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New South Korean Task Force to Tackle 800% Reported Increase in Cryptocurrency Crime

The South Korean Supreme Prosecutors’ Office has created a task force dedicated to responding to a reported 800% increase in cryptocurrency crime complaints, South Korean news agency Naver reports. The task force, which will reportedly be, “packed…with professional investigators, prosecutors, and investigators as team heads,” was… Read More

U.S. Blockchain Trading Platform Bittrex Lists Crypto.com Chain Token on International Exchange

Crypto.com, a Hong Kong-based payments and cryptocurrency platform, announced on Friday its Crypto.com Chain Token (CRO) has been listed on Bittrex International, an international exchange by a premier U.S.-based blockchain trading platform Bittrex. According to Crypto.com, the Crypto.com Chain is a “high-performing” native blockchain powering… Read More

North Korea Hacked $670 Million from Crypto Exchanges

Expert panelists have informed the UN Security Council’s North Korea Sanctions Committee that the tiny country has been hacking global cryptocurrency trading platforms to obtain capital, Nikkei Asian Review reports. This is the first time the panel has addressed the UN Security Council regarding cyberattacks… Read More

PINTEC Teams Up With Online Education Platform Xueba100 For Installment Financing

Chinese fintech Pintec Technology Holdings Limited (PINTEC) announced on Friday it has formed a partnership with online education platform Xueba100 for installment financing. According to PINTEC, Xueba100 is the one-on-one tutoring brand of Xuebajun that specializes in intelligent online education. The fintech reported that with its… Read More

OurCrowd Signs Innovation Pact With Singapore’s Changi Airport Group

OurCrowd, the leading global equity crowdfunding platform, announced on Thursday it has signed an innovation pact with Singapore-based Changi Airport Group (CAG) to source and integrate next-generation technology into one of the world’s most cutting-edge airports. According to OurCrowd, the agreement will span areas such… Read More

Wirecard Now Enabling Fully Digital Chinese Payments on Tallink Grupp Ships

Germany-based global provider of digital payments and commerce solutions Wirecard announced on Monday it is now enabling fully digital Chinese payments on Tallink Grupp ships. According to Wirecard, Tallink Grupp is a passenger and cargo transportation service provider in the Northern region of the Baltic Sea… Read More

Securitize Expansion: Opens New Offices in NYC & London; Announces Asia Services

Securitize, a platform that facilitates security token offerings, announced last week it has opened new offices in NYC and London, as well as expanded its services into Asia. As previously reported, Securitize describes itself as a compliance platform and protocol for issuing and managing digital… Read More

Saxo Bank Now Offering Fully Digital Access to Chinese Bonds

Denmark-based Saxo Bank announced on Monday it is launching full digital access to Chinese bonds to further expand its China services. According to Saxo, qualified institutional clients are now able to trade mainland China bonds. It was revealed: “The connectivity is enabled via the Hong Kong… Read More

Kakao Ventures Backs Blockchain based Payment Platform & Stablecoin Terra

Blockchain-based payment platform Terra has received an investment from VC Kakao Ventures – an independent subsidiary of South Korea’s internet firm, Kakao. The amount of the investment was not disclosed but was said to fund the expansion and mainstream usage of Terra’s blockchain payment solution… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

PBC Holds 2019 National Currency, Gold and Silver Work Conference On February 21, 2019, the 2019 National Currency, Gold and Silver Work Conference of the People’s Bank of China (PBC) was held in Xiamen, Fujian. The conference comprehensively summarized the achievements of the currency, gold… Read More

Police Arrest Crypto Promoter Who Threw Cash off Hong Kong High Rise

Wong Ching-kit, 25, known on social media as ‘Coin Young Master,’ and a 20-year-old accomplice, have been arrested in Hong Kong by officers from the Commercial Crime Bureau, South China News reports. They have reportedly been charged with conspiracy to defraud for selling cryptocurrency ‘mining… Read More

CoAssets Reports 6 Month Results as Revenue & Net Income Increases

CoAssets (ASX: CA8), a Singapore based Fintech and investment platform that is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, has reported 6-month results for their 2019 fiscal year (July 2018 to December 2019). Co-Assets states that top line revenue rose 536% to S$5,938,415 versus S$933,238 in… Read More

Suspected Crypto Money Laundering Reports Increased 10-Fold After Japan Imposed Mandatory Reporting Rules

The Japan Times is reporting that the National Police Agency of Japan says it received 7000 reports of possible money laundering using cryptocurrencies in 2018. The represents a ten-fold jump in the number of reports submitted before December 2017, when Japan made it mandatory for cryptocurrency… Read More

Chinese P2P Lender Hexindai Announces Unaudited Third Quart of Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Results

Chinese peer-to-peer lending platform Hexindai (NASDAQ: HX) announced on Thursday its unaudited financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2018. According to Hexindai, fiscal year refers to the 12 months ended on March 31st.  Hexindai reported that Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2019 Operational… Read More

Alleged “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” Crypto Con Artist Arrested in Mumbai

A man who promised astronomical returns to investors in “KBC Coin” (a cryptocurrency named after India’s popular Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) TV game show) has been arrested by police in Mumbai, The Hindu and Hard Fork report. Pritam Patil was reportedly apprehended after Nanasaheb Patil, an agricultural… Read More

Singapore Fintech Rely Secures Funding Through Pre-Series A Round Led By Goldbell Financial Service

Singapore-grown fintech Rely recently announced it has raised a seven-figure sum through its pre-Series A funding led by Goldbell Financial Services. Founded in 2017, Rely described itself as a ‘buy now pay later’ service that enables customers to buy what they want today and split the purchase amount… Read More

Korean Crypto Exchange Coinbin Declares Bankruptcy Following Alleged $26 Million Embezzlement

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Korean cryptocurrency trading platform Coinbin, which took over “Top Ten Korean …Exchange” Youbit last April after Youbit lost $15 million USD (17 billion won) in customer funds in a hack, has declared bankruptcy and ceased all trading on February 22nd, Business Korea reports. Coinbin CEO Park Chan-kyu… Read More

Indian Supreme Court Orders Government to Regulate Crypto Sector Within Four Weeks

The Supreme Court of India yesterday ordered the Indian state to establish rules to govern the cryptocurrencies and sector there within four weeks, Inc42 reports. Justices Rohinton Fali Nariman and Vineet Saran also declined to hear from any more petitioners regarding an ongoing legal fight against… Read More

Thailand Insurtech Startup Sunday Secures $10 Million Through Series A Funding Round

Sunday, a Thailand-based insurtech startup, announced on Monday it secured $10 million through its Series A funding round, which was led by global investor network Vertex Ventures SEA and India. Founded in 2017, Sunday is a fully-integrated sales and services InsurTech that uses artificial intelligence and digital… Read More

Back Door to Legitimacy or Exit Move? Crypto Businesses Using Shortcuts to IPOs

According to Reuters, crypto-exchange software maker ANX International purchased a controlling stake in Hong Kong-listed marketing firm Branding China last year, and said that the company’s new status as a publicly-traded company granted clients, “additional confidence in knowing we are a credible company and here… Read More

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