Silk Road Bitcoin Seizure: Analytics Firm Claims Tokens Worth Millions Still Outstanding

Analytics firm Coinfirm says the US Department of Justice (DOJ)’s seizure of digital assets associated with the now-defunct Silk Road left behind tokens worth millions of dollars. According to Coinfirm, there are still valuable balances held on forked addresses originating from that wallet. On November 5, the DOJ announced that a hacker known as Individual X had cooperated with law enforcement and agreed to relinquish control of over $1 billion worth of bitcoins. At the time of the seizure of the 69,370 BTC, news.Bitcoin.com reported the DOJ confirming that 1HQ3-the…

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Cheese Bank’s multi-million-dollar hack explained by security firm

An Ethereum-based decentralized finance platform known as Cheese Bank recently suffered a $3.3 million loss — the product of a hack in early November. The thieves utilized a somewhat newly found weakness in the DeFi sector that harnesses flashloans. The Cheese Bank thieves stole the cheddar via dollar-pegged stablecoins USD Coin (USDC), Tether (USDT) and Dai. A number of other platforms have also suffered similar fates in recent days. “In the string of attacks, we have seen malicious actors use flash loans to instantaneously borrow, swap, deposit and again borrow…

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Listed firm sells $14M of shares for 1 EH/s in Bitcoin mining power

The Nasdaq-listed Bitcoin (BTC) mining company Bit Digital has announced it will issue $13.9 million in shares in exchange for mining hardware. According to a Nov. 11 announcement, Bit Digital has inked asset-purchase agreements with non-U.S. investors to issue 4,344,711 shares valued at $3.20 each in exchange for Bitcoin miners boasting a combined hash power of 1,000 petahashes per second (PH/s), or 1 exahash (EH/s). Bit Digital launched its BTC mining business in February 2020, quickly amassing 1,250 PH/s in power by October. The additional miners will nearly double Bit…

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U.S. law firm says IRS is coming after Coinbase users who evade taxes

The Tax Law Office of David W. Klasing, a boutique California tax firm, has issued a public release warning investors that the United States Internal Revenue Service is getting serious with Coinbase users.  The firm’s dual-licensed tax lawyers and capital allowance specialists say they have been tracking an increase in IRS enforcement activity against Coinbase users who fail to comply with their tax and reporting requirements.  Evaders can “end up facing serious civil and criminal trouble down the line,” the firm warns in its news release on Nov. 11, adding:…

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Kucoin Hack: $17M Laundered Via Decentralized Exchanges, Blockchain Analysis Firm Claims This Can Still be Traced

Elliptic says the Kucoin hacker has sold $17.1 million worth of tokens via decentralized exchanges (dex) platforms like Uniswap, Kyber Network, Tokenlon. The shift to dex applications comes after centralized projects came to the aid of the beleaguered exchange by blocking any cashing out of the hack related funds. For the past few days, the blockchain analysis firm says it has been seeing stolen tokens being swapped with censorship-resistant cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. Despite this change in tactics, Elliptic insists it has the technology that can still trace the movement of…

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Corporate Crypto Reserve Status: Software Firm Snappa Swaps 40% Cash Reserves for Bitcoin

On Monday, Canadian graphics software company, Snappa, revealed that it was holding bitcoin as a reserve asset. Snappa follows the firms Microstrategy and the Canadian restaurant chain Tahini’s by deciding to convert cash reserves into the scarce crypto asset. The graphics software firm Snappa based in Ottawa has joined the trend of companies converting cash reserves into bitcoin (BTC). The company revealed its decision on Monday, August 24, when the company’s cofounder, Christopher Gimmer, wrote a blog post about the move. Additionally, Gimmer also spoke with the journalist, Zack Voell,…

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US Regulator Charges Tech Firm, CEO in $5 Million ICO Fraud Case

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) jointly charged Virginia-based Boontech and CEO, Rajesh Pavithran for fraud and registration violations. The charges stem from an initial coin offering (ICO) that raised $5 million from 1,500 investors around the world in exchange for Boon Coins. In return, Pavithran and his company promised to develop and market a platform that connects employers posting jobs with freelancers seeking work. The SEC says that the alleged offenses were committed between November 2017 and January 2018. According to the SEC order, “Boon Coins were…

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Big Travel Firm CWT Pays $4.5 Million Bitcoin Ransom to Hackers

CWT, one of the biggest travel companies in the U.S., this week paid $4.5 million in bitcoin to hackers who infiltrated the firm’s computer system, stealing sensitive corporate data. It is unclear whether customer information was also compromised. Reuters reported that the bitcoin wallet owned by the cyber thieves received 414 BTC on July 28 as payment for the ransom. At current prices, the ransom would be worth more than $4.8 million. According to the report, the attackers infected CWT’s computer network with a ransomware called Ragnar Locker, which encrypted…

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Bitcoin Mining Firm Northern Data Slams ‘Trolls’ After Stock Drops 40%

European Bitcoin (BTC) mining firm Northern Data has seen its stock fall 40% in days amid claims that it committed fraud. Data from Bloomberg showed the company’s NB2 stock trading at under €47 ($53.70) at the end of July 17, down from €79 ($90.30) on Monday. Northern Data: “We’re as transparent as it gets” Northern Data, the product of a 2019 merger between U.S. company Whinstone and Northern Bitcoin, claimed to offer High Performance Computing/Artificial Intelligence (HPC/AI) solutions. While touting the scale of its computing capacity to investors and analysts,…

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Fidelity Acquires 10% Stake in Bitcoin Mining Firm Hut 8

The giant fund manager Fidelity International holds roughly 10.6% stake in the bitcoin mining company Hut 8. For six years now, Fidelity, the firm that currently manages $300 billion on behalf of its customers, has been mining the cryptocurrency bitcoin. In May 2017, news.Bitcoin.com reported on Fidelity integrating with Coinbase, mining bitcoin, and even accepting the digital asset at the firm’s cafeteria at its headquarters. Fidelity has been mining bitcoin since 2014, and over the years the firm has increased its stake in this growing industry. On June 10, a…

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