Monthly Archives: October 2020

Charles Hoskinson calls for a different kind of apoliticism than Brian Armstrong

While Hoskinson is not a fan of “the Orange Goblin”, he still does not appreciate unsolicited pro-Biden emails from paid service providers. “My first thought was he must have been hacked”, said Hoskinson, reflecting on opening an email he received from David Barrett, the CEO of Expensify, urging him to vote for Joe Biden: Source: Twitter. Hoskinson later discovered that he was not the only recipient of the email at IOHK, but was rather a part of a bulk email blast sent to all of his company’s […]

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Attack of the bots! Paxful fights off thousands of automated threats

Bad actors allegedly tried to brute force their way into accounts belonging to Paxful’s users in an ongoing series of attacks. Paxful, a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency marketplace, has successfully defended against a number of serious threats, including 220,000 bot attacks and a variety of social engineering ploys — all in the span of two months. During the same time period, hackers managed to steal around $200 million worth of cryptocurrency from the KuCoin exchange, and another unconnected attack saw $5.4 million stolen from Eterbase. Paxful said that its alleged […]

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South Korean gov’t doesn’t know who will protect crypto exchanges from Kim Jong-Un’s hackers

Can anyone hold North Korea responsible for its attacks on the crypto industry? There has been a hot political debate underway on who should take responsibility for countering North Korean hacks targeting South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges. Recently, South Korea’s financial watchdog made it clear that they do not see this issue as any of their business. According to Fn News, the Financial Services Commission, or FSC, has replied to a written inquiry from the National Assembly’s Political Affairs Committee on October 23. The FSC says that they’re […]

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US AML watchdog wants info on all international crypto transactions over $250

The proposed change would cut down FinCEN’s longstanding $3,000 threshold. The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and Federal Reserve are looking to get more information on smaller transactions than ever before.  According to a notice of proposed rulemaking published on Friday, the agencies want to lower the $3,000 threshold established in 1995 to $250 for international transactions, meaning that financial institutions would need to exchange client information alongside all transactions greater than $250 that begin or end outside of the United States. Which is to say, the Travel Rule, […]

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Bitcoin price rise to $500k is inevitable, Winklevoss twins say

They said that real adoption of the asset class “hasn’t even started.” Gemini crypto exchange founders Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss said that Bitcoin (BTC) will eventually hit $500,000 per coin during a recent interview with podcast host Peter McCormack. “The question in our mind is not so much does it get to $500,000, but how quickly,” Tyler told McCormack during the Oct. 23 podcast episode. His thesis takes the market cap of gold and theoretical central bank allocation into consideration. “I would sort of contend that $500,000 Bitcoin […]

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Stablecoins went wild in the days before Bitcoin’s recent surge

Retail investors are buying into Bitcoin, says CryptoQuant CEO. In the days preceding Bitcoin’s latest rise in price, stablecoins went wild, exhibiting some largely unprecedented behavior. Stablecoins: all stablecoins inflow transaction and address count of all exchanges. Source: CryptoQuant. On October 18, stablecoins moving to exchanges reached record highs of 60,000 and 56,000 respectively, according to data from CryptoQuant. The outlet’s data tracked USDT on Ethereum, PAX, USDC, TUSD, DAI, SAI, BUSD, HUSD and USDK. When it comes to the total inflow of all stablecoins in terms […]

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Price analysis 10/23: BTC, ETH, XRP, BCH, BNB, LINK, DOT, LTC, ADA, BSV

Bitcoin is showing signs of profit booking, resulting in a slight downturn in altcoin prices. PayPal’s crypto announcement acted as a trigger that drove Bitcoin (BTC) price to a new 52-week high. During such news-based events, traders holding short positions are caught off guard and are forced to cover their trades, resulting in the type of short squeeze seen during the Oct. 21 rally. However, after this initial burst, the next leg of the uptrend is only possible if demand picks up and the bulls continue to […]

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Novogratz calls PayPal’s Bitcoin news ‘the shot heard around the world on Wall Street’

PayPal coming to crypto is big news for adoption, says the investor. Galaxy Digital CEO and multi-millionaire Mike Novogratz recently hopped on CNBC Squawk Box for an interview, detailing the importance of PayPal’s upcoming 2021 Bitcoin (BTC) launch.  “I think that’s, in some ways, the shot heard around the world on Wall Street,” Novogratz said in an Oct. 23 interview about PayPal’s recent news. “PayPal has 346 million accounts,” he said, adding: “They’re the 30th biggest bank in the U.S. in deposits and all of a sudden […]

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Mastermind of Alleged Billion Dollar Spanish Pyramid Scheme Arrested, Faces 16 Year Prison Sentence

The CEO of Arbistar the Spanish investment company, Santiago Fuentes, has been arrested and arraigned on charges of fraud, belonging to a criminal organization and money laundering. Fuentes, who has been in hiding since September, was arrested at one of his properties in the south of Tenerife. The Arbistar Pyramid Scheme Fuentes’ arrest stems from lawsuits filed by Arbistar clients who allege pyramid fraud after the bitcoin trading company abruptly froze accounts leaving 32,000 families affected. During a hearing, the Investigating Court Number 3 of Arona (Tenerife) […]

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Law Decoded: Government sandboxes, test beds and crypto compromises, Oct. 16-23

These week’s news highlighted how governments test new regimes for cryptocurrency, which can be slow but are certainly some kind of progress. A line from immortal comic strip Calvin & Hobbes goes “a good compromise leaves everybody mad.” When it comes to laws governing crypto, authorities are usually asking for pretty major compromises because they are, at their very best-intentioned, trying to work things out. While it’s a fast-developing area of law — honestly a treat to cover — that means it’s fast-developing relative to law, not […]

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