Fueling the Cannabis Industry: US Crypto Lending Service Files for Regulated Token Sale

Chicago-based lending firm Ceres recently filed for a request to conduct a Reg. A sale in order to get approval from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Ceres wants to launch a token that will be used for garnering equity, while the company also wants to launch a coin that can be used to lend to cannabis startups in need of funding. Cryptocurrencies and cannabis culture go hand in hand in the eyes of many, and the company Ceres seems to be a firm believer of this theory. On…

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Chinese Police Dismantle $14M Crypto Scam

The Chinese authorities dismantled a significant crypto-related scam in Wenzhou. The scheme amassed over 100 million yuan ($14.31 million), which was seized along with a number of luxury cars and villas. According to Toutiao, the gang has been operating since 2019 and primarily sought out victims through Telegram chat groups, including one called “Huobi Global Moving Brick Arbitrage HT Chinese Group Community.” ETH, BTC, and USDT stolen from victims The report states the scammers pretended to be investors who had benefited from an “investment scheme.” The scammers told their victims…

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Successful Ransomware Attacks Decline in 2020

The number of successful ransomware attacks witnessed a decrease between January and April 2020 in the U.S. public sector amid the COVID-19 crisis. However, researchers have recently noticed that trend reversing, with incidents now starting to increase. According to the study by the malware lab, Emsisoft, the figures show a decline in comparison to the 966 targeted establishments that were successfully attacked at the cost of $7.5 billion. Strong decline in the figures compared with 2019 stats However, during the Q1 and Q2 2019, just 128 federal and state entities,…

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Centre Obliges Government Request, Freezes Address With $100,000 USDC

Centre Consortium has blacklisted an ethereum address holding $100,000 in USDC, a move that the entity says was “in response to a request from law enforcement.” A joint venture between Circle and Coinbase, Centre is the issuer of the dollar-pegged USDC stablecoin, which runs on the Ethereum blockchain. It may be the first time that an address has been blacklisted. According to a record of transactions on Etherscan, Centre called a “blacklist(address investor)” function on the address in question. The action effectively froze all the money in the address. It’s…

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Centre Freezes Ethereum Address Holding $100K USDC

Centre, the company that issues the stablecoin USD Coin (USDC) has blacklisted an Ethereum address holding $100,000 in USDC in response to a law enforcement request. In the first of its kind, the address had a “blacklist(address investor)” function called on June 16, 2020. It’s not yet clear the reason behind the law enforcement request, but Centre Consortium — founded by Circle and Coinbase — did release a statement confirming the blacklisting: “Centre can confirm it blacklisted an address in response to a request from law enforcement. While we cannot…

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Bitcoin Price Will Now Never Officially go to Zero — Here’s Why

Bitcoin (BTC) can crash hard, but not so hard that it ends up costing $0 — because one man is going to buy all of it. In tweets on July 9, entrepreneur and outspoken Bitcoin bull Alistair Milne revealed that he had placed an order for 18.52 million BTC ($174 billion) — more than the current supply — on exchange Bitfinex. Milne: I’m buying all the Bitcoin at 1 cent In what appears to be more a tongue-in-cheek gesture than concern that Bitcoin is in for a major fall, Milne…

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Bitcoin Transactions: New High for Argentina as Confidence in the Peso Tanks

Crisis laden Argentina saw bitcoin transactions worth $1.4 million (101 million pesos) being recorded in the past week, a new high for the country. According to a report by Vorem, this figure is nearly double the previous high of $0.96 million recorded in the last week of June. Citizens who have previously “watched their currency lose value are now turning to bitcoin” and those finding it difficult to “transfer fiat money to other countries” now make use of the cryptocurrency. The Argentine financial troubles, which started in 2018, worsened following…

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BitFlyer Partners With Brave to Develop New Crypto Wallet

BitFlyer, the biggest crypto exchange in Japan in terms of trading volume, has announced a partnership with Brave, the privacy-protecting browser.  According to the announcement, BitFlyer and Brave will develop “a crypto asset wallet for Brave browser users”.  No further details about the new crypto wallet have been made available. Japanese users of Brave browser are rewarded with Basic Attention Token Points (BAP), due to regulations that prevent them from earning the cryptocurrency BAT, or trading their points for money on exchanges. The announcement is likely to fuel speculation that…

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If Crypto Traders Abandoned Litecoin Why Are Investors Hoarding LTC?

Price wise, Litecoin (LTC) has had a pretty rough year and currently the altcoin is down 51% over the past twelve months. The lack of GitHub activity and planned protocol upgrades have Litecoin co-founder Charlie Lee to admit 2019 saw a historic low in the number of developers working on Litecoin Core, the software behind network nodes. The beginning of 2020 was no different and Charlie Lee asked for voluntary LTC miner donations to help boost development funding. Uncertainties regarding Litecoin’s future have caused investors to lose interest in the…

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