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Alexander Vinnik of BTC-e Loses Extradition Battle

The supposed ring leader of an international cyber crime scheme has lost his appeal against his extradition to the US. Alexander Vinnik of the now defunct BTC-e exchange is wanted on 21 counts of money laundering and other offences in the United States. Some of the illegal funds go right back to the infamous Mt. Gox compromise scandal in 2013. The other charges relate to drug trafficking

Howard Stern and Saturday Night Live Reference Bitcoin as Popularity Grows

Featured The Year of Bitcoin is finishing strong, as its spread into the mainstream, from finance to popular culture, gains traction apace with its price increases. From The Big Bang Theory dedicating a bitcoin subplot to an episode to Startup creating an entire series around the topic, the world’s most well-known cryptocurrency is getting a n

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ICO Scammers: A New Breed of Cybercriminals?

A rise in the number of cryptocurrency projects and hence the ICOs has opened up a lot of opportunities for different kinds of people to make a quick buck. While most of these opportunities are clean and legitimate, there are some which aren’t, and can be classified as “borderline extortion.”For any crowdsale or an ICO be successful, the promoters of the project have to work hard and even sp

World’s Largest Bitcoin Exchange, Bitfinex, Threatens Critics With Legal Action

Bitfinex, the world’s largest Bitcoin exchange by daily trading volume, has vowed to pursue legal action against critics including the anonymous blogger “Bitfinex’ed.”Stuard Hoegner, Bitfinex’s in-house counsel, stated:"To date, every claim made by these bad actors has been patently false and made simply to agitate the cryptocurrency ecosystem. As a result, Bitfinex has decided to assert

Peer-to-Peer Bitcoiner Gets Year in Prison for Being Unlicensed

Regulation “Detroit Man Sentenced to a Year and a Day for Operating an Unlicensed Bitcoin Business”, boasts Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Maine, in a press release dated December 4. An action involving many different agencies and bureaus over two states resulted in the arrest, plea, and jailing of Sal Mansy for not r

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Bitfinex Critics Prepare for Possible Legal Action After Cryptocurrency Exchange Lawyers Up

Bitfinex, the world’s largest cryptocurrency trading platform, has hired Steptoe & Johnson, a heavy-hitting, international law firm based in Washington, D.C., to try to put an end to what their PR firm calls “a campaign of mistruth.”According to an earlier statement issued by Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5W, the PR company representing the exchange, Bitfinex is “signaling to those who engage

Bitfinex Slaps a Lawsuit on Its Nemesis as the Tether Squabble Gets Ugly

Featured Bitfinex has come out fighting after weeks of being on the backfoot. The bitcoin exchange, which has parried stinging accusations from the anonymous critic Bitfinex’ed, has had enough and called in the high-priced lawyers. Steptoe & Johnson is the company tasked with tracking down anyone perceived to have libeled the Hong Kong-based ex

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Another First: SEC Filed Emergency Order to Freeze Assets of Fraudulent ICO

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) today proved how serious they are about prosecuting scam ICOs by filing an emergency asset freeze against PlexCorps. Owners Dominic Lacroix and Sabrina Paradis-Royer were also targeted the by order. The SEC describes Lacroix as “recidivist Quebec securities law violator.”The scamAccording to a press release from the SEC, PlexCorps engaged in an I

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JP Morgan: Bitcoin Futures Likely to Lend Legitimacy to Bitcoin as a Store of Value

In a surprising development for the international holding company, JP Morgan have announced that Bitcoin could be on the verge of turning into a more traditional asset class. Analyst Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou at the financial powerhouse told the Telegraph that the CBOE Global Markets and CME Group proposals to offer Bitcoin futures… … has the potential to elevate cryptocurrencies to an emer

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Tether Presses Bring Another 50 Million USDT to market

The past few weeks have been pretty busy for Tether.The company has printed a lot more USDT than people would like to see. Even today, things are still firing on all cylinders. With another 50 million tokens in circulation, the speculation will only intensify. These new tokens once again coincide with a new Bitcoin price increase. People have given up on tracking the number of Tethers brought into

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