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Dark Web Marketplace Moderator Gal Vallerius Signs Plea Deal After Illegal Bitcoin Transactions

Category: Bitcoin, Crime, News, Regulation

Dark Web Marketplace Moderator Gal Vallerius Signs Plea Deal After Illegal Bitcoin Transactions

A French national by the name Gal Vallerius has entered into a plea deal with American authorities pleading guilty to counts of drug trafficking and money laundering. Vallerius attempts to avoid a lifetime jail sentence in the U.S. for his illicit dealings on the dark web. Dream Market’s Cryptocurrency Economy The charges stem from Vallerius’ activities on the dark web…

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Game Over for Dark Web Bitcoin Lord As Authorities Send “Courvoisier” to 10 Years in Jail

Category: Bitcoin, Commentary, Crime, News, Tech

Game Over for Dark Web Bitcoin Lord As Authorities Send “Courvoisier” to 10 Years in Jail

Since the beginning of time, there has been crime, and bad actors in the world and this phenomenon will not cease anytime soon. In what has been described as the first of its kind operation in the history of the over a century old department, London police have sentenced “Courvoisier” a notorious computer hacker from whom half a million pounds…

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London Police to Sentence First Cryptocurrency Theft Arrest, Seizing $700,000 of Bitcoin

Category: Bitcoin, News, Regulation

London Police to Sentence First Cryptocurrency Theft Arrest, Seizing $700,000 of Bitcoin

The notorious hacker who amassed a small wealth stealing cryptocurrencies, Grant West, was arrested in 2017 by undercover agents. At the spot of arrest, security cameras revealed passengers cheering at the scene of the arrest of yet another little criminal. Finally, a real triumph in the digital age. Personal Data Sold on the Dark Web Though several criminals are being…

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Christine Lagard says Blockchain Can Be Used to Help Regulate Bitcoin

Category: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Commentary, News, Regulation, Tech

Christine Lagard says Blockchain Can Be Used to Help Regulate Bitcoin

Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has come forward to comment on the threats and virtues of cryptocurrencies. Good with the Bad, but Never Ugly for Crypto Lagarde begins her blog post by saying that the technology behind these “crypto-assets” – the blockchain – can deliver significant benefits which even led central banks to consider…

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$25 Million Worth of Bitcoin to Be Auctioned Off by US Marshals

Category: Bitcoin, Finance, News, Regulation

$25 Million Worth of Bitcoin to Be Auctioned Off by US Marshals

There is a sale planned for March 19, 2018, in which the United States Marshals are aiming to auction almost $25 million in bitcoin (BTC). The sell-off would be a significant portion of their crypto stockpile accumulated in recent times. Expensive Seat at the Table: Auction Specifics They announced their plans for this auction on March 6, 2018, and detailed…

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The Mysterious Fate of Bitcoin Wallets Forfeited by the U.S. Government

Category: Bitcoin, Business, News, Regulation

The Mysterious Fate of Bitcoin Wallets Forfeited by the U.S. Government

It’s relatively common practice for the United States law and order machinery to seize illegally obtained properties from criminals. Traditionally, the seized properties are often in the form of black money, luxury cars, real-estate investments, and so on. Opacity in an Ocean of Transparency However, a new trend has emerged over the past few years wherein authorities are increasingly confiscating…

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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin Cautious of Bitcoin and Dark Web

Category: Bitcoin, News, Regulation

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin Cautious of Bitcoin and Dark Web

During an interview on November 9, 2017 with Yahoo Finance the current U.S. Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, expressed concerns over bitcoin and its potential illicit uses on the dark web. “The first issue and the most important issue is to make sure that people can’t use bitcoin for illicit activities. So we want to make sure that you don’t have the…

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Op Ed: Bitcoin’s Konkin Effect

Category: News

Op Ed: Bitcoin’s Konkin Effect

I have long been a voracious reader, a habit that I picked up from my father at a very early age. Over the years I’ve developed an appetite for libertarian-themed books as a means of further exploring my interests in sovereign living. Recently, I began reading an autobiographical book entitled Mostly On The Edge by the libertarian anarchist Karl Hess….

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Coordinated International Law Enforcement Effort Leads to Shut Down of AlphaBay

Category: Bitcoin, Business, News

Coordinated International Law Enforcement Effort Leads to Shut Down of AlphaBay

On July 5, Alphabay, one of the biggest marketplaces on the dark web, went offline mysteriously with no explanation from its developers or administrators. The website has yet to resume service, and it is believed to have been shut down by law enforcement. AlphaBay started its operations in December 2014, filling the void left by the absence of Silk Road….

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EU Launches TITANIUM Consortium to Prevent Criminal Use of Cryptocurrencies

Category: Bitcoin, News, Regulation

EU Launches TITANIUM Consortium to Prevent Criminal Use of Cryptocurrencies

The European Union (EU) has announced the creation of an international consortium that seeks to diminish the use of cryptocurrencies and the dark web by criminals. As evidenced in the recent WannaCry attack, criminals use the pseudo-anonymity provided by bitcoin to their advantage. This project aims to find ways to stop the use of cryptocurrencies as a means to evade…

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