The US Government Is Powerless to Block Bitcoin Addresses

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It has been widely reported this week that the U.S. government has blacklisted two BTC addresses linked to cyber crime. These particular addresses were singled out because their owners are believed to be Iranians, whose country is currently facing heavy economic sanctions from the U.S. While the BTC addresses are clearly connected to ransomware, mainstream…

Iran Completes Development of Rial-Supported National Cryptocurrency

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Iran has finalized the development of its national cryptocurrency, which is backed by the local fiat unit, the rial. Once the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) approves its use, the yet-to-be-named digital currency will then be issued to banking institutions for testing in payments, internal and interbank settlements according to local media reports. Also Read: Bahamas…

Global Cryptocurrency Exchanges Cut Ties With Iran After New US Sanctions

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A number of cryptocurrency exchanges have reportedly cut ties with Iran after the U.S. imposed tougher economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Sepehr Mohammadi, head of Iran’s Blockchain Community, told local media that Binance and Bittrex are some of the platforms to have unofficially dropped Iran from the list of supported countries to receive services.…

Bitcoin Hits $24,000 In Iran After Government Okays Mining

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The world’s most expensive bitcoin core (BTC) price is in Iran. A combination of high foreign currency demand, economic sanctions and an improved regulatory environment – with some speculation – have sent the price of the leading digital currency skywards. How high can it go? Also Read: Iran Officially Recognizes Cryptocurrency Mining Falling Rial, New Policy…

Over 500 BTC Belonging to Iranians Seized by US Government: Report

Over 500 BTC Belonging to Iranians Seized by US Government: Report

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According to the head of Iran’s Blockchain Association, over 500 BTC belonging to Iranians were confiscated by the U.S. government last year, and the number is still rising. He explains that Iranians are unable to take action through proper channels from within their country due to Iran’s legal status of cryptocurrency. Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms…

India Rejects Venezuelan Crypto Despite 30% Discount

India Rejects Venezuelan Crypto Despite 30% Discount

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The government of India has formally rejected Venezuela’s state-backed cryptocurrency, the petro, despite an attempt to entice India with a 30% discount. Dependent on the Latin American country’s oil, a steady, uninterrupted supply is key to growing one of the world’s most populous nations. Venezuela is in the midst of dramatically bad economic fortune compounded…