World Bank won’t support Central African Republic’s Sango crypto hub

The World Bank has signalled its concerns over the Central African Republic (CAR) adopting Bitcoin (BTC) as a legal currency and says it won’t support the newly announced “Sango” crypto hub. At the end of April CAR president Faustin-Archange Touadéra established a regulatory framework for cryptocurrency in the country and adopted Bitcoin as a legal tender. On May 24 he announced a plan to launch the country’s first crypto hub called “Sango”. Sango is described as the country’s first “Crypto Initiative” — a legal hub for crypto related businesses encompassing…

StarkWare nets $100M as investors bank on layer-2 success

Ethereum (ETH) layer-2 developer StarkWare has raised a further $100 million in its latest fundraising round despite the prevailing downturn in cryptocurrency markets. StarkWare’s series D fundraising round sees the firm’s valuation up to $8 billion, marking a four-fold increase in value just six months after its Series C round in November 2021. Tech investment firm Greenoaks Capital led the latest fundraising round in addition to private equity firm Coatue, Tiger Global and other investors. StarkWare has established itself as a major player in the Ethereum layer-2 scaling space, boasting…

Bank of England’s Andrew Bailey Warns Bitcoin Has No Intrinsic Value, Not a Practical Means of Payment – Regulation Bitcoin News

The governor of the Bank of England, the British central bank, says bitcoin has no intrinsic value and the cryptocurrency is not suitable as a practical means of payment. His warning came after the crypto market plunged. Andrew Bailey on Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey warned about bitcoin and cryptocurrency on the Jobs of the Future podcast, published Monday. His warning came after the crypto market plunged, shedding close to $500 billion this month. Bitcoin, the largest cryptocurrency, has fallen more than 25% over the past…

Major Japanese Bank Sumitomo Mitsui Trust to Launch Cryptocurrency Custody Business – Bitcoin News

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust, one of the major banking institutions in Japan, will reportedly enter the cryptocurrency custody business. The company is entering a partnership with Bitbank, a Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange, to launch a new company that will focus on offering institutional-grade custody for digital assets and NFTs. Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank to Enter Digital Custody Business Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, a major financial institution in Japan, has decided to enter the cryptocurrency custody business. The company announced that it will launch a digital assets custody company in partnership with Bitbank,…

India’s Central Bank Governor Warns About Crypto After Collapse of Terra LUNA, UST – Regulation Bitcoin News

India’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), has warned about investing in the crypto market following the collapse of cryptocurrency terra (LUNA) and stablecoin terrausd (UST). “We have been cautioning against crypto and look at what has happened to the crypto market now,” said Governor Shaktikanta Das. RBI’s Governor on Crypto Market and Regulation The governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Shaktikanta Das, discussed the crypto market downturn and the regulation of crypto assets in an interview with CNBC TV18 Monday. “We have been cautioning against…

Bankers at WEF see the need for caution and speed on central bank digital currencies

The process of introducing a central bank digital currency (CBDC) is fraught with unknowns, some of which were elucidated in a panel of experts gathered Monday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The panel concluded that good design is key to a successful CBDC, and there are fewer challenges for wholesale CBDC introduction. Bank of Thailand governor Sethaput Suthiwartnarueput said that although many central banks are considering a CBDC, there is little practical experience with them. The Thai National Bank began proof-of-concept programs in 2018. Its mBridge project…

Japanese Bank Sumitomo Mitsui Trust to Establish Digital Asset Custodian: Report

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Bitmex Co-Founder Arthur Hayes Avoids Prison for Violating US Bank Secrecy Act – Regulation Bitcoin News

Bitmex co-founder Arthur Hayes is not going to prison for violating the U.S. Bank Secrecy Act. Instead, the former crypto exchange CEO has been sentenced to “six months of home detention and two years of probation.” Hayes has agreed to pay a fine of $10 million. Bitmex’s Arthur Hayes Sentenced The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Friday that the founder and former CEO of cryptocurrency derivatives exchange Bitmex has been sentenced for violating the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). Hayes pleaded guilty to violating the Bank Secrecy Act in February.…

Anonymous Allegedly Hacks Sberbank, Russia’s Largest Bank – Bitcoin News

Hacktivist collective Anonymous has allegedly breached the systems of one of the largest financial institutions in Russia, Sberbank. The attackers announced on social media they have published thousands of emails, phone numbers, and addresses. Anonymous Hackers Reportedly Gain Access to Sberbank Database Decentralized hacking group Anonymous claims to have hacked Sberbank. A Twitter account associated with the collective, @YourAnonOne, announced the attack earlier this week, noting the institution is the largest bank in the Russian Federation and the region of Eastern Europe. The #Anonymous collective hacked Sberbank, it is the…

Commonwealth Bank puts crypto trading trial on ice as regulators dither

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) has put its plans for a second pilot program of crypto trading services on hold indefinitely and cut off access to those in the first round of testing. CBA sent Cointelegraph a transcript of a Tuesday bank briefing where CEO Matt Comyn said that he was still waiting on regulatory clarity. He also said that he was “working with a number of regulators very closely, as you would imagine, about the appropriate treatment of this particular product.” “Our intention still, at this stage, is…