Report: Pony botnet virus lifts $220,000 from digital wallets

Posted on February 25, 2014

IT security company Trustwave claims that at least $220,000 in Bitcoin and other virtual currencies has been stolen from digital wallets through the Pony botnet. In a blog posted yesterday, the Chicago-based security services provider claims the Trojan virus-based attacks can steal funds from over 30 types of wallets. According to our data, the cyber […]

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Mt.Gox offline, rumored to have lost 744,400 BTC

Posted on February 25, 2014

Last night, Tokyo-based Bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox went offline, feeding rumors that the troubled company was planning to announce bankruptcy. Shortly after the site went down, a document titled “Crisis Strategy Draft” surfaced on Bitcoin forums, seemingly originating from Mt.Gox. The document claims that 744,400 BTC (roughly $350 million) were stolen from the site by hackers […]

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Report: 100 Bitcoin ATMs coming to Spain over next three months

Posted on February 24, 2014

According to a report published on Cryptocoins News, Spain will go from having one lone Bitcoin ATM in a Barcelona mall to having over 100 throughout the country. The ambitious plan is collaboration between ATM manufacturer PayMaQ and distributor Bbank, who aim to take advantage of Spain’s current lack of Bitcoin regulation. Under Spain’s current […]

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Australian government watching all Bitcoin-to-AUD conversions

Posted on February 24, 2014

In a report published earlier today on ZDNet, a representative from the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (Austrac) confirmed that the Australian government are tracking every visible conversion of Bitcoin into and out of Australian dollars (AUD). The anti-money laundering agency’s CEO, John Schmidt, made the statement while giving a statement before Australia’s Senate […]

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J.P. Morgan report examines Mt.Gox woes

Posted on February 24, 2014

In a report released today, investment banking giant J.P. Morgan examined the recent “saga” of troubled Bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox. Authored by Morgan’s head of foreign exchange strategy, John Normand, the one-page report is a follow-up to their more general profile on Bitcoin released earlier this month. The contents of the report itself seem to be […]

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“Bitcoin Bank” Neo opens in Cyprus

Posted on February 24, 2014

Earlier today, the offices of “bank like” Bitcoin service provider Neo opened in Cyprus. The company provides many of the financial services of a bank, such as savings and business accounts, as well as providing access to funds through a debit card-like system powered by their sister company, Bee. The launch is already being hailed […]

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Mt.Gox CEO Karpeles resigns from Bitcoin Foundation, wipes Twitter feed

Posted on February 24, 2014

Mt.Gox CEO Mark Karpeles quietly resigned from the Bitcoin Foundation yesterday. The resignation, which was effective immediately, was confirmed today by Bitcoin Foundation spokesman Jinyoung Lee Englund, speaking with the Reuters news agency. Immediately following the resignation, Mt.Gox also deleted the entire contents of it Twitter feed. There has been no comment from Mt.Gox about […]

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Report: Goldman Sachs weighs in on Bitcoin

Posted on February 23, 2014

Investment banking giant Goldman Sachs has made an initial assessment of Bitcoin, deeming it “a bit dangerous” as a commercial offering. In a report leaked to TechCrunch, the bank claims that “it has become hard to separate the effect of hype surrounding the currency from its fundamentals.” The Goldman report cites the lack of a […]

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Jordan’s central bank blocks financial companies from using Bitcoin

Posted on February 23, 2014

The Central Bank of Jordan initiated a new policy this week blocking financial companies from using Bitcoin. The bank’s Executive Director, Maha Bahu, informed The Jordan Times yesterday that the CBJ had released new rules to all banks in the Kingdom prohibiting them from dealing in all virtual currencies, and in Bitcoin in particular. The […]

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Senate Chairman gives nod to Bitcoin regulation task force

Posted on February 22, 2014

In what is likely to be seen as a step towards increased U.S. regulation of virtual currencies, the Chairman of the US Senate’s Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), Senator Tom Carper (D-Del), endorsed the creation of task force on the topic by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors. The “Emerging Payments Task Force” […]

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Tokyo police shut down Mt.Gox protest

Posted on February 22, 2014

Yesterday, police broke up the small, loosely organized protest outside Mt.Gox’s offices in Tokyo’s Shibuya district. Police told the protestors that the demonstration was illegal, and warned them not to return without a “demonstration license.” According to protest organizers, the police were called by other tenants of the building who had grown tired of the […]

