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The U.S. government needs to find the “sweet spot” in its oversight of the cryptocurrency ecosystem, Mick Mulvaney, acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said on Wednesday. Speaking at the Future of Fintech conference hosted by research and analysis firm CB Insights, Mulvaney, who also heads the Office of Management and Budget, touted his …

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is once again taking action against a co-founder of the PlexCoin cryptocurrency project, having previously sued him over securities violations and fraud in 2017. On June 15, the SEC obtained an emergency court order – unsealed on June 18 – to freeze the assets of Dominic Lacroix, who the agency called …

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A former Indian legislator who was allegedly involved in a $1.3 million bitcoin extortion case has been declared a “proclaimed offender” by a local court. According to The Indian Express, a sessions court in Ahmedabad granted an application from the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Monday to declare Nalin Kotadiya an absconder from justice. According to …

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Japan’s financial watchdog is reportedly planning to force improvements at a number of licensed cryptocurrency exchanges over perceived issues with internal systems, including anti-money laundering (AML) measures. According to a report from Nikkei on Tuesday, the country’s Financial Service Agency (FSA) intends to ensure full compliance with current AML rules at larger exchanges as their …

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A group of hackers has allegedly colluded with computer maintenance firms in China to hack into computers owned by internet cafes to mine cryptocurrency. According to a local news report on Saturday, police in Rui’An city in Zhejiang province arrested 16 suspects who, it’s claimed, have gained 5 million yuan ($800,000) by hacking more than …

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Those working for the executive branch of the U.S. government must disclose their cryptocurrency holdings, ethics officials said Monday. In a legal advisory released Monday, the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) clarified that digital currency is “property held … for investment or the production of income” instead of a “real” currency or legal tender. As …

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Ukrainian authorities have arrested four individuals suspected of running fake cryptocurrency exchanges, the nation’s federal police force announced Saturday. The National Police of Ukraine claimed in a press release that the suspects were arrested for operating as many as six fraudulent cryptocurrency exchange platforms. Cybercrime officials are still looking at the sites to establish how …

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Digital payments firm Square has received a BitLicense from regulators in the state of New York. The company announced Monday that the New York Department of Financial Services granted the license. Square first indicated back in March that it had submitted paperwork to receive a BitLicense, a move later confirmed by a spokesperson. “DFS is pleased …

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Digital payments firm has received a BitLicense from regulators in the state of New York. The company announced Monday that the New York Department of Financial Services granted the license. Square first indicated back in March that it had submitted paperwork to receive a BitLicense, a move later confirmed by a spokesperson. Square becomes the ninth …

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The Bank of International Settlements (BIS) is dedicating two chapters of its forthcoming annual economic report to cryptocurrencies. BIS – considered to be the central bank’s central bank – will publish those two chapters this weekend on June 17, the institution announced this week. The full report will be published on June 24. The upcoming …

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The municipal government of Chongqing city, China, is mulling the formation of a “blockchain digital asset exchange,” but no one is quite sure what it means. On Thursday, the Economy and Information Committee, an economic development agency that forms part of the Chongqing government executive body, published five measures the city will take to advance blockchain …

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Ethereum is not a security, at least in the view of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) director of corporate finance William Hinman. Speaking at the Yahoo! All Markets Summit: Crypto event in San Francisco Thursday, the official told the audience that the agency “doesn’t see a lot of value in treating ether today as …

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Blockchain startup Swarm announced Wednesday that it was launching new “equity tokens” that would represent equity in notable blockchain startups like Coinbase and Ripple – but those companies have pushed back swiftly against the idea. The “blockchain for private equity” company published a blog post describing its new token project, with chief executive Philipp Pieper explaining …

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A pair of bills submitted to Michigan’s state legislature would make it a crime to illegally alter a blockchain record. One of two bills presented earlier this month by state representative Curt WanderWall tweaks the state’s penal code pertaining to those who “makes, alters, forges or counterfeits a public record.” Under the proposed legislation, this …

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The U.S. dollar-pegged tether has been used to support bitcoin’s price during market downturns, a new study published by University of Texas at Austin professors. John Griffin and Amin Shams, of the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Finance, published a study Wednesday linking the stablecoin with bitcoin’s prices during the 2017 price increases. …

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Felix Hufeld, chief of Germany’s financial watchdog, has said blockchain technology is “revolutionary” and its applications could turn the entire financial sector “upside down.” Hufeld, who is president of the German Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin), made the remarks during a speech at an event in Berlin last week in which he described the regulator’s thinking …

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A national banking group in South Korea is to roll out a blockchain-based ID verification system for domestic commercial banks in just weeks. According to a notice revealed on Monday by the Korea Federation of Banks (KFB), the new system – dubbed BankSign – is scheduled to be launched in July following a testing phase …

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The U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has written to bank CEOs over the potential risks they face when dealing with cryptocurrencies. As the British regulator for around 58,000 financial services firms and financial markets in the U.K., the FCA has issued formal warnings before on the risks of investing in cryptocurrencies. In this latest warning, the …

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A Los Angeles bitcoin trader faces more than two years in jail for having operated what prosecutors say is an illegal money transmitting business. Fifty-year-old Theresa Tetley, who worked under the name “Bitcoin Maven,” made at least $300,000 a year from trading bitcoin on Localbitcoins.com between 2014 and 2017, according to NBC Los Angeles. She also made …

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The U.S. Commodity and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has reportedly subpoenaed four cryptocurrency exchanges in a bid to obtain their trading data as part of an investigation into market manipulation. According to a The Wall Street Journal report on Friday, the financial market regulator is demanding comprehensive trading data from Bitstamp, Coinbase, itBit and Kraken, which altogether serve …

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