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Monkey Drainer-linked scammers possibly exposed after an on-chain quarrel

The scammers referred to their pseudonym during a blockchain message argument that may have revealed their actual identity, according to CertiK. Blockchain security firm CertiK believes to it has found the real-life identity of at least one scammers allegedly linked to the “Monkey Drainer” phishing scam. Monkey Drainer is the pseudonym for a phishing scammer who uses smart contracts to steal NFTs…

South Korea to deploy cryptocurrency tracking system in 2023

The “Virtual Currency Tracking System” will be used to monitor transaction history, extract information related to transactions and check the source of funds before and after remittance. The Ministry of Justice in South Korea announced plans to introduce a crypto-tracking system to counter money laundering initiatives and recover funds linked to criminal activities. The “Virtual Currency Tracking System” will be…

Best January since 2013? 5 things to know in Bitcoin this week

Multi-month BTC price highs keep trickling in, but Fed volatility looms as the FOMC coincides with the Bitcoin monthly candle close. Bitcoin  BTC  $23,285  starts a key week with a familiar cocktail of price spikes mixed with fear that the bear market will return. After sealing its highest weekly close in almost six months, BTC/USD remains over 40% up year-to-date, with…

Key takeaways from Circle’s $44.5B USDC reserve report

Circle has released its reserve report for December 2022 highlighting over-collateralized asset holdings currently backing 44.5 billion USDC tokens in circulation. USD Coin (USDC) issuer Circle has released an accountant-verified report of its treasury reserve holdings backing more than $44.5 billion worth of tokens currently in circulation. Circle’s December 2022 reserve report, which was reviewed by GrantThornton accountancy group, breaks…

Bitcoin premium hits 60% in Nigeria as country limits ATM cash withdrawals

The price of one Bitcoin (BTC) in Nigeria has skyrocketed to the equivalent of $38,000 in the local currency, the naira. The price of Bitcoin  BTC  $23,546  in Nigeria has skyrocketed to well above global market levels amid continued efforts by the central bank to push its citizens into digitalized cash. At the time of writing, the price of 1 BTC…

Bitcoin ‘so bullish’ at $23K as analyst reveals new BTC price metrics

Market analyst Cole Garner suggests that Bitcoin bulls are in for a treat amid an ongoing BTC price renaissance. Bitcoin  BTC  $23,030  remains firmly “bullish” at $23,000, according to new on-chain metrics from one of the industry’s best-known names. In a preview on Jan. 28, market cyclist and on-chain analyst Cole Garner revealed what he said were “backtested and validated” Bitcoin trading tools….

U.S gov’t $1.5T debt interest will be equal 3X Bitcoin market cap in 2023

The U.S. will pay over $1 trillion in debt interest next year, the equivalent of three or more Bitcoin market caps at current prices. Commentators believe that Bitcoin  BTC  $23,010  bulls do not need to wait long for the United States to start printing money again. The latest analysis of U.S. macroeconomic data has led one market strategist to predict quantitative…

IRS reminds taxpayers of crypto income reporting ahead of 2022 filing

The IRS recommendation to check “Yes” boils down to receiving, earning, transferring or selling cryptocurrencies for any monetary benefit, including mining and staking. With the deadline approaching for filing the 2022 federal income tax return, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) — an enforcement agency of United States federal tax laws — released a list of reporting requirements for the general…

SBF to forfeit $700M worth of assets if found guilty of fraud

While most of SBF assets have been seized, Federal prosecutor Damian Williams outlined that the government is also looking to take control of three of his affiliated Binance accounts. According to new court filings, disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) will be subject to the forfeiture of roughly $700 million worth of assets if he were to be found guilty…

Crypto lender Genesis files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy 

Crypto lender Genesis Global has become the latest firm to throw in the towel following the collapse of FTX, filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in New York. Cryptocurrency lender Genesis has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the Southern District of New York. The firm has estimated liabilities of $1 billion to $10 billion and assets in the same…