Report: US Officials Are Probing Tether Role in Bitcoin Market Manipulation

NEWS The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is increasingly focusing a months-long investigation into crypto market manipulation on the tether stablecoin, a report says. Citing individuals familiar with the probe, Bloomberg reported Tuesday that the DOJ is looking into whether crypto exchange Bitfinex and Tether Ltd. have pushed bitcoin’s price up using the stablecoin. Specific…

Victims Sue AT&T, T-Mobile Over ‘SIM Swap’ Crypto Hacks

Silver Miller. a cryptocurrency-focused law firm based in the U.S., says it has filed arbitration claims against AT&T and T-Mobile on behalf of victims of “SIM swapping” cellphone hacks. Initiating the court actions on behalf of clients that have lost funds to criminals that used the increasingly common method of infiltrating mobile devices to access cryptocurrency…

1Broker Says Bitcoin Futures Site Will Start Processing Withdrawals Thursday

NEWS Oct 10, 2018 at 19:30 UTC Bitcoin futures firm 1Broker, which has been charged with violating a number of U.S. securities laws, has announced that it would reopen withdrawals on Thursday. The trading platform, which was accused of acting as an unregistered security-based swaps dealer, as well as violating money laundering and wire fraud…

New Ripple-Led Advocacy Group to Pay DC Lobbyists in XRP

Ripple is leading a number of organizations launching a lobbying group in Washington D.C., Business Standard reported Friday. Dubbed Securing America’s Internet of Value Coalition (SAIV), the group includes, apart from Ripple, the RippleWorks Foundation; Coil, a company developing a solution for digital payments; Hard Yaka, an investment firm focusing on digital assets; and PolySign, a…

Landmark Crypto Crime Case Ends With Jail Sentence for GAW CEO

Josh Garza, the CEO of the now-defunct cryptocurrency mining company GAW Miners, has been sentenced to 21 months in prison after pleading guilty to a wire fraud charge. As part of the sentence, Garza was given 6 months home confinement and three years of supervised release overall. The court proceedings, which took place on a…

Crypto Isn’t Just Money – It’s a Defense Against Discrimination

Sonya Mann works in communications and marketing at the Zcash Foundation, a financial privacy non-profit. She is a former technology journalist. For Americans, it can be easy to discount the social relevance of censorship-resistant digital assets like bitcoin. Unlike people living under authoritarian regimes, we are free to enter into commercial transactions how and when…

Ohio Becomes Latest US State to Legally Recognize Blockchain Data

NEWS Aug 7, 2018 at 09:30 UTC  |  Updated  Aug 7, 2018 at 10:42 UTC Ohio has become the latest U.S. state to legally recognize data stored and transacted on a blockchain. The news comes after lawmakers from the state introduced a bill in May that sought to treat blockchain data and smart contracts as electronic records…