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Mixer Down: Cryptocurrency Anonymizing Service Shut Down by Europol

Police in the Netherlands and Luxembourg have seized six servers hosting Bestmixer.io, “one of the three largest mixing services for cryptocurrencies.” The seizures, cooperatively executed by the Dutch Fiscal Information and Investigation Service (FIOD), Europol and the authorities in Luxembourg, have resulted in the complete shutdown… Read More

Hamas Sophisticating Its Bitcoin Donations System

Israeli civic-defence groups have been sounding the alarm since January that the militant Palestinian-liberation organization Hamas has started raising funds via Bitcoin. And while donations of Bitcoins to Hamas so far pale in comparison to the millions of dollars Hamas is believed to receive from… Read More

To Align With EU and FATF Anti-Money Laundering Directives, Lithuania Ups Crypto Regulations

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Lithuania has been moving for some time to establish itself as a Fintech leader in the Baltics. According to the previous reporting at Crowdfund Insider, the country registered 35 new Fintechs in 2017, and in early 2018, Invest Lithuania Managing Director Mantas Katinas promoted the… Read More

Fintech Friendly Bank Nordea May Get Sucked into Money Laundering Scandal

Nordea Bank may be the next Scandinavian bank to get sucked into the money laundering scandal. Bloomberg is reporting that an upcoming broadcast that may reveal more details on money laundering have caused shares to drop. Apparently, a broadcast that will air by tomorrow will… 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

Accused of Laundering $234 Billion, Danske Bank Ceases Most Banking in Russia and Baltic Countries

Close on the heels of Danske Bank being ordered out of Estonia this week for its alleged role in laundering funds totaling $234 billion USD for Ukrainian, Azerbaijani and Russian clients, Danske Bank has now announced it will be, “clos(ing) down its banking activities in… Read More

CipherTrace Report: Bad Actors Scammed and Stole $1.7 Billion in Cryptocurrency in 2018 – and the Fraud is Predicted to Get Bigger

CipherTrace is out with a report on cryptocurrency scams and fraud. It is widely known that crypto suffers from rampant acts of theft and cons as these digital assets have become the targets of global criminals seeking an easy payday or simply to launder illicit… Read More

Seven Charged in Taiwan Crypto Investment Case

Seven individuals have been arrested in Taiwan and charged with operating a crypto investment scheme police believe defrauded 1000 investors out of $51 million USD, Focus Taiwan reports. The seven are charged with “violating multiple banking and business…laws” covered by Taiwan’s Banking and Multi-Level Marketing Supervision acts. Among… Read More

Ireland Pondering New Anti-Money Laundering Bill Encompassing Cryptocurrencies

In order to align itself with the fifth EU money laundering directive and reinforce existing rules, the Irish Cabinet has passed a new bill targeting money laundering, “including the use of cryptocurrencies in funding terrorism,” according to a release from the Irish Department of Justice. The… Read More

Swiss Financial Regulator FINMA Outlines AML Requirements for Fintech License

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has outlined the requirements for anti-money laundering (AML) and firms seeking a Fintech license. Last week, FINMA issued the general guidelines for their Fintech license which is designed to encourage innovation in financial services by providing a streamlined approach… Read More

Blockchain Perhaps? OCC, Federal Reserve, FDIC, FinCEN & NCUA Encourage Banks to Innovate When it Comes to AML/BSA Compliance

Multiple federal agencies have come together to encourage banks to innovate when it comes to compliance. The statement is part of a governmental working group that has been created to collaborate between some of the financial regulatory entities. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency… Read More

Winklevoss Twins Suing Charlie Shrem, Say He Owes 5000 Bitcoins

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Lawyers for the Winklevoss twins want to know where “Bitcoin’s first felon” Charlie Shrem’s money is coming from, and are suing him for 5000 bitcoins they say he owes their clients, the New York Times (NYT) reports. Shrem and a partner from England started Bitinstant in… Read More

KYC is Broken and Should Be Put Out of its Misery

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Background checks are broken. They’re necessary, especially when verifying personnel for sensitive positions, but right now, the system is broken. It’s a really lucrative business if you’re a background check company, because the system is great at exploiting companies checking applicants and creating more work… Read More

Intergovernmental Financial Regulator Calls For Urgent Harmonized Action Against Misuse of Cryptocurrencies

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a Paris-based inter-governmental body “representing most major financial centres in all parts of the globe” and tasked with establishing anti-money laundering (AML) and anti-terrorist financing (CFT) standards worldwide has stated in an October 19th release: “There is an urgent need for… Read More

Is Regulation Killing The Blockchain? How Blockchain Can Adapt to New Laws While Sticking to its Original Principles

The blockchain has revolutionized a number of industries, but none so much as the financial sector. From equity crowdfunding platforms which allow users to buy shares in projects with tokens, to startups raising funds through initial coin offerings (ICOs), to token exchanges where users can… Read More

Binance Opts for Chainalysis’ KYC & AML Compliance Solutions: Building Trust

Chainalysis, a cryptocurrency compliance and investigation solutions provider, has completed a global roll-out of its compliance solution with Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by trade volume, to help address the challenges at the intersection of cryptocurrencies, regulators and traditional financial institutions. “Cryptocurrency businesses of… Read More

Erik Voorhees, CEO of ShapeShift, Defends Against Money Laundering Accusations in WSJ Article

On September 28th, WSJ.com published an article on cryptocurrency entitled “How Dirty Money Disappears into the Black Hole of Cryptocurrency.” Authors Justin Scheck and Shane Shifflett slammed crypto exchange Shapeshift as complicit in illicit trades deemed to be attempts to launder money with with crypto. Yesterday, Erik Voorhees,… Read More

Modulus Partners with CipherTrace on AML for Crypto Exchanges

Modulus, a developer of trading and surveillance tech for both traditional securities and digital assets, has partnered with CipherTrace to provide an Anti-Money Laundering (AML) solution that will be included in Modulus’ crypto exchange solution. The CipherTrace tech is described as identifying the full stack… Read More

Two Finance Crime Experts Say North Korea Probably Using Crypto to Skirt US Sanctions

Lourdes Miranda, an independent financial intelligence analyst/financial crimes investigator, and Ross Delston, a lawyer specialized in anti-money laundering, have told the Asia Times that they believe North Korea (DPRK) is probably using cryptocurrency channels to skirt US sanctions. “International criminals everywhere prefer crypto-currencies and the… Read More

HBUS Cryptocurrency Marketplace Partners with IdentityMind Global on AML

HBUS, a cryptocurrency marketplace that has partnered with Huobi, has chosen IdentityMind Global, to provide anti-money laundering (AML) compliance for digital currency trading platform. HBUS only launched this week providing crypto trading to US residents (minus a few states). HBUS said it is dedicated to… Read More

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