Tagged: blockchain security

Bitcoin related Crime is Declining, and Illicit Financial Activities Involving Cryptos Remain Small Part of Industry: Report

Blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis notes that 2020 was an “incredible” year for Bitcoin (BTC) and the larger cryptocurrency market. Despite the devastation and socioeconomic problems resulting from the global Covid-19 pandemic, Bitcoin, the flagship digital currency, managed to shatter its previous all-time highs. The Bitcoin… Read More

Blockchain Security Firm CipherTrace Clarifies how Virtual Asset Service Providers, Money Service Businesses are Categorized by Regulators

Blockchain security firm CipherTrace recently explained and discussed the differences between virtual asset service providers (VASPs), money service businesses (MSB), money transmitters, digital asset customers, and how they impact crypto-related compliance measures. CipherTrace noted that cryptocurrency, digital assets, convertible virtual currency, and other terms seem… Read More

FinCEN Proposes Rule Change for Unhosted Convertible Virtual Currency Wallets

On December 18, 2020, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) published a proposed rule change for digital currency transactions with “unhosted” wallets. Under the newly proposed change, banking institutions, and money services businesses (MSBs) may be required to verify customers’ identities and turn in reports… Read More

Over $8 Million in Cryptocurrency Tokens Stolen from Nexus Mutual Founder Hugh Karp’s Personal Account: Report

On December 14, 2020 (at 09:40 am UTC), CertiK Skynet discovered a very large transaction from Hugh Karp, Founder of Nexus Mutual, a “people powered” alternative to insurance built on Ethereum, which transferred 370,000 NXM tokens to an unknown cryptocurrency account. The total value of… Read More

Only 22% of Banking Professionals and Financial Investigators Feel “Confident” Identifying Crypto related Transfers: Survey

Blockchain security firm CipherTrace reports that only 22% of banking industry professionals and financial investigators “feel confident” in their ability to accurately identify cryptocurrency -related payments. In a December 9, 2020, CipherTrace-ACFCS Webinar on “How Cryptocurrency Intelligence Tipped the Scales in 2020 Sanctions Evasion,” more… Read More

Chainalysis Teams Up with Japanese System Integrators Hitachi and SB C&S to Enhance its Compliance Network

Blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis has teamed up with top Japanese system integrators in order to boost its compliance network. Chainalysis announced on December 7, 2020, that it has partnered with Japan-based system integrators Hitachi and SB C&S. These firms are the latest to join Chainalysis’… Read More

Cryptocurrency Users’ Funds are Being Stolen via Malicious Chrome Browser Extension Phishing Attack: Report

Blockchain security firm Ciphertrace noted in a blog post published on December 2, 2020 that within the last 24 hours, the company noticed a significant uptick of alerts and comments within the online digital currency community of users’ funds having been stolen through a malicious… Read More

Number of Virtual Asset Transactions Triggering Travel Rule Thresholds Could Increase Significantly Under FinCEN’s New Rules: Report

Blockchain security firm Ciphertrace has noted that FinCEN’s suggested rule change for the Travel Rule Threshold would “more than double” compliance events for US-based virtual asset service providers or VASPs. CipherTrace confirms that FinCEN had released a proposed rule change (in October 2020). The recommendation… Read More

Chainalysis Expands Washington DC Operations, Hires New Legal Affairs Chief, Other Key Appointments, Reports Signficant Revenue Growth

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Chainalysis, a leading blockchain analysis firm, has revealed that it managed to grow its revenue 100% year-over-year. The New York-based firm says it’s now preparing for an expected surge in private sector business. Chainalysis claims that it has managed to grow its customer base by… Read More

1inch, a Non-Custodial Crypto Exchange Aggregator, Partners Hacken to Improve Platform Security

1inch.exchange, a decentralized or non-custodial crypto exchange (DEX) aggregator, notes that they’re always working on making improvements to the overall security of their service. The 1inch team confirmed that they’ve teamed up with Hacken, an established provider of cybersecurity solutions. The 1inch team stated: “We… Read More

