Nepal Prepares to Issue Digital Currency, Drafts Necessary Amendments

A task force in Nepal has proposed legal changes allowing the country’s central bank to issue its own digital currency. The move comes after a study indicated that such an initiative is feasible and recommended certain provisions that would authorize the regulator to proceed with its realization. Nepal Central Bank Prepares Legal Ground for National Digital Currency The Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) is ready with revisions to the law determining its powers and responsibilities that would allow the monetary authority to issue a digital version of the country’s fiat currency,…

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Debridge Finance Suspects North Korean Hacking Syndicate Lazarus Group Attacked the Protocol’s Team

According to the co-founder of Debridge Finance, Alex Smirnov, the infamous North Korean hacking syndicate Lazarus Group subjected Debridge to an attempted cyberattack. Smirnov has warned Web3 teams that the campaign is likely widespread. Lazarus Group Suspected of Attacking Debridge Finance Team Members With a Malicious Group Email There’s been a great number of attacks against decentralized finance (defi) protocols like cross-chain bridges in 2022. While most of the hackers are unknown, it’s been suspected that the North Korean hacking collective Lazarus Group has been behind a number of defi…

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CBOE’s operating expenses spiked 312% due to underperformance of acquired crypto firm

On Friday, Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), the largest options exchange in the United States, announced its second-quarter earnings results. Of particular interest was its total operating expenses, which soared 685% year-over-year from $160.6 million. CBOE explained: “This was primarily due to the $460 million impairment of goodwill recognized in the Digital reporting unit, driven by negative events and trends in the broader digital asset environment. The said environment has changed dramatically since we closed the ErisX transaction on May 2, which resulted in the accounting adjustment.” ErisX enables self-directed…

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High-profile BAYC collector denies allegations of wrongdoing brought by DeFi detective

On Thursday, ZachXBT, a cyber detective in the decentralized finance, or DeFi, realm, accused prominent Taiwanese musician and blockchain personality Jeff Huang, also known as Machi Big Brother, of misconduct in 10 different cryptocurrency projects. Machi Big Brother is known outside of Taiwan as an avid collector of Bored Ape Yacht Club nonfungible tokens (NFTs) and possessed a collection worth an estimated $8.26 million at the peak of the crypto bull market last year.  This is misinformation. If he wasn’t anon I’d sue him for defamation. — Machi Big Brother…

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Iranian Power Utility Tavanir Vows Severe Measures Against Unlicensed Crypto Miners

Iran’s state-owned power distribution company, Tavanir, has threatened harsher measures to discourage unauthorized crypto mining. These include much higher fines for those minting digital currencies with subsidized electricity and penalties for government officials involved in mining. Tavanir Raises Fines for Illegal Cryptocurrency Mining The Iran Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Company (Tavanir) has adopted new, more severe measures to prevent crypto mining outside the law. The utility’s spokesman Mostafa Rajabi Mashhadi announced that fines for illegal activities in the sector have been increased by 400%. Quoted by the English-language Iranian…

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Spanish Exchange 2gether Blocks Operations, Affecting 100,000 Users

2gether, one of the oldest cryptocurrency exchanges in Spain, has suddenly blocked its operations, leaving its users without access to their accounts. The platform informed it had to take this action due to the current situation of the market in an email directed to customers. In addition, the platform erased its presence from social media, deleting its account on Twitter. 2gether Reports Bear Market Woes The current downturn in the cryptocurrency market has affected several cryptocurrency exchanges and lenders unable to return funds to customers, having declared bankruptcy,…

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Russian State Duma Adopts Law Banning Payments With Digital Financial Assets

The lower house of Russian parliament has adopted a law prohibiting the use of digital financial assets in payments. To implement the restriction, exchange operators have been obliged to reject transactions which make it possible to employ these assets as a means of payment. Russian Parliament Approves Legislation Preventing Digital Financial Asset Payments The majority in the State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s Federal Assembly, has supported the adoption of a bill banning payments for goods and services using digital financial assets (DFAs) within the Russian Federation. Under current…

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Tax Agency Starts Checking Crypto Traders in Romania

Authorities in Romania are going after investors who failed to report revenues from crypto trading and pay tax. The offensive is part of efforts to respond to financial trends, the country’s tax body said in a statement, unveiling it was able to identify almost €50 million of undeclared crypto gains. Tax Authority in Romania Verifies Gains From Cryptocurrency Trading Romania’s National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF) announced this week that officials from its department responsible for prevention of tax evasion and fraud have initiated inspections to establish the revenues received…

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Iran Aims to Roll Out Pilot Version of Crypto Rial Within 2 Months

The government in Tehran is taking steps in preparation of the launch of Iran’s new digital currency, referred to as the crypto rial. The monetary authority of the Islamic Republic hopes to initiate the pilot phase of the project within the next two months. Crypto Rial to Be Different From Cryptocurrencies, Central Bank Says Iranian authorities are taking the necessary measures to launch a pilot of the crypto rial as of the month of Shahrivar, according to the Persian calendar, which starts on Aug. 23, Governor of the Central Bank…

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Albania to Start Taxing Crypto-Related Income From 2023

Authorities in Albania are finalizing regulations that will allow the taxation of income and profits from cryptocurrency investments. The government intends to begin imposing the levy in 2023, after adopting the necessary legislation which has been proposed for public consultations. Albania Set to Impose Crypto Tax as Early as Next Year The Albanian state should begin collecting taxes on income from crypto assets as of 2023 in accordance with a new income tax bill, the local English-language portal Exit News reported on Friday. The government also hopes to pass a…

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