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Cryptocurrency Regulatory and Legislative Analysis #10

Regulatory and Legislative Analysis – GLOBAL Transparency International publishes report on illicit use of crypto On May 3, Transparency International’s U4 Helpdesk published a report on illicit use of cryptocurrencies. Some of the main points highlighted in the report: Cryptocurrency is not only restricted to cybercrime but is used for all types of crimes that…

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New version of Inspector launches, adding Ethereum visualization and enhanced UI

Ciphertrace by Mastercard has launched version 3.0 of Inspector for Financial Investigations and Blockchain Forensics. Featuring a new, sleek user interface, it delivers powerful visualization and knowledgebase enhancements. Inspector 3.0 includes an Ethereum visualization tool that helps users see the movement of funds across addresses and their interactions with smart contracts. Investigators can filter searches…

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Cryptocurrency Regulatory and Legislative Analysis #9

Regulatory and Legislative Analysis – GLOBAL The IMF publishes a report on CBDC capacity development  On April 11, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) published a report on Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) capacity development, detailing its strategy to support and advise countries exploring CBDCs.  The IMF acknowledges the potential impact of CBDCs on monetary policy,…

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Technology Recap: Bitcoin: Lightning Network developers posted about the ongoing work towards splicing. Splicing would allow some funds in an off-chain Lightning channel to be spent on-chain via a “splice-out” or for on-chain funds to be added to an off-chain channel via a “splice-in”.  BTCPay Server adds proof-of-payment on the receipt page for each payment. For on-chain payments,…

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Cryptocurrency Regulatory and Legislative Analysis #8

Regulatory and Legislative Analysis – GLOBAL The FATF released a report to prevent and address ransomware attacks On Mar 14, 2023, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) released a report titled “Countering Ransomware Financing” that aims to improve global understanding of the financial flow linked to ransomware and provide a list of potential risk indicators…

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Technology Recap: Bitcoin: John Law posts to the Lightning-Dev mailing lists the summary of a paper focused on preventing standard capital with multi-party payment channels and channel factories.  Partially-Signed Bitcoin Transaction (PSBT) based exchange, OpenOrdex, launches as open-source and allows sellers to create an order book of Ordinal satoshis using PSBTs and buyers to sign and broadcast to…

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Technology Recap: Bitcoin: Blockstream shares a new update to the Jade Bitcoin hardware wallet which can be used fully air-gapped for all functionality. CoinTelegraph gives a breakdown on the technical discussions that took place at Advancing Bitcoin last week in London. Ethereum: ETH Denver 2023 took place last week where teams focused on the upcoming Shanghai/Capella upgrade and…

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Technology Recap: Bitcoin: Robert Dickinson posted to the Bitcoin-Dev mailing list to inquire about whether a size limit should be imposed to discourage such data storage as ordinals.  Ordinals are becoming the controversial topic lately within the Bitcoin world around writing inscriptions – inscribed satoshis with arbitrary content, into transactions to create bitcoin-native digital artifacts.  Carla Kirk-Cohen and Clara…

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Regulatory and Legislative Analysis #7

Regulatory and Legislative Analysis – Global BIS bulletin addresses the risks in crypto and lays out the options On Jan 12, 2023 the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) issued a bulletin “Addressing the risks in crypto: laying out the options”.  The bulletin highlights various methods of handling crypto-related risks: banning specific crypto activities (extreme option,…

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OFAC updates its Specially Designated Nationals List

On February 1, 2023, the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) updated its Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List, adding specific Ethereum and bitcoin addresses along with several individuals and entities. OFAC, which sits within the US Department of the Treasury, administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions based on US foreign policy and…

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