Crypto firms failing to meet anti-money laundering standards, warns UK watchdog

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A substantial amount of cryptocurrency businesses are not meeting the minimum anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism requirements set by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

As of January 2021, cryptocurrency-related companies have had to register with the authority before doing business.

The FCA said it “will only register firms where it is confident that processes are in place to identify and prevent this activity”.

Just five companies are...

How can cryptocurrency achieve mainstream adoption?

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Tesla founder Elon Musk ensured Bitcoin remained in the headlines this week, backtracking on comments he made that had suggested he might throw his support behind Dogecoin instead of Bitcoin.

During one of many recent Twitter spats, Musk tweeted: “Obnoxious threads like this make me want to go all in on Doge."

Rumours had already begun circulating that Tesla planned to sell the bitcoins it purchased for $1.5 billion (£1.06bn) in February 2021. Subsequently, Bitcoin...

South Korea threatens to shutdown all crypto exchanges amidst growing crackdown

The head of South Korea’s financial regulatory agency has said that all crypto exchanges operating in the country could be shut down later this year.

The statement from Eun Sung-soo comes as the South Korean government has launched a reinvigorated crackdown on ‘illegitimate crypto businesses’ and digital money laundering.

Seoul’s tax collection department kicked off the crackdown last week with the seizure of 25 billion won (£16.1 million) from over 600 tax...

TruTrace and Applied DNA Sciences collaborate on blockchain-based cannabis validation

Applied DNA Sciences (APDN) and TruTrace Technologies (TruTrace) are cooperating to create a platform that offers end-to-end traceability and transparency within the cannabis industry.

Their integrated solution combines TruTrace’s blockchain-based SaaS (software as a service), StrainSecure, with APDN’s molecular tagging system, CertainT, to deliver a secure platform that will increase supply chain visibility.

TruTrace’s software is currently used throughout global...

ISACA offers guidance for enterprise blockchain initiatives with new framework

ISACA, the association focused on security and governance for IT professionals, is looking at how enterprises can safely make the most of blockchain technologies with the launch of a new framework.

The framework, which can be found in the Blockchain Framework and Guidance report, looks to help enterprises answer three questions with regard to implementation:

Do the proposed blockchain control objective domains adequately cover risk vectors and business process objectives...

Australian Border Force to work with Singapore on blockchain-based cross-border trade

The Australian Border Force (ABF) has launched a trial with Singapore Customs to use blockchain technology for enabling simpler cross-border trade.

The project, alongside Singapore Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), will use blockchain to test digital verification systems.

As regular readers of this publication will know, the Australian government has put an extensive roadmap in place to explore how the country can capitalise on blockchain technologies. The...

PwC: Blockchain technologies could boost global economy to tune of $1.7 trillion by 2030

A new analysis from PwC estimates blockchain technologies could spark a $1.7 trillion boost in the global economy by 2030 - with the UK set to benefit to the tune of £57 billion ($72bn).

The findings come from a report which is part of a series exploring the economic impact and use cases for emerging technologies. PwC said its analysis 'showed the potential for blockchain to support organisations in how they rebuild and reconfigure their operations', particularly in the...

KPMG reveals idea for blockchain tool to help measure greenhouse gas emissions

KPMG has announced the launch of a blockchain-based offering intended to help organisations more accurately measure and offset greenhouse gas emissions.

The patent-pending capability, known as Climate Accounting Infrastructure (CAI), will integrate a company's existing systems, including IoT sensors, with external data sources to establish a verifiable data trial of emissions recorded on blockchain.

The professional services firm is working with a variety of partners to...

Blockchain patents ‘skyrocketing’ in 2020 with Alibaba leading the way, says study

Blockchain patents are 'skyrocketing' in 2020 with Alibaba by far the leading publisher, according to a new study.

The research, from IP consulting provider KISSPatent, found Alibaba had published 10 times more blockchain-related patents than IBM, in second place, in 2020.

The study came about to better assess the number of blockchain innovations and patents across the spectrum. KISSPatent used multiple methods to identify them, primarily based around a mixture of...

Most cloud-native attacks looking to mine cryptocurrency, report warns

A new threat report from Aqua Security has revealed the majority of attacks analysed on cloud-native infrastructure were for mining cryptocurrency - with a 'growing, organised and increasingly sophisticated' pattern of attacks noted.

The report, from Team Nautilus, Aqua's cybersecurity research unit, detailed a year's worth of attacks observed in the wild, looking at methods used to attack container infrastructure for the first time. The report also highlighted supply chain...