FinCEN Issues Advisory On Iran’s “Illicit” Use of Crypto to Bypass Sanctions

Concerns are growing surrounding Iran’s use of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Monero – and soon, their own native cryptocurrency – to evade economic sanctions put in place by the U.S., prompting FinCEN to issue an advisory on the topic. FinCEN on Iran’s Exploitation of Financial Markets The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued an […]

Chilean Bitcoin Exchange Buda Adds Lightning Network Support

Buda, one of Chile’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges by trading volume, has recently introduced support for Lightning Network (LN) payments on its platform, to allow its users to experiment with the second layer scaling solution. Bitcoin Exchange Now Accepts Lightning Network Payments According to a recently published blog post, users will be able to pay via […]

Former Trump Economic Adviser Joins Blockchain Startup Spring Labs

One of President Trump’s previous economic advisers has joined Spring Labs. Gary Cohn is the latest former Wall Streeter to take up a position within the ever-expanding blockchain industry. Cohn Joins Steven Hunt and Christine Sandler in Moving to the Blockchain Industry Yet another blockchain-related company has managed to poach talent from Wall Street. Spring […]

Litecoin Price Makes Slight Gain in Wake of Gemini Listing

Cryptocurrency exchange Gemini has announced that effective Saturday, Oct. 13, at 9:30am EDT, customers will be able to deposit litecoin into their Gemini accounts. The New York-based startup headed by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss made the announcement on Friday via a post on its website. Anticipated Market Impact In the announcement post, Eric Winer, Gemini’s […]

Short Positions Against Ethereum Reach Record Highs on Bitfinex

The cryptocurrency markets posted some slight gains on Friday after seeing a massive selloff on Thursday that sent many altcoins down by more than 10% and pushed Bitcoin to its range support at $6,200. At the time of writing, Bitcoin is trading up slightly on the 24-hour chart, with a current price of just over […]

Singapore-based Blockchain Consortium Buys Majority Share in Bithumb

Singapore-based BK Global Consortium has paid 400 billion won (approximately $350 million) for a majority stake in South Korean Bithumb, the world’s third-largest cryptocurrency exchange, according to a local news outlet. BK Global Consortium is a blockchain investment firm under BK Global, a Singapore plastic surgery medical group owned by Kim Byung-Gun. The Consortium had […]

Coinbase Has Just Added ZRX, Its First ERC-20 Token

Making good on a promise it made back in March of this year, Coinbase has just added its first ERC-20 token. ZRX, the token of the 0x (pronounced “zero x”) protocol began trading on Coinbase Pro (formerly GDAX), the exchange’s professional trading platform, on October 11, 2018.   “Once sufficient liquidity is established, trading will begin […]

Crypto Cybercrime Has Tripled Since 2017; Nearly $1 Billion Lost in 2018

Most digital exchanges are unregulated and therefore unqualified to safely process cryptocurrency transactions. They don’t employ necessary know-your-customer (KYC) tactics, and roughly $1 billion in digital asset funds have been stolen since the start of 2018. These are the unsettling claims made by a new report released by blockchain and virtual currency forensics firm CipherTrace. […]