New York Attorney General Report Says Crypto Exchanges are at Risk of Manipulation

A new report published by the New York Attorney General’s office on September 18 says that cryptocurrency exchanges are vulnerable to manipulation, conflicts of interest, and other consumer risks. The report represents the results of the “Virtual Markets Integrity Initiative” launched in April, when New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman sent letters to thirteen crypto exchanges, requesting information on their operations, internal controls and other key issues. The move was taken in order to provide average investors with a better understanding of the risks and protections associated with cryptocurrency…

SEC Shouldn’t Hold Back in Approving Crypto Products

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) commissioner Hester Peirce has stated that the government should not limit the emergence of new products in the crypto market based on the perceived weaknesses of Bitcoin. According to Peirce, the SEC should not force crypto markets to be subjected to comprehensive government regulation just to deploy products on top of the markets. She explained: “The Commission should not default to a demand that the crypto markets be subject to comprehensive government regulation as a precondition to allowing products linked to those markets…

UK Gov’t Faces Questions Over Impact of Crypto Bear Market on UK Blockchain Industry

The U.K. government has faced questions over whether it is actively monitoring the impact of the global crypto market downturn on the domestic blockchain industry, Finance Feeds reports September 18. Lord Taylor of Warwick is reported to have asked “Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that the value of cryptocurrencies in the United States is falling, and of the potential effects that such a decline might have on the UK blockchain industry.” Lord Bates, the Minister of State at the Department for International Development, is said…

The marriage between crypto and community journalism

A conversation with Manoush Zomorodi, host of the podcast ZigZag, a crypto and blockchain explainer As a podcaster, journalist, and generally curious person, Manoush Zomorodi has made a career out of examining the intersection of technology and human behavior. The former host and creator of WNYC’s Note to Self, a “tech show about being human,” Zomorodi decided to leave her job in June 2018, join forces with her producer Jen Poyant and launch ZigZag, a podcast documenting their journey of understanding crypto — and their decision to join Civil Media Company. Over…

Crypto in Japan | Yen-backed Stablecoin in the Works

Japan just received some crypto-positive news, as a Chinese blockchain company just unveiled it’s working on a yen-backed cryptocurrency. Crypto in Japan has always been widely accepted, but it is quite the opposite in China—the country went as far as to create its own cryptocurrency firewall. The South China Morning Post reported this morning that Grandshores Technology Group is planning on raising $100 million HK in an initial coin offering to finance a yen-backed digital token. Crypto in Japan “Blockchain will become the mainstream technology in the next three to five…

New York AG Report Faults Crypto Exchanges for Manipulation Risks

The New York Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has released a report on cryptocurrency trading platforms, finding that many are vulnerable to market manipulation and referring several exchanges to another agency for potential violations of state law. The NYAG’s inquiry was launched in April, seeking voluntary participation from 13 of the world’s most notable trading sites, including Coinbase, Kraken, Bitfinex, Bittrex, and Binance, among others. The process carried forward in spite of the refusal to participate from some exchanges as well as then-Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s resignation in May. The…

Crypto Markets Drop Sharply, Ethereum Loses Week’s Earlier Gains

Crypto markets have seen a sharp decline today, September 18, with Bitcoin (BTC) down $200 and market cap dropping as low as $192 billion within a few hours. As of press time, 93 out of 100 top cryptocurrencies by market capitalization are in the red, while losses among the top 20 coins reach over 10 percent, according to CoinMarketCap. Market visualization from Coin360 Bitcoin (BTC) is down around 3.5 percent over the past 24 hours, having failed to hold the $6,500 support, with its price dropping by almost $200 within…

US Court Seizes Lambo, Crypto Millions from Dead Dark Web Kingpin

On Thursday, September 6, the Fresno Division of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California concluded a 14-month-long civil forfeiture case to seize assets and property that belonged to Alexandre Cazes, the Canadian national who committed suicide by hanging in Thai prison last summer – days after being arrested on suspicion of operating the darknet marketplace AlphaBay. Cazes, whose death prevented him from standing trial, is alleged to have facilitated and profited from sales of illegal goods and services to U.S. and overseas customers on AlphaBay until it…

Cloudflare Launches Decentralized Web Gateway at Its First ‘Crypto Week’

Internet security provider Cloudflare is introducing a new product to help users more easily access the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS), the decentralized storage protocol developed by Protocol Labs. In a blog post Monday, Cloudflare announced it was launching a “Crypto Week,” where it will announce “support for a new technology that uses cryptography to make the internet better” every day. The first of these technologies is a portal to more easily access IPFS, as well as build websites on top of the technology. In a second post, the company explains…

Crypto Wallet Protection App Wants to Secure Your Wallets Against Malware

Malware, a persistent thorn in the side of the internet’s wider community, has become an increasing concern for cryptocurrency users. A problem that comes in many forms, malicious software is leveraged by hackers to rob community members of their funds. One program, dubbed the clipboard hijacker, for instance, operates by secretly gaining control of a Windows device’s running memory. It then replaces the Bitcoin address copied into a user’s clipboard with the address of the attacker, leading the user to unwittingly transfers funds to the hacker. New Jersey–based BlockSafe Technologies…