DOJ’s Rosenstein: Regulators Can’t Let Criminals ‘Hide Behind’ Crypto

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has called for international cooperation in investigating crimes conducted using cryptocurrencies at an annual meeting of Interpol. Speaking at Interpol’s 87th General Assembly on Sunday, Rosenstein addressed the topic directly, saying “we must not allow cybercriminals to hide behind cryptocurrencies.” While he acknowledged that there are some beneficial use […]

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CFTC Chair Says Distributed Ledger Tech Can Aid Market Watchdogs

Advances in financial technology may be useful for improving the regulation of derivatives markets, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo said Wednesday. Speaking at the D.C. Fintech Week Conference at Georgetown University, Giancarlo highlighted distributed ledger technology (DLT) and how it could be leveraged to automate certain regulatory processes in particular, which he […]

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Huobi’s US Exchange Sees 30% Boost in Trading for Tether Alternative

A U.S. cryptocurrency exchange is reporting a significant increase in trades between tether (USDT), the controversial stablecoin that lost its dollar peg this week, and a newer alternative called TrueUSD. At HBUS, the U.S. affiliate of the Singapore-based Huobi exchange, both deposits and withdrawals of USDT “have increased by over 10x over the last two days,” a company spokesperson told […]

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Which Stablecoin Is the Riskiest? The Crypto Market Is Pricing That In

The market is starting to differentiate between stablecoins, even though these cryptocurrencies are all designed to trade 1-to-1 with fiat. Several U.S. dollar-pegged cryptocurrencies are now trading either significantly higher or significantly lower than the greenback, reflecting investors’ perceptions of their relative risk. Given that stablecoins are typically used as on-ramps for investors looking to […]

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Numerai Opens Crypto-Powered Stock Betting Market to the Public

Hedge fund Numerai has taken another step in decentralizing its crypto-based data gathering and stock price prediction platform with the public launch of its Erasure marketplace. Announced Thursday, the platform – which lets data scientists earn or lose tokens by staking them on stock market price predictions – is now looking to attract hedge funds […]

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How I Lost My Faith in Private Blockchains

Angus Champion de Crespigny is an advisor to various companies and projects on bitcoin, cryptocurrency and identity infrastructure. He spent 11 years at EY, with the last four consulting on blockchain and crypto assets until his departure in August. Since 2015, while there has been a myriad of permissioned blockchain announcements from enterprises, questions have […]

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US Navy Launches Blockchain Research in Mission to Improve Tracking System

A U.S. Navy command is exploring the potential of blockchain technology in tracking aircraft parts. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) – which provides material support for aircraft and airborne weapons systems for the navy – announced in a press release Friday it is investigating whether blockchain could trace parts through their life-cycle more efficiently and cost-effectively […]

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Uzbekistan Looks to Lure Crypto Exchanges With New Tax Benefits

The Uzbekistan government is welcoming cryptocurrency exchanges to set up shop within the country. An order issued by president Shavkat Mirziyoev on September 2 gives foreign exchanges a number of benefits to begin operating in the country. The document states that cryptocurrency-related income will not be taxed, licensed exchanges running operations with cryptocurrencies and foreign fiat […]

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Firefox Plans to Block Crypto Mining Malware in Future Releases

Firefox, the popular Web browser, will soon begin automatically blocking crypto mining malware scripts as part of a wider performance-enhancing push. The Mozilla Foundation, the not-for-profit organization behind the open-source browser, said Thursday that it intends to block trackers and other “harmful practices” in upcoming releases. Some of these features, such as the anti-tracking function, […]

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Crypto Mining Attacks Soar in First Half of 2018

Malicious cryptomining attacks jumped 956 percent from the first half of 2017 to the first half of 2018, IT security firm Trend Micro reported Wednesday. In its latest Midyear Security Roundup, Trend Micro researchers noted that there were more than 787,000 detections of malicious cryptocurrency mining software in the first six months of 2018, up […]

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