Neil Walsh, chief of the cybercrime and anti-money laundering arm of the United Nations’ department on drugs and crime, has stated that the “anonymizing and pseudo-anonymizing” aspects of cryptocurrencies have made it extremely difficult to combat terrorist financing, money laundering, and cybercrime.
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has settled with crypto exchange Bitqyck and its founders Bruce Bise and Sam Mendez over what the SEC believed was an unregistered token sale that raised $13 million. Bitqyck will pay a civil penalty of $8.5 million on top of disgorgement and prejudgment interest. For the two founders, […]
Yesterday, August 28, Paige Thompson was indicted after allegedly hacking Capital One and 30 other entities. Along with being charged with wire fraud and computer fraud and abuse, court documents state Thompson used Capital One’s cloud servers to mine cryptocurrency.
Federal court has entered case-ending sanctions against Craig Wright in the long-running court battle between Wright and the estate of his deceased developer partner, Dave Kleiman. Judge Bruce E. Reinhart has ordered Wright to give up half of his $10 billion bitcoin fortune and half of the intellectual property the two developed together to the […]
The Central Bank of Brazil has adopted the International Monetary Fund’s crypto classification guidelines, meaning traded cryptocurrencies within the country will be classified as non-financial products and, as such, will be counted as goods on the central bank’s balance sheet.
Westwood, California, resident Kunal Kalra has pleaded guilty to running an unlicensed bitcoin exchange and ATM. Kalra allegedly took part in $25 million worth of trading without obtaining a money-remitting business license or implementing any anti-money laundering processes.
Last week, six members from the US House of Representatives’ Financial Services Committee met with Swiss regulators, including the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner and the Financial Market Supervisory Authority, to discuss Facebook’s Libra project. According to Representative Maxine Waters, the meetings did very little to convince US lawmakers that the Libra Association could […]
Crypto startup Crown Sterling has filed a lawsuit against security conference Black Hat USA for reportedly being booed and heckled while the startup gave a presentation. To be fair to the hecklers, Crown Sterling’s presentation was on the discovery of “quasi-prime numbers” and featured the startup’s announcement of its “legitimate multi-dimensional encryption technology.”
Switzerland’s Financial Market Supervisory Authority has released updated know-your-customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering guidelines, requiring blockchain service providers to conduct KYC checks and notify the Money Laundering Reporting Office Switzerland should they identify suspicious activity on their platforms.
Though the decision is subject to ratification, the British High Court claims to now recognize bitcoin as property, making it easier for victims of hacks to claim cryptocurrencies locked away in exchanges.