Russian Draft Bill Blocking Suspicious Financial Websites ‘Could’ Cover ‘Scam’ ICOs, Experts Note

A group of Russian members of parliament (MPs) has introduced a draft bill on blocking suspicious financial websites on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Russian crypto media outlet Forklog believes it can encompass “scam” Initial Coin Offerings (ICO). According to the document, the country’s central bank will be able to call to block websites as soon as they do not comply with the current legislation. Moreover, the state bank can apply to the court in order to block the page on the basis of pre-trial settlement. Websites that fake existing banks’ URLs,…

Japanese Police Note Uptick in Reports of Illicit Crypto Transactions This Year

There has been a significant wave of reports of suspicious cryptocurrency transactions to the police in Japan, English-language local media outlet Jiji.com reports Dec. 6. According to the report, the National Police Agency (NPA) have revealed that there have been 5,944 reports to the Japanese police about suspected illegal uses of cryptocurrencies, such as money laundering, between January and October. By comparison, the number of such reports last year was 669, but their number increased “after the implementation in April of a law obliging the [cryptocurrency exchange] operators to make…

G20 Members Note Crypto Regulation in Recent Declaration on Sustainable Development

The G20 mentioned crypto regulation in its recent declaration on sustainable development adopted in Argentina. The declaration was published on the official website of the Council of the European Union and the European Council Dec. 1. At a meeting in Buenos Aires on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, G20 officials reiterated their concerns about the crypto industry along with its overall agenda regarding the future of work and infrastructure for development. The declaration entitled “Building consensus for fair and sustainable development” regards cryptocurrencies as an important part of an “open…

BlockShow Asia Closes on Optimistic Note

BlockShow Asia 2018 has come to an end in Singapore Thursday, Nov. 29, with most visiting experts predicting that cryptocurrencies and blockchain will fare better in 2019. According to the BlockShow team, 2,800 people attended the two-day conference, including potential investors who participated in EXP20 — a business pitch competition for startups announced shortly before BlockShow Asia. More than 50 speakers from various crypto and blockchain projects participated in the event’s discussion panels. On the first day, experts discussed the Chinese crypto ban, decentralized networks for artificial intelligence (AI), and…