8th May 2020
A new messaging standard released today is designed to help cryptocurrency firms comply with anti-money laundering regulations from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). The standard, called IVMS101, defines a uniform model for data that must be exchanged by virtual asset service providers (VASPs) alongside cryptocurrency transactions. The standard will… Read More
7th May 2020
GFI — Even in normal times, there has been a growing recognition of the threat that illicit financial flows (IFFs) pose to the integrity and stability of the global financial system. But now, with the onslaught of the Covid-19 crisis, concerns are growing that the scale and scope… Read More
6th May 2020
Dutch crypto companies must register with the Netherlands’ central bank by May 18 or cease operations immediately, the monetary authority said Monday. De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) is moving to quickly enforce enhanced Dutch anti-money laundering (AML) laws, which passed the Dutch Parliament last month to comply with the European Union’s… Read More
6th May 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is diminishing the ability of governments and businesses to fight money laundering and terrorist financing, according to an intergovernmental watchdog. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on Monday outlined concerns and challenges linked to the pandemic’s effect on financial crime in a guidance paper summarizing recommendations… Read More
28th April 2020
The Dutch crypto market is seeing the first of most likely many small crypto exchanges get squeezed out following the passage of heavily criticized anti-money laundering (AMLD5) regulations. Announced Friday in a company blog, Bittr founder Ruben Waterman said his bitcoin exchange, launched in 2018, will shut down… Read More
21st April 2020
China’s central bank has introduced a homegrown digital currency across four cities as part of a pilot program, marking a milestone on the path toward the first electronic payment system by a major central bank. Internal tests of the digital currency are being conducted in four large cities around China—Shenzhen,… Read More
20th April 2020
South Korea has significantly improved its legal framework on fighting money-laundering, but it needs to step up efforts to prevent public officials from laundering bribes and to solidify its ability to freeze the assets of persons and entities blacklisted by the United Nations, a global anti-money-laundering watchdog said. The Financial… Read More
20th April 2020
AP — U.N. experts have recommended blacklisting 14 vessels for violating sanctions against North Korea in a report that accuses the country of increasing illegal coal exports, imports of petroleum products and continuing with cyber attacks on financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges to gain illicit revenue. The 267-page report, obtained… Read More
20th April 2020
Malaysian police have arrested 14 men from China for involvement in cryptocurrency (bitcoin) scams in a house at Horizon Hills in Iskandar Puteri, near Singapore. Assistant Commander Dzulkhairi Mukhtar said the arrests were made around 2.15pm on Saturday, April 18, following a two-month long surveillance operation. Read More
17th April 2020
Facebook’s cryptocurrency project is taking a new, scaled-down approach as transactions increasingly take place online during the coronavirus pandemic. The Libra Association, an independent group organized by Facebook to manage the libra crytocurrency, said it now plans to offer stable coins backed by just one nation’s currency in… Read More