Mining Giant Bitmain Sues Unknown Hacker for Alleged Theft of $5.5 Million in Crypto

China-based Bitcoin (BTC) mining giant Bitmain has sued an anonymous hacker for the alleged theft of cryptocurrency worth $5.5 million from Bitmain’s account on Binance in April, according to a lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington at Seattle on Nov. 7. As stated in the court document, an unknown hacker, referred to as “John Doe” in the case, managed to take over Bitmain’s Binance account and used stored Bitcoin to manipulate the price of altcoin Decentraland (MANA) and then steal the profits. Bitmain…

Why Did BAT Lose 28% of its Value Overnight After Coinbase Listing?

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Since November 8, within a 48-hour period, Basic Attention Token (BAT) lost 28 percent of its value following a high profile Coinbase listing. On Friday, as CCN reported, BAT declined by around 20 percent against the US dollar. In the last 24 hours, BAT dropped by yet another eight percent, recording a 28 percent decline in value in a two-day span. The substantial drop in the price of BAT follows the official integration of the digital asset by Coinbase, the largest fiat-to-crypto exchange in the global market.…

$20 Trillion US Debt Will Inevitably Lead to Big Crypto Boom: Voorhees

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn ShapeShift CEO Erik Voorhees has said that the growing debt of the US, which hovers at around $21.7 trillion as of November, will inevitably cause a big spike in crypto. “When the next global financial crisis occurs, and the world realizes organizations with $20 trillion in debt can’t possibly ever pay it back and thus must print it instead, and thus fiat is doomed. Watch what happens to crypto.” Voorhees suggested that to repay the national debt, the government and the federal reserve will be forced to…

New Crypto Battle Game Launches Where Skills, Not Collectibles, Matter

Crypto games are all the rage right now – but for all of the talk about collectibles one blockchain startup says there’s a key element which is being overlooked: skill. Ether Kingdoms believes gamers want more than an opportunity to collect virtual assets – and it has created an “exciting and engrossing game that can make real money for the player.” At the heart of its universe are imps – “the kingdom’s main workers and warriors.” They can go mining for IMP tokens – with one IMP equal to a…

Blockchain Will ‘Take a Little Longer’ to Develop Than the Web

Blockchain will “probably take a little longer” to develop than the internet, because it is “much more complicated,” ConsenSys creator Joseph Lubin told German media outlet t3n in an interview, Cointelegraph auf Deutsch reported Nov. 9. Lubin, who is also the co-founder of Ethereum (ETH), told reporters that blockchain technology is developing in a similar way to the web, citing its exponential growth with “hundreds of projects that are already practical for humans” to date. Based on blockchain’s use case for decentralized cryptocurrencies, the digital entrepreneur also suggested that distributed…

Blockchain Will ‘Take a Little Longer’ to Develop Than the Internet

Blockchain will “probably take a little longer” to develop than the internet, because it is “much more complicated,” ConsenSys creator Joseph Lubin told German media outlet t3n in an interview, Cointelegraph auf Deutsch reported Nov. 9. Lubin, who is also the co-founder of Ethereum (ETH), told reporters that blockchain technology is developing in a similar way to the web, citing its exponential growth with “hundreds of projects that are already practical for humans” to date. Based on blockchain’s use case for decentralized cryptocurrencies, the digital entrepreneur also suggested that distributed…

FATF Guidelines Updated to Combat Money-Laundering and Terrorism Financing in Europe

Regulation has been a major talking point in the cryptocurrency sphere in 2018 – mainly due to the monumental crypto-craze in 2017. This has come to the fore in Europe, after the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) updated its policy on cryptocurrencies in October, which were initially established back in 2015. To understand the implications of these refurbished guidelines, one needs to understand the role of the FATF and its involvement in the regulation of cryptocurrencies. FATF and crypto Established in 1989, by the G7, the FATF is responsible for…

Crypto Market Recovers From Pullback, But Bitcoin Momentum is Weak

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn The cryptocurrency market has started to recover gradually from a major pullback, which occurred following a substantial 40 percent increase in Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and a surge in the price of several other major cryptocurrencies. Over the last 24 hours, the valuation of the cryptocurrency market has increased from $211 billion to $213 billion, by less than one percent. Some cryptocurrencies including Ripple (XRP) and Ethereum (ETH) have started to demonstrate momentum, both recording around a 2 percent rise in value on the day. The volume of…

German Financial Regulator BaFin Shuts Down Activity of British Crypto-Related Firm

The German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) has ordered partial cessation of activities by U.K.-based crypto-related firm Finatex Ltd., according to an official announcement published on BaFin’s website on Friday, Nov. 9. According to the BaFin’s notice, reportedly dated Oct. 2, Finatex Ltd. is ordered to “immediately” stop offering cross-border proprietary trading on its trading platform, Crypto-Capitals. According to BaFin’s announcement friday, the firm must cease trading since its activity is not approved by German financial legislation, including the German Banking Act. In a short description of the company’s activities,…

Crypto Exchanges Should Take a Hard Look at IP Address-Masking Services

Richard Malish is General Counsel at NICE Actimize where he counsels on global anti-money laundering, fraud, trading compliance and banking regulatory matters. The New York Attorney General (“NY AG”) recently issued a report on its fact-finding enquiries to multiple virtual currency trading platforms believed to be operating in New York. One of its many interesting findings was how virtual private networks (“VPNs”) may permit market manipulation. VPNs are a critical tool for privacy-minded cryptocurrency traders, as well as the only method for some traders to access these markets in countries…