Preliminary Injunction Against Blockvest for Fraudulent Securities Offering and Illegal Use of SEC Seal

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The SEC filed a complaint against Blockvest and its founder for allegedly making unregistered securities offerings and using the SEC seal without permission. On Feb. 14th, the US District Court of California entered in a preliminary injunction against the firm. Accusations Against Blockvest The Feb. 14th complaint filed against Blockvest LLC details that the company, and…

Dash Merchant Venezuela Team Issues Response to Embezzlement Accusations

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Eugenia Alcalá, the CEO of Dash Venezuela, issued a statement following embezzlement accusations. Some in the community are still outraged. Meanwhile, the CEO apologized for delays in delivering its balance sheet and praised the team for its “positive achievements.” Dash Merchant Venezuela Team Accused of Embezzlement Dash Merchant Venezuela, the team tasked with increasing adoption…

ICO Firms Paid Themselves $24 Billion Absent of Accountability or Much Effort

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A BitMex report highlights the egregiousness of the ICO craze of 2017. Cryptocurrency companies were able to raise millions absent of accountability and with little work, and at the expense of likely unsophisticated buyers. The scathing report, released on Jan. 16th by BitMEX, on the ICO market in 2017-18 concluded token startups raised over $24 billion during…

Cryptopia Suffers Catastrophic Hack, Evidence Suggests $2.5 Million Ethereum Stolen

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New Zealand-based Cryptopia is the first cryptocurrency exchange to get hacked in 2019. Estimates of the damage range between $2.5 to $3.5 million; The attack was confirmed in the late hours of Jan. 13th after the company announced emergency “maintenance.” Cryptopia is a tiny exchange with daily trading volume averaging approximately $2 million. The evening of…

UpBit Crypto Exchange Executives Indicted for Market Manipulation

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South Korea’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, UpBit, faces criminal charges after top executives were formally indicted by the country’s legal prosecutors, as reported by Business Korea on December 21, 2018. Three senior exchange executives, including founder Song Chi-Hyung, were arrested by local authorities on charges of fraud. The arrests come after complaints were filed against the…

Ongoing Minting and Dumping: RusGas (RGS) Allegedly Scamming Token Holders

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On Nov. 28th, 2018, MonitorChain detected a potential scam: RusGas (RGS) is minting billions of tokens, diluting the value of investor’s tokens and driving the price down to nearly nothing. RusGas is a project using blockchain to “transform the gas industry.” According to ICO Bench, the company raised $2.2 million during its ICO. On Nov.…

Texas Law Enforcer Who Took Down BitConnect: The Hunt for Crypto Cowboys in the Lone Star State [INTERVIEW]

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In an exclusive interview, CryptoSlate spoke with the Director of Enforcement at the Texas State Securities Board, Joseph Rotunda, who has presided over more than a hundred investigations into suspect crypto offerings since a 2017 state-wide sweep that rocked BitConnect with an emergency cease-and-desist order. Where they came barreling unexpectedly for most, crypto’s more anarchic…

Turkish Police Detain 11 Suspects in Bitcoin Theft Case

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The cybercrime unit of the Turkish police has detained 11 people suspected of hacking into emails, user accounts and cryptocurrency wallets. The operation was launched after law enforcement received a number of complaints from victims who lost digital cash.   Also read: Church Mining Cryptocurrency to Pay Higher Electricity Rates               Hackers Steal $80,000 Worth of…

Google Play Store Hosted App Found Hacking Crypto Login Credentials

Google Play Store Hosted App Found Hacking Crypto Login Credentials

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A video published Thursday by security researcher Lukas Stefanko exposed a malicious app hosted on the Google Play store that distributes malware onto unsuspecting user’s mobile devices. Harvesting Your Passwords The app, called Easy Rates Converter, markets itself as a currency conversion tool. In reality, it infects devices with malware designed to harvest their login…

Crypto Money Laundering Rules to Be In Place by June, Says FATF

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Paris-based global money laundering watchdog organization Financial Action Task Force (FATF) laid out requirements on Friday for jurisdictions across the globe, saying they would have to license or regulate their crypto exchanges. FATF amends its global Standards to address the regulation of virtual assets and prevent their misuse for #moneylaundering and #terroristfinancing ➡️https://t.co/R5R7j484Td pic.twitter.com/mOqeY25aJd —…