Crypto Initiative Donates Monero to Bail Out Immigrants in ICE Detention

The Bail Bloc initiative has started using cryptocurrency raised through charity to help people get out of U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) pretrial incarceration, according to a tweet posted by a Bail Bloc co-founder Nov. 15. ICE is a law enforcement agency of the federal government of the U.S, the mission of which is to monitor cross-border crime and illegal immigration. In 2017, the agency conducted 143,470 overall administrative arrests, 92 percent of which resulted in a criminal conviction or a pending criminal charge. In ICE detention people are…

Crypto and Oil Market Slumps Are Sign of Approaching ‘Flash Crash’ in Markets

Analysts from Bank of America Merrill Lynch have said that the crash in cryptocurrency and oil markets are indicators of a looming “flash crash” in markets, Reuters reported Nov. 16. The strategists reportedly suggested that rising volatility across various asset classes and deleveraging, such as that which happened in oil markets over the past weeks, are signs of the evolution of a bear market. On Nov.14, Bitcoin (BTC) price slumped below $5,400, while total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies dropped as low as $174 billion. The price dive marked a…

Japan Wants to Regulate Crypto Wallets, Breach of User Privacy?

Crypto wallet users in Japan may have to reveal their identities as the country’s top financial watchdog prepares a law for it. The Financial Services Agency (FSA) on Monday revealed its plan to regulate cryptocurrency wallet providers, ItMedia reported. The decision came during a cryptocurrency study group meeting after concerns over money laundering and terrorist financing were raised. The agency also looked into pressing matters related to the protection of crypto wallet users that remain mainly exposed to cyber attack and infrastructure failures. FSA didn’t finalize the details of how and when…

Crypto Market Recovers, But is a Fall to $4,800 Possible For Bitcoin?

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn After recording one of the worst sell-offs in all of 2018, the crypto market has experienced a minor corrective rally, adding $8 billion to its valuation. The Bitcoin (BTC) price is approaching a resistance level at $5,600, a minor resistance level BTC will have to surpass to potentially eye a rally to $5,800 and potentially re-enter the $6,000 region. Since August, BTC had defended the $6,000 support level, which has since turned into a major resistance level. Hence, if BTC initiates a corrective rally throughout the next…

Canadian Court Takes Custody of Crypto Exchange’s Frozen Funds

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has recently moved to take custody of a large sum of assets from a crypto exchange currently frozen in accounts at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). According to a recent court document, the CIBC had frozen several accounts of some disputed assets at the crypto exchange QuadrigaCX, including $25.7 million CAD and $69,000 USD. The bank was allegedly unable to identify who the exact owner of these accounts was along with millions that were deposited by the exchange’s various clients, so it…

Target and Google Official Twitter Accounts Hacked, Used for Crypto Scams

In what is becoming an emerging trend, Twitter accounts of popular brands are being hacked in an attempt to scam unsuspecting users out of their cryptocurrencies. Target and Google are two high profile targets that have seen their accounts taken over by hackers who, in turn, have used them to scam followers by advertising fraudulent crypto giveaways. Target’s Twitter account, which is followed by nearly 2 million users, posted a tweet, confirming the hack which occurred on November 13, 2018. The retailer stated: “Early this morning, our Twitter account was…

Binance Warns Iranian Traders to Withdraw Crypto Amid Sanctions

Binance is advising its remaining users in Iran to withdraw their money as the cryptocurrency exchange seeks to comply with international sanctions. “If you have an account with Binance and fall into that [sanctions] category, please withdraw your assets from Binance as soon as possible,” reads an email received in recent days by Iranian users, according to several local sources. Sepehr Mohamadi, chairman of the board of the Blockchain Association of Iran, said emails like this have been trickling in for months, but their numbers recently increased following renewed U.S. sanctions,…

Regulatory Clarity Will Drive Crypto, Blockchain Adoption

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Commenting on the importance of regulation in the technology sector, Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of Ripple, said that introducing regulations will lead to blockchain and cryptocurrency adoption. Garlinghouse made these remarks while talking to the Deputy General Counsel, Ross Leckow, of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) at the Singapore Fintech Festival. The topic of their discussion revolved around the regulatory frameworks emerging in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Some of the ASEAN members include Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, among others. The Importance of Internet of Value “Regulatory clarity…

The Crypto Market Just Fell to a New 2018 Low

Bitcoin sank to its lowest price in over a year on Wednesday, with the prices of other major cryptocurrencies falling alongside it. As of press time, bitcoin is trading at $5,525.92 – a more than 12 percent decline on the day – in the latest sign that volatility around the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization has returned with a vengeance. Indeed, bitcoin’s collective market cap dropped below the $100 billion level for the first time since November 12 of last year, according to CoinDesk’s Crypto-Economics Explorer (CEX). In the past 12-hours…

Bitcoin Price Sinks to New Yearly Low as Sell-Off Batters Crypto Markets

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn The crypto market’s extended stable action took its last breath on Wednesday as the bitcoin price dipped to a new yearly low at 5280-fiat. The BTC/USD index fell more than 12 percent ahead of the US trading session, now trading at 5439-fiat on Coinbase. The pair was trading comfortably inside a narrow trading range since September, leading many to believe that it had established a bottom around 6000-fiat. The latest selling action brought BTC/USD to its weakest mark since October 2017. The bitcoin flash-crash cannot be fit…