Articles by Angus Berwick and Tom Wilson

How Crypto Giant Binance Became a Hub for Hackers, Fraudsters and Drug Traffickers

BRATISLAVA – In September 2020, a North Korean hacking group known as Lazarus broke into a small Slovakian crypto exchange and stole virtual currency worth some $5.4 million. It was one of a string of cyber heists by Lazarus that …

Cryptocurrencies May Pose Risk to Wider Financial Stability: ECB

Cryptocurrencies will pose a risk to financial stability if the emerging sector maintains its rapid growth of the last two years and financial firms deepen their involvement, the European Central Bank (ECB) said on Tuesday. The crypto market slumped sharply …

Crypto Market Risks Should Be Priority for Global Regulators: Financial Stability Board

Risks from the $2.6 trillion crypto market could grow quickly and regulators need pre-prepared measures to bring the sector to heel, the Financial Stability Board (FSB), a risk monitoring watchdog for the G20 economies, said on Wednesday. While cryptoassets like …

Crypto Platform Wormhole Says ‘Funds Are Safe’ After Hackers Steal $320M

Cryptocurrency platform Wormhole said on Thursday that “all funds are safe” after hackers stole more than $320 million from its site in the fourth-largest crypto heist on record. Wormhole, which allows the transfer of information from one crypto network to …

UK Financial Watchdog to Curb Marketing of Cryptoassets, Other High-Risk Investments

Britain’s financial watchdog said on Wednesday it planned to curb the marketing of cryptoassets and other high-risk investments, a move that comes amid a boom in crypto ads and endorsements from celebrities. The changes would strengthen risk warnings on ads …

Cryptocurrency Crime Hit Record $14 Billion in 2021: Research

Crime involving cryptocurrencies hit an all-time high of $14 billion last year, blockchain researcher Chainalysis said on Thursday, a record that comes as regulators call for more powers over the fast-growing sector. Crypto received by digital wallet addresses linked to …

Hackers Steal More Than $94M from Japanese Cryptocurrency Exchange

Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Liquid said on Thursday it was hit by hackers in a theft estimated at more than $94 million, the latest crypto platform to be targeted by cyber criminals. “We are sorry to announce that #LiquidGlobal warm wallets …

Hackers Return $260M to Cryptocurrency Platform After Theft of $613M in Digital Coins

LONDON/SINGAPORE/HONG KONG – Hackers behind one of the biggest ever cryptocurrency heists have returned more than a third of $613 million in digital coins they stole, the company at the center of the hack said on Wednesday. Poly Network, a …

Many Financial Firms and Governments See Cryptocurrencies as Risky: Survey

Financial firms and governments overwhelmingly see cryptocurrencies as risky, a major survey found on Tuesday, with the potential for bitcoin and other digital tokens for use in money laundering and sanctions busting among the chief worries. Around 60% of respondents …

Where ‘DeFi’ Crypto Users See Sure Bets During COVID, Critics See Unregulated Risks

It sounds like a surefire bet. You lend money to a borrower who puts up collateral that exceeds the size of the loan, and then you earn interest of about 20%. What could possibly go wrong? That’s the proposition presented …