Polish Bank Verifies Documents With Ethereum Blockchain

Alior Bank, a bank based in Warsaw, Poland, is using the public Ethereum blockchain to authenticate its clients’ documents, according to a report by Forbes on June 17. According to the report, when a client at Alior receives a document, they can now verify its authenticity by following a website link to its spot on the public blockchain. This means that customers can verify that the document in question was in fact issued, in the exact wording provided, when the bank claims. The blockchain technology lead at Alior, Piotr Adamczyk,…

Spanish Law Enforcement Arrests 35 Suspects for Bank Fraud, BTC Money Laundering

Spanish law enforcement arrested 35 people for allegedly counterfeiting banking cards and laundering the proceeds through bitcoin (BTC), local media La Verdad reports on June 14. Per the report, the organization obtained over €600,000 ($674,000) and laundered over €1 million ($1.2 million) using bitcoin. Furthermore, the Command of Alicante reportedly solved a total of 1,020 connected cybercrimes during the operation. The alleged actions of the suspects — who are from Equatorial Guinea, Spain, Nigeria, Cameroon and Morocco — had a total of 219 victims in Spain, with 20 more in…

Facebook Recruits Bank Lobbyist for Regulatory Assist with Crypto GlobalCoin

By CCN Markets: Facebook has just hired a senior UK bank lobbyist ahead of GlobalCoin launch to help the company cope with European regulations. According to the Financial Times, Facebook will employ Standard Chartered European Head of Corporate and Public Affairs Ed Bowles from September as its London-based director of public policy. Bowles leaves Standard Chartered after 12 years to join Facebook, the company that is expected to release the whitepaper of its upcoming centralized cryptocurrency, GlobalCoin, in four days. Regulatory Compliance in the Spotlight As Facebook had been facing…

Major Korean Bank Signs MoU With Atomrigs Lab to Explore Crypto Asset Management

This article has been updated to correct the name of Atomrigs Lab. Major South Korean commercial lender KB Kookmin Bank has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with blockchain technology firm Atomrigs Lab to jointly explore digital asset management and protection solutions. The news was released at a press conference at the bank’s office in Seoul on June 11. The MoU — signed yesterday, June 10, in Seoul — establishes that the two partners will focus on digital asset market growth and new crypto-related businesses, according to Korean news outlet Yonhap…

Philippines’ Central Bank Will Continue to Closely Monitor Crypto, Citing Terror Financing

The governor of the Philippines’ central bank, Benjamin Diokno, has warned against the potential use of cryptocurrencies for terrorism financing and underscored that the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will continue to closely monitor their use in the country. The news was reported by local English language newspaper The Philippine Star on June 10. In addition to Diokno’s remarks, BSP Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo reportedly provided further insights into the institution’s stance toward cryptocurrencies during the launch of an unnamed book about bitcoin (BTC). Diokno ostensibly criticized bitcoin’s potential to…

Russia’s Largest Bank Confirms It Will Not Develop Crypto-Related Services

The CEO of state-owned Russian bank Sberbank has officially confirmed the institution’s decision to not develop crypto-related services, local financial publication Banki.ru reports on June 7. Herman Gref, Sberbank CEO and a former minister of economics and trade of Russia, claimed that the bank has never had any ambitious plans in the crypto space. Instead, the bank will now focus on blockchain applications for its services. Gref reportedly made his comments in an interview with local free-to-air TV channel NTV at the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum. Gref stated that…

Thailand’s Largest Commercial Bank Retracts Tweet Indicating Plans to Use Ripple’s XRP

Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), Thailand’s largest commercial bank, has denied it plans to start using Ripple’s XRP token, contrary to earlier indications. The bank’s denial was communicated in a tweet published on June 7. The bank’s denial was prompted by an earlier post on social media dated June 5, when the bank’s official Twitter handle had responded to a user’s question regarding XRP and revealed ostensible plans to announce details of an unspecified “XRP system […] soon.” With the June 5 tweet having since been deleted, SCB today has firmly…

Reserve Bank of India Denies Involvement in Draft Bill to Ban Cryptocurrencies

The Reserve Bank of India is denying any knowledge of a proposed ban on cryptocurrencies — despite reports that a number of governmental agencies have backed the draft legislation — according to a Right to Information request filed on June 4. Varun Sethi, a lawyer specializing in blockchain, filed the inquiry into the RBI’s involvement with “Banning of Cryptocurrencies and Regulation of Official Digital Currencies Bill 2019″ draft, following a report from the Economic Times. The legislation would ban the sale, purchase, and issuance of all types of cryptocurrencies. Bank…

Think Tank Tells Swiss National Bank to Launch Swiss Franc Token, Embrace DLT

Switzerland’s national bank should work with large industry players to develop a Swiss franc token, according to a report by the Avenir Suisse think tank on June 4. Avenir Suisse is an independent privately funded think tank, with a yearly budget of reportedly 5 million Swiss francs ($5 million). Despite the opportunities that distributed ledger technology (DLT) is creating in the country’s finance industry — especially in trade finance, asset management and capital markets — researchers argue that the debate surrounding digitization is focused too much on the risks. Avenir Suisse’s report claims that…

Crypto Exchange Bits Of Gold Wins Supreme Court Battle Over Bank Block

Cryptocurrency exchange Bits of Gold has won a notable legal victory over an Israeli bank in its bid to keep access to banking services. On Monday, the Israeli Supreme Court ordered Bank Leumi to allow the exchange ongoing access its services, according to a report by Finance Magnates. Bank Leumi had earlier moved to bar Bits of Gold after the bank classified cryptocurrency firms as gambling companies. The Supreme Court had made a temporary injunction on the matter back in February, allowing the firm to keep using Bank Leumi’s services…