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Overstock CEO: Bitcoin Isn’t Just A Publicity Stunt

Posted on February 21, 2014

Overstock.com’s CEO Patrick Byrne was profiled on Forbes today, speaking at length about his views on the future of Bitcoin. One of the most interesting revelations is that Byrne personally cashed out “several million dollars worth” of gold to convert to Bitcoin. This appears to directly contradict speculation that Overstock and other companies were adopting […]

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BitPay’s new payment protocol may make Bitcoin shopping easier

Posted on February 21, 2014

Bitcoin payment service provider BitPay just unveiled a powerful new tool for simplifying merchant transactions. The Bitcoin Payment Protocol enables users to simply “click on a payment link, or scan a QR code, and the wallet software offers two simple choices to the user, pay or don’t pay.” Current Bitcoin payment systems generally require users […]

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Bank of Thailand: Bitcoin may or may not be illegal

Posted on February 21, 2014

Last week, the Bank of Thailand issued a statement reversing its previous stance that trading in Bitcoin violated national law. This announcement prompted Thailand’s only Bitcoin exchange, Bitcoin Co Ltd, to resume trading in baht, the national currency. Yesterday, Thailand’s central bank issued a new statement that effectively reverses their last stance, once again calling […]

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As Mt.Gox drops below $100, the speculators circle overhead

Posted on February 21, 2014

The situation on the troubled Mt.Gox keeps getting worse. Early Friday morning, the price of Bitcoin dropped to $91.50 on the Tokyo-based exchange, well below the $550 average seen across other major exchanges. Although prices on Mt.Gox have been declining steeply since the exchange locked down user transactions earlier this month, falling below the $100 […]

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Winkdex: Winklevoss Twins debut new Bitcoin price index

Posted on February 20, 2014

The Winklevoss twins may well be the best-known faces of Bitcoin investment, and they’re hoping to leverage that small amount of fame with the launch of their new blended price index, the Winkdex. The “Winklevii” plan to use their new index to price assets in their upcoming Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust. Winkdex.com is powered by Math-based […]

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NY financial regulator Ben Lawsky talks Bitcoin on Reddit

Posted on February 20, 2014

Earlier today, New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) superintendent Ben Lawsky participated in a Bitcoin-themed Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit, offering a window into the state’s plans for future regulation of the cryptocurrency. Lawsky made headlines last week after sketching out a regulatory framework that would include a “BitLicense” for those doing business […]

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Central Bank of Brazil releases warning on virtual currencies

Posted on February 20, 2014

The Banco Central do Brasil issued a warning today about virtual currencies. The Brazilian central bank joins a chorus of skeptical voices in the banking industry, including Canada, Israel, India and China. The Brazilian bank’s statement outlines concerns familiar to anyone following cryptocurrencies, namely the lack of regulation, high price volatility and concerns about the […]

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Second U.S. Bitcoin ATM launches in Boston

Posted on February 20, 2014

Welcome to the start of the U.S. Bitcoin ATM boom. Following shortly after yesterday’s launch of the first such ATM in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bitcoin startup Liberty Teller powered up their Lamassu machine in Boston’s South Station. The busy subway station is Boston’s largest, and sees an estimated 25 million travelers a year pass through […]

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Mt.Gox plummets to $130

Posted on February 20, 2014

For the first time since last October, Bitcoin prices on Mt.Gox fell to $130 today. By comparison, prices on the other major exchanges have dipped only to around $570. The Mt.Gox price divergence has grown increasingly wide in the last week following the lockdown of withdrawals from the troubled Tokyo-based exchange, as well as growing […]

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Is PayPal building a Bitcoin-friendly wallet?

Posted on February 19, 2014

Speaking with Bloomberg TV yesterday, eBay CEO John Donahoe dropped interesting tidbit of information about PayPal’s plans for integrating digital currencies. Responding to a question from Street Smart‘s Matt Miller about looming competition from Bitcoin, Donahoe said: You can use digital currencies in the PayPal digital wallet, that’s in fact what PayPal is doing … […]

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Bank of Montreal closes Cointrader’s accounts

Posted on February 19, 2014

On Monday, Vancouver-based Bitcoin exchange Cointrader announced in a blog post that their corporate and customer account have been closed by the Bank of Montreal. The decision by Canada’s forth-largest bank follows recent negative comments about cryptocurrencies from Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. Flaherty’s comments noted that Bitcoin and related currencies represented a “threat” to […]

