The project’s website, tornado.cash, has also been sanctioned.
The Github account of Tornado creators has been terminated.
Tornado Cash-related activity is being blocked by businesses. Tornado Cash-related cryptocurrency addresses were sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department earlier today, including 38 Ethereum accounts and six USDC addresses. The project’s website, tornado.cash, has also been sanctioned.
In return for a fee, clients may hide the source of their crypto assets using Tornado Cash and other mixers like AlphaBay. To hide the origin and destination of crypto assets, it combines funds that may be recognizable or contaminated with those that are not.
Two more firms have agreed to the terms of the agreement. Those addresses have been banned by Circle, the USDC stablecoin issuer. No official word from USDC, however scraping of USDC’s transactional data reveals that the forbidden addresses have been blocked.
Github Account Suspended
Blacklisting Tornado users may freeze more than $75,000 of their funds, according to one estimate. The Github account of Tornado creators Roman Semenov and Alexey Pertsev has been terminated in accordance with the sanctions. “My GitHub, account was just suspended,” Semenov posted on Twitter. “Is writing an open source code illegal now?”
A number of Tornado Cash-related GitHub pages have also been removed, however, it is unclear whether these accounts were removed willingly or by GitHub itself. Two blockchain advocacy groups, on the other hand, have spoken out against the sanctions despite their best attempts to comply.
The Treasury Department’s approach, according to Coin Center’s Jerry Brito, has been questioned since it sanctions a tool rather than a single individual accused of wrongdoing. The restriction “crosses a line that the US government has always respected,” Jake Chervinsky, CEO of the Blockchain Association, said in support of Coin Center’s claim.
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Is Dr. Ruja Ignatova the cryptocurrency world’s biggest scammer? The competition is fierce, there are so many faces and stories fighting for that spot, but none of them is on the FBI Most Wanted List. Dr. Ruja is. Great, but, why is NewsBTC revisiting the 2019 true crime podcast “The Missing Cryptoqueen”? Because Jamie Bartlett, the journalist behind the project, just released a new episode.
Episode 10 of The Missing Cryptoqueen is now out.
The hunt it back on: Israel, Dubai, Luxembourg, The Eurovision Song Contest & Krispy Kremes.
Is there new information? Did they FIND Dr. Ruja Ignatova? The only thing we know for sure is that there’ll be a few new episodes, and that’s all we needed to hear. A BBC production, “The Missing Cryptoqueen” features various music and sound design, witness testimonies, interviews, and sound bites. There’s even original music in this podcast extravaganza.
NewsBTC will produce companion pieces for each of “The Missing Cryptoqueen.” With summaries, quotes from the episode, and extra material from all over the web, this is the feature people didn’t know they needed. Have this window open as you listen to each episode, it’ll enhance the already phenomenal experience.
You can download episodes directly at the BBC, or listen to “The Missing Cryptoqueen” through Apple, Spotify, or iVoox.
About Episode One – Dr. Ruja
This is the introductory episode, it presents Dr. Ruja Ignatova and the OneCoin world. We feel the size of the scam, we hear the people that fell for it and the true believers. It begins with Bitcoin and Satoshi Nakamoto’s story, goes to a OneCoin seminar in Mbarara, a town in Western Uganda, and ends with Dr. Ruja’s disappearance in October 2017.
In “The Missing Cryptoqueen’s” first episode also shows us what a charismatic leader could do with bitcoin’s story and narrative. If Dr. Ruja Ignatova didn’t plagiarize, she at least was heavily inspired by Satoshi Nakamoto’s mystique and discourse. Using quotes from her speeches, we hear Dr. Ruja speaking about a rotten financial system and corrupt banking institutions. About the possibility of banking the unbanked and what that would do for the world. About bitcoin’s pizza day story and how that could happen to them.
However, Dr. Ruja’s OneCoin was better than bitcoin. It was here to replace it, in fact.
Whenever you hear that, run. That should’ve been the witnesses’ first warning. In episode one, we hear about the OneLife network. The social part of the scam. We hear from a UK victim who assisted to the webinars, from a OneLife employee and insider, and we listen to an African song about OneCoin. There’s emotion in all of their voices. And an open wound.
Near the end, we hear about 2017 and Dr. Ruja’s disappearance from people that were there at the scene. What happened? So far, there are nine more episodes of BBC’s “The Missing Cryptoqueen.” Let’s cover them all.
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Quotes From Ep. 01 – “Dr. Ruja”
“Then, in late 2017, Dr. Ruja disappeared. One of Europe’s richest women, a woman who seemed destined to change the world had vanished.”
“It was impossible not to be impressed by Dr. Ruja. She appeared on the front cover of prestigious business magazines, she has degrees from Oxford and Konstanz University and is fluent in several languages.”
