Russian Hackers May Have Carried Out Largest Ever Crypto Exchange Theft

Russian hackers, not North Korean, may be the bad actors behind probably the biggest ever theft from a cryptocurrency exchange. Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reports Monday that virus variants known to be linked to Russian hackers have been found on employee computers at the Tokyo-based Coincheck exchange. Coincheck suffered a breach in January 2018 that resulted in the loss of 500 million NEM tokens worth around $530 million at the time – an amount even bigger than that lost by Mt. Gox. According to the report, the malware found at the exchange…

Lithuania to Regulate Cryptocurrency Exchange Sector With Obligatory ID Checks

Lithuania is preparing new rules to govern cryptocurrency transactions, requiring businesses to prove the identity of clients, local daily news outlet Delfi reported on June 12. As part of its obligations to impose European Union anti-money laundering (AML) regulations, Lithuania’s finance ministry will seek to completely formalize crypto-based exchange operations. Parliament approved the move during a sitting on Wednesday, Delfi says, while a time frame remains uncertain for implementation. Once the rules come into effect, any transactions worth over €1,000 ($1,127) involving cryptocurrency — be it into or out of…

Bitfinex Is Starting to Buy Back and ‘Burn’ Its LEO Exchange Token

Cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex has announced a transparency initiative that will see it put on full view the buying back and “burning” of its LEO exchange token. In an announcement Friday, the firm said as part of its token redemption process, the UNUS SED LEO Transparency Initiative will allow the public to see parent firm iFinex use its gross revenues to purchase circulating LEO tokens at market rates. These will then be destroyed, or burned, as the firm effectively pays back those who bought the exchange token in a $1 billion sale early last month. Bitfinex…

Crypto Exchange Binance.com to Block US Customers from Trading

Binance.com, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, is revamping its internal policies and cracking down on wayward users. The Malta-based exchange announced Friday morning that it was reviewing user accounts to ensure they follow Binance’s terms of use and know-your-customer (KYC) procedures and will remove deposit and trading permissions for anyone in violation of its policies. In an updated term of use agreement revised on June 14, the exchange’s general site notably stated that “Binance is unable to provide services to any U.S. person.” The news comes less than a day…

Binance Says It’s Launching a US Exchange With FinCEN-Registered Partner

Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by volume, is launching a U.S. division. The Malta-based company said Thursday it is setting up Binance US, a new trading platform specifically targeting U.S. customers, in partnership with a firm called BAM Trading Services. The platform will be operated by BAM, while using Binance’s wallet and matching engine technologies. The exchange did not provide a firm timeline for the launch. The move would represent the first formal entry into the U.S. market by Binance, although residents have already been able to access its trading…

Nash Prepares to Launch Beta Version of Decentralized Exchange

With a mission of “bringing distributed finance to everyone,” five open-source blockchain developers have come together to form a distributed finance platform using blockchain technology that allows for decentralized and non-custodial cryptocurrency trading. Established in 2017, founders Fabio Canesin, Fabian Wahle, Ethan Fast, Thomas Saunders, and Luciano Engel built Nash as an integrated financial services platform in which users could invest, trade, and make payments with digital assets. All five founders of Nash were also behind the City of Zion open-source community and continue to develop key infrastructure for the…

Initial Exchange Offerings Are Providing Big Returns, But Why?

Christopher Brookins is the founder of Valiendero Digital Assets, a quantitative crypto fund founded out of Carnegie Mellon. 2019 has not only seen a resurgence of the crypto bull, but also capital raising. In particular, IEOs or “initial exchange offerings” have been highly visible for both good and bad reasons. Positively, IEOs have produced large returns to-date. Negatively, to quote Jeff Dorman at Arca, “Many argue (correctly) that IEOs are illegal (in the US) since the tokens are clearly securities, & unregulated exchanges are acting as broker/dealers. Thus, U.S. investors…

Crypto Exchange OKCoin Expands Trading Services to Europe

Cryptocurrency exchange OKCoin has launched in the EU, opening up euro pairs to traders for the first time. Available from Tuesday for non-U.S. users, OKCoin’s new spot trading offerings cover euro pairs with bitcoin (BTC), ether (ETH) and bitcoin cash (BCH) at launch, with more pairs planned. The firm said on its blog that until Sept. 4, euros can be deposited and withdrawn fee-free. At the same time, OKCoin has announced the opening of a new office in Malta, featuring, it says, a “tailored set of trading services and digital assets that…

Dutch Crypto Exchange Blockport Shuts Down, Vows to Return

Blockport, a cryptocurrency exchange based in the Netherlands, has been been forced to close due to lack of operating capital, but it’s vowed to return. According to a filing reported by The Next Web, the official operating entity, Blockport BV, was declared bankrupt in a court in Amsterdam on May 21. The platform ceased services at the end of May, as announced in a blog post (although the website is still online as of writing). In the post, co-founder and chief product officer Sebastiaan Lichter said that following the exchange’s failed…

Crypto Exchange Bits Of Gold Wins Supreme Court Battle Over Bank Block

Cryptocurrency exchange Bits of Gold has won a notable legal victory over an Israeli bank in its bid to keep access to banking services. On Monday, the Israeli Supreme Court ordered Bank Leumi to allow the exchange ongoing access its services, according to a report by Finance Magnates. Bank Leumi had earlier moved to bar Bits of Gold after the bank classified cryptocurrency firms as gambling companies. The Supreme Court had made a temporary injunction on the matter back in February, allowing the firm to keep using Bank Leumi’s services…