Policy & regulation

‘Ship-to-Ship’ Trade and Other Secrets of North Korea’s Illicit $1.5B Crypto Stash

Experts looking at how North Korea continues to import and export goods despite numerous sanctions agree the country’s $1.5 billion cryptocurrency war chest is used to fund an illicit web of trade networks and supply chains. Blockchain analytics company Chainalysis said it is “comfortable” with the $1.5 billion figure stated in a recent webinar (a …

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Top Crypto Firms Including Binance, Civic, Tron Targeted in Flood of Lawsuits

A flood of class-action lawsuits were filed in New York Friday, taking aim at a number of major cryptocurrency projects. First reported by Offshore Alert, at least 10 complaints were filed in the Southern District of New York on April 3, alleging that the firms had sold crypto tokens to U.S. investors that were in …

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How to Protect Your Online Privacy While Working From Home

Steven Waterhouse is the CEO and co-founder of Orchid, a privacy tool built on Ethereum designed to let people explore the internet freely. With the global coronavirus pandemic confining billions to their homes, masses of workers everywhere are adjusting to remote work for the first time. This shift is forcing us to negotiate a new …

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How Blockchain Tech Can Make Coronavirus Relief More Effective

Stephanie Hurder, a CoinDesk columnist, is a founding economist at Prysm Group, an economic advisory focused on the implementation of emerging technologies, and an academic contributor to the World Economic Forum. She has a PhD in Business Economics from Harvard.  As COVID-19 forces the United States economy into a recession, millions of families have been devastated …

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FBI Used Bitcoin Trail to Catch Russian Rapper Accused of Money Laundering

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) used bitcoin wallet activity and an old exchange account as key evidence to arrest a Russian rapper on charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering. In an affidavit unsealed earlier this week, FBI special agent Samantha Shelnick said she and her team had used the digital paper trail to …

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Why Are Crypto Companies Going to Abu Dhabi?

For cryptocurrency startups seeking the stamp of legitimacy that comes with regulation, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become a draw. Being on the borders of a desert, where temperatures easily surpass 40 degrees Celsius in the summer, life in Abu Dhabi is a struggle. With little natural drinking water, the city …

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Crypto Wants Stronger Public Response to Coronavirus, CoinDesk Survey Shows

In times of crisis, people look to their government – or, at least, they want to.  They may not have actual faith in the state’s capacity against a pandemic. But many of us want to believe there’s someone with a higher plan.  Coronavirus is a test of our faith and trust in government. Can we …

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Judge Denies Telegram’s Request to Issue Gram Tokens to Non-US Investors

A federal judge has denied Telegram’s request to issue its forthcoming gram tokens to non-U.S. investors. U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel, of the Southern District of New York, wrote on Wednesday that Telegram’s claim it could issue its tokens to investors but ensure these tokens did not end up in U.S. investors’ hands was …

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Crypto Holders Still Face Issues Reporting Tax Liabilities, Survey of CPAs Finds

Crypto-literate public accountants are concerned their clients might face Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audits and penalties for underpaying taxes on their crypto holdings, a new survey finds. Cryptocurrency accounting service provider Blox and tax software developer Sovos conducted a survey of roughly 45 Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) familiar with crypto, finding that the majority believe …

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Telegram Ruling Closes Another Door to Legally-Compliant Token Sales

Josh Lawler is a partner at Zuber Lawler, which focuses on mergers & acquisitions, securities law and technology transactions. Everyone played the game of “Telephone” as a kid. The first kid says something in a whisper to the next kid who whispers to the next and so on until the last kid states what they …

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