Money Laundering and Crypto Discussion

One of the main themes to be discussed at the G-20 Financial Ministers and Central Governors Meeting this weekend has to do with money laundering and cryptocurrency. What kind of agreement would be a surprise? Even for the purpose of introducing Anti-Money Laundering (AML), should we allow our financial privacy to be compromised? Alexander Zaidelson, …

Vast Majority of DApps for Finance Built on Ethereum Blockchain

Ethereum devs constitute the vast majority of Decentralized Finance (DeFi) application (DApp) creators, according to a report by Binance Research on June 6. Number of DApps per blockchain, courtesy of Binance Research According to the report, DeFi can be thought of as the following: “An ecosystem comprised of applications built on decentralized networks, permissionless blockchains, …

Bitcoin Trading Volume on Coinbase Hits Year High

Bitcoin (BTC) trading volume on major cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase recently hit a high of 263,000 on May 12, a volume which has not been seen since February 4, 2018. Bitcoin most recently approached this number in November, with a peak of 259,000 on the 18th. Bitcoin 2-year volume chart. Source: Bitcoinity The Bitcoin price was …

Russia’s Largest Bank Confirms It Will Not Develop Crypto-Related Services

The CEO of state-owned Russian bank Sberbank has officially confirmed the institution’s decision to not develop crypto-related services, local financial publication Banki.ru reports on June 7. Herman Gref, Sberbank CEO and a former minister of economics and trade of Russia, claimed that the bank has never had any ambitious plans in the crypto space. Instead, …

Nearly $10 Million in XRP Stolen in GateHub Hack

Hackers have reportedly compromised nearly 100 XRP Ledger wallets on cryptocurrency wallet service GateHub. The incident was announced by GateHub in a preliminary statement on June 6. In the statement, GateHub reveals that it was notified by some of its customers and community members that funds on their wallets had been stolen. The company estimates …

LocalBitcoin Loses Traders After Cash Trading Ban: ‘Not Very Local’

On June 1, Finnish peer-to-peer (p2p) bitcoin (BTC) trading platform LocalBitcoins quietly removed in-person cash trading from its service. Three days later, the company publicly confirmed the ban on Twitter. As per the accompanying statement, LocalBitcoins had to renounce local cash trading to “adapt to the current regulatory environment.” The removal of the option has …

New Malware Campaign Spreads Trojans Through Clone Crypto Trading Website

Twitter user and malware researcher Fumik0_ has discovered a new website that spreads cryptocurrency malware, according to a report by Bleeping Computer on June 5. According to the report, the host for transmitting these viruses is a website that imitates the website for Cryptohopper, a website where users can program tools to perform automatic cryptocurrency …