Court Refuses to Drop Money Laundering Charge Against UBS, $5.8 Billion Fine Looms

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A French court has reportedly rejected a request by the largest Swiss bank to drop money laundering charge against it. UBS Group and a number of its executives are accused of tax fraud and money laundering. If found guilty, the bank could be fined up to 5 billion euros or $5.8 billion. Its executives could…

Total of 7 Crypto Exchanges and 158 Wallets Hacked in South Korea, Police Find

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The South Korean National Police Agency has produced a report of all hacking incidents of crypto exchanges and wallets in the country during the past three years. According to local media, there were seven hacking cases of crypto exchanges and 158 cases of wallet hacks, 91 of which happened this year. However, only six arrests…

Study Finds Growing Number of BATMs in Belgium and the Netherlands

Study Finds Growing Number of BATMs in Belgium and the Netherlands

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The number of cryptocurrency ATMs in Belgium and the Netherlands is growing, according to newly released data. Amsterdam is leading among major cities in the Benelux region, with 12 machines supporting digital coin transactions. Luxembourg, which is a global center of traditional finances, is lagging behind in terms of available crypto teller services.        Also…

US Federal Judge Rules My Big Coin a Commodity, CFTC Can Pursue Charges

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A U.S. federal judge has ruled that My Big Coin is a virtual currency meeting the definition of a commodity, which falls within the jurisdiction of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). This allows the regulator to pursue fraud charges involving the cryptocurrency. Also read: 160 Crypto Exchanges Seek to Enter Japanese Market, Regulator Reveals Judge…

RBI Denies Creating Crypto, Blockchain and AI Research Unit

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India’s central bank has reportedly denied setting up a unit to research cryptocurrency, blockchain and artificial intelligence as the media reported last month. This unit was supposed to research, draft rules, and supervise new emerging technologies. Also read: 160 Crypto Exchanges Seek to Enter Japanese Market, Regulator Reveals RBI Denies Setting Up Crypto Research Unit There…

Despite Ban, 25 Google Play Apps Found to Cryptojack Users

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Sophoslabs has published a report in which the company claims to have identified at least 25 Android apps published on the official Google Play store that contain script facilitating the ‘cryptojacking’ of users’ computing resources. Also Read: Google Bringing Back Crypto Ads in US and Japan 25 Apps Containing Mining Malware Identified on Google Play Store…

Surveys: 1 in 4 Millennials Want to Invest in Crypto, 3% of China Already Has

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In recent cryptocurrency surveys, a poll of 100,000 Chinese citizens has found that 3% have invested in cryptocurrencies, and a survey conducted by Circle has found that a quarter of millennials would like to invest in crypto assets in the next 12 months. In addition, a survey by UK-based Rathbone Investment Management has found that…

RBI Argues Supreme Court Should Not Interfere With Its Crypto Decision

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The Reserve Bank of India has filed an affidavit with the country’s supreme court in response to one of the petitions against its crypto banking ban. The central bank reportedly argues that it has acted within its power and that none of the petitioners have shown reasonable grounds for the supreme court to intervene. Also…

US Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Issues Its First Crypto Disciplinary Action

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The U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has taken its first disciplinary action involving cryptocurrencies. The authority charges a broker with fraudulent and unlawful distribution of unregistered crypto securities. The owner allegedly “attempted to lure public investment in his worthless public company” by issuing “the first minable coin backed by marketable securities.” Also read: 160 Crypto Exchanges…

South Korean Lawmaker Proposes Special Crypto Zone for ICOs

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A South Korean lawmaker has reportedly proposed designating a regulation-free special cryptocurrency zone aimed at initial coin offerings. It has been about a year since token sales were banned in the country but the government has yet to introduce any guidelines for them. Also read: 160 Crypto Exchanges Seek to Enter Japanese Market, Regulator Reveals Proposal…