Blockchain 

Israeli Citizen Accused of Stealing Over $1.7 Million in Crypto

Eliyahu Gigi, a 31-year-old from Tel Aviv, has been charged with stealing over $1.7 billion in a variety of cryptocurrencies. Gigi allegedly stole BTC, Ethereum, and Dash from users in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany.  Lawyer Yeela Harel of the cyber department in the State Attorney’s Office filed charges against Gigi on July 17, according to a report published the same day by Globes. Gigi has reportedly been charged with crimes including theft, fraud, and money laundering, among others. According to the report, Harel’s indictment claims that Gigi set up…

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Bitcoin 

Ex-Microsoft Employee Arrested for $10 Million Crypto Theft

A former employee at Microsoft has been arrested for a scheme to steal $10 million in cryptocurrency, the Associated Press (AP) reported on July 17. Insider Schemes The man — a 25-year old Ukrainian national, Volodymyr Kvashuk, allegedly used the ill-gotten proceeds to buy a $160,000 Tesla car and a $1.7 million lakefront home. During the seven months of his scheme, $2.8 million was found to have been transferred into his bank accounts. Specifically, Kvashuk is accused of having stolen cryptocurrency gift cards that were redeemable against Microsoft products and…

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Cryptocurrency 

John McAfee Reiterates His $1 Million by 2020 BTC Price Prediction

In a rather haughty Tweet posted earlier today, American crypto enthusiast John McAfee wrote that he was “laughing his f—— ass off” at the concern over Bitcoin’s falling price this week. The entrepreneur went even further and reiterated his prediction that Bitcoin would reach $1 million by 2020. What has him so bullish? John McAfee Predicts Bitcoin $1 Million by 2020 Bitcoin price has fluctuated wildly in recent weeks. Unable to breach the $14,000 mark, Bitcoin topped out at approximately $13,650 and fell back below $10,000 at the end of…

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Ethereum 

New US House Bill Would Fine Facebook’s Libra $1 Million Per Day

A proposed bill to fine major tech firms such as Facebook $1 million per day if they issue cryptocurrencies is being circulated by Democrats, Reuters reports on July 15. Reuters cites a copy of draft legislation — reported on by Cointelegraph when it first surfaced online last week — and notes that it proposes to impose a $1 million fine daily upon any firm that violates its proposed rules. Per Reuters, the bill is being put forward for discussion by the Democratic majority leading the United States House Financial Services…

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Cryptocurrency 

Bitpoint Hacked for $32 Million, Another Example of Crypto’s Volatility

A Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange called Bitpoint has suspended operations after it lost $32 million to a hacking last night. The company that runs the exchange, Remixpoint, discovered that ¥3.5 billion worth of various digital currencies had disappeared under its management. Bitpoint Hacked and Suspends Operations According to the exchange, the funds went missing from a hot wallet (a wallet connected to the internet), but other funds held in cold wallets or offline haven’t been affected. The hacking was brought to light when an error appeared in the exchange’s outgoing funds…

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Blockchain 

Japanese Crypto Exchange Bitpoint Suffers $32 Million Hack

Japanese crypto exchange Bitpoint has suspended all services after losing $32 million in a hack involving XRP, Bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptocurrencies. In an official announcement on July 12, Bitpoint revealed that it had lost around 3.5 billion yen (~$32 million) — 2.5 billion yen (~$23 million) of which belonged to customers and 1 billion (~$9.2 million) to the exchange. Bloomberg reports that shares of Bitpoint’s parent firm Remixpoint Inc. shed 19% following news of the incident, and were untraded in Tokyo as of 1:44 p.m. “on a glut of…

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Ethereum 

Bitcoin Back Near $12K As BTC Shorters Lose $44 Million in One Morning

Bitcoin price (BTC) reached $12,000 on some exchanges on July 8 after a fresh uptick saw daily gains top another 6%.  Market visualization courtesy of Coin360 Data showed BTC/USD just hit its latest significant psychological level in trading at press time, having begun the day below $11,500.  On major exchanges, USD spreads meant bitcoin was yet to reach $12,000 universally, with Bitfinex the first to record the higher price point, topping out at $12,040.  Bitstamp, traditionally one of the more conservative price trackers, recorded $11,940. Bitcoin 7-day price chart. Source:…

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Blockchain 

Social Network Taringa! Launches Stablecoin Rewards for 27 Million Users

Latin American social networking giant Taringa! has partnered with MakerDAO and e-wallet provider Airtm to launch a stablecoin-powered points system for its 27 million strong user base.  According to an official Taringa! news release published on July 7, the development was revealed on Friday during the Blockchain Summit Latam in Mexico City.   The pilot program, dubbed “Taringa! Pioneers,” will reportedly reward users with points for creating popular platform content, which can then be monetized by being converted into MakerDAO’s Ethereum blockchain-based stablecoin DAI.  Taringa!’s news release places a strong accent…

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Blockchain 

Ripple Incubator Xpring Announces $500 Million Invested in XRP Projects

Ripple incubator and investment arm Xpring has spent $500 million on XRP projects since its launch in May 2018, according to an official blog post on July 2. These funds have reportedly been distributed to over 20 companies, including the blockchain-based gaming platform Forte. In general, the report says that Xpring investments are intended to create use cases for Ripple’s XRP token. They hope to accomplish this by making development easier, and say they are supporting developers by providing “tools, libraries and services for developers on the XRP Ledger and…

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Ethereum 

$515 Million in Bitcoin Spent on Illicit Activity This Year Representing 1% of Total BTC Activity

Recent research by Chainanalysis suggests that the amount of bitcoin (BTC) spent on illegal transactions this year could hit a record high of $1 billion, even as the ratio of illegal to legal transactions is shrinking, according to a report by Bloomberg on July 1. As per the report, the total flat value of BTC spent on illegal activity so far this year is thought to be $515 million. The research suggests that by the end of the year, this figure will double to reach $1 billion. However, the amount…

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