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Developing Crypto’s Regulatory Landscape: A Survey of Recent Actions by Federal Regulators to Fence Off Jurisdiction Over Virtual Currencies

In the decades that followed the enactment of the Homestead Act of 1862, more than 1.6 million U.S. citizens and intended citizens filed applications with the U.S. government to lay claim to 160 acres of land guaranteed to each applicant willing to settle, farm and improve the lands. Settlers quickly encountered a major problem. The … Continue Reading

HaoBao Malware Hitting Banks Scans for Bitcoin Activity

Lazarus, the well-known hacking group responsible for the WannaCry ransomware attack from last year, as well as the attack on the Bangladesh Central Bank and Sony, is now targeting global financial firms and Bitcoin adopters with a phishing campaign dubbed “HaoBao.” The phishing campaign was discovered by McAfee Labs in mid-January. The way it works … Continue Reading

Nationwide, State Legislators Push Blockchain-friendly Legislation

As previously reported, state legislatures throughout the country continue to propose legislation designed to facilitate the use of blockchain-based technology by businesses within their states. In recent weeks, legislatures in Florida and Nebraska have each proposed laws streamlining the transaction of business electronically and through use of distributed ledgers on blockchain applications. In Arizona, the … Continue Reading

NIST Issues Blockchain Technology Report to Help Businesses “Make Good Decisions” About Using Blockchain

On January 24, 2018, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued its “Draft NIST Interagency Report 8202 Blockchain Technology Overview” which it announced as NIST’s “Report on Blockchain Technology Aims to Go Beyond the Hype.” The press release announcing the issuance of the report starts by stating “Beguiling, baffling or both—that’s blockchain. Aiming to … Continue Reading

Another Hitch in the Crypto Boom? North Korean Malware Hijacks Computers to Mine Monero Cryptocurrency

Researchers at cybersecurity firm AlienVault have discovered a computer virus of North Korean origin which infects and hijacks computers in order to mine Monero, a private digital currency which styles itself as “secure, private and untraceable.” Cryptocurrency mining is the resource-intensive process by which computers or “miners” running specific software verify cryptocurrency transactions. In exchange … Continue Reading

Initial Coin Offerings and Cryptocurrencies Will be a Priority for FINRA in 2018

In a ten page letter that previews the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) priorities for 2018, initial coin offerings (ICOs) and transactions involving cryptocurrencies. This follows previous warnings by both the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and FINRA about the risks associated with investing in ICOs and virtual currencies, including Bitcoin. SEC Chairman Jay Clayton … Continue Reading

Proposed Legislation in New York Would Recognize Enforceability of BlockChain Transactions and Explore Applications of Technology

While the investment potential of cryptocurrencies, including BitCoin, has been all over the news in recent weeks, state governments have begun to explore the practical applications of blockchain – the technology underlying BitCoin.  In New York, Assemblyman Clyde Vanel introduced four bills in late November related to blockchain technology. The first, Assembly Bill 8780, would … Continue Reading

$64 Million in Bitcoin Stolen from NiceHash

Many are lamenting not purchasing bitcoin now that its value has skyrocketed. Yesterday, Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin warned investors to stay away from investing in bitcoin, as he considers it a financial bubble that is a gamble for investors. Galvin stated: “It’s simply a creation of a vehicle which doesn’t exist backed by … Continue Reading

Alabama Adopts New Law Governing Virtual Currency Transactions

This month a new law governing virtual currency and online transactions went into effect in Alabama. The Alabama Monetary Transmission Act was passed by the legislature in May and replaces the “Sale of Checks Act” which had been in effect since 1961. The legislation regulates transactions involving virtual currency, such as BitCoin, as well as … Continue Reading

New Nevada Law Recognizes Enforceability of Blockchain Transactions; Blocks Local Government Regulation and Taxation

Senate Bill 398, unanimously passed by the Nevada legislature and signed into law by the Governor on June 5th, represents the most far-reaching state legislation to date concerning the use of blockchain technology. Blockchain is a decentralized database system that can be used to track and manage a broad range of digital transactions. Originally conceived … Continue Reading

Blockchain: What is all the buzz about?

Blockchain technology, introduced as the magic behind Bitcoin, is being touted by many as the next major disruptive innovation – in global trade and way beyond. At its core, Blockchain shifts the accounting function from third-party financial institutions and intermediaries to thousands of nodes (computers) on the Blockchain network that collectively maintain a public ledger … Continue Reading

Bitstamp obtains first payment institution license in the world

Bitstamp, the third largest Bitcoin exchange in the world and located in Luxembourg, announced on April 25, 2016, that it has obtained a payment institution license from Luxembourg, which means it is the first nationally licensed Bitcoin exchange in the world. The license was obtained through the European Union’s passport program, which gives reciprocity for … Continue Reading

Bitcoin traders allegedly bribe pastor to conduct transactions

New York federal prosecutors allege in an unsealed indictment that Trevor Gross, a New Jersey pastor at Hope Cathedral and Chairman of a credit union, was bribed $150,000 by illegal bitcoin traders to complete transactions for Coin.mx. The unregistered bitcoin exchange was reportedly behind the hacking of a major bank that affected up to 83 … Continue Reading
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