Blockchain Analysis Firm Chainalysis to Establish New Singapore and Tokyo Offices as Part of Global Expansion Plans

Chainalysis, a leading blockchain analysis firm, has revealed that it will establish two new offices in Singapore and Tokyo. The company stated that it remains focused on fully supporting local crypto and blockchain companies. It’s also helping government agencies and traditional financial institutions with monitoring… Read More

FATF List of Cryptocurrency Service Red Flags to Help Standardize how Jurisdictions Track Illicit Transactions, Chainalysis Says

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recently published a document for regulatory authorities and enforcement agencies. The FATF listed several different “red flags” in cryptocurrency transfers and service user profiles that may indicate that the entities involved in the transactions are engaging in money laundering,… Read More

Russia and Ukraine have “Disproportionately High” Cryptocurrency Usage with Many Locals Shifting Financial Activity to Digital Assets: Report

Eastern Europe has the fourth-largest cryptocurrency market in terms of total transaction volume, according to Chainalysis’ research. Ukraine and Russia, which are also part of the Eastern European region, have been ranked quite high on Chainalysis’ Global Crypto Adoption Index. It takes into consideration a… Read More

Blockchain Platform XinFin Integrates Chainlink (LINK) which Offers Secure Decentralized Oracles for Reliable Financial Data

The developers of the XinFin [XDC] Network, an open-source, hybrid blockchain platform, have announced that they’ll be integrating their platform with Chainlink (LINK) Oracles in order to power several new trade finance use cases. Chainlink offers a market-leading decentralized oracle network. The platform has grown… Read More

Coinbase Clarifies it wasn’t Targeted by “Any of the Attack Transactions” on Etherem Classic (ETC) during 51% Attack and Didn’t Lose Funds

San Francisco-based crypto exchange Coinbase claims it wasn’t targeted by “any of the attack transactions and lost no funds” when Ethereum Classic (ETC) recently suffered 51% attacks. A 51% attack on a blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT) platform can take place when a malicious… Read More

Cardano Founder Hoskinson Offers Conditional Help to Ethereum Classic Community after Blockchain Platform Suffered Malicious Network Attacks, but they Won’t Accept Terms

Charles Hoskinson, an Ethereum co-founder and now better known for being the founder of Cardano (ADA), a platform for building decentralized applications (dApps), recently came forward to offer help to the Ethereum Classic (ETC) community members. However, Hoskinson had certain conditions that he wanted the… Read More

Digital Asset Exchange and Wallet Provider Zebpay to Use Chainalysis Blockchain Tools to Prevent Financial Crime

Zebpay, a digital currency wallet and exchange provider that began its relaunch in India earlier this year, will be working with blockchain security and analysis firm Chainalysis to monitor crypto-asset transactions performed across its platforms for Indian consumers. Chainalysis had already been providing its Know… Read More

Chainlink’s “Decentralized” Oracle Network to be Integrated with Kadena’s Proof of Work based Blockchain Network

Smart contract security firm Chainlink and blockchain startup Kadena are working cooperatively to integrate Chainlink’s decentralized oracle network to Kadena’s layer-1 proof-of-work (PoW)-based public blockchain network. Enterprises and business owners working with Kadena will be able to use Chainlink oracles to write end-to-end Pact smart… Read More

Blockchain Regulatory Software Developer Shyft Network to Help Binance Comply with FATF Guidelines

Malta-based digital asset exchange Binance has teamed up with Shyft Network, the developer of a public blockchain protocol, in order to ensure that it is complying with updated Financial Action Task Force (FATF) financial market regulations. The Shyft Network was developed to offer a decentralized… Read More

US Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation Might Establish Consortium to Deal with DLT Security Risks

The US Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC), a major post-trade financial services firm offering clearing and settlement services to large capital markets, is considering establishing an industry consortium to formulate a joint strategy for dealing with security risks in the implementation of blockchain or… Read More

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