“Thousands of people were filling stadiums to hear Dr. Ruja talk, to buy OneCoin and join this financial revolution.”
“But in October 2017, there was a big OneCoin event in Lisbon, Portugal and Dr. Ruja was scheduled to speak.”
Extra Material And Episode Credits
This guide’s extra material comes courtesy of the podcast series’s IMDB page. In the description, IMDB gives us a good overview of what to expect from “The Missing Cryptoqueen.”
“Dr Ruja Ignatova called herself the Cryptoqueen. She told people she had invented a cryptocurrency to rival Bitcoin, and persuaded millions to join her financial revolution, investing billions. Then she disappeared. Why? Jamie Bartlett spent months investigating how she did it for the Missing Cryptoqueen podcast, and trying to figure out where she’s hiding.”
This 2019 clip with producer Georgia Catt also qualifies as a trailer for what’s to come:
“She created this vision of herself using a bit of truth and a bit of fabrication, to create a convincing business genius…”
Presenter: Jamie Bartlett Producer: Georgia Catt Story consultant: Chris Berube Editor: Philip Sellars Original music and sound design: Phil Channell Original music and vocals: Dessislava Stefanova and the London Bulgarian Choir
You’re part of NewsBTC’s “The Missing Cryptoqueen’s” listening group by just reading these guides. Let’s explore Dr. Ruja Ignatova’s world together.
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Fantom (FTM) bounces back with a 5% rally in over 24 hours after it hit a massive low yesterday. On-chain metrics hint at a bull run. Still, buyers are still advised to be extra cautious.
FTM rallied 5% in the past 24 hours
Fantom’s on-chain metrics hinting a bullish movement
FTM experiencing strong selling pressure
FTM bulls are still trying to push through the resistance. Evidently, the downward movement in the past couple of weeks highlights that the lower timeframe is generally bearish.
Fantom Down Since August
Judging by the 12-hour chart, FTM is seen to spiral downward which has been in progress since August when Fantom breached below $0.38 as it retests the $0.33 resistance zone and key support at $0.286.
A higher timeframe range was also spotted on the charts from $0.31 to $.53. Notably, the $0.412 range has been the resistance and support level as seen since May.
The two-hour chart for FTM reveals that another range may be formed. One was able to reach the range of $0.242 to 0.217.
According toCoinMarketCap, FTM price has slumped by 5.41% or trading at $0.2221 as of this writing.
While there is a possibility of a breach, the positioning of FTM sets it for a downtrend, especially with the increase in selling opportunities.
FTM RSI At 64, Hinting At A Bullish Movement
The crypto’s relative strength index peaking at 64 shows an obvious bullish movement with the OBV moving sideways as seen in the past week. With that in mind, even with FTM bouncing back from its low, both the price action and OBV aren’t hinting at any breakout at this point.
The resistance zone which worked as the key support in September could make significant strides again in the next couple of hours.
While buying FTM is a tempting feat it will only be an advantage when you do so under certain circumstances like a bullish market. However, Fantom is not shooting for a long-term range and is in fact even leaning towards a long-term downtrend.
A low-risk short may be apparent in the $0.244 range. An hourly session that closes above the $0. 251 zone will invalidate the bearish momentum. The bearish targets are spotted right at the middle of the range and include their lows.
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After receiving approval from the Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution (ACPR), the world’s fastest-growing cryptocurrency platform, Crypto.com, announced today that it has been registered in France as a Digital Asset Service Provider (DASP) by the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF).
To acquire regulatory permission, Crypto.com underwent a comprehensive evaluation, with a focus on anti-money laundering and countering the funding of terrorism. With this registration, Crypto.com will offer clients in France a range of goods and services that are compliant with regional laws.
The European market is crucial to Crypto.com’s long-term expansion and success, thus CEO Kris Marszalek expressed his immense pride in the company’s recent AMF registration in France.
Kris Marszalek, CEO of Crypto.com said:
“The European market is central to the long-term growth and success of Crypto.com and we are tremendously proud to now receive registration in France from the AMF. We look forward to continuing to work with the AMF and the ACPR as we introduce our products and services in France, offering users a comprehensive, safe and secure crypto platform.”
With more than 50 million users globally, Crypto.com actively expands its ecosystem. Today’s approval is another feather in the hat after receiving in-principle approval for a Major Payment Institution License from the Monetary Authority of Singapore, registration approval as a cryptocurrency business from the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), provisional approval of its Virtual Asset License from the Dubai Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority, Electronic Financial Transaction Act and Virtual Asset Service Provider registration in South Korea, registration in Italy from the Organismo Agenti e Mediatori (OAM), registration in Greece from the Hellenic Capital Market Commission, registration in Cyprus from the Securities and Exchange Commission, regulatory approval from the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, and a pre-registration undertaking with the Ontario Securities Administration in Canada.
