Japanese Prosecutors Want Former Mt Gox CEO Jailed for 10 Years

The former CEO of the now-defunct bitcoin exchange Mt Gox, Mark Karpeles, could face up to decade in prison if prosecutors have their way. According to the Nikkei Asian Review, prosecutors are seeking a 10-year jail term for Mark Karpeles for embezzlement. Among the claims made by prosecutors at the Tokyo District Court include the …

Crypto Exchange KuCoin Proved its Legitimacy by Raising $20 Million

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Singapore-based KuCoin, a major crypto exchange with an active and loyal user base, has secured $20 million in a funding round led by $20 billion venture capital firm IDG. Michael Gan, the CEO of KuCoin, wrote, “Today, we are thrilled to announce that we have closed our Series A Round of Funding, …

Crypto Exchange QuadrigaCX Clashes with Bank over $22 Million in Frozen Funds

QuadrigaCX, Canada’s largest cryptocurrency exchange has been denied access to CA$28 million of its funds domiciled in the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) since January 2018. The company, based in Vancouver has reacted furiously after the bank decided to freeze several accounts operated by Quadriga’s payment processor. Legitimate Question or Conjecture? The Globe and …

Brazil’s Biggest Brokerage Processes Bitcoin Trades, Gov’t Supportive

Grupo XP, the largest independent brokerage in Brazil, has publicly released its plans to launch a Bitcoin and Ethereum trading platform by the end of 2018. Guilherme Benchimol, the chief executive officer of Grupo XP and XP Investimentos SA, stated that the business will integrate Bitcoin and Ethereum into the existing infrastructure of the brokerage, …

How the Recent $60m Crypto Hacking Attack Will Impact Japanese Market

Zaif, a major crypto exchange in Japan, was hacked this week, losing nearly $60 million in user funds in a high profile security breach. Local publications including Japan Times reported that 6.7 billion yen was stolen by an unknown group of hackers, 2.2 billion yen in corporate funds and 4.5 billion yen in user funds …

Kraken CEO Powell ‘Thanks’ New York AG For Its Crypto Research

Jesse Powell, CEO of Kraken, doesn’t like the way the New York State cryptocurrency regulators have treated him, but he doesn’t think their research is without its merits. After calling the regulators abusive in an earlier tweet today, he followed up by tweeting that the agency’s research in a recently released report has saved his …

Global Bitcoin ATM Market to be Worth $145 Million by 2023: Report

As cryptocurrency awareness and adoption grows, the bitcoin ATM market is forecast to expand at a CAGR of over 50% in a five-year period. This is according to a study conducted by business-to-business research firm MarketsandMarkets indicating that the cryptocurrency ATM market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 54.7% between 2018 and …

Crypto Exchange BitMEX Rents World’s Most Expensive Offices in Hong Kong

Bitcoin may not be reaching for the ‘moon’ [yet] but BitMEX is reportedly going after something else whose price has been skyrocketing – offices in Hong Kong. According to the Hong Kong Economic Times, leveraged bitcoin trading firm BitMEX has just taken occupancy of the most expensive offices in the world. Per the business publication, …

South Korean Crypto Exchange Bithumb Re-opens Deposits & Withdrawals

South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb will resume deposit and withdrawal services on Saturday at 11 am KST. The exchange had suspended all deposits and withdrawal services on its platform following the June hack on a hot wallet, which led to the loss of tokens valued at over $30 million. Hacked Crypto Exchange Bithumb Unfreezes Withdrawals …

Binance Will Face Tough Competition in South Korea, But Has a Solid Chance

Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, is planning an expansion into South Korea, the third biggest cryptocurrency market behind Japan and the US. South Korea’s Unique Market Structure In South Korea, two major digital asset trading platforms have had dominance over the crypto exchange market for several years. UPbit, an exchange created and developed by …