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Mastercard to Acquire CipherTrace, a Top Crypto Tracking and Security Firm

MasterCard (NYSE: MA)  will acquire CipherTrace a top digital asset firm focused on tracking, data, and security, for an undisclosed amount. CipherTrace currently works with many top banks and other financial institutions to provide solutions for some of the largest banks, exchanges, and other financial… Read More

Liquid Exchange Hacker Continues to Swap Stolen ERC-20 Tokens for Ethereum (ETH) and wETH via DEXes to Prevent Funds From Being Frozen

On August 18, 2021, hackers managed to steal more than $90 million in over 69 different cryptocurrencies and digital tokens from Japan-based exchange Liquid Global. Liquid’s teams had “yet to release a postmortem detailing the attack vector used by the hacker,” the CipherTrace team noted… Read More

Cybersecurity Expert Comments on Crypto Transactions, Responsibilities of US Govt, Private Sector to Defend Information, Networks

Carole House, Director of Cybersecurity with the White House National Security Council, recently discussed online security issues at the FinCrime Virtual Week. Blockchain security firm CipherTrace notes in a recent update that headlines such as the Colonial Pipeline Ransomware attack indicate that cybercrime is “on… Read More

FATF Review Finds that Many Jurisdictions Still Don’t Have Basic Regulatory Framework for Virtual Asset Service Providers: Report

On July 5, 2021, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) had completed its second 12-month review of the implementation of its updated Standards on virtual assets and virtual asset service providers or VASPs. A review from CipherTrace examines how different jurisdictions and the private sector… Read More

FinCEN Issues Very First Priorities List for AML/CFT Policy, Includes Use of Crypto for Ransomware Payments, Money Laundering

On June 30, 2021, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the US Department of the Treasury that collects and analyzes information about financial transactions in order to combat domestic and international money laundering, terrorist financing, and other financial crimes, issued its first… Read More

After Unprecedented Regulatory Crackdown, Binance Deploys CipherTrace Traveler to Address Money Laundering, Illicit Activity Issues

As part of its commitment to compliance, Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange that has been under investigation by US regulators and other international authorities due to allegations of engaging in recognized markets without authorization (and also contributing to money laundering and other illicit activities),… Read More

CipherTrace Shares Report on Blockchain Analysis that Helped US Seize $2M+ in DarkSide Ransom Paid by Colonial Pipeline

On June 7, 2021, the US Department of Justice announced that they had managed to seize 63.69 BTC (valued at around $2.5 million) of the 75 BTC ransom Colonial Pipeline was forced to pay to DarkSide. This ransom recovery is notably the very first undertaken… Read More

Over 4.5M Unique Bitcoin Addresses Associated with 72K+ Iranian IP Addresses, CipherTrace Sanctions Research Reveals

Sanctions research from blockchain security firm CipherTrace reveals that over 72,000 “unique” Iranian IP addresses have been linked to over 4.5 million “unique” Bitcoin (BTC) addresses. CipherTrace notes that since monitoring sanctions-related IP usage across the Bitcoin (BTC) blockchain network, they’ve been able to identify… Read More

US Dept of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control Sanctions Individuals, Entities for Attempting to Undermine 2020 US Presidential Election: Report

On April 15, 2021, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned 16 individuals and 16 entities for “attempting to undermine and influence the 2020 US presidential election,” blockchain security firm CipherTrace noted in a blog post. CipherTrace also mentioned… Read More

Global Fintech Ibanera Teams Up With CipherTrace to Enhance Cryptocurrency Anti-Money Laundering & Know Your Transaction Compliance Solution

Ibanera, a global fintech, announced on Tuesday it has teamed up with cryptocurrency intelligence company CipherTrace to enhance Ibanera’s cryptocurrency Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Transaction (KYT) compliance solution. As previously reported, Ibanera’s platform provides account issuance, cross-border transfers, and currency exchange services to both… Read More

Crypto Intelligence Firm CipherTrace Is Using Chainlink to Help DeFi Apps Follow OFAC Sanctions Requirements

Cryptocurrency intelligence firm CipherTrace is reportedly using Chainlink to release CipherTrace DeFi Compli: a compliance solution enabling decentralized or non-custodial exchanges (DEXs) and other DeFi apps to adhere to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctions requirements. As part of its decentralized finance (DeFi)… Read More

CipherTrace and Blockchain Industry Insiders Comment on Updated FATF Guidelines on Virtual Assets and VASPs

Blockchain security firm CipherTrace has provided an analysis on the proposed Financial Action Task Force (FATF) guidance for digital assets and virtual asset service providers (VASPs). On March 19, 2021, global anti-money laundering watchdog, the FATF, released a public consultation for its latest Draft Guidance… Read More

CipherTrace Explains how its Traveler Product Assists VASPs with Following Global Travel Rule Regulations

Blockchain security firm CipherTrace notes that its Traveler product has been developed to assist virtual asset service providers or VASPs with adhering to the international “Travel Rule” regulations by securely sharing digital currency transaction details with other “vetted” VASPs. CipherTrace explains that its tools are… Read More

Crypto Transactions have AML Capabilities that are Almost Impossible to Replicate in Traditional Investigations: CipherTrace

Blockchain security firm CipherTrace notes that during her confirmation hearing on January 19, Dr. Janet Yellen, US President Joe Biden’s pick for Secretary of the Treasury, had said that “many” virtual currencies remain “a particular concern” when it comes to terrorism and criminal financing (and… 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

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

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

Over 90% of Actual Cryptocurrency related Transactions within a Financial Institution Might Not Even be Detected: Report

Current Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) regulations state that it’s the responsibility of all financial service providers to accurately and promptly identify and report any suspicious or potentially fraudulent activity. This activity may be related to how criminals or bad actors exploit convertible virtual currencies… Read More

Gunning for Hackers: Ethereum Classic Labs to Pursue Criminal Charges Against Perps Involved with Recent Attack on Ethereum Classic Blockchain

Ethereum Classic Labs (ETC Labs), the core developer and organization for the Ethereum Classic (ETC) blockchain, has partnered up with crypto-sleuth firm CipherTrace and Kobre & Kim to uncover the individuals involved in the recent attacks on the Ethereum Classic blockchain. According to a release,… Read More

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