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Social Media Firms that Support Cryptocurrencies Must Look Out for Illicit Financial Activities, Says FinCEN Deputy Director

Jamal El-Hindi, deputy director at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the US Treasury Department that analyzes information about financial transactions in order to prevent illicit activities, is calling on firms interested in bridging the cryptocurrency space with social media networks and… Read More

BaFin, Germany’s Financial Supervisory Authority, Clarifies How New Digital Assets Law Applies to Firms Operating Outside of the Country

BaFin, Germany’s financial supervisory authority, recently clarified how the leading European nation’s new crypto-asset custody law would apply to companies that are operating outside of the country, yet still serve local markets. BaFin’s latest guidance, published last month, notes that firms which are currently custodying… Read More

Israeli Securities Authority Issues a Request for Information to Identify Regulations that May Hinder Ongoing Blockchain Industry Development

The Israeli Securities Authority (ISA) has reportedly issued a Request For Information in order to identify regulatory policies that could hinder the ongoing development of distributed ledger technology (DLT)-focused projects in Israel. The country’s regulator is also planning to look closely into the potential use… Read More

New Jersey’s NICE Actimize Confirms CipherTrace has Joined Financial Crime and Compliance Platform X-Sight MarketPlace

New Jersey-based NICE Actimize, a subsidiary of Israel-headquartered NICE Ltd, recently confirmed that CipherTrace, a leading provider of digital currency intelligence and blockchain security, has joined the X-Sight Marketplace – which is an established platform for combating financial crime and ensuring compliance. The X-Sight Marketplace… Read More

Chainalysis: Binance, Huobi, other Major Exchanges Used to Transfer $2.8 Billion in Bitcoin to Criminals in 2019

Chainalysis, a leading blockchain analytics and cybersecurity firm, revealed on January 15, 2020 that it had managed to trace $2.8 billion in Bitcoin (BTC) being transferred to criminals via cryptocurrency exchanges in 2019, with the vast majority of these transactions going through Binance and Huobi,… Read More

Clear the Field: Licenses of Four Cryptocurrency Exchanges Revoked in Australia

Australia’s anti-money laundering agency has revoked the licences of four cryptocurrency exchanges linked to crime in the country, IT News reports. AUSTRAC revoked licenses at AUSCOIN ATM and MK Buy & Sell in September. Both projects were run by “Lamborghini-driving Bitcoin trader Sam Karagiozis” and associates…. Read More

Report: Two More Cryptocurrency Companies Shut Down Rather Than Oblige New EU Anti-Money Laundering Laws

On December 13th, Bottle Pay, a company variously described as a “custodial Bitcoin wallet provider,” a “payments startup” and a “social media Bitcoin tipping service,” announced it is closing December 31st because it does not want to impose extraordinary anti-money laundering (AML) measures on users. On… Read More

AML Software Developer Salv Secures $2 Million in Seed Round Led by Fly Ventures, Passion Capital and Seedcamp

Salv, an anti-money laundering (AML) company established by former employees at Skype and TransferWise, has secured $2 million via a seed funding round. Salv’s investment round was led by Fly Ventures, Passion Capital and Seedcamp. N26 founder Maximilian Tayenthal, former Twilio CTO Ott Kaukver, and… Read More

InstaReM Adds “e-KYC” Service in Malaysia

Payments and transfer Fintech InstaReM, part of the  NIUM payments platform, has added an electronic-Know Your Customer or “e-KYC”. InstaReM’s e-KYC eliminates the need for in-person checks. The service is now available in Malaysia has enabled by the central bank the Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM)…. Read More

Ukraine’s Government Approves Final Draft of New Anti-Money Laundering Laws that Apply to Virtual Assets

Ukraine’s government has reportedly approved the nation’s final draft of a new money laundering law that applies to virtual assets (or cryptocurrencies) and virtual asset service providers (VASPs), according to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) guidelines. The Rada, the country’s legislative body, released a… Read More

