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Japan Regulator to Inspect Crypto Exchanges for AML Policies Ahead of FATF Inspection

Japan Regulator to Inspect Crypto Exchanges for AML Policies Ahead of FATF Inspection

The financial services agency (FSA) is reportedly stepping up its anti-money laundering campaign against non-compliant cryptocurrency exchanges, reports Nikkei Asian Review. According to the report, “Japan’s anti-money laundering regime is expected to undergo an inspection by an intergovernmental body [financial action task force (FATF)] this fall, and the FSA is eager for a good review”. To this end, in order …


Centralized Crypto Exchanges Experienced Major Trading Volume Uptick Last Month

Centralized Crypto Exchanges Experienced Major Trading Volume Uptick Last Month

Centralized exchanges experienced a significant increase in trading volume during April 2019, according to the monthly exchange review from cryptocurrency data analytics company CryptoCompare. The April 2019 Exchange Review found that decentralized exchanges claimed just 0.068% of global spot exchange volumes, with an aggregate monthly total of USD 17 million. Monthly volumes on fiat to cryptocurrency exchange platforms reportedly increased …


Charlie Shrem: Mt Gox Created “Token as Debt”, Not Bitfinex

Bitcoin advocate and founding member of the Bitcoin Foundation, Charlie Shrem, has blamed defunct Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox as the instigator of “token as debt”, instead of Bitfinex, the exchange that issued tokens as debt to its customers following its own hack. In a discussion of Bitcoin related scandals with Bitcoin miner J Maurice on the “Untold Stories” podcast hosted …


Bitstamp Investigates $250M BitMEX Liquidation

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After the shock slippage of Bitcoin price on Friday, as well as the observations posted on social media regarding large sell orders on Bitstamp, one of the world’s oldest Bitcoin exchange has launched an internal investigation on the large Bitcoin sell order. As CoinTelegraph reported, the company announced the investigation on its Twitter account, seemingly to unearth the reasons behind …


Bithumb Resumes Post-Hack Operations

South Korea cryptocurrency exchange has announced today on a blog post that it will resume partial operations following a hack in March, in two days’ time on 17 May, this Friday. The exchange will begin operations with only three cryptocurrencies for the time being, allowing trading for Ripple (XRP), Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and EOS. This was intended to “minimize the …


Binance Withdrawals, Deposits to Resume Tomorrow Following Hack

Binance Withdrawals, Deposits to Resume Tomorrow Following Hack

Hacked cryptocurrency exchange Binance plans to have deposit and withdrawal services up and running again by tomorrow, CEO Changpeng Zhao revealed. In a company blog update, Zhao claimed the team had made ”significant overhauls” to the system, adding or restructuring the architecture of the exchange’s advanced security features. Upgrading the system requires a trading halt, he noted, with the exact …


Binance Apologizes for Rollback Idea, Provides Hack Updates

Binance Apologizes for Rollback Idea, Provides Hack Updates

Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao has apologized for causing concern among the crypto community when he openly spoke about the possibility of a rollback for the Bitcoin blockchain following confirmation of a hack leading to the theft of USD 40 million worth of bitcoins on its platform. The rollback had caused a sharp backlash, particularly among Bitcoin-only communities, aghast at the very …


QuadrigaCX Assets, Debts Revealed by EY Report

QuadrigaCX Assets, Debts Revealed by EY Report

Big Four accountancy firm Ernst & Young (EY) has released a new audit report that spells out the exact assets as well as debts of the now defunct Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX and its subsidiaries. The audit company was monitoring the creditor proceedings of QuadrigaCX, and this preliminary trustee publication reveals only USD 20.8 million in assets in comparison to …


South Korea to Repeal Crypto AML Laws, Seek Direct Regulations

South Korea to Repeal Crypto AML Laws, Seek Direct Regulations

A Coindesk Korea report says that the South Korean government has now decided to do away with the guidelines for Anti Money Laundering (AML) within virtual currency, and will instead introduce legislation to directly regulate cryptocurrency exchanges. Last week, the Financial Services Commission, the South Korean monetary authority, included the ‘Guidelines for Preventing Virtual Money Against Money Laundering’ in the …


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