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‘Sextortion’ Is Emerging Cyber Risk for Businesses, Warns Beazley

A new form of online bribery is emerging where cyber criminals attempt to extort cryptocurrency by claiming to have potentially embarrassing evidence of people using adult websites on work computers, according to a report issued by Beazley Breach Response (BBR) …

Crypto Startup BitGo Offers Insurance Against Quadriga Cold-Wallet Debacle

While users of the troubled Quadriga CX cryptocurrency exchange remain unable to retrieve millions in funds, a startup backed by mainstream companies such as Goldman Sachs says they’re able to offer some protection. BitGo Inc., which provides custodian services on …

Quadriga’s Frozen Cryptocurrencies Highlight Canada’s Regulatory Vacuum

Canada’s biggest securities regulator said on Friday that it was looking into Quadriga CX, as concerns grow that a regulatory gap leaves investors in the digital platform unprotected against potential losses. The statement comes a day after British Columbia Securities …

Judge Pauses Lawsuits Against Crypto Exchange as It Hunts for Missing Password

A cryptocurrency platform that lost access to millions of dollars when its founder died with sole knowledge of company passwords has been granted a temporary reprieve from creditor lawsuits. Halifax judge Michael Wood on Tuesday [Feb. 5] ordered a 30-day …

Crypto Exchange Founder Dies, Along with Sole Password to Access $200M

Digital-asset exchange Quadriga CX has a $200 million problem with no obvious solution — just the latest cautionary tale in the unregulated world of cryptocurrencies. The online startup can’t retrieve about C$190 million ($145 million) in Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ether and …

Thefts, Scams of Cryptocurrencies Surge 400% to $1.7 Billion in 2018

Cryptocurrencies stolen from exchanges and scammed from investors surged more than 400 percent in 2018 to around $1.7 billion, according to a report from U.S.-based cyber security firm CipherTrace released on Tuesday. Of the $1.7 billion, the report, which looks …

Cryptocurrency Industry Struggles to Buy Insurance, Hindering Growth Goals

Cryptocurrency exchanges and traders in Asia are struggling to insure themselves against the risk of hacks and theft, a factor they claim is deterring large fund managers from investing in a nascent market yet to be embraced by regulators. Getting …

Coordinated Global Regulation of Cryptocurrencies Needed: Circle CEO

Major economies should launch coordinated regulation of cryptocurrencies, the head of Goldman Sachs-backed startup Circle said on Monday, underscoring growing industry support for international rules on digital money. “Ultimately there needs to be normalization at the G20 level of critical …

Cryptocurrency Theft Soars to $927 Million During 1st Nine Months of 2018: Report

Theft of cryptocurrencies through hacking of exchanges and trading platforms soared to $927 million in the first nine months of the year, up nearly 250 percent from the level seen in 2017, according to a report from U.S.-based cyber security …

Gemini Trust Obtains Insurance for Customer’s Crypto Assets

Gemini Trust Co., the digital-asset exchange founded by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, said that it secured insurance for customers’ digital assets. The company obtained insurance coverage for virtual currency it holds on behalf of clients in online wallets, according to …