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Ex Employee Stole $10M in Virtual Assets from Microsoft; Used Bitcoin to Hide the Theft

News from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington revealed in a press release on July 16 that a former employee of Microsoft is currently awaiting trial after being accused of mail fraud for scheme to steal virtual assets like gift cards worth over $10 million.The accused,

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Goldman Sachs ‘Looking at Potential’ of Creating Virtual Currency, CEO Reveals

Goldman Sachs is performing “extensive research” on tokenization, the group’s chief executive told France’s Les Echos newspaper on June 27.David Solomon said he believes global payment systems are heading in the direction of stablecoins — cryptocurrencies pegged to fiat assets such as the U.S. dollar.Although he stopped short of

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Researchers Uncover Threat of ‘Unusual’ Virtual Machine Crypto Mining

Cybersecurity firm ESET has detected what it describes as an unusual and persistent cryocurrency miner distributed for macOS and Windows since August 2018. The news was revealed in a report from ESET Research published on June 20.According to ESET, the new malware, dubbed “LoudMiner,” uses virtualization software — VirtualBox

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Legislators Endorse Virtual Asset Summit Convened in Response to Coming FATF Crypto Rules

Global legislators have voiced their support for a forthcoming summit in Osaka, Japan, which will be devoted to virtual asset service providers’ (VASPs) response to a new set of recommendations set forward by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). Cointelegraph Japan reported the news on June 19.According to the

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Japanese Regulator FSA Hears Arguments for not Calling Bitcoin a Virtual Currency

Japanese finance regulator the Financial Services Agency (FSA) no longer wishes to describe Bitcoin (BTC) as a virtual currency, Cointelegraph Japan reported on April 8, quoting minutes of a meeting originally held on March 4.During a plenary session at the 41st General Assembly of the Financial Council and the

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Central Bank of Lithuania Issues Updated Position on Virtual Assets and ICOs

The Bank of Lithuania has updated its position on virtual assets and initial coin offerings (ICOs), according to an announcement published on Feb. 14.The Bank of Lithuania initially issued a document detailing its position towards ICOs and digital currency in October, 2017, defining how and when virtual assets may be

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Wyoming Introduces a Bill Aiming to Define Virtual Currencies as Money

A bill meant to clarify the classification of cryptocurrencies has been introduced in the U.S. state of Wyoming Jan. 18, according to the official state legislature website.The bill places crypto assets into three categories: digital consumer assets, digital securities and virtual currencies. The bill defines assets falling in any of

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