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‘Bitcoin is Bad’ Narrative Weakens as Aussie Banks Have Reportedly Laundered $385M for Drug Cartels

Amid the renewed anti-Bitcoin remarks ascribed to mainstream finance stakeholders, reports have emerged showing banks in Australia working in cahoots with violent South American cocaine cartels. Despite aspersions to the contrary, the crypto market continues to account for an insignificant proportion of global financial crimes.Australian Banks Funelling Dirty Money for Drug CartelsAccording to the Australian Financial Review, banks in the country have reportedly laundered about 500 million...

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US Treasury Secretary Nominee Yellen: Crypto Can Improve The Financial System

​Janet Yellen, President Joe Biden’s U.S. Treasury Secretary nominee, seems to have balanced her statements about Bitcoin and crypto, after her previous negative rhetoric about the emerging technology.Janet Yellen Acknowledges Crypto’s BenefitsIn a written response to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on Thursday (Jan. 21, 2021), Yellen stated that cryptocurrencies had benefits that needed to be explored. Yellen added that the emerging technology had the potential to “improve the efficiency...

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HSBC Blocks Transactions From Crypto Exchanges

As Bitcoin cools from its recent all-time high, HSBC has become the latest banking giant to restrict what its customers can invest in by preventing them from transferring any profits from crypto exchanges to their bank accounts.banAccording to a recent report in The Sunday Times, HSBC has blocked transactions to or from crypto exchanges as it takes a heavy-handed approach to Bitcoin and its brethren. A number of U.K. banks have also made moves to prevent their customers from buying crypto...

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Singapore Will Fully Regulate All Crypto-Related Activity

Singapore has announced plans to regulate all cryptocurrency activity from here on out.Singapore to Oversee All Crypto BusinessesThe Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has issued new guidance on crypto usage and states that all companies that engage in crypto transactions or offer crypto trading and custody services will have to garner a license through the Payment Services Act. This new rule was passed in early January of this year. The idea is to put a halt on all crypto-related...

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13% Of Bitcoin’s Money Laundering Transactions Happened Through Privacy Wallets

A recent report by a blockchain analytics company showed that criminals have started to utilize privacy wallets to hide their illicit bitcoin transactions. The usage of such wallets has skyrocketed since 2019, and now over 13% of all crime proceeds go through them.The Growing Role Of Privacy Wallets For Illicit ActivitiesThe UK-based analytics company Elliptic highlighted in its latest report the increase in the number of money laundering cases using bitcoin. However, it pointed out a...

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Alexander Vinnik Sentenced to Five Years for Crypto Crimes

Alexander Vinnik – a Russian man accused of laundering bitcoin funds and for allegedly taking part in multi-million dollar cryptocurrency fraud – has been sentenced to five years in a Paris prison and is also being ordered to pay more than $120,000 in penalties.Vinnik Ordered to Prison; Will Also Pay FinesThe case involving Vinnik goes back several years. After working at the now defunct cryptocurrency exchange BTC-e, Vinnik was accused of developing a new kind of cryptocurrency malware known...

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Changpeng Zhao: Bad Behavior Isn’t Reserved to BTC

When it comes to money laundering and illicit behavior, bitcoin is still getting a bad rap, though according to Changpeng Zhao – the CEO of cryptocurrency exchange Binance, arguably the largest and most popular exchange in the world – this isn’t always warranted.Changpeng Zhao: BTC’s Reputation Is Still SufferingIn a recent interview, Zhao explained that money laundering is indeed dangerous, though while it’s widely associated with bitcoin, the asset itself doesn’t pose a danger to society...

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Vitalii Antonenko Charged for Crypto Crimes in the Big Apple

A man in New York City has been charged with laundering money through bitcoin. 28-year-old Vitalii Antonenko was arrested in March last year while arriving from the Ukraine to New York’s JFK airport after federal agents linked two bitcoin wallets to him that had been used to launder as much as $94 million in digital funds.Antonenko Will Face Criminal ChargesCrypto crime is no laughing matter. There are many cases seeping their way into the digital finance industry, and the methods used for...

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Criminals In Latin America Launder Money With Cryptocurrency, Report Says

A recent report claims that criminals primarily use cryptocurrencies for money-laundering in Latin America. Most countries in the region lack serious security measures leading to exuberant thefts executed by organized criminal groups.LATAM’s Dark SideCompiled by the cyber intelligence company IntSights, the report went in-depth on Latin America’s involvement with illegal financial activities. More specifically, it outlined numerous sophisticated organized crime groups acting in the region....

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Former Microsoft Employee Found Guilty For Stealing $10M And Laundering With Bitcoin

The U.S. District Court in Seattle convicted a former Microsoft employee of 18 federal felonies. Ultimately stealing over $10 million in less than two years, the perpetrator used a bitcoin “mixing” service in an attempt to hide his actions.18 Federal OffensesVolodymyr Kvashuk is a Ukrainian citizen who worked full-time for Microsoft as a software engineer from August 2016 until June 2018. Before he was eventually fired, he was responsible for testing Microsoft’s online retail sales program....

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