Proof-of-Reserves Are at ‘Best Incomplete, at Worst Misleading and Deceptive’ Says Crypto Analyst Martin Hiesboeck

While many crypto exchanges have seemingly embraced the use of proof-of-reserves (PoR) to showcase their transparency and reassure nervous users, crypto analyst Martin Hiesboeck insists such so-called proofs are susceptible to manipulation or misrepresentation. He added that PoRs alone are not a suitable method of verifying an exchange’s reserves because they do not “account for liabilities and off-chain assets at all.” PoR May Be ‘Misleading and Deceptive’ Following the collapse of FTX in November, trust in centralized exchanges ebbed, with many users rushing to move their assets off of such…

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FTX leadership pressed for information by US subcommittee chairman

The former and current CEOs of the bankrupt FTX cryptocurrency exchange have been pressed by the chair of a United States House subcommittee calling for documents relating to the exchange’s finances. “FTX’s customers, former employees, and the public deserve answers,” Raja Krishnamoorthi, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy wrote in a Nov. 18 letter addressed to both former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried and the exchange’s current CEO John J. Ray III, who took over in the wake of FTX’s bankruptcy filings. Krishnamoorthi added the subcommittee was “seeking…

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Bahamian liquidators reject validity of FTX’s US bankruptcy filing

Brian Simms, the court-appointed provisional liquidator overseeing the bankruptcy proceedings of FTX Digital Markets in The Bahamas, has called into question the validity of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by subsidiary FTX Trading and 134 other affiliates in a Delaware court on Nov. 14. In the Nov. 15 document, Simms filed for Chapter 15 Bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York, which is used when a foreign representative of the debtor seeks recognition in the U.S. for a pending foreign insolvency proceeding. In…

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SBF tells investors FTX needs $8B in emergency funding: WSJ

Sam Bankman-Fried has reportedly asked investors for $8 billion in emergency funding to cover a shortfall caused by the flood of withdrawal requests to his crypto exchange in recent days. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) citing “people familiar with the matter,” the CEO reportedly made the request to investors in a Nov. 9 call where he outlined ways to help solve FTX’s financial woes. [embedded content] The source suggests that Bankman-Fried is looking to raise $3 billion to $4 billion in equity and that the exchange…

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Binance to liquidate its entire FTX Token holdings after ‘recent revelations’

The CEO of cryptocurrency exchange Binance, Changpeng “CZ” Zhao, said his company will liquidate the entirety of its position in FTX Token (FTT), the native token of competing exchange FTX. In a Nov. 6 tweet, Zhao said the decision was made after “recent revelations that have came to light.” In a later tweet, CZ explained the FTT liquidation was “just post-exit risk management” referring to lessons learned from the fall of Terra Luna Classic (LUNC) and how it impacted market players. He also added “we won’t support people who lobby…

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Moscow Exchange Suggests Issuing Crypto Receipts for Those Afraid of Blockchain

The Moscow Exchange has proposed to legalize the issuance of receipts for digital financial assets. The trading platform says this will allow custodians to offer clients who are not ready for distributed ledgers to essentially work with securities. MOEX also plans to become a licensed crypto exchange operator. Largest Russian Stock Exchange Gears Up to Enter Digital Asset Market The leading exchange for equities and derivatives in Russia has drafted new legislation that would authorize depositories to issue receipts for digital financial assets (DFAs). In current Russian law, the broad…

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Fugitive Founder of Turkish Crypto Exchange Thodex Arrested in Albania

Albanian authorities have detained the founder and chief executive of the Turkish cryptocurrency exchange Thodex, who allegedly fled Turkey with customer funds as the trading platform collapsed. Faruk Fatih Ozer was wanted for fraud with a red notice issued by Interpol. Albania Captures Alleged Crypto Fraudster, Prepares to Hand Him Over to Turkish Judiciary Police in Albania arrested 27-year-old Turkish businessman Faruk Fatih Ozer who founded and operated the now-defunct crypto exchange Thodex. Albanian law enforcement has been trying to locate him since he reportedly fled to the country with…

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Nearly 70,000 Issued Binance Refugee Crypto Card for Ukrainians

Thousands of Ukrainians have ordered a crypto card issued by the world’s leading digital asset exchange, Binance, for its users from the war-torn country. The card allows people displaced by the ongoing conflict with Russia to make payments and receive financial support. Binance Announces Results From Efforts to Help Ukrainian Refugees Between April 26 and June 10, almost 70,000 people have been issued the Binance Refugee Crypto Card, the largest coin exchange by trading volume unveiled to the crypto news outlet Forklog. The payment product was offered in April to…

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Binance to Advise Kazakhstan on Crypto Regulations

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance will assist the government of Kazakhstan in efforts to regulate the country’s crypto space. The global coin trading platform will also help with the integration of the domestic banking system with the expanding digital assets market. Kazakhstan to Cooperate With Binance on the Development of Its Crypto Sector Binance, the world’s leading crypto exchange by trading volume, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry. The major crypto platform and the department will collaborate in the crypto space. The…

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Crypto Exchange Coinbase Slows Hiring Amid Market Downturn

Leading U.S. crypto exchange Coinbase is slowing hiring, citing the current down cycle in the market as a reason to rethink its staffing strategy. The company’s management believes the move will allow the trading platform to match its hiring needs with its business goals. Coinbase to Reassess Headcount Needs, Focus on Integrating Recent Hires Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has announced a change in its staffing plans. After previously aiming to triple its size heading into this year, the company now feels it’s prudent to slow hiring and reassess its personnel needs…

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