CryptoSlate Wrapped Daily: Wintermute hacked of $160M, SEC claim jurisdiction over Ethereum transactions

The biggest news in the cryptoverse for Sept 20 includes Wintermute losing $160 million to DeFi operation hack, Ethereum developer confirming that Shanghai upgrade will not unlock staked ETH, Experts arguing that SEC cannot claim jurisdiction over Ethereum transactions, MicroStrategy buys an additional 301 Bitcoin for $6 million. CryptoSlate Top Stories Wintermute reveals $160M hack … Read more

CryptoSlate Wrapped Daily: Coinbase bankrolls Tornado Cash users’ lawsuit; Terra Classic makes 1,900% comeback led by community

The biggest news in the cryptosphere for Sept. 8 includes Coinbase financing the lawsuit against the U.S. Treasury Department over Tornado Cash, Terra Classic’s community-led revival and an attack on the New Free DAO protocol. CryptoSlate Top Stories Bitcoin holds steady as ECB implements 75 bps rate hike Despite European Central Bank’s (ECB) announcement regarding … Read more

CryptoSlate Wrapped Daily: BTC short liquidations reach $9M, Ava Labs CEO deems CryptoLeaks’ allegations ‘conspiracy theory’

The biggest news in the cryptoverse for Aug. 29 includes the liquidation of $9 million in Bitcoin shorts, a report showing that the majority of GameFi investors are interested in profit rather than gameplay and Ava Labs’ CEO denying CryptoLeaks’ allegations that it had a deal with law firm Roche Freedman to use “litigation as … Read more

Celsius sues KeyFi, alleges Jason Stone stole over 1,000 ETH of investor funds for NFTs

Jason Stone of KeyFi filed a lawsuit against Celsius, claiming that Celsius owed KeyFi “millions of dollars,” and now Celsius returned fire by suing KeyFi and Jason Stone for the mismanagement and theft of client funds. The complaint describes KeyFi and Stone as “extraordinarily inept at the investment strategies they were undertaking.” The legal complaint … Read more

Circle ‘blacklists’ all Tornado Cash ETH addresses effectively freezing USDC

Circle’s USDC has “blacklisted” all Ethereum addresses owned by Tornado Cash listed in the US Treasury Department’s sanction against the protocol. A Twitter bot named USDC Blacklist, which scrapes the blockchain for USDC blocklists, highlighted the issue as it tweeted multiple times through Monday after the sanction was issued. The USDC “Blacklist Policy” states that … Read more

Belarusian crypto exchange stops trading for Russians over war in Ukraine

Announced in a blog post published on Tuesday, April 12, the Belarusian crypto exchange Currency.com says it will restrict its services for Russian users following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year. “The Russian invasion of Ukraine brought violence and disorder to the people of Ukraine. We condemn the Russian aggression in the strongest … Read more

Ex-Ethereum dev given 5 year sentence over helping North Korea evade sanctions

Former Ethereum Foundation developer Virgil Griffith was sentenced to 5 years in prison after pleading guilty to a one-count charge of conspiracy to violate the U.S. International Emergency Economic Powers Act, Bloomberg News reported. Ignored warning His offense was helping North Korea to evade sanctions by attending a 2019 blockchain and cryptocurrency conference in Pyongyang. … Read more

Confirmed: Russians do not evade sanctions using crypto, Chainalysis

As Russia’s war in Ukraine continues, cryptocurrencies are taking on an important role in the conflict, but not in the capacity of evading sanctions on Russian entities or oligarchs. On the contrary, crypto has proven itself to be very useful in supporting Ukraine as users around the world have donated over $56 million in cryptocurrency … Read more

Cato Institute slams Sen. Warren’s sanctions evasion bill: “collateral damage”

Last week U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), along with ten other democrat senators, introduced a bill to block cryptocurrency companies from conducting business with sanctioned companies, fearing cryptocurrencies might constitute a vehicle for evading sanctions against Russia in the ongoing war with Ukraine. In short, the Digital Asset Sanctions Compliance Enhancement Act of 2022, as … Read more

Why Russia can’t use crypto to evade sanctions

As the war in Ukraine is continuing on its sixth day, sanctions imposed on Russia are both widening and deepening. More and more countries and international institutions are implementing sanctions, and the sanctions already in place are getting tougher on the Russian regime. While sanctions imposed on the infrastructure of traditional finance and payments have … Read more