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Blockchain Cruise Asia • January 15-19, 2018

CoinsBank took its maiden voyage when it held the first ever CoinsBank Blockchain Cruise aboard the Anthem of the Seas,…

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Managing Director Of EXMO Cryptocurrency Exchange Kidnapped In Kiev

Category: Bitcoin, News

Managing Director Of EXMO Cryptocurrency Exchange Kidnapped In Kiev

In the past, kidnappers abducted their victims for cash ransoms or to leverage power in their favor. Recently, with the proliferation of digital cash, these bandits are adding a new reward to their list of bounties; cryptocurrencies. Crypto-Investor Abducted Pavel Lerner, a Russian crypto investor, programmer and business mogul was abducted in Kiev, Ukraine on December 26, 2017. According to…

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NJ Man Steals $1.8 Million in Ether from Victim at Gunpoint

Category: Commentary, Ethereum, News

NJ Man Steals $1.8 Million in Ether from Victim at Gunpoint

According to a press release from the New York County District Attorney’s Office, a New Jersey man has been arrested for the theft of $1.8 million worth of Ethereum’s cryptocurrency, ether (ETH). The suspect in question, Louis Meza, is currently charged with grand larceny, kidnapping, robbery, criminal use of a firearm, illegal possession of stolen property, burglary, computer trespass, and…

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Seized Bitcoin Stash Could Earn Bulgaria Over $3 Billion

Category: Bitcoin, News, Regulation

Seized Bitcoin Stash Could Earn Bulgaria Over $3 Billion

If you remember, Bulgaria’s government announced in May 2017 that it’s police forces had seized more than 200,000 bitcoin in a crackdown against an international crime syndicate. The news did not create much hype in the spring as bitcoin continued trading at a modest price of $1500. The government, perhaps unsure of what to do with such a massive stash…

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The Law is Catching Up with Bitcoin’s Criminal Associations

Category: Bitcoin, Commentary, News

The Law is Catching Up with Bitcoin’s Criminal Associations

Bitcoin’s high praise since 2009 has been popularly met with stiff resistance on the other side of the fence. Several investors, famously including Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan, have dismissed the cryptocurrency as worthless for everything apart from criminal activity. While bitcoin does have legitimate uses and has proven so in the many years of its existence, it definitely…

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United Nations Blockchain Program to Fight Child Trafficking

Category: Blockchain, News

United Nations Blockchain Program to Fight Child Trafficking

A pilot project by the World Identity Network (WIN), the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology (UN-OICT) is campaigning to help fight child trafficking around the world. The project was announced at the Humanitarian Blockchain Summit and is part of a broader effort called Blockchain for Humanity. Invisible Children The pilot…

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Twitter Bot Tracks Neo-Nazi Bitcoin Transactions

Category: Bitcoin, News

Twitter Bot Tracks Neo-Nazi Bitcoin Transactions

A Twitter bot bearing the name Neonazi BTC Tracker tracks and monitors Bitcoin donations made to The Daily Stormer. Following the catastrophic conclusion to the “Unite The Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer, has been scrounging for new media platforms. Shortly after the violent fallout, GoDaddy, CloudFlare, Scaleway halted all services to the website. After…

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Jury Weighs Charges Against Software Engineer and Pastor in Coin.mx Trial

Category: Bitcoin, Business, News, Regulation

Jury Weighs Charges Against Software Engineer and Pastor in Coin.mx Trial

On March 10, the jury in a Manhattan federal court prepared to weigh charges against two individuals, a software engineer and a pastor, who were allegedly involved in a scheme to help the illegally operating digital currency exchange Coin.mx. The Coin.mx Trials Florida-based software engineer Yuri Lebedev and New Jersey pastor Trevon Gross are being accused of helping the owner…

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Financial Investigators Recommend Governments to Create the Crime of Unexplained Wealth

Category: Bitcoin, Commentary, News, Tech

Financial Investigators Recommend Governments to Create the Crime of Unexplained Wealth

Some hundred investigators of Europol and Interpol have attended an international conference on money laundering and virtual currencies. The recommendations they worked out are substantial. One of them is the creation of a new financial crime. While Europe shakes under the frosty climate, about 400 experts and financial investigators from money laundering, cybercrime and financial intelligence units from Interpol, Europol…

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PAXFUL CEO and CTO Arrested With Guns And Cocaine In Miami

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PAXFUL CEO and CTO Arrested With Guns And Cocaine In Miami

On Friday 16th September, PAXFUL CEO Mohamed Yousseff and CTO Artur Schaback were arrested in Miami, Florida together with their acquaintance Ivan Suhharev. The trio was seen posing for pictures with an AR-15 machine gun on the balcony of Yousseff’s Miami Beach penthouse apartment. Neighbors and passersby that witnessed the event alerted the police. The police subsequently arrived at the…

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Interpol and Europol To Address Bitcoin Money Laundering

Category: Bitcoin, News

Interpol and Europol To Address Bitcoin Money Laundering

Bitcoin has often been called out as one of the main sources of money laundering. So far, there has been very little evidence to back up these claims. Prevention is often better than healing, which is why Europol has established a new division, with a specific focus on bitcoin money laundering. European Union authorities have no plans to prohibit the…

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