Anonymous has pledged to deploy a team for more findings.
Yuga Labs co-founder Greg Solano denied all claims.
The most popular NFT project, Bored Apes Yacht Club powered by Yuga Labs, has been under scrutiny from the hacktivist group Anonymous for what the group claims is the use of racist, fascist, and even pedophilia-related symbolism in their digital artwork.
According to the organization, BAYC NFTs “are infected with not one or two but with dozens of examples of esoteric symbolism and dog whistles reflecting nazism, racism, simianization, and paedophilia support.”
Multiple Degree of Allegations
The statement claims that the group felt it necessary to consider “before publicly citing our take on the allegations” by reviewing extensive documentation and speaking with many key players.
This proves “beyond a shadow of a doubt” that the BAYC and Yuga Labs were responsible for the concealment of these mysterious signs as per the organization. Furthermore, it said that individuals who dismiss its claims as “conspiracy theory” are “simply ignorant,” “not versed,” or “at a financial conflict of interest.”
In the video, Anonymous makes reference to holders, investors, partners, and prominent fans of BAYC and Yuga Labs.
Throughout the remainder of 2022 and into 2023, Anonymous has pledged to deploy a team “whose sole job will be to bring awareness to the findings and questions about the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT collection.”
Andreessen Horowitz, Mark Cuban, Neymar Junior, Kevin Hart, Shaquille O’Neal, and other celebrities, as well as major corporations including Lion Tree, Adidas, Tiffany & Co., and others, were targeted for investment.
According to a Medium article published by Yuga Labs co-founder Greg Solano in June, the firm was falsely accused of employing “super-secret Nazis” since its members included Jews, Turks, Pakistanis, and Cubans.
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On Monday, Snowden officially became a Russian citizen.
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U.S. cyberattacks and abroad surveillance operations have continued for over a decade after whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed the US government’s extensive surveillance infrastructure to spy on Americans and individuals throughout the world.
On Monday, Snowden officially became a Russian citizen. After releasing classified information in the United States, he has been hiding out in Russia since 2013. The disclosure spurred renewed debate about US-led cyberattacks and data theft both domestically and internationally.
Superior Cyber Capability Misused
When Snowden revealed the US government’s dirty laundry in 2013, he caused a sensation throughout the globe and exposed Washington’s rogue conduct. Contrary to its public statements in the international arena, the US government has violated the privacy of American citizens and the security, dignity, and interests of other sovereign countries, dealing a heavy blow to the US government’s image of self-proclaimed democracy, freedom, and defense of human rights. In addition, Washington shows no signs of ceasing its worldwide hacking and spying efforts.
Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) in China released a statement in June saying that its systems had been targeted by hackers from outside of China. Meanwhile, in September, researchers found evidence linking the hack to the US NSA’s Office of Tailored Access Operations (TAO), which collects data on cyber-warfare operations.
The United States has long used its superior cyber capability to launch relative assaults on other nations, doing so while disregarding the fundamental values of a civilized society for the sake of maintaining order and so inflicting the suffering of other countries. Snowden has been an advocate of cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin. Moreover, he has been involved in the development of Zcash, a privacy coin.
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In the initial release, built on Ethereum, users will only be able to pay in ETH.
Ribbon Finance also launched Ribbon Earn and Ribbon Lend.
The market for cryptocurrency derivatives is becoming more active. Ribbon Finance unveiled its new “high-performance” options exchange, Aevo, today. In the initial release, built on Ethereum, users will only be able to pay in ETH, but in the next months, support for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies will be added.
The core of the platform is a “custom” Ethereum rollup developed in-house, which Julian Koh, CEO and co-founder of Ribbon, describes as “a fork of Optimism with changes for Ribbon’s use case.” Koh stated that Aevo would have “deep liquidity at launch” because of the exchange’s collaborations with market makers focused on fiver options.
Options are financial contracts that provide buyers (“call option”) or sellers (“put option”) the right to acquire an asset at a certain time and price. Because they may lock in a precise price for an item, they are often employed as a hedge against market uncertainty.
Wider Options for Users
Ribbon’s decision to enter the options exchange market is consistent with the company’s existing range of products. Perhaps the most well-known product of this endeavor is Theta Vaults, which employs an automated executed options strategy to provide returns for its customers. Users may put USDC into the Ethereum put-selling vault T-USDC-P-ETH right now, for example.
“The vaults will be built on top of the exchange, giving users much more flexibility in choosing their positions or hedging them.”
Ribbon also launched Ribbon Earn and Ribbon Lend, which, as their names imply, allow users to earn and lend cryptocurrency. Moreover, market makers who have completed KYC and AML processes may access unsecured loans through Lend.
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