Charged in Massachusetts

Two young men from Massachusetts have been charged in an 11-count indictment for crimes relating to the theft of over $550,000 USD in cryptocurrencies from, “at least 10 identified victims.” Eric Meiggs, 21, and Declan Harrington, 20, allegedly executed the thefts via SIM-swap attacks, a… Read More

Executives Behind $342 Million USD Crypto Scam Jailed in Korea

Executives who allegedly ran a fraudulent $342 million USD (400 billion won) cryptocurrency scam called Coin Up in Korea from August of last year until this past February have received significant prison sentences, Yonhap News reports. 53-year-old Coin Up executive Kang-mo, who allegedly displayed a… Read More

Police and Regulators Convening in Australia to Address “Globalization and Digitization of the Criminal Economy”

More than 200 delegates representing police forces and regulatory bodies in Australia, the US, Singapore, and New Zealand are convening Nov 13-15 in Brisbane at the 2019 National Proceeds of Crime Conference. Present in force will be staff from Australia’s Taxation Office, Securities and Investment Commission,… Read More

People’s Bank of China Denies It Has Begun Circulating a National Digital Currency

Officials at the People’s Bank of China have issued an official statement disclaiming rumours that China has begun issuing a central bank digital currency (CBDC). “Recently, the net news said that the People’s Bank of China has issued (a) legal digital currency,” the communiqué states,… Read More

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