Blockchain Network Zilliqa to Use Elliptic’s Risk Management Tools to Enhance Platform Infrastructure Security and Compliance

Zilliqa, a blockchain-based platform that aims to deliver high-throughput and high-security, has teamed up with Elliptic, a provider of digital asset risk management software for crypto firms and financial institutions. According to a press release shared with Crowdfund Insider, the partnership between Zilliqa and Elliptic… Read More

$4.4 Billion in Cryptocurrency-related Thefts Scams Recorded in 2019 but Scams Decline During Q3: CipherTrace Report

CipherTrace, an established crypto and blockchain intelligence company, has published its Q3 2019 Cryptocurrency Anti-Money Laundering (AML) report. The report addresses “cryptocurrency regulation, nefarious actors within the ecosystem, impending legislation, international trends and prevailing sentiments,” according to a press release shared with CrowdFund Insider. The… Read More

Regtech: Crypto Compliance Firm TRM Raises $4.2 Million in Funding from Blockchain Capital, PayPal Ventures, Others

TRM, a digital currency compliance and risk management service provider, recently revealed that it has acquired $4.2 million in funding from Blockchain Capital, Initialized Capital, PayPal Ventures, and Y Combinator. As noted in a release, TRM has raised a total of $5.9 million through its… Read More

AML Compliance Firm Elliptic Launches XRP Monitoring Platform, Points to $400 Million in Nefarious Transactions

Elliptic, a provider of crypto-asset risk management solutions, has launched a monitoring system for XRP (Ripple) transactions. Simultaneously, Elliptic claims they have identified “$400 million of illicit activity” without naming perpetrators nor specifically what type of illegal transactions are taking place. Elliptic notes that this… Read More

Standard Chartered Partners Contextual Intelligence Decision Intelligence Software Firm Quantexa to Boost Anti-Financial Crime Efforts

London-based Standard Chartered, a multinational banking and financial services company with $688 billion in assets, has teamed up with Quantexa, a contextual decision intelligence software developer, in order to enhance the bank’s anti-financial crime efforts. Quantexa’s management says the company will support Standard Chartered’s financial… Read More

Malaysia to Strengthen AML and Counter Terrorism Financing Framework By Imposing $6,000 Limit on Cash Transactions

Malaysia is reportedly planning to impose a $6,000 limit on cash transactions next year, according to the deputy governor of the nation’s central bank. The restrictions on cash payments is being placed in order to reduce the number of illicit financial activities. The limit on… Read More

Andreessen Horowitz, Multicoin Capital, Union Square Ventures Lead Arweave’s $5 Million Investment Round

Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz recently led a $5 million investment round for Arweave, a blockchain firm that’s developing permanent online data storage solutions. On November 5, the developers of Arweave revealed that they had managed to receive investments from world-leading funds in… Read More

Binance to Offer Institutional-Grade AML Controls and Transparency with Support from CipherTrace

California-based blockchain analytics firm CipherTrace recently began supporting crypto exchange Binance’s native digital token, BNB, and its public blockchain platform, Binance Chain. As explained in the release, “Binance Chain is the underlying blockchain layer for Binance’s (decentralized/non-custodial exchange) DEX. Now, with support from CipherTrace, Binance… Read More

Regtech: London-based Crypto Firm Knabu Is Testing Bank Regulatory Reporting with Blockchain Firm Factom

London-based crypto firm Knabu is reportedly testing bank regulatory reporting with US-based Factom, Inc., a blockchain innovations company that provides various blockchain as a service (BaaS) platforms. In statements shared with Coindesk, the UK-based company revealed that it launched its 30-day pilot on October 31,… Read More

Regtech Firm Exec Says EU’s 6th Anti-Money Laundering Directive “Clears Path for Holding Responsible Parties Accountable”

The European Union’s sixth anti-money laundering directive (6AMLD) is expected to take effect on December 3, 2020. The new directive recommends several penalties for non-compliance.  EU Member States are required to have 6AMLD incorporated into their national legislation by December of next year and related… Read More

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