15th July 2019
A new UK plan to tackle economic crime would fail to hold companies sufficiently liable for illicit activity beyond bribery and tax evasion, anti-corruption campaigners told the Financial Times. Under current laws, British firms can only be deemed guilty of other financial crimes if the “directing mind”—a senior manager… Read More
26th June 2019
British and Dutch officials have arrested six individuals for their alleged roles in stealing €24 million in cryptocurrency from thousands of victims in a dozen countries. The suspects—five men and one woman—were arrested Tuesday morning in the UK’s Lower Weston and Staverton and the Dutch cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam,… Read More
26th June 2019
Facebook’s fledgling cryptocurrency faced mounting scrutiny on Tuesday as European central bankers and regulators demanded more detail on the social media giant’s Libra project. Britain’s top financial regulator said there was not yet enough information to understand Libra, adding that it could be very significant for public policy and that… Read More
21st June 2019
By Iwa Salami, University of East London Facebook has unveiled libra, a cryptocurrency that will enable users to make international payments over Messenger and other group platforms like WhatsApp – perhaps from as soon as 2020. Here’s how it looks likely to work: a user would buy… Read More
19th June 2019
A state-backed cyber-attack could secretly corrupt the records of British financial institutions over a period of months, posing a risk that banks would probably struggle to guard against on their own, a senior Bank of England policymaker said. Banks have focused mainly on stopping service outages, but the falsification of… Read More
7th June 2019
Tens of thousands of people are expected to take to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday in a bid to block changes to the Chinese-ruled city’s extradition laws, which could pave the way for fugitives wanted by mainland China to be sent across the border for trial for the… Read More
6th June 2019
An opposition politician has collected 680,000 signatures to push for Hungarian membership of a planned European Union prosecutor’s office (EPPO), a step rejected by Budapest’s eurosceptic nationalist government. Due to be launched in 2020, the EPPO will be geared to investigating and pressing criminal charges in cases crossing borders of… Read More
4th June 2019
Hong Kong will make concessions to a controversial extradition bill, Security Secretary John Lee said on Thursday, but opposition lawmakers called for the legislation, which they fear will extend Beijing’s reach into the city, to be scrapped. Various groups in Hong Kong, including democracy activists, have objected to the proposals,… Read More
4th June 2019
Global financial regulators should consider how the risks of cryptocurrencies and other blockchain-related assets could evolve when assessing their exposure to the technology, a financial stability watchdog said Friday. Governments should publicly state, as much as they can, what their current vulnerabilities to crypto-assets are, including both bank and non-bank… Read More
26th May 2019
By Nir Kshetri, University of North Carolina – Greensboro Millions of cryptocurrency investors have been scammed out of massive sums of real money. In 2018, losses from cryptocurrency-related crimes amounted to US$1.7 billion. The criminals use both old-fashioned and new-technology tactics to swindle their marks in schemes… Read More