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Coinpulse Crypto Exchange Shutting Down Next Week “Until Further Notice”

Coinpulse, a “community-based” cryptocurrency exchange launched at the end of June 2018, has published an “urgent notice” advising all users to withdraw their tokens by February 7th, 2019, when the exchange will be closed for “maintenance until further notice.” The January 31, 2019, notice states… Read More

BitGrail Exchange Operator Who Lost $170 Million in Crypto Ordered to Return Lost Funds to Investors

An Italian court has ordered the owner of the BitGrail cryptocurrency exchange, Francesco Firano, to declare bankruptcy and forfeit assets so they can be used to reimburse investors harmed when Firano “lost” 17 million Nano tokens (worth $170 million), a post by affected investors claims…. Read More

Oakland Man Accused of Using Bitcoins on Dark Net to Purchase Chemical Weapon for Use in Domestic Violence

Oakland, California resident Sandford Bemi Faison is being held on charges alleging he tried to buy a toxic chemical on the Dark Net in order to poison his estranged spouse, The Los Angeles Times reports. The intended victim is also the mother of the accused’s two… Read More

First Convicted SIM-Swap Hacker Agrees to 10-Year Sentence

Joel Ortiz, a 20-year-old California college student, has accepted a plea deal and has agreed to a sentence of 10 years for stealing $5 million in cryptocurrencies from victims he robbed via SIM-swap hack, Motherboard reports. Ortiz will be sentenced on March 14, and it… Read More

Canadian Crypto Exchange QuadrigaCX Files for Credit Protection, Says it Can’t Find Cold Wallets

The board at beleaguered Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX has issued a notice on the exchange’s website stating that the company has filed for credit protection and is struggling to “…locate and secure our very significant cryptocurrency reserves held in cold wallets…(which) are required to satisfy… Read More

Chainalysis: Two Professional Groups Behind Majority of Lucrative Cryptocurrency Exchange Hacks

In its latest “Crypto Crime Report,” blockchain forensics firm Chainalysis says that two groups are responsible for 60% of hacks on cryptocurrency exchanges, the most lucrative types of crypto hacks by far: “Hacking dwarfs all other forms of crypto crime, and it is dominated by… Read More

Florida Granted Right to Appeal Previously Dismissed Case Against LocalBitcoins Trader

The State of Florida has been granted the right to appeal Judge Theresa May Pooler’s dismissal of a case of alleged unlicensed money transmission brought against a LocalBitcoins trader called Michell Espinosa. In 2013, Espinosa became the focus of a sting operation for “operating an… Read More

Canadian Crypto Exchange Coinsquare Lays Off Additional 40% of Employees

In an effort to better “manage its resources,” Canadian crypto exchange Coinsquare laid off 40% of its workforce yesterday, Canadian-startup news outlet BetaKit reports. The latest layoffs reportedly follow a 20% cutback on employees undertaken by Coinsquare last July. According to Coinsquare CEO Cole Diamond,… Read More

Bitfury Jumps on Korean Company’s “Golden Goose” Publicly-Subsidized Cryptomine Venture in Paraguay

Bitfury, one of the world’s largest cryptomining  and “blockchain-services” firms has announced it is partnering with the Korea-based company Commons Foundation, “to open and operate Bitcoin transaction processing centers in Paraguay as part of the foundation’s “Golden Goose” initiative to expand cryptocurrency and blockchain innovation… Read More

Majority of $11 Million in Hacked IOTA Crypto Found, IOTA Co-Founder Says

The co-founder of IOTA, Dominik Schiener has told Reuters that a majority of the 10 million Euros ($11.4 million USD) in IOTA crypto tokens that police believe was stolen by a lone hacker from Oxford, England, has been located, The 36-year-old accused hacker was arrested last… Read More

Korean Government Upholds ICO Ban: “No Company Had Actual Service,” Tokens Dumped

Citing “high risk,” “insufficient disclosure,” “no actual service” and token dump price plunges of 68% immediately after privately sold coins are introduced onto public exchanges, the Korean Government has decided to uphold strict regulation (reportedly a ban) on ICOs (initial coin offerings). The government made the decision… Read More

Researchers Find New Mac “CookieMiner” Malware Stealing Cryptocurrency Trading Access & More

People checking their balances on cryptocurrency exchanges and financial accounts are being warned to delete all cookies from their browsers after they log out. According to cybersecurity researchers at Palo Alto Networks, a new cookie-based cryptomining malware called “CookieMiner” is circulating and is designed to… Read More

Nurse Selling Opiods for Bitcoins on Dark Net Arrested in California

A nurse from Rancho Cordova, California, has been arrested by federal agents in the US and charged with conspiracy and distribution of fentanyl for allegedly selling more than 20 ooo prescription opioid pills and patches over the Dark Net for bitcoins, The Sacramento Bee reports…. Read More

US House of Representatives Approves Legislation to Study How Cryptocurrencies are Used in Drug and Human Trafficking

The US House of Representatives has passed a bill requiring the Comptroller General of the US to study how cryptocurrencies and online marketplaces “are used to facilitate” human trafficking (sex trafficking) and drug trafficking. The bill garnered broad bi-partisan support. The purpose of the study is… Read More

Prolonged Hack on New Zealand Cryptopia Exchange Continues

Researchers at blockchain forensics firm Elementus who extensively documented the days- long, $16 million USD hack against New Zealand-based crypto exchange Cryptopia two weeks ago now claim that the same hacker has struck again at Cryptopia. According to Elementus, “Though Cryptopia remains silent…” about the… Read More

Peer-to-Peer Bitcoin Trade Service LocalBitcoins Hacked

Hackers may have created a fake LocalBitcoin forum page for the popular global peer-to-peer Bitcoins trading service LocalBitcoins, thereby conning “a number” of affected users out of disclosing the info needed to steal their digital coins. According to a report from LocalBitcoins on Reddit, the… Read More

JP Morgan: Cryptocurrencies a Dystopian Hedge at Best

JP Morgan analysts have written that the main value of cryptocurrencies would be in situations of “dystopia” where investors have, “lost faith in all major reserve assets (dollar, euro, yen, gold) and in the payments system,” Business Insider reports. According to “a note dated January 24th,”… Read More

Is the Exodus from Wall Street to Crypto Reversing? Jamie Selway Leaves Blockchain

Jamie Selway, the former Head of Electronic Brokerage and Execution Services Investment Technology Group (ITG), co-founder of White Cap Trading, and former Chief Economist at Archipelago (acquired by the NYSE) is leaving crypto wallet and app developer Blockchain where he was brought in as Global Head… Read More

Swiss Firm Producing Physical Bank Notes Representing the Marshall Islands “Sovereign” Cryptocurrency

A Switzerland-based firm called Tangem has announced it will be providing the physical bank notes representing the Marshall Island’s new “Sovereign” (SOV) cryptocurrency. Creation of the “Sovereign” by the Marshall Islands’ government has been the subject of some controversy. In September, the International Monetary Fund warned that… Read More

Scandal in Japan: 40% of Government’s Economic Growth Stats Wrong, Wage Growth Revised Downwards

Investigators in Japan have found that 40% of 56 key economic indicators used by the government to asses the state of the economy in Japan contain errors, Nikkei Asian Review (NAR) reports. The determination has reportedly cast doubt on President Shinzo Abe’s program of “Abenomics,” which… Read More

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