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Cryptopia Exchange Claims Hack, Goes Offline, Losses Reported

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Hackers have yet again successfully raided a cryptocurrency exchange and this time it is Cryptopia, an exchange operating in New Zealand. The exchange has since then gone offline, with reports emerging of cryptocurrency having already been stolen from the exchange. The announcement was made on Twitter by the exchange itself with the official account stating that it had “suffered a …


Coincheck Granted Exchange License a Year After Major Hack

Coincheck Granted Exchange License a Year After Major Hack

Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck has been granted an operating license a year from its notorious hack that resulted in a loss of USD 530 million. Effective immediately as of 11 January 2019, Coincheck is now registered with the Kanto Financial Bureau. This will be its first time operating as a licensed cryptocurrency exchange. In January 2018, Coincheck suffered a security …


7 South Korean Exchanges Pass Security Inspection Checklist

7 South Korean Exchanges Pass Security Inspection Checklist

The South Korean Ministry of Science and ICT reported yesterday that only seven cryptocurrency exchanges including Upbit, Bithumb, Gopax, Korbit, Coinone, Hanbitco, and Huobi Korea have passed the security inspection checklist. A survey was conducted by the Ministry of Science and ICT, the Korea Internet & Security Agency and the Ministry of Economy and Finance, during the period of September to …


HitBTC Denies Frozen Accounts Linked to Proof of Keys Event

HitBTC Denies Frozen Accounts Linked to Proof of Keys Event

About two days ago, a buzz about the alleged freezing of some customers accounts on one of the top cryptocurrency exchanges HitBTC was trending on several news headlines. At the time, the exchange did not respond to any of the allegations nor did any of the alleged victims have their complaints resolved. The allegation of the freezing of accounts was …


Cambridge Global Crypto Benchmarking Examines Bitcoin State of Play

Cambridge Global Crypto Benchmarking Examines Bitcoin State of Play

University of Cambridge Judge Business School has published the second of its annual reports which examine the cryptoconomy. It’s been a huge year following the first report, with Bitcoin reaching such grand heights offering a pre- Christmas surprise for 2017 investors, to the travails of pre-Christmas 2018, which has investors not knowing whether to hold or sell. The comprehensive 96-page …


Critical NEO Bug Allows Hackers to Remotely Steal Crypto

Critical NEO Bug Allows Hackers to Remotely Steal Crypto

NEO, a major cryptocurrency with a market cap in excess of USD 500 million and USD 100+ million of daily trading volume, apparently has a critical bug that allows hackers to remotely steal cryptocurrency. Tencent Security Labs, the security branch of Chinese internet giant Tencent, identified this bug and has issued guidelines on how to patch it to avoid losses …


Mt Gox Civil Rehabilitation Claims Deadline Extended to Boxing Day

Mt Gox Civil Rehabilitation Claims Deadline Extended to Boxing Day

The deadline for the civil rehabilitation claims for the defunct Japan-based Mt Gox exchange might be extended till 26 December, says trustee Nobuaki Kobayashi in a document released yesterday. It states: “If filings are delayed for reasons not attributable to creditors, proofs of rehabilitation claims filed after the deadline (i.e., 22 October 2018) may be acceptable.” The previous deadline of …


Fisco Acquires Hacked Zaif Crypto Exchange

Fisco's Acquisition of Zaif Crypto Exchange Completed

Fisco cryptocurrency exchange (FCCE) has completed the acquisition process of Zaif cryptocurrency exchange’s business operations. Zaif was a licensed exchanged operated by Tech Bureau and had undergone some major shifts in ownership favoring Fisco exchange’s bailout funds leading to the acquisition. The process began in October. The acquisition was initiated due to a lack of sufficient funds in Zaif’s asset …


Brooklyn Con Artist Maksim Zaslavskiy Faces 5 Years in Slammer for Fake ICOs

Brooklyn Con Artist Maksim Zaslaskiy Faces 5 Years in Slammer for Fake ICOs

Brooklyn, New York con artist Maksim Zaslavskiy has pled guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud after collecting funds for two fake initial coin offerings (ICOs), REcoin and Diamond Reserve Club. Some 1,000 investors were tricked and a civil case for the monetary losses will be adjudicated once sentencing for the criminal case is complete. He faces five years in …


Australian Tax Regulator Issues Alert on Bitcoin ATM Fraud

Australian Tax Regulator Wary about BTC Frauds through ATMs

Australia is experiencing its own measure of crypto-related fraud where scammers are demanding tax payments through Bitcoin ATMs. To that effect, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) on 14 November 2018 published a warning to citizens advising them to be cautious of scammers posing as ATO officials. Compared to previous years, a higher number of scammers are claiming to be associated …


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