Canada-based cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX CEO Gerald Cotten took a trip to India in early December, where the 30-year-old allegedly died of complications related to Crohn’s Disease. That’s tragic enough. Continue reading CRYPTOCURRENCY EXCHANGE LOSES ACCESS TO $145 MILLION AFTER CEO DIES, TAKES PASSWORDS TO THE GRAVE
It feels like cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are going mainstream. They’re becoming more heavily regulated around the world, in diverse places like Japan and New York. Now people are being investigated for price fixing. According to Bloomberg, the US Justice Department has opened a private criminal probe into traders who may be manipulating the price of Bitcoin and other digital currency products.
Craig Wright, the Australian who has previously claimed to be Bitcoincreator Satoshi Nakamoto, is the subject of a multi billion dollar lawsuit. Wright is being sued by the estate of David Kleiman, who was thought to have co-created the cryptocurrency with the Australian. Kleiman passed away in 2013, but Kleiman’s brother Ira claims that Wright somehow appropriated his former partner’s bitcoin hoard.
Hey, remember initial coin offerings, the almost totally unregulated form of investment vehicle in which investors trade real cash or assets in exchange for virtual “tokens” in cryptocurrency-backed startups? You know, that hot new crypto market that the Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort, warned everyone was rife with scams? Those very ICOs that the Securities and Exchange Commission told everyone to be very careful about because of the “greater opportunities for fraud and manipulation”? Continue reading Wow, Who Could Have Predicted 59 Percent of 2017’s ICOs Are Already Dead or Doomed
“Blockchain” is undeniably one of the hottest words on the internet. As proof, turn to Google Trends to see its traction over time. Couple that with the articles being published almost daily about this technology, the LinkedIn groups discussing it, the commentators crawling out of the woodwork — including me!
New risk assessment research into cryptocurrency investing has arrived at an unsurprising (if finally quantifiable) conclusion: Over 10 percent of all funds raised through initial coin offerings (ICOs) has vanished into thin air.
Today the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced that it has filed a federal civil enforcement action against three virtual currency operators. The details of one case remain sealed, but the other two companies facing charges are CabbageTech and Entrepreneurs Headquarters Ltd. The charges include fraud, misrepresentation, misappropriation and more, and are the first enforcement actions since the CFTC allowed trading bitcoin futures.