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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

Bill Steinman
Contributing Editor

CFTC wants more virtual currency whistleblowers

The Whistleblower Office of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued an alert Thursday asking for help from whistleblowers to stop fraud and manipulation involving virtual currencies.

The CFTC pays rewards for original information that leads to a successful enforcement action with more than $1 million in penalties.… Continue Reading

Selva Ozelli: ‘Mixing services’ shield cryptocurrencies and thwart AML practices

At a recent cryptocurrency workshop, financial investigators from the Interpol and Europol organizations from over 30 nations discussed measures to combat the misuse of cryptocurrencies by criminals. 

This meeting was in response to the report released by Europol (with headquarters in the Hague, Netherlands) which stated (pdf) that more than 40 percent of online transactions for illegal ends used Bitcoin, crypto mixers, and tumblers. … Continue Reading

Selva Ozelli: Sharia compliant blockchain advances across Middle East

It’s ironic that Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, the richest tech investor in the Middle East, criticized block chain technology and Bitcoin by calling it a “fraud.”

The  Gulf Cooperation Council countries, including Saudi Arabia, have been working since 2014 to weave sharia compliant Blockchain technology and Bitcoin into their existing financial and legal infrastructure, while transforming them all at the same time.… Continue Reading

New York unveils ‘BitLicense’ framework

Bitcoin image courtesy of Shinji Ikari via YouTubeThe New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) issued a proposed “BitLicense” regulatory framework for virtual currency businesses Thursday, and is asking for public comments on the plan.Continue Reading