WSJ Claim of $9 Mln Laundered Via Shapeshift Based on Flawed Investigation, Analysts Say

Analysts have accused the WSJ of using flawed investigative methods when reporting on alleged laundering via crypto exchange ShapeShift. Blockchain intelligence firm CipherBlade has accused the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) of using flawed investigative methods and thus overestimating the extent of alleged money laundering via crypto exchange ShapeShift. CipherBlade’s analysis of the WSJ report was […]

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French Financial Regulator Proposes Ban on Anonymous Cryptocurrencies

A French financial regulator has proposed to ban privacy-focused cryptocurrencies. The head of the Finance Committee of France’s National Assembly, Eric Woerth, is suggesting a ban on anonymous cryptocurrencies, or so-called privacy coins. Woerth expressed his position in a recent report on crypto assets and blockchain technology. In a forward to the report, Woerth considers […]

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Stanford Researchers Develop Privacy Mechanism for Ethereum Smart Contract

Researchers from Stanford University have developed a privacy mechanism called Zether, which is compatible with Ethereum and other smart contract platforms. Researchers from the Stanford University and Visa Research have developed a privacy mechanism for Ethereum (ETH) smart contracts. A paper describing the mechanism was published on Stanford University’s Applied Cryptography Group website on Feb. […]

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Funding Hate: The Far-Right’s Pivot to Crypto

As controversial figures on the right find themselves deplatformed, they increasingly turn to crypto for fundraising. Cryptocurrencies were never apolitical. The fateful 2008 Satoshi Nakamoto treatise did not appear in an ideological vacuum: Notions of online privacy, proactive use of cryptography for protecting individual freedom, and denationalization of currency that informed the Bitcoin creator’s vision […]

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US Federal Government: Confusing Regulation For Crypto, Full Clearance For Blockchain

With more influential voices in academia and politics speaking out against burdensome federal regulations, is change imminent? Individual US states seem to be in competition for the title of the most crypto-friendly in the Union – Ohio’s recent announcement of imminent crypto tax payments being the latest example. Meanwhile, federal authorities remain in disarray with regard […]

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U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Takes Interest in Investigating Blockchain Transactions

The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security has released a proposal, which invites interested parties to comment and design applications for blockchain forensic analysis. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking information about investigating and analyzing blockchains, including those used for privacy coins, according to a pre-solicitation notice published Nov. 30. DHS has released […]

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