US, UK, Canada, Australia, Netherlands Share Crypto Criminal Leads, Including a Potential $1B Ponzi Scheme

Officials from the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, and the Netherlands have shared data and identified more than 50 crypto-related criminal leads, including one case that could be a $1 billion Ponzi scheme. Officials Share Data on Global Crypto Crime The heads of tax enforcement from the Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement (J5) countries met in London this week to share intelligence and data to identify sources of illegal cross-border crypto activity, Bloomberg reported Friday. The J5 was formed in response to the call to action from the Organisation for…

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Number of Busted Illegal Crypto Mining Farms in Iran Nears 7,000

Authorities in Iran have shut down close to 7,000 unauthorized facilities for cryptocurrency mining in the past two years, local media revealed. According to a report, most of the illegal bitcoin farms were concentrated in five provinces of the Islamic Republic, including Tehran. Iran Continues Crackdown on Unlicensed Cryptocurrency Mining Iranian officials have unplugged and disbanded a total of 6,914 crypto farms operating without a mining license. This since authorities started clamping down on the illegal extraction of cryptocurrencies in 2020, the English-language Iranian daily Financial Tribune unveiled this week.…

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Crypto Market Rout Pulls the Floor out From Blue-Chip NFTs, Weekly Sales Down 64%

As markets slid in value during the past week, non-fungible token (NFT) floor values have dropped considerably. Blue-chip NFT collections like Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), Cryptopunks, and more have seen their floor values drop between 2-25% in the last 24 hours. NFT Floor Values Take a Significant Beating NFT sales have dropped 64.84% lower than the week prior during the last seven days. Nearly every popular NFT collection is down considerably when it comes to week-over-week sales. Otherdeed sales are down 90.31%, BAYC sales have slid 63.73%, Mutant Ape…

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Germany Declares Crypto Gains Tax-Free After 1 Year — Even if Used for Staking, Lending

The German Ministry of Finance has published a letter officially confirming that the sale of crypto assets is tax-free after one year even if the coins are used for staking and lending. How Crypto Gains Are Taxed in Germany The German Ministry of Finance announced Wednesday that it has published a letter on the income taxation of cryptocurrency, stating: This is the first time that there is a nationwide uniform administrative instruction on the subject. The finance ministry detailed that in a hearing that took place last year, one of…

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Biggest Movers: LUNA Climbs 1,500% Following Do Kwon Tweets, While AVAX and NEAR Fall on Saturday

Following tweets from Terra founder Do Kwon, LUNA surged by over 1,500% on Saturday. However, with several exchanges halting deposits, only those who entered at the very bottom have seen these gains. This comes as AVAX and NEAR both fell by over 20%. Avalanche (AVAX) Although LUNA was undoubtedly today’s biggest gainer, recent volatility and price action makes it almost impossible to truly analyze. However, another relative big mover in today’s session was AVAX, which fell by as much as 20%. AVAX/USD slipped to an intraday low of $29.55, which…

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Report: Terra Founder Do Kwon’s Spouse Seeks Police Protection After the LUNA and UST Fallout

Following the aftermath of the Terra blockchain tokens LUNA and UST losing significant value, reports indicate that the Terraform Labs founder Do Kwon’s apartment was visited by an unidentified person. Do Kwon’s spouse has requested protection from the Seongdong police in Seoul after the unknown person broke into the apartment building and rang the doorbell asking for Kwon. Unidentified Person Breaks Into Do Kwon’s Apartment Building Seeking Terra Founder’s Whereabouts, Kwon’s Spouse Seeks Help From Police Not too long ago, on May 1, 2022, the Terra blockchain token LUNA was…

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Bitcoin, Ethereum Technical Analysis: ETH Back Below $2,000, BTC Down 6% to Start the Weekend

Following a strong rebound on Friday, crypto prices moved back into the red today, with BTC falling below $30,000 to start the weekend. ETH also moved lower, as its own price slipped below the $2,000 level during Saturday’s session. Bitcoin On Saturday, bitcoin’s price fell below $30,000, as crypto bears returned to action to start the weekend. Following a rise of nearly 10% during Friday’s session, BTC/USD fell to an intraday low of $28,860.79 earlier today. Saturday’s decline comes after prices hit a peak of $30,924.80 yesterday, as LUNA appeared…

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Despite the Low Price, Bitcoin’s Hashrate Remains Elevated as Difficulty Taps an All-Time High

Amid the Terra blockchain meltdown, Bitcoin’s hashrate has been well above the 200 exahash per second range, at 212 EH/s at the time of writing. Bitcoin’s hashpower has remained high after reaching an all-time high on May 02, at block height 734,577. Moreover, while bitcoin miners continue to search for blocks, the network recorded another difficulty increase following the last hike on May 10, at block height 735,840. Bitcoin’s Security Has Never Been Stronger — Difficulty Reaches 31.25 Trillion Over the last 12 months, Bitcoin’s hashrate has continued to proliferate,…

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American Financial Infidelity Report: 2 out of 5 Survey Respondents Hid Their Crypto Purchases

A recent survey study has found that two out of five Americans in committed relationships have admitted to hiding a cryptocurrency purchase from their partner. The crypto-cheating partners believe disclosing the purchase would damage their relationship. Reasons for Not Disclosing Purchases A Circuit survey study that sought to determine the extent of financial infidelity among Americans has found that two out of five respondents hid cryptocurrency purchases from their partners. According to the survey findings, respondents that confessed to concealing crypto purchases from partners believe revealing such acquisitions would damage…

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Public Consultations Reveal Positive Interest in Bank of Israel’s Digital Shekel

A survey carried out by the central bank of Israel has returned mostly positive responses from stakeholders regarding the possible issuance of a digital shekel currency. Many of the participants in the public consultations support the continued development of the project, the regulator said. Bank of Israel Releases Results From Consultations on Digital Shekel Project Israel’s monetary authority has recently published a paper detailing the outcome of public consultations held to gather opinions from interested parties on its central bank digital currency (CBDC) project. The regulator announced it had received…

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