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Global money-laundering watchdog closely monitoring Facebook’s Libra, official says

The global anti-money laundering watchdog is closely monitoring developments on Facebook’s planned Libra cryptocurrency, its new head told Reuters on Tuesday, in the latest sign of growing regulatory scrutiny of the project. The Facebook-led Libra project is mooted for launch by June next year. Regulators’ and politicians’ concerns range from… Read More

Hundreds arrested US-Nigeria crackdown on cyber scams

The US Department of Justice announced Tuesday that 281 people were arrested in a global crackdown on wire transfer scams. Over a four-month period, “Operation reWired” was aimed at stopping so-called business email compromise (BEC) schemes, which are “designed to intercept and hijack wire transfers from businesses and individuals,” the Justice Department said. The… Read More

ECB’s Mersch Says Siren of Libra Is Beguiling But Treacherous

The European Central Bank’s key legal official Yves Mersch described Facebook Inc.’s plan for its Libra digital currency as “beguiling but treacherous,” in a defense of money issued by institutions such as his. In a speech at the ECB’s legal conference in Frankfurt on Monday, Mersch argued that private… Read More
26th August 2019
The chair of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee said on Sunday she remained concerned about Facebook’s plans for a digital currency after meeting the government officials in Switzerland that Facebook has said will regulate it. “While I appreciate the time that the Swiss government officials took to meet with… Read More
23rd August 2019
AP—The relationship between a Japanese woman and a U.S. Army captain stationed in Syria started online, through an international social network for digital pen pals. It grew into an internet romance over 10 months of daily emails. It ended with the woman $200,000 poorer and on the verge… Read More
16th August 2019
The European Central Bank, which supervises data protection at Europe’s largest banks, said Thursday that it temporarily shut down one of its websites after it was hacked and injected with a malicious software. The site, called BIRD, which provides the banking industry with information on how to produce statistical and… Read More
15th August 2019
AP — U.N. experts say they are investigating at least 35 instances in 17 countries of North Koreans using cyberattacks to illegally raise money for weapons of mass destruction programs — and they are calling for sanctions against ships providing gasoline and diesel to the country. Last week, The Associated… Read More
6th August 2019
North Korea has generated an estimated $2 billion for its weapons of mass destruction programs using “widespread and increasingly sophisticated” cyberattacks to steal from banks and cryptocurrency exchanges, according to a confidential U.N. report seen by Reuters on Monday. Pyongyang also “continued to enhance its nuclear and missile programmes although… Read More
2nd August 2019
Large financial companies have to thwart hundreds of thousands of cyberattacks every single day. Data thieves have to get lucky only once. Big banks like Capital One, the victim of a recent attack that captured the personal information of over 100 million people,… Read More
30th July 2019
When Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko met entrepreneur Viktor Prokopenya in March 2017, their discussion was scheduled to last for an hour but went on for three times that long. The meeting, Prokopenya said, ended with Lukashenko asking him to propose regulations to boost the country’s tech sector. Prokopenya worked with… Read More
29th July 2019
Digital currency exchange BTC-e and one of its owners, a Russian whose extradition the U.S. is seeking from Greece to face criminal charges, now face a civil lawsuit in California. The U.S. is attempting to recover penalties of $100 million from the company and Alexander Vinnik for alleged violations of… Read More
26th July 2019
When Bitcoin hit a 17-month high in late June, the milestone was met with some skepticism. Big jumps in a short period of time can signal that someone is trying to artificially move the market,… Read More
24th July 2019
Silk Road, the infamous dark web black market where users bought and sold practically everything — including fake passports, illegal narcotics, weapons, hacking software and dangerous chemicals — was shut… Read More