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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) found a number of security vulnerabilities in Voatz’s tech infrastructure during a cybersecurity audit of the mobile voting app vendor’s Boston headquarters, according to a newly declassified report obtained by CoinDesk.  However, the DHS report, conducted by a Hunt and Incident Response Team with the department’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure
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Judy Shelton, President Trump’s nominee to the Federal Reserve Board, told lawmakers that digitizing the U.S. dollar could help maintain the currency’s ascendancy in global commerce.  At her Senate confirmation hearing Thursday, Shelton said the U.S. needs fintech innovation to keep ahead of other countries.  “Yes, it is a dominant reserve currency but we can’t
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Banking giant Wells Fargo is backing blockchain forensics firm Elliptic. Announced Thursday, the fresh $5 million from Wells Fargo Strategic Capital (WFSC) brings Elliptic’s Series B up to a total of $28 million. The investment is partly geared toward a recently launched product that helps crypto exchanges win banking relationships, Elliptic said. The product, Elliptic
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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) should – but won’t – clarify how taxes are levied on cryptocurrencies and cryptocurrency transactions in the U.S., the government’s top auditing institution said Wednesday. The Government Accountability Office (GAO), a U.S. Congress watchdog, published a report in response to a request from Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Tex.), evaluating the IRS’s
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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has given advocates of financial privacy a glimmer of hope – and hinted at how the U.S. might competitively position a future digitized dollar. In testimony before Congress this week, Powell was asked whether the Fed had any “visibility” into China’s progress developing a central bank digital currency (CBDC). “Yes,
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One of the world’s largest defense contractors is seeking “cryptocurrency exploiters” to support a client based in Washington, D.C. Advertised on LinkedIn, the Virginia-based arm of BAE Systems is searching for candidates who can “demonstrate proficiency in cryptocurrency” and can move to the U.S. capital to “support a client’s operational requirements.” Successful candidates will either
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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the U.S Attorney for the Southern District of New York have charged Ohio resident Michael Ackerman and two unnamed business partners with defrauding some 150 investors by claiming to offer “extraordinary profits” from a cryptocurrency trading scheme. The SEC alleged in
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Banking giant JPMorgan Chase may soon merge its Quorum blockchain project with ConsenSys, the ethereum-focused software developer and investor. According to a Reuters report Tuesday citing “people familiar with the plans,” while the terms of the deal currently under discussion are still not agreed, the merger might happen within the next six months. Quorum was
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The token industry is applauding SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce’s “Safe Harbor” proposal, calling it a mature response to the 2017 ICO bubble. Announced the day before decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol 0x’s 0xpo conference last Friday in San Francisco, founders, lawyers and tokenization fanatics of all stripes said the proposal a boon for both entrepreneurs and
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The ethereum network is still looking to boost transaction capacity and the startup Optimism wants to lead the charge.  Since the network’s throughput is limited to roughly 15 transactions per second, ethereum can’t become a widespread platform for automating functions, like supply chain management and loans, unless it scales. So Optimism aims to use a
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Ukraine’s Ministry of Digital Transformation has indicated it won’t be creating regulations for the crypto mining sector. In a document published on Friday, the government branch responsible for the digitization of Ukraine’s economy listed the main principles of the country’s approach to the crypto assets. The main goals for the government in the field should
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