U.S. Treasury Lists BTC Addresses for Sanctioned Individuals
An interesting precedent: the U.S. Treasury Department, which makes lists of individuals subject to financial sanctions, for the first time included bitcoin addresses associated with individuals in the list of requisites. The pioneers became two Iranian citizens — Ali Khorashadizadeh and Mohammad Ghorbaniyan — prior to this novelty, the Department’s list included such details as regular and e-mail addresses, passport data, known aliases, etc.
Both Iranians appear on the list as persons to whom secondary level sanctions apply. The American authorities have reason to believe that Horashadizade and Gorbanyan were involved in financial transactions related to a ransomware virus SamSam. This attack in recent years has affected more than 200 victims, including corporations, hospitals, universities, and government bodies.
Huobi Unveils Crypto Derivatives Platform & Votes on HT Future
The Huobi platform expects big changes in relation of its own Huobi (HT) tokens. The exchange will hold a vote, according to the results of which the future of HT tokens will be decided. Huobi will offer token holders to buy them out and distribute as its normally done or burn them.
Also Huobi, has launched its platform for trading derivatives in digital currencies. The presentation of the platform called Huobi Derivative Market (Huobi DM) was held at the Cryptofrontiers conference in New York yesterday. The company is positioning its new service as a means of engaging users in the trading of derivative financial instruments, in this case, derivatives for the cryptocurrency.
Head of AriseBank Faces 120 Years in Prison
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested the CEO of the AriseBank cryptocurrency project Jared Rice. He was charged with organizing a fraudulent scheme. Jared Rice advertised AriseBank as “the first decentralized bank”. The entrepreneur promised investors bank accounts insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Visa-related debit and credit cards, and cryptocurrency services based on AriseCoin's own token.
The Northern District of Texas Prosecutor’s Office believes that AriseBank actually was not authorized to conduct banking operations in Texas, was not insured by the FDIC, and did not have any partnerships with Visa. Prosecutors say Rice scammed the investors by $4 million.
- Binance Moves Funds, Causing Users Panic
This morning, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange Binance made dozens of large transfers from its main wallets to third-party addresses
- Oil Companies Launch Blockchain Platform for Commodity Trading
The consortium, which included BP and Shell, as well as a number of large global banks, announced the official launch of the Blockchain platform Vakt.
- Crypto Game World of Ether Launches
World of Ether has finally launched on the уthereum main network following 11 months of development and leading to havoc as so many people tried to play at once.
At 19:20 (GMT) total cryptocurrency market capitalization stands at $137.6 billion
Bitcoin Private (+35.94) showed the best growth in the top-10
The trading volume of cryptocurrencies for 24 hours reached $18.77 (-0.54 billion per day)
- BTC $1.55 for 10 TH/s
- ETH $0.12 for 10 MH/s
- BCH $3.26 for 1 TH/s
- LTC $2.81 for 1 GH/s
- DASH $0.03 for 1 GH/s