Shell-Shocked HitBTC Users Shout ‘Fraud’ in Response to Severe KYC

By CCN: HitBTC users are being asked to provide excessive detail about the derivation of their funds, according to multiple sources. Even Bitcoin developer Luke-Jr was forced to undergo KYC in order to withdraw funds. The famous small-blocker reportedly had chosen the exchange for its perceived lack of know-your-customer compliance. High-Profile Users Get Their Issues Resolved ⚠️🔥Looks like @hitbtc have decided to go full scammer, and are stealing balances of users (including me).🔥⚠️ Probably a good idea to get anything you have there off, and take care not to use…

Bitfinex Claims Victory as Supreme Court Gives Nod to Exchange & Tether

By CCN: The New York Supreme Court has ruled that the scope of the Attorney General’s investigation into Bitfinex and Tether Limited is too broad and needs a time limit. Bitfinex: Supreme Court Ruling a “Victory” The embattled exchange called the ruling a “victory” and insinuates that the case will end up going nowhere. Bitfinex has already admitted that as much as $850 million evaporated from its coffers while Tether Limited has publicly confessed to only partially backing the world’s oldest stablecoin. Under the order, Tether and Bitfinex can continue…

Kraken Turns Tables on Canadian Regulators in Nine-Page Rebuttal

By CCN: Kraken is not pleased with the way Canadian regulators propose to go about governing crypto trading platforms. In a sternly written paper to the Canadian Securities Administrators and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, the crypto exchange explained its gripes. The two regulatory bodies have proposed a security law framework that all exchanges would have to abide by whether they like it or not. Kraken strongly recommends against Canada imposing a security law framework on crypto currency exchanges in public response to the Proposed Framework for Crypto-Asset…

Debt-Ridden Crypto Exchange Cryptopia Suckers Hacked Customers Again

By CCN: Users of the New Zealand-based bitcoin exchange Cryptopia should expect more uncertainty in the coming months. In an update released earlier today following the announcement that it had gone into liquidation, Cryptopia has warned users that they may not get all their funds back, if at all. Per the exchange, an investigation is underway to determine ‘the amounts owing and available to return to customers’. Before then, the cryptocurrency exchange cannot give clients any guarantees that they will get all their funds back: Until the investigation is complete,…

Coinbase Plans US Debit Card Launch, Is ‘Considering’ Margin Trading

By CCN: Coinbase CEO Brain Armstrong conducted a live YouTube AMA today from the company’s New York offices. Presumably, he’s in town for blockchain week, which brought him away from the San Francisco headquarters. Armstrong answered several questions in the session, beginning with one regarding “community trust ratings” for altcoins. Armstrong said that crypto is much like the internet: as more options emerge, better mechanisms of finding the actual high-quality projects need to come along. He pointed out that Yahoo began by manually indexing the web, but later things like…

Ripio Is Launching a Crypto Exchange for 3 Latin American Nations

Ripio, a startup that’s been working to boost crypto adoption in Argentina, is opening a new exchange platform for three Latin American markets. The exchange will operate in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, though due to regulatory hurdles, only fixed-price purchases will be available for Mexican users, Ripio CEO Sebastian Serrano told CoinDesk at Consensus 2019. The company already offers a crypto wallet and peer-to-peer lending, and is launching over-the-counter (OTC) trading for institutional investors alongside the exchange. The crypto community in Argentina looks similar to the crowd at Consensus, Serrano said.…

ShapeShift CEO Erik Voorhees Wants Whole World in Crypto’s Big Tent

By CCN: With the bitcoin price trading above $8,000 once again, the mainstream financial media has once again taken an interest in cryptocurrencies. ShapeShift CEO and Founder Erik Voorhees was featured in an interview with Bloomberg where he confronted the bitcoin bubble debate and regulation. While the ecosystem is evolving since Voorhees first entered the space, as evidenced by regulators now participating in industry events, Voorhees isn’t uncomfortable with the direction in which it’s going. “I want crypto to be a big tent. I want the whole world to be…

Don’t Lose Your Crypto! 3 Ways DEXs Keep Your Funds Super Safe

By CCN: The recent Binance hack was a rude wake-up call to the entire crypto community. Some 7,000 bitcoins worth more than $40 million were taken from the centralized exchange. While crypto exchange hacks are nothing new, the Binance security breach was particularly shocking because the platform managed to attain a high level of confidence from the community. The saying “not your keys, not your coins” is relevant now more than ever. Let’s explore a viable alternative that can virtually guarantee fund security without compromising your trading experience. Here are…

Crypto Exchange Binance Restarting Services After Post-Hack Upgrade

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has announced that it is back online after completing a security upgrade prompted by a recent hack. Kicking off at 03:00 UTC Wednesday, the upgrade meant that all services were suspended during this period, according to a Binance support message. A two-hour extension to the upgrade was announced this morning as some tasks took “longer than expected.” Following the upgrade, Binance published an update saying that trading will recommence at 13:00 UTC.  Users can now cancel open orders and process deposits, while withdrawals “will be available shortly after…

Hacked Cryptocurrency Exchange Cryptopia Goes Into Liquidation

Cryptopia, the cryptocurrency exchange hit by a major hack in mid-January, has gone into liquidation and suspended trading operations. The news was announced Wednesday by Cryptopia’s assigned liquidator, professional services firm Grant Thornton New Zealand. Cryptopia confirmed the news on Twitter, as well as on its website. Possibly signaling changes afoot, Cryptopia website went under maintenance yesterday without any message to the public on its social media platforms. It was first noticed by a Redditor who asked whether the exchange had been hacked again. Back in January, Cryptopia went offline for…