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FTX: What we know so far

As of November 10 2022, 1.9 million FTT (FTX’s token) was put back into FTX. Reports in the market last week suggested that that a large portion of the balance sheet of Alameda – sister company of FTX – had a high concentration of FTT, which it may have decided to address, although Alameda disputed…

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Reviewing financial institutions crypto strategies and their consumer potential

Dave Jevans, Executive Vice President, CipherTrace, a Mastercard company, speaks to FinextraTV at Sibos 2022 to recognize how financial institutions can identify their crypto exposure with on- and off-chain data, the importance of a crypto network and how financial institutions can instil trust in the crypto ecosystem for their businesses and customers.

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Heads up: Monero v15 Hard Fork Update

The Monero community posted notice of v15 (version number, not client version) — release version v0.18.0 — hard fork (HF) network upgrade on November 19, 2021. Known as “Fluorine Fermi,” based on Monero’s release naming convention, the network had meetings in March 2022 and reached a consensus on April 16, to target deployment of the…

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FinCEN Issues First National AML/CFT Priorities: Crypto at Top of the List

On June 30, FinCEN issued its first ever list of priorities for anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) policy. These Priorities are intended to assist financial institutions in their efforts to meet their AML/CFT obligations. The final revised regulations are set to come out within the next 180 days, as required by…

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Crypto’s Access to Banking Services: Consensus 2021 Recap

Cryptocurrency is revolutionizing traditional finance. Bringing his expertise in cryptocurrency and blockchain security to the Consensus 2021 virtual conference, CipherTrace CEO Dave Jevans was joined by Hailey Lennon (attorney at Anderson Kill, formerly at Silvergate) and Michael Kimani (creator at Cryptobaraza) for a lively discussion on “Crypto’s Thorn in the Flesh: Access to Banking Services.”…

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Canada Updates KYC Identity Verification Guidance for VASPs

On March 23, the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) updated its Know Your Customer (KYC) guidance on money services businesses (MSBs) and foreign money services businesses (FMSBs). FINTRAC classifies Virtual Asset Service Providers (VASPs) as MSBs, meaning they too must comply with these new guidelines under the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act… Read more

Who’s Laughing Now? Small Investors Pump Joke Token Dogecoin

The market volatility created last week as Redditors from r/wallstreetbets banded together to buy stock in GameStop (GME), AMC (AMC), and Bed, Bath, and Beyond (BBBY) through the Robinhood app spilled over into the cryptocurrency world when Dogecoin, a token established in 2013 to satirize the growth of altcoins, caught Reddit’s eye. DOGE has a…

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$220M in Bitcoin May Be Encrypted Forever on IronKey

Stefan Thomas is two failed password attempts away from losing the private keys to $220 million worth of bitcoin forever. This is because Thomas holds the private keys to his bitcoin wallet in an IronKey. “The World’s Most Secure Flash Drive” would rather die than give up its secrets, thanks to a series of built-in…

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Only 22% of Bankers and Financial Investigators Feel Confident Detecting Crypto-Related Payments  

In a December 9 CipherTrace-ACFCS Webinar on “How Cryptocurrency Intelligence Tipped the Scales in 2020 Sanctions Evasion,” over 500 attendees from various Financial Institutions were asked if they felt confident detecting cryptocurrency related payments flowing through their institutions and/or investigations. Over three-quarters—78.2%—of attendees responded that they do not feel confident in detecting crypto-related payments flowing…

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Record Number of Dark Markets Online as Demand for Illicit Goods and Services Continues to Grow

The criminal environment of darknet markets is extremely turbulent. Numerous darknet markets are launched every year and just as many are constantly exiting, being seized, or otherwise going defunct. Despite this barrage, CipherTrace has noted more dark markets online than ever before. CipherTrace researchers are currently monitoring over 35 active darknet markets. The newest darknet…

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