Three U.S. financial agencies have conducted a series of "policy sprints" around cryptocurrency assets and related regulatory gaps, and plan to amend existing guidance and regulations to address security and market risks, the Board of Governors for the Federal Reserve said this week.
More than $12 billion has been lost in decentralized finance, or DeFi, applications in 2021 - $10.8 billion of which is attributed to fraud and theft, a 600% increase from 2020, according to a new report from blockchain analytics firm Elliptic.
A Canadian teenager is under arrest after allegedly stealing C$46 million ($37 million) in the latest cryptocurrency SIM swap scam. Meanwhile in the U.S., the Department of Justice is going to sell off $57 million worth of cryptocurrency seized from the BitConnect Ponzi scheme.
A newly identified banking Trojan dubbed SharkBot is now targeting banking and cryptocurrency exchange customers across the U.K., Italy and the U.S. through a sideloading campaign and/or a social engineering campaign.
Cryptocurrency-using criminals continue to rely on services designed to launder their virtual currency to give them "clean coins" that are tougher for law enforcement to trace. Experts say such services are widely marketed on cybercrime forums, and sometimes provided directly to ransomware groups' affiliates.
Dutch police have detained Moscow businessman Denis Dubnikov after the U.S. accused him of receiving bitcoins worth $400,000 paid to Ryuk as ransoms by its victims. The U.S. is seeking to extradite the suspect, as the Biden administration's crackdown on ransomware continues.
Four editors at ISMG discuss important cybersecurity issues, including law enforcement agencies' crackdown on ransomware operations, how banks are building their technology stacks to counter card fraud and whether the "work from anywhere" model is beneficial for employees in the long term.
U.S. SEC Commissioner Caroline Crenshaw urges DeFi developers to approach the financial regulator in an effort to bring projects in line with existing securities laws. Though praising the DeFi's innovative nature, the commissioner says it lacks transparency and is hindered by on-chain pseudonymity.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury has blacklisted cryptocurrency exchange Chatex, along with a network of entities the department says support it, for allegedly facilitating ransomware-related financial transactions. This action effectively bars Americans from doing business with the company.
The U.S. deputy attorney general said this week that the nation is ramping up efforts to cripple ransomware operations and other cybercrime through arrests and seizures of ransom payments. The Biden administration has called ransomware a threat to national security and an economic threat.
A new report from the U.S. Treasury Department urges Congress to "act promptly" to issue legislation that brings additional oversight to stablecoins, or crypto tokens pegged to fiat currencies. Federal officials say regulation should match that of traditional financial institutions - as a way to mitigate investor,...
While overregulating the cryptocurrency space is not advisable, it is important for the Biden administration to look into the areas in which cryptocurrencies pose the greatest risks, says Nichole Dennis, director and government relations specialist with Cybercrime Support Network.
CoinMarketCap says it has found no evidence of a data beach despite the circulation of a list of 3.1 million email addresses that correlates with accounts on its service. Regardless of the source, the list would be useful for attackers to launch phishing attacks against those interested in cryptocurrency.