QuadrigaCX Has $21 Million in Assets and Owes $160 Million: EY Report

QuadrigaCX, the Canadian crypto exchange that collapsed after the death of its CEO and founder late last year, has just $21 million in assets, but owes creditors $160 million, its court-appointed monitor and trustee said. The latest report by Ernst and Young (EY), which is dated May 1 but appears to have been published in the last few days, outlines three legal entities affiliated with the exchange – Quadriga Fintech Solutions Corp., Whiteside Capital Corporation and 0984750 B.C. Ltd., each of which is presented as its own bankrupt firm. As a…

‘Predatory’ Bots Exploiting Decentralized Crypto Exchanges: Report

Arbitrage bots are exploiting “inefficiencies” in decentralized exchanges (DEX), according to a report. Citing recent research from Cornell Tech, Homeland Security News Wire said on Monday that such cryptocurrency platforms are being used by “predatory users” to profit from everyday trades, “siphoning millions or possibly billions of dollars a year in cryptocurrency.” In some cases, high fees are paid to prioritize certain transactions, posing a security threat to entire blockchains, the piece said. According to the article: “Like high-frequency traders on Wall Street, these bots exploit inefficiencies in DEXes, paying high transaction…

A New Report Shows People Are Warming Up to Bitcoin

A Medium post published by Spencer Bogart, a general partner at Blockchain Capital, compares data collected from a set of surveys from October 2017 and April 2019 containing identical questions (plus a few new ones). The results, compiled from an online survey taken by 2,029 American adults, reveal that Bitcoin has been growing in the eyes of the public, despite its shrinking price. Overall, the results show that more people have heard about Bitcoin now than during the middle of the last hype cycle, when the October 2017 survey was…

Crypto Exchanges Huobi and Fisco Investigated by Japan Watchdog: Report

Cryptocurrency exchanges Huobi Japan and Fisco are said to have been investigated by the country’s financial watchdog last week. A Reuters report on Tuesday, citing “two sources familiar with the matter” said that the Financial Services Agency (FSA) visited the two exchanges to assess their customer protection and anti-money laundering (AML) provisions. Japanese exchanges run by the two firms have recently seen big changes at the management level, and the FSA investigation was aimed to ensure whether adequate compliance measures are in place under the new regimes, according to the sources.…

Mueller Report: Russia Used Bitcoin to Fund DNC Hacks

An intelligence branch of the Russian government used bitcoin to fund its cyberwarfare efforts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the Mueller Report claims. The culmination of a two-year investigation, the “Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election” details the findings that Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team uncovered during their inquiry into whether or not the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to hamper Hillary Clinton’s 2016 run for the presidency. United States Attorney General William Barr claimed in late March that…

Bakkt Exchange May Be Seeking New York License for Crypto Custody: Report

The owner of the New York Stock Exchange, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), is reportedly eyeing a New York license for its long-delayed crypto exchange Bakkt. With Bakkt’s launch having been held up for five months, apparently over persuading the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to approve it to custody bitcoin for its planned physically-delivered futures contracts, ICE apparently sees a license from the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) as a possible solution, a Bloomberg report citing several sources said Thursday. A physically settled contract means buyers would receive the actual commodity – bitcoin – at…

In Fourth Report, QuadrigaCX Court Monitor Recommends Bankruptcy Proceedings

QuadrigaCX monitor Ernst & Young suspects that the beleaguered exchange’s late CEO, Gerald Cotten, may have been financing personal expenditures with company funds, and it is now recommending that the assets in Cotten’s estate be placed under a preservation order. In January, the exchange announced that it was insolvent, owing clients roughly $250 million CAD, after Cotten died of septic shock while honeymooning with his wife, Jennifer Robertson, in Jaipur, India. Since Cotten’s death, the exchange filed for creditor protections in the Nova Scotia court system and the court has…

Most Crypto Exchanges Still Don’t Have Clear KYC Policies: Report

The crypto exchange industry may be far less compliant than it appears. As revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, a global study of 216 exchanges by the reg-tech startup Coinfirm found 69 percent of these businesses do not have “complete and transparent” know-your-customer (KYC) procedures. The study also found that only 26 percent of exchanges had a “high” level of anti-money laundering (AML) procedures, such as ongoing transaction monitoring and in-house compliance staff with experience in AML. While some people may see anonymous trading as a feature of the cryptocurrency market, it…

Report From Former CFTC Chairman Calls for Advanced Crypto Regulations

A recent report published for the Brookings Institution is calling for enhanced regulations on cryptocurrencies. The report was authored by Harvard University fellow Timothy Massad, who served as chairman of the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) during the administration of Pres. Barack Obama. The report dubbed “It’s time to strengthen the regulation of crypto-assets” addresses the purported need for better regulation on digital currencies, the illicit use of cryptocurrencies, as well as measures for reducing the risk of cyber attacks. The report also provides direct recommendations of how…

Crypto Finance Startup Circle Seeking Further $250 Million in Funding: Report

Crypto finance startup Circle Internet Financial is reportedly looking to raise a further $250 million in funding. A report from The Information on Saturday, citing a source with knowledge of the matter, said that Circle is seeking to raise the funding via a combination of equity and debt financing. They added that the reason for the move is that the firm’s business has been affected by the prolonged cryptocurrency bear market. Circle has not confirmed the source’s claim, The Information said. The Goldman Sachs-backed firm has previously raised at least $246 million, according…