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
22nd May 2019
In early 2018, in a complex of low-rise buildings in the Australian capital, a team of government hackers was engaging in a destructive digital war game. The operatives – agents of the Australian Signals Directorate, the nation’s top-secret eavesdropping agency – had been given a challenge. With all… Read More
21st May 2019
By Iwa Salami, University of East London The 21st-century revolutionaries who have dominated cryptocurrencies are having to move over. Mainstream financial institutions are adopting these assets and the blockchain technology that enables them, in what is perhaps the most profound development since the birth of cryptocurrencies through… Read More
17th May 2019
Police in six countries have dismantled a complex cybercrime network that operated from Eastern Europe and fleeced victims – including small businesses and charities – of some $100 million, Europe’s police agency said on Thursday. The GozNym network, led by a man from Tbilisi, Georgia, used phishing emails to infect… Read More
15th May 2019
Facing unprecedented pressure to clamp down on criminal groups, UK law enforcement officials are in need of an additional £2.7 billion in funding over the next three years, the head of the National Crime Agency (NCA) said Monday. The agency is seeking a 54-percent increase in its annual budget, which… Read More
10th May 2019
Hackers who stole bitcoin worth over $40 million from the major Binance cryptocurrency exchange have moved the tainted coins to a number of digital wallets, researchers said on Thursday, potentially throwing up clues to those behind the heist. Binance, one of the world’s biggest exchanges, said on Wednesday that hackers… Read More
9th May 2019
The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is increasingly turning to machine-learning technology to identify companies and individuals that launder money and pose other risks to the financial sector, an official said Wednesday. As part of that effort, the FCA is backing the development of technical solutions, particularly in relation to… Read More
9th May 2019
U.S. prosecutors have filed money laundering charges against two Israelis who allegedly made millions of dollars operating a website connecting customers to sellers of fentanyl, heroin, guns and other illegal goods, the Justice Department said on Wednesday. It said Tal Prihar, an Israeli living in Brazil, and Michael Phan, an… Read More