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Blockchain CEO donates $10,000 in Bitcoin to University of Puget Sound

Posted on February 19, 2014

In 2007, Nic Cary graduated from at Washington State’s University of Puget Sound with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Business Leadership Program. In the seven years since his graduation, Cary has done alright for himself thanks to savvy investments in Bitcoin. Now the CEO of Blockchain.info, Cary decided to make a fitting donation […]

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New warning on cryptocurrencies from Israeli regulators

Posted on February 19, 2014

Israel’s two major state financial regulators issued a joint statement today warning urging caution on “decentralized ‘virtual currencies’ (such as Bitcoin).” The statement from the Israeli Ministry of Finance and Bank of Israel (BoI) doesn’t introduce new regulation in the country, but it does serve as an indicator of current government thinking about Bitcoin and […]

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First U.S. Bitcoin ATM launches in Albuquerque

Posted on February 19, 2014

The race to bring the first Bitcoin ATM to the U.S. is over. Earlier today, Enchanted Bitcoin activated their Lammasu-made Bitcoin ATM at the Imbibe cigar bar in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The news comes on the heels of yesterday’s announcement of Austin and Seattle-bound machines by rival Bitcoin ATM manufacturer Robocoin. According to a report […]

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PassportParking brings Bitcoin to parking meters

Posted on February 18, 2014

North Carolina-based company PassportParking recently announced plans to include Bitcoin as a method of payment for their parking-payment apps. The company, which currently operates in 35 states, has partnered with BitPay to test their new payment model. Customers currently use the PassportParking app, available on both iOS and Android, to pay for metered parking spots […]

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CNN Money: A $50,000 Bitcoin?

Posted on February 18, 2014

Could Bitcoin actually be worth around $50,000? A story on CNN Money by Fortune‘s David Z. Morris suggests that this might not be too far off. Speaking with Susan Athey, professor of economics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Morris notes that Bitcoin is only a few steps away from having that valuation. Morris […]

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Low-Cost Bitcoin ATMs on the way

Posted on February 18, 2014

Yesterday, Helsinki-based Bitcoin marketplace LocalBitcoins.com announced the development of their first Bitcoin ATM. The machine is set to retail for around $2,750 (€1,990), making this the least expensive such device yet announced. The ATM allows both buying and selling of Bitcoin of fiat currency from any LocalBitcoin-held wallet, and is capable of at least some […]

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Seattle and Austin to get first U.S. Bitcoin ATMs

Posted on February 18, 2014

With new Bitcoin ATMs being announced on an almost daily basis for cities like London, Vancouver and Singapore, it was only a matter of time before the U.S. got in on the action. If Robocoin has its way, Seattle and Austin will be the first cities in the U.S. to have access to this still-experimental […]

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Report: Bitcoin price plunge could have been much worse

Posted on February 18, 2014

How bad have the recent Bitcoin price drops been for the overall market? Not as bad as they would have been six months ago, according to a report from investment firm Wedbush Securities. The 16-page report, titled ‘Bitcoin: Watch the Innovation, Not the Price,’ claims that the Bitcoin market has actually shown a surprising resilience […]

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More Bitcoin ATMs coming to London, Singapore

Posted on February 17, 2014

Residents in London and Singapore can expect to see new Bitcoin ATMs in city cafes next month thanks to Vancouver-based “Bitcoin Store” Bitcoiniacs. The company is planning on globally expanding the model already in use at the their Waves Coffee House location, combining a small brokerage office next to a Bitcoin ATM. According to an […]

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Coinplug releases new apps for South Korean market

Posted on February 17, 2014

South Korean Bitcoin exchange Coinplug has released three new Android apps to help spur adoption of the cryptocurrency in the country. Coinplug’s trio are familiar tools for the Bitcoin faithful: a wallet, a trading app and a self-contained point of sale (POS) system for merchants. These appear to be the first Bitcoin apps created specifically […]

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Thailand’s central bank approves Bitcoin exchange

Posted on February 17, 2014

In August of 2013, the Bank of Thailand released a strongly worded letter explaining that Bitcoin was an “illegal” form of currency in the country. Even though Thailand’s central bank lacked the authority to actually make trading in Bitcoin a crime, the disapproval was strong enough that public trading in Bitcoin was effectively halted in […]

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Mt.Gox claims withdrawals to resume soon

