Infographic: An Overview of Compromised Bitcoin Exchange Events

The purpose of this infographic is to visualize the size of large cryptocurrency hacks that have occurred in the past as if they all happened today. The hacks included in this infographic extend beyond exchanges, as there were other large entities that experienced cryptocurrency hacks, such as marketplaces like Silk Road 2.0. All hacks in this infographic are displayed as if the price of bitcoin was the same when they occurred, in order to visualize their magnitudes in relation to one another. The x-axis shows the price of bitcoin at…

Crypto Exchange Binance Confirms Margin Trading Coming ‘Soon’: Report

Binance has confirmed it will be launching a margin trading service, after the cryptocurrency exchange accidentally tweeted images suggesting the service was in development. First noticed by Twitter users earlier on Friday, Binance posted screenshots of its platform in dark and light modes, asking users which one they preferred. The screenshots contained a dedicated tab titled “Margin,” with a message saying that margin trading carries a “higher potential profit,” but also “greater risks.” Margin trading refers to using borrowed funds from a broker or exchange to trade an asset. Image via…

Kraken Paid 250 Salaries to Staff in Bitcoin Last Month, Exchange Tells Critic

Kraken paid 250 salaries to staff in bitcoin (BTC) last month, the crypto exchange revealed in a tweet on May 23. The firm was responding to Peter Schiff, the CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, who had claimed “there is no way that people are going to work for salaries paid in bitcoin.” As an aside, Kraken added: “By the way, the employee who took 100% bitcoin in 2012 retired in 2013.” Kraken reportedly employs about 800 people. While this figure suggests about 30% of its workforce are being paid in cryptocurrency, there could…

Finance IT Infrastructure Firm Partners With Institutional Crypto Exchange Seed CX

Trading IT infrastructure company Avelacom has partnered with digital currency exchange Seed CX, according to a press release published on May 23. The partnership aims to allow institutional clients of Avelacom —  an IT infrastructure provider for the financial services industry — to utilize Seed CX’s real-time market data and order-routing products. Currently, Seed CX provides services of a licensed exchange for institutional trading and settlement of spot digital asset products, with plans to offer its products for Commodity Futures Trading Commission-regulated digital asset derivatives. Managing Director of Avelacom Aleksey…

Major Swiss Stock Exchange SIX Developing Stablecoin Pegged to the Franc

Financial service provider SIX is developing a stablecoin pegged to the Swiss franc, a company spokesman confirmed to Cointelegraph on May 23. The company is also planning to launch a blockchain-powered exchange for digital tokens in the second half of 2019, but the spokesman said he was currently not at liberty to discuss further details concerning whether the stablecoin will operate on that exchange. SIX also runs Switzerland’s top stock exchange — and earlier this month, a top executive revealed that the company is planning to issue its own tokens on the upcoming digital exchange.…

Founder of Defunct Cryptopia Launches New Crypto Exchange

The founder of defunct cryptocurrency exchange Cryptopia, which entered liquidation following a hack in January 2019, has launched a new exchange called Assetylene. The LinkedIn employment history for the founder of the failed New Zealand exchange, Adam Clark, indicates that he’s been working on Assetylene since September 2018, which is also when the exchange’s Twitter account went live. With fewer than 100 followers, the account is billed as representing “New Zealand’s most advanced crypto-currency exchange [sic].” Once a highly prominent exchange in New Zealand, Cryptopia lost nearly 10 percent of…

Collapsed Cryptopia Founder Wants You to Put Funds on His New Exchange

Because there are, apparently, second acts in crypto, the creator of the defunct Cryptopia exchange is trying again with a new exchange product called Assetylene. The exchange, which touts itself as “New Zealands most advanced crypto trading platform,” is run by Adam Clark, the former founder and programmer for Cryptopia. Cryptopia went into liquidation on May 15 after a major hack that drained an estimate $16 million-worth of crypto last year. Most recently the stolen funds are currently moving out of the hacker’s wallets and onto various exchanges. One would…

Switzerland’s SIX Stock Exchange Is Working on a Swiss Franc Stablecoin

SIX, the Swiss national stock exchange group, is working on creating its own “stablecoin” – a cryptocurrency pegged to the Swiss franc – to facilitate transactions on the SIX Digital Exchange (SDX), CoinDesk has learned. A spokesman for SIX confirmed the move in an email, telling CoinDesk: “Yes, we are currently working on a CHF Stable Coin – so Swiss franc.” SIX could not provide any further detail on whether the Swiss franc-backed coins would be for private use within SDX (like JPMorgan Chase’s feted JPM Coin) or exist publicly…

Crypto Exchanges Bitfinex and Ethfinex Jointly Launch Initial Exchange Offering Platform

Major cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex and its spin-off Ethfinex have launched a new initial exchange offering (IEO) platform dubbed Tokinex. The news was revealed in a press release shared with Cointelegraph on May 21. As reported, IEOs have recently emerged as an alternative model of token offering wherein a centralized crypto exchange acts as a form of underwriter. The exchange, besides operating the sales, ostensibly vets both the projects themselves and prospective investors. Tokinex will reportedly use Know Your Customer (KYC) checks powered by the Blockpass mobile app for each sale…

Zimbabwe Stock Exchange Eyes Blockchain-Based Products, Needs Regulatory Clarity

Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) chief executive Justin Bgoni says ZSE is interested in adopting blockchain technology if regulatory certainty can be achieved, according to a report by local news daily The Chronicle on May 20 Bgoni, while in favor of blockchain technology, is waiting to apply blockchain technology at ZSE until regulatory certainty issues have been resolved: “Then there is the money side to blockchain technology. This is a bit difficult, in terms of regulation, we are not yet clear on this and we do not want to do something…