G7 Task Force Releases Full Report on Impact of Global Stablecoins

A G7 task force reports that stablecoins, such as Facebook’s Libra, present significant risk to the global financial system but also have potential in the field of payments. Doubling down on regulations On Oct. 18, in a report requested by the G7 Finance Ministers and central bank Governors, the relevant task force confirmed that the group of the seven wealthiest nations would not allow any global stablecoin to launch without adequately addressing the related challenges and risks. Cointelegraph reported on an unpublished draft of the same report on Oct. 14.…

Sudden Cyworld Shutdown Puts Clink Crypto Investors at Risk: Report

South Korea’s Cyworld social media platform shuttered its services on Oct. 1 without giving any prior notice, English-language local media The Korea Times reported on Oct. 14. What’s more, the website for its Clink (CKCT) crypto-asset has also become inaccessible. In response to the news, local cryptocurrency exchanges supporting Clink, namely CoinZest and BitSonic, are now considering delisting the token. Moreover, some investors who bought Clink are reportedly considering filing a lawsuit against Cyworld and its CEO, Jeon Jae-wan. Great losses are expected for investors Unspecified industry officials reportedly estimate…

Crypto ‘Sextortionists’ Turn to Litecoin to Avoid Detection: Report

Litecoin (LTC) and other alts are becoming increasingly prevalent among crypto “sextortionists” since they allow to avoid detection more easily, a new research says. According to cybersecurity firm Cofense’s new report published on Oct. 8, malicious actors are gradually starting to shift their focus from Bitcoin (BTC) to specifically avoid detection by specialized email filters. The report states: “As enterprises began writing detection rules to block those emails, threat actors modified the text by replacing it with an image, which prevented key words from being identified by Secure Email Gateways…

Crypto Markets Report Mild Gains, While Binance Coin Jumps 7%

Sunday, Oct. 13 — Bitcoin (BTC) continues to bounce around the $8,400 price mark, while most of the top-20 coins by market capitalization report slight gains. Market visualization. Source: Coin360 Cryptocurrency markets are seeing mild gains, generally within a tight range of 1–2%. Binance Coin (BNB), the number eight coin by market capitalization, is the only top-20 coin that that stands out and is surging more than 7.5%.  Bitcoin has been bouncing between $8,300 and $8,400 for most of the day. The world’s most popular cryptocurrency traded from an intraday low…

Hyundai’s Blockchain Arm to Set Up $10M Fund for Mainnet Launch: Report

Hdac Technology, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group, plans to set up a $10 million blockchain investment fund in 2019. Hdac testnet to launch in November 2019 Hdac will spend the funds to launch its mainnet as well as to develop decentralized applications, support new industry startups and create an ecosystem with a “cryptocurrency compensation system,” Korean outlet The Financial News reported on Oct. 6. Hdac, issuer of Hyundai token (HDAC), is planning to release its mainnet in Q1 2020, the report notes. As…

UK Financial Regulator’s Crypto Investigations Surge 74% in 2019: Report

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the United Kingdom’s primary financial regulator, has seen a 74% rise in crypto-related investigations in 2019 so far. A local law firm reveals the data According to London-based law firm Pinsent Masons’ data, the number of the FCA’s investigations into cryptocurrency businesses has surged from 50 cases in 2018 to 87 cases in 2019, according to the Financial Times’ report on Oct. 7. The outlet notes that this number includes both early-stage scrutiny and extensive enforcement investigations. Crypto can benefit from increased scrutiny David Heffron,…

Coinbase in Talks to Acquire Rental Startup Omni’s Engineering Staff: Report

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase is said to be in talks to acquire the human assets of Omni, a Ripple-backed rental and storage firm. According to a report from TechCrunch this weekend, Coinbase may grab Omni’s engineering team to further develop its Coinbase Earn product. Coinbase told the tech news site no deal is on the table currently, however. The acquisition comes amidst layoffs for the rental company, which let seven members of its operations staff go last week. The engineering team has also received interest from Thumbtack, a marketplace for professional services.…

Algorand’s Venture Arm Loses up to $2M in Hot Wallet Breach: Report

Algo Capital, an investment arm of United States-based blockchain firm Algorand, has lost roughly $1–2 million in Tether (USDT) stablecoins and Algorand (ALGO) tokens after its CTO Pablo Yabo’s mobile phone was compromised. The breach allowed hackers to gain access to Yabo-managed Algo hot wallet, a source familiar with the matter told Coindesk on Oct. 5. The total amount of damages was reported in an email by the company’s CEO David Garcia. He confirmed the security breach and claimed that the firm passed the details of the incident to its…

PayPal May Ditch Facebook’s Libra Over ‘Regulatory Scrutiny’: Report

Payment processor PayPal has sparked fresh concerns that it has cold feet about joining Facebook’s Libra digital currency. Libra “Pre-work” is not enough for PayPal As news agency Financial Times reported on Oct. 3, PayPal did not attend a meeting of 28 Libra backers on Thursday. The developments come on the back of existing rumors that up to three more of those backers are also considering quitting their roles as future node operators. The Times quoted a person close to PayPal as saying: “It doesn’t seem that there was a…

PayPal Might Withdraw From Libra Association: Report

One of the founding Libra Association members may be on the verge of pulling out. The Financial Times reported Thursday that payments firm PayPal is considering leaving the Facebook-initiated crypto project due in part to the regulatory backlash Libra has received in recent months. According to the Financial Times, PayPal representatives did not attend a Libra Association meeting on Thursday, in what may be a sign of the broader turmoil. Facebook first revealed Libra in June, unveiling a grand ambition of providing financial services to more than a billion unbanked…