U.S. law enforcement arrested 36-year-old Virgil Griffith on Thursday based on allegations that he traveled to North Korea earlier this year to provide them technical assistance in evading U.S. sanctions, NBC News reports. Griffith is reportedly an Ethereum developer.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has formally launched a fund to enable donors to make donations using the bitcoin and ether digital currencies, CNBC reports. The UNICEF cryptocurrency fund will be used for donation storage and distribution of those donations.
Bloomberg reported on Friday that E*Trade Financial Corp is preparing to offer cryptocurrency trading for users on its platform. The report is based on details provided by a “person familiar with the matter” and claims that the company will begin by offering trading for Bitcoin and Ethereum, with other digital currencies possibly added at some point in the future.
In a 28-1 vote on Thursday, Wyoming’s Senate approved a bill designed to bring new clarity to cryptocurrency’s legal status in the state. That bill, SF0125, would formally recognize the property rights of cryptocurrency holders and create an opt-in framework to enable Wyoming banks to provide digital asset custodial services.
New Zealand Cryptopia cryptocurrency exchange has been offline for more than two weeks now, after acknowledging that it had suffered a hacking attack resulting in “significant losses.” According to a recent blog post from blockchain analytics company Elementus, however, the exchange’s offline status doesn’t appear to have deterred the hackers, who have continued to steal ether from Cryptopia wallets:
Bitwage revealed this week that its services will now enable companies in the United States to use cryptocurrency to pay their W2 employees and related payroll tax obligations. The service is the result of a partnership between Bitwage and Texas-based payroll and human resources firm Simply Efficient HR, according to a Coinstituency article posted on the Bitwage blog.
After being down for unscheduled maintenance for more than 24 hours, New Zealand exchange Cryptopia has confirmed via twitter that the exchange suffered ‘significant losses’ in a Jan. 14 (local time) security breach.
The Malaysian government confirmed on Monday that its new cryptocurrency law will go into effect on January 15, according to reports from Reuters and local Malaysian news outlets. Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng is reported to have confirmed the news, mere days after Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad told reporters that the government had not yet decided cryptocurrency’s legal status in the country.
The last 24 hours has seen Bitcoin drop below $4k, with more than $11 billion dollars wiped from the total market capitalization, according to data procured from CoinMarketCap.
Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has opened direct cryptocurrency-to-cryptocurrency trading markets for its retail customers, according to a Dec. 17 report by Coindesk.
DNotes Global, Inc. today announced the release of DNotes Bot, a trading bot designed to assist cryptocurrency exchange traders by providing automated trading for buy and sell orders.
SIX Swiss Exchange has received approval from Swiss regulators to list the world’s first multiple-cryptocurrency exchange-traded product, Amun Crypto ETP, according to a report from the Financial Times. The ETP will reportedly include five major cryptocurrency assets: Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Ripple.
After a notable run of price stability over the last several months, Bitcoin volatility returned with a vengeance on Wednesday as the price of the world’s most well known cryptocurrency crashed below $6,000 – losing more than 9 percent of its value. At press time, the price stood at $5,541. 23 on Coinbase, down more than $750 in the last 24 hours.
Ethereum core developers have said that they are looking to a soft deadline of January 16th for activation of the upcoming Constantinople hard fork, Coindesk reported Nov 9.