Posted on February 17, 2014

In a statement released earlier today, Mt.Gox announced plans unfreeze customer accounts “soon.” The announcement follows a terrible week for Mt.Gox, as Bitcoin prices on the troubled exchange tumbled to $220 over the weekend, over $400 lower than the values on the other major exchanges. On Saturday, Mt.Gox froze internal trading on the site while […]

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Suspicious SPAM: The 1 Satoshi Mystery

Posted on February 16, 2014

While the transaction malleability bug, DDoS attacks and massive problems at Mt.Gox have snagged many headlines this week, another mystery has been on the minds of Bitcoin experts: What’s with the flood of 1 Satoshi (0.00000001BTC) transactions being sent to random wallets? Bryan Chaffin at The Mac Observer takes a look at the situation, and […]

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Plummet: Mt.Gox Bitcoin value drops below $250, may be hacked

Posted on February 16, 2014

Bitcoin values at troubled Tokyo-based Bitcoin exchange plunged below $250 today, well under the $620 average seen on most other exchanges this morning. Given the rough week that Mt.Gox has had, the exact cause behind the latest price drop is difficult to pinpoint. One strong candidate, however, is the growing rumor that Mt.Gox itself was […]

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Feds lose $31 million from seized Silk Road Bitcoins

Posted on February 15, 2014

In October of last year, the FBI seized 144,336 Bitcoin from accounts belonging to the Silk Road black market site. By the start of 2014, those coins were valued at around $114 million. Unfortunately, Bitcoin’s value has taken quite a hit in recent months, resulting in a net loss to the Federal government of nearly […]

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BitPay announces Bitcore, new open-source project for Bitcoin apps

Posted on February 15, 2014

Bitcoin processor BitPay announced the beta launch of a new project called Bitcore yesterday. According to the project homepage, “Bitcore is a complete, native interface to the Bitcoin network, and provides the core functionality needed to develop apps for bitcoin.” BitPay’s announcement provided a few key details about the fundamental concept behind Bitcore, explaining: At […]

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Mt.Gox halts internal deposits

Posted on February 15, 2014

Earlier this week, Mt.Gox suspended all Bitcoin withdrawals from the site, citing vulnerabilities to the “transaction malleability” glitch, preventing customers from removing their funds from the site. Today, the Tokyo-based exchange took things a step further, blocking all deposits and internal transfers for a “short site maintenance update.” From the Mt.Gox press release: In order […]

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What the new Obama rules on marijuana money means for Bitcoin

Posted on February 15, 2014

Yesterday, the Obama administration announced new guidelines allowing the banking industry to do business with legal marijuana sellers. While this is clearly a game changing moment for the mainstream financial sector, the implications for the growing Bitcoin market will also be significant. To understand why, it’s worth remembering that Bitcoin first entered the mainstream consciousness […]

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Report: Transaction malleability, hour by hour

Posted on February 15, 2014

Last week’s transaction malleability scare made international headlines, once again bringing Bitcoin into the mainstream news. It was the cited cause of the total collapse of Silk Road 2.0, the glitch that forced both Mt.Gox and Bitstamp to freeze user accounts for a few days, and it put massive downward pressure on global Bitcoin value. […]

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Report: Bitcoins more likely to be spent than hoarded

Posted on February 14, 2014

According to a recent infographic report in the MIT Technology Review, “hoarded” Bitcoins account for only a tiny fraction of the overall volume of the currency. The overwhelming majority of newly mined coins are spent within 24 hours, the report says, casting doubt on the relevance of the 2012 reports claiming that 78% of the […]

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Mt.Gox BTC values briefly scratch $300

Posted on February 14, 2014

Only yesterday, we reported about the growing disparity between the value of a Bitcoin on Mt.Gox versus that same Bitcoin on any other exchange. Today’s prices have only amplified this trend, with trades on Mt.Gox reaching a recent low of $302, even as the price hovered well above $600 on most of the other major […]

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Bitstamp announces withdrawals will resume today

Posted on February 14, 2014

Earlier this week, citing the massive DDoS attack on Bitcoin infrastructure, Bitstamp halted all withdrawals from customer accounts. That freeze on customer accounts appears to be ending, as Bitstamp recently announced via Twitter and their website that they’ll be resuming withdrawal processing later today. Speaking with CoinDesk, Bitstamp CEO Nejc Kodrič says his team has […]

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Man confronts Mt.Gox CEO Karpeles over frozen Bitcoin accounts

Posted on February 14, 2014

Inspired by the recent three-day “sit in” protest at the Mt.Gox offices by Australian Bitcoin activist CoinSeacher, Kolin Burges decided to take action as well. The London-based software developer moved his holdings in Litecoin to Mt.Gox at the end of last year, only to see his funds completely frozen earlier this month. Fed up with […]

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New Silk Road hacked for $2.6 million via Bitcoin glitch

Posted on February 14, 2014

The latest incarnation of Bitcoin black market site Silk Road had been hit by the same “transaction malleability” glitch that recently took down Mt.Gox and Bitstamp. A message from site administrator “Defcon” was leaked to Reddit yesterday outlining the issues on Silk Road. According to the email, no account information was hacked, and all of […]

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London’s first Bitcoin ATM shipping soon

Posted on February 13, 2014

According to a report from the International Business Times, London will soon be receiving its first Bitcoin ATM. Global Bitcoin ATM’s spokesperson claims that the machine is being updated with new software and going through compliance testing before shipping to the U.K. capital. Coindesk reports that London may soon see a boom of Bitcoin-trading ATMs […]

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What is Jed McCaleb’s “secret Bitcoin project”?

Posted on February 13, 2014

The Bitcoin press has been abuzz today with the recent call for alpha testers for a “secret Bitcoin project” created by Jed McCaleb. Why all the interest? McCaleb is best known as the creator of the Mt.Gox (which he sold to investor Mark Karpeles in 2011), and one of the innovators behind today’s Bitcoin and […]

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Is Mt.Gox “effectively dead”?

Posted on February 13, 2014

Not all that long ago, Mt.Gox was the center of the Bitcoin world. It was the first major exchange to handle the virtual currency, and the largest by volume until last year. After a year-long series of blunders and one massive recent catastrophe, however, the users are fleeing the site in droves. The tech press […]

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New York regulator Ben Lawsky weighs in on recent Bitcoin woes

Posted on February 13, 2014

Ben Lawsky from New York’s Department of Financial Services made headlines yesterday after outlining his state’s plan for regulating Bitcoin, but his other comments about the cryptocurrency that may be more interesting. Speaking at Future Tense in Washington, DC, Lawksy weighed in on the recent price drops caused by the “transaction malleability” glitch. “I think […]

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Mt.Gox Bitcoin value dips below $500

Posted on February 13, 2014

It’s been a bad week for Mt.Gox. Once the largest and best-known Bitcoin exchange, the Tokyo-based trading center has been besieged by complaints and criticism following the exposure of a weakness in their code that fails to properly compensate for the “transaction malleability” bug, first revealed in 2011. Shortly after that revelation, Mt.Gox suspended currency […]

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Reserve Bank of India softens stance on Bitcoin

Posted on February 12, 2014

Speaking at a technology conference in Mumbai yesterday, new Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan spoke at length about Bitcoin’s future in India. While not altogether supportive of the cryptocurrency movement, Rajan’s presentation was far from the gloom and doom of RBI’s warning-laden Bitcoin statement in December. Rajan’s comments (reported by Techcrunch) were given […]

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Bitstamp becomes the latest victim in DDoS attack

Posted on February 12, 2014

Thanks to a prolonged distributed denial-of-service attack, Bitcoin exchange Bitstamp suspended withdrawals late Tuesday. The world’s third-largest Bitcoin exchange joins the long-troubled MtGox exchange in the fallout over the “transaction malleability” bug in the Bitcoin code. Speaking with Bloomberg News, Blockchain.info’s chief security officer Andreas Antonopoulos characterized the DDoS attacks as “a nuisance” aimed at […]

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New York regulator discusses “BitLicense” regulation plan

Posted on February 12, 2014

Benjamin Lawsky, superintendent of New York’s Department of Financial Services, gave details of his agency’s regulatory plan for Bitcoin transactions in the state. Speaking at the Future Tense conference in Washington, DC, Lawsky outlined the creation of a “BitLicense” for businesses using cryptocurrencies, making New York the first U.S. state to regulate the currency. “Our […]

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J.P. Morgan report bashes Bitcoin as “vastly inferior”

Posted on February 12, 2014

In a report released yesterday, J.P. Morgan’s head of foreign exchange strategy, John Normand, expressed a deeply critical view of Bitcoin and other digital currencies. The eight-page report examined the “risks and opportunities” of investment in cryptocurrencies, citing many significant concerns for large-scale bank investment. In particular, Normand believes that Bitcoin is “vastly inferior to […]

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