The Vatican is soon to host an address on how bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are being used in the modern-day slave trade.
To be held today at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (PASS) in the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, the talk by Bank of Montreal senior manager Joseph Mari is to provide an overview of the role cryptocurrencies play in money laundering, while highlighting the potential of blockchain to help the unbanked.
The second of a three-day long event, itself part of an even larger effort led by Pope Francis to eradicate slavery entirely by 2020, the address is expected to be given to an audience including the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and other senior church leaders.
A Michigan man has been charged with running an unlicensed money transmitting business after selling nearly $150,000 in bitcoin online.
According to an indictment released by Detroit TV news services WD-IV Friday, 52-year-old Bradley Anthony Stetkiw ran an exchange through the LocalBitcoins website, conducting transactions at restaurants in the Bloomfield area.
The U.K. government's economic and finance ministry has released a new policy document stating that cryptocurrencies like bitcoin pose a "low risk" for terrorist financing.
According to the HM Treasury paper, the country's National Crime Agency (NCA) also deemed that the risks of digital currency use in money laundering are "relatively low.
Security researchers have discovered at least three fraudulent apps on the Google Play store purportedly tied to the Poloniex cryptocurrency exchange.
An article posted on IT security firm ESET’s news site We Live Security details how two of the apps, respectively called "Poloniex" and "Poloniex Exchange," were put onto the Android app service and downloaded more than 5,500 times before being removed.
One of the operators of the now-defunct bitcoin exchange Coin.mx has been sentenced to 16 months in prison.
According to a Reuters report, Florida-based software engineer Yuri Lebedev had been found guilty of helping run the unlicensed bitcoin exchange.
Alleged former BTC-e employee Alexander Vinnik appeared in a Greek court on Friday for the first of what could be several hearings to determine where he will ultimately stand trial.
Arrested in July by authorities on behalf of the U.S. government, Vinnik was charged with money laundering, computer hacking, fraud and drug trafficking alongside his former employer, bitcoin exchange BTC-e.
The SEC has brought what appears to be its first charges against a company utilizing the initial coin offering (ICO) fundraising model.
In a press release issued late today, the U.S. securities regulator charged two companies and their founder, businessman Maksim Zaslavskiy, with violating anti-fraud and registration provisions of federal securities laws.
Allegedly, Zaslavskiy sold cryptocurrencies backed by assets that did not exist in two token sales, one for a project called Diamond Reserve Club World, and the other for an effort called the REcoin Group Foundation, the SEC said.
Компания Evolve Funds подала заявку на открытие первого в Канаде биржевого инвестиционного фонда (ETF). Об этом пишет BNN.ca.
Как отмечает издание, ETF будет котироваться на Фондовой бирже Торонто (TSX ) под тикером BITS.
“Для многих доступ к биткоину затруднен — это очень сложный и дорогостоящий процесс, поскольку в настоящее время инвесторы не могут торговать им на обычном брокерском счете, — отмечает CEO Evolve ETFs Радж Лала.
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has filed a lawsuit against a New York-based man and his company for allegedly running a bitcoin-based Ponzi scheme.
Nicholas Gelfman and his firm, Gelfman Blueprint Inc (GBI), are accused of procuring over $600,000 from 80 people between January 2014 and approximately January 2016.
According to the CFTC, the funds were solicited from customers under the pretence of sponsoring a high-frequency bitcoin trading algorithm called "Jigsaw.
Switzerland's financial markets regulator has ordered the closure of three companies tied to an alleged cryptocurrency scam.
The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) announced on September 19 that it had shut down the Quid Pro Quo Association, Digital Trading AG and Marcelco Group AG in connection with the sales of a so-called "E-Coin" cryptocurrency. The companies had apparently been operating without the appropriate authorization, and were liquidated by FINMA as a result.
The European Commission is gearing up to propose new penalties for cybercrimes involving cryptocurrencies.
In a release yesterday, the European Union's executive arm outlined its intent to introduce a new directive focused on digital crimes, citing recent ransomware attacks in the region and abroad. Part of that plan would involve the creation of a European cybersecurity agency to spearhead such efforts.