SEC Charges EtherDelta Founder Over ‘Unregistered Securities Exchange’

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Zachary Coburn, the founder of crypto token trading platform EtherDelta, with operating an unregistered securities exchange. The regulator said Thursday that EtherDelta, which acts as a secondary market for trading ERC-20 tokens, had been providing a marketplace for buyers and sellers to trade ethereum tokens that the SEC deemed to be “digital asset securities.” It used an order book, an order display website and a smart contract built on ethereum, the agency said. “EtherDelta’s smart contract was coded to validate the…

Korean Lawyers Urge Government to Draw Up Blockchain Rules

The body governing South Korean lawyers has called on the government to hasten the introduction of blockchain regulations. According to a report from Reuters on Thursday, the Korean Bar Association said the government should “quickly” develop blockchain laws in the country to help develop the tech industry and protect investors. Kim Hyun, president of the Korean Bar Association, was quoted as saying: “We urge the government to break away from negative perceptions and hesitation, and draw up bills to help develop the blockchain industry and prevent side effects involving cryptocurrencies.”…

Judge Ends Freeze on Charlie Shrem’s Assets in Winklevoss Lawsuit

Judge Jed Rakoff has ruled to end the freeze on Charlie Shrem’s assets in a lawsuit brought against him by the Winklevoss brothers, Bloomberg reports Nov. 8. In a case unsealed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York earlier this month, the Winklevoss twins allege that Shrem took part of their $250,000 investment in his exchange BitInstant to buy 5,000 bitcoins (BTC). The Winklevosses argue that Shrem used the Bitcoin he acquired with their money to furnish a lavish lifestyle after having served a year…

Wrapping up Devcon4 – The Coinbase Blog

Last week, more than 3,000 blockchain engineers, thinkers and investors descended on the city of Prague for the 4th Annual Ethereum Developers Conference. The ethos of an open financial system was on full display as everyone came together to ideate on and solve some of the toughest challenges facing Ethereum and blockchains today. Here’s a quick look at some of the highlights from our week. DeFi SummitWe kicked off the week at DeFi Summit, the second event in a new series hosted by a number of startups building the new…

Buy and Sell BAT on Coinbase – The Coinbase Blog

Starting today, Coinbase supports the Basic Attention Token (BAT) at Coinbase.com and in the Coinbase Android and iOS apps. Coinbase customers can now buy, sell, send, receive, or store BAT, along with Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, Litecoin, ZRX and USDC. BAT will be available for customers in most jurisdictions, but will not initially be available for residents of the state of New York. One of the most common requests we hear from customers is to be able to buy more assets on Coinbase. In September we announced a…

Early Win for Shrem: Judge Unfreezes Assets in Winklevoss Lawsuit

In a short-term win for bitcoin advocate Charlie Shrem, a federal judge has lifted the freeze on Shrem’s financial accounts in an ongoing legal battle against the Winklevoss twins. Shrem’s financial accounts and assets were temporarily frozen via an attachment order following the suit’s initial filing. The order allowed the U.S. Marshall for the Southern District to freeze Shrem’s assets, instructing cryptocurrency companies like Coinbase and Xapo and legacy financial institutions to freeze Shrem’s assets up to $30 million, the amount the Winklevosses are seeking in damages. However, following a…

Investor Lawsuit Brought Against AT&T, T-Mobile for SIM Swapping Hacks

Leading cryptocurrency investor law firm Silver Miller Law has filed suit against cell phone giants AT&T and T-Mobile on behalf of several digital asset investors who were victims of the identity-theft tactic known as “SIM swapping.” The suit alleges that both companies possessed flaws in their security systems and failed to properly train their employees to work against hackers seeking to gain access to users’ smartphones. SIM swapping occurs when a hacker gathers information on a potential victim, such as their phone password, answers to their security questions and their…

Fraudulent South Korean Exchange Pure Bit Nabs $2.8M in ICO Exit Scam

A South Korean ICO has defrauded its private sale investors out of roughly 13,500 ETH ($2.8 million) before disappearing from the internet entirely. Pure Bit, which has already pulled the plug on its website, has apparently conducted a fairly routine exit scam for its Pure Coin token sale. The cryptocurrency was pitched as an exchange token for Pure Bit, an exchange that was supposed to launch by the end of the month. The Coin  promised to give investors shares of the exchange’s trading revenue as well as discounted fees for trading,…

Amazon and ConsenSys-Built Kaleido Launches Full-Stack Marketplace

Blockchain software-as-a-service (SAS) project Kaleido has launched a marketplace to provide its users with a “full-stack enterprise platform.” Their “Blockchain Business Cloud” now features a “new marketplace [of] trusted tools and services from Kaleido, AWS, and members of the new partnership program, all offered as plug-and-play.” The suite of services will feature oracles, wallet and ID services, supply chain tools and even legal contract software. According to a company statement, “Clients now have access to native AWS integrations, popular services such as HD wallets for privacy and ID registries for…

In the Race for a Bitcoin ETF, Wall Street Has Plenty of Hurdles to Clear

In the latter half of 2018, few developments have occupied crypto investors’ headspaces like the industry’s indefatigable pursuit of a bitcoin exchange traded fund (ETF). This conversation lay largely dormant since the two brothers’ first attempt was rejected by the U.S. securities regulator in March of 2017. But the Winklevosses reignited the conversation when their second attempt at an ETF was shot down by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in July of this year.  With the buzz back, the prospect (or failing prospects) of a bitcoin ETF have…