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Blacklist Of Crypto-Related Websites Updated To 120 By Belgium Watchdog

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The Financial Services and Markets Authority of Belgium (FSMA), added multiple crypto-related websites likely fraudulent and in the latest cryptocurrency news, we will see why.

The FSMA watchdog updated its blacklist where according to an official statement, the blacklist reached 120 websites. The scam blacklist was initially updated in December 2018 when the FSMA added seven trading platforms that were fraudulent.

According to the official statement, the financial authority of Belgium pointed out that new complaints keep on coming from consumers that invested in cryptocurrencies on the added trading platforms. Consumers claim that crypto fraud is gaining more power in Belgium over the past two years. Many complaints have been sent to the watchdog about being scammed or defrauded by a crypto-investing company promising high returns.

As previously reported, the financial services and markets authority made up a list of crypto-related websites that are potentially a scam based on the findings of the watchdog. They based the decisions from the multiple results of user reports. The regulator made very clear that not all companies are added to the blacklist since there is a lack of evidence. There could be many more companies still operating in Belgium illegally in the crypto industry. The FSMA urged users to be careful and to do as much digging for the companies as possible.

In 2017, the Belgian financial authority FPS Economy started a website in order to raise awareness of all the risks that emerge from investing in cryptocurrencies. According to the FPS website, many of the investors in Belgium reported losses of nearly $2.5 million by crypto scams. This sum is evaluated to only four percent of all of the crypto fraud cases. However, the total losses amount up to $152 million.

On March 3rd, the European Union launched the International Association of Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA) in Belgium. This alliance was signed by approximately 100 members including IBM, Deutsche Telekom, IOTA, and Ripple.

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Thailand Crypto Regulation Could Arrive Through ICO & STO Offerings

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The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Thailand is in the latest cryptocurrency news for its plans to legalize the local initial coin offering (ICO) market as well as open it to potential startups. Knowing that the Thailand crypto regulation efforts were inactive for long, this is definitely a step that would put the country closer to the cryptocurrency markets. According to Tipsuda Thavaramara who is the deputy secretary of the Thai SEC, the crypto regulation in Thailand stands as following:
“The regulator will have to consider how to deal with STOs for issues such as share ownership, voting rights and dividend. At the moment, we have not decided whether STOs fall under the SEC Act or the Digital Asset Act, but it depends on the STO's conditions and the details in its white paper.”
On top of this, the country's SEC has recently scratched the surface of the Thailand crypto regulation issues with the approval of STOs in the local market, even though the plans to legalize ICOs are still contradictory and unclear. This month, the Thai SEC reportedly approved the official launch of the country's first ICO portal which brought a lot of positive news across many best cryptocurrency news sites. According to the news, there are plans for STOs approval in the local market.
“The next step is for an issuer to offer security tokens in the primary market,” said Archari Suppiroj, commenting the Thailand crypto regulation issue.
According to big names in the crypt industry, there are still legal boundaries between STOs and global financial regulations. As one prominent CEO said:
“There’s a misconception that there’s a Thai regulatory problem or that somehow the regulations need to change. They don’t. You need to comply with rules around the world. If the compliance doesn’t work, nothing else can happen. We have talked with a number of regulators in the U.S. and around the world. No one has given us negative feedback and no one has signed off on it, but our fundamental opinion is that we’re complying with the rules.”
In July, the Thai SEC officially legalized registered ICOs, allowing companies to run token sales with guidance from the SEC. All of this has led to greater Thailand crypto regulation and a lot of positive news in the crypto space.
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Democratic US Presidential Candidate Advocates For Clear Crypto Regulations

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The Democratic US presidential candidate for the 2020 elections, Andrew Yang, has recently called out for clear regulations on digital assets. As Yang revealed, the key operative points were carried out in a policy published on his campaign website. For those of you who don't know, Andrew Yang is featured in our latest cryptocurrency news and is known to the world as an entrepreneur who contributed $120,000 towards the establishment of Venture For America (VFA) which is an accelerator that is aimed towards building new startups in emerging cities. He is also an active US presidential candidate and as part of his campaign - stands for the implementation of cryptocurrency and digital assets regulation in the country. As the release notes, Yang outlined that the government has failed to develop and launch a national framework for regulating digital assets, while several federal agencies claim other conflicting jurisdiction. However, as a US presidential candidate, Yang stresses the obvious need to define how digital assets need to be treated and regulated so that investors could proceed with all the relevant information.
“We should let investors, companies, and individuals know what the landscape and treatment will be moving forward to support innovation and development. The blockchain has vast potential," Yang said.
The US presidential candidate Yang is definitely one of the many big names calling out for crypto regulation. His act definitely moves the waters and introduces certain regulatory certainty for businesses and regulators in the United States. He further pointed out that both crypto and digital asset markets develop faster than regulations can keep up. Featured on many best cryptocurrency news sites for his crypto-positive statement, Yang continued:
“Create clear guidelines in the digital asset world so that businesses and individuals can invest and innovate in the area without fear of a regulatory shift."
With this the US presidential candidate proved that he is interested in cryptocurrencies and wants to be recognizable in the world of crypto. In January, there were reports showing that the US States Senator and cryptocurrency critic Elizabeth Warren had announced her bid for president in 2020. Speaking at a Senate Bank Committee hearing in October, Warren asserted that “the challenge is how to nurture