Ethereum 

U.S. Regulator Investigating BitMEX for Allowing Americans to Trade

United States regulator the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is reportedly investigating derivatives giant BitMEX. According to sources citing people familiar with the matter speaking to Bloomberg, the CFTC suspects that BitMEX, which is registered in the Seychelles, allowed U.S. residents to use its platform to trade. Under current law, the U.S. is one of the countries excluded from using BitMEX and similar crypto-based financial services, but users may have sought to circumvent the geoblock using services such as VPNs. The investigation, details of which have not yet been confirmed…

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Ethereum 

Monero Discloses Bug Allowing XMR to be Stolen from Exchanges

Several security vulnerabilities have been disclosed by Monero, including one that could have been exploited to steal xmr from exchanges, reports on the breach disclosure platform HackerOne revealed on July 3. The vulnerability theoretically enabled attackers to send counterfeit xmr to an exchange. Once the fraudster’s account was credited, they could then convert it into other coins and make a withdrawal, leaving the exchange out of pocket. Describing the critical breach they uncovered, the lead developer for CUT coin added: “It is our belief that the vulnerability cannot be used to “mint” real, transactable monero out…

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Bitcoin 

Russian Ministry of Finance Considers Allowing Cryptocurrency Trading

A representative of the Russian Ministry of Finance (MinFin) says the ministry is considering allowing cryptocurrency trading, Russian news service Interfax reported on June 21. Per the report, the Deputy Minister of Finance Alexei Moiseyev told journalists on Friday that, while MinFin had reached no final decision, cryptocurrency trading may be allowed in the coming bill on the circulation of cryptocurrencies in the Russian Federation. A bill prohibiting the use of crypto assets as a means of payment in the Russian Federation passed in May of last year. Anatoly Aksakov,…

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Blockchain 

Thai Parliament Approves Amendments Allowing Issuance of Tokenized Securities

Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly has officially allowed the issuance of tokenized securities on blockchain, major newspaper The Bangkok Post reports on Friday, Feb. 22. The government will amend the Securities and Exchange Act, according to the article. As soon as the changes come into effect later in 2019, tokenized securities such as stocks and bonds can be officially issued on blockchain. The Thai Securities and Exchange Commission (Thai SEC) will issue additional rules so that crypto platforms can seek a securities depository license. According to Thai SEC deputy secretary Tipsuda…

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