Crypto broker CoinBurp does not full FCA registration: Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority

In a development that marks Britain latest crackdown on crypto trading, the country’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said, CoinBurp, a crypto broker, is not fully authorised to continue operations. The development comes at a time when CoinBurp planned on launching its $BURP token and initial exchange offering (ICO). CoinBurp could start business under its temporary…

Many cryptocurrency firms in UK in non-compliance with anti-money laundering, financial rules: Financial Conduct Authority

The large majority of cryptocurrency firms are not meeting Britain’s anti-money laundering and financing rules, said the country’s financial watchdog warning that an unprecedented number of them have withdrawn applications to register with it. In a statement, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said, it would extend the date of its temporary registrations regime from July…

DoJ seizes $1 billion in bitcoins associated with underground marketplace Silk Road

In a statement the U.S. Justice Department stated, it had seized more than $1 billion worth of bitcoin associated with the underground online marketplace Silk Road. The Justice Department is seeking the forfeiture of the bitcoins, which had been in the possession of an unnamed hacker who had stolen them from the “notorious” website. The…

Japan leading effort to develop cryptocurrency equivalent of SWIFT network

This is a milestone in the practical implementation of cryptocurrency, which is slated to be the future of money. On Thursday, in a significant development, the government of Japan stated, it is leading a global push to install an international network for cryptocurrency payments, just like the SWIFT network used by banks. The effort is…

Japan’s Financial Services Agency grants cryptocurrency industry self-regulatory status

Following hacker attacks which left crypto exchanges shorter by millions of dollars earlier this year, Japan intends to nurture growth while ensuring strict regulatory compliance for the cryptocurrency industry. On Wednesday, Japanese watchdog Financial Services Agency (FSA) stated, it has given the country’s cryptocurrency industry a self-regulatory status. As a result Japan Virtual Currency Exchange…

Israel’s ThetaRay raises $30 million in latest funding round

The israeli startup uses advance mathematics in machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies to help financial institutions identify the earliest signs of money laundering. On Tuesday, Israel’s ThetaRay stated, it has completed a funding round in which it raised more than $30 million, bringing the total amount it raised to date to more than $60…

Digital currencies are not yet ripe for consumer adoption: Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard

Listing out the serious challenges posed by digital currencies, Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard opined blochain technology, the underlying technology that powers them, could be harnessed for facilitating and easing bank-to-bank transactions, as well as for payments in financial markets. In what is likely to be one of the Federal Reserve’s most detailed critiques of…

Australia moves to regulate bitcoins

As a first step, cryptocurrency providers in Australia will have to register themselves with AUSTRAC and comply with KYC norms. On Wednesday, in a move aimed minimizing the risks surrounding cryptocurrencies, Australia has brought the country’s cryptocurrency providers under the purview of its financial intelligence unit, so as to monitor and take necessary action against…

South Korea bans anonymous trade in cryptocurrencies from January 30

South Korea’s regulators are pushing cryptocurrency traders and exchanges to follow Know-Your-Customer (KYC) procedures to curtail money laundering and other crimes. In a significant development surrounding bitcoins and such cryptocurrencies, from January 30, South Korea will ban the use of anonymous bank accounts for trading in cryptocurrencies. The move is designed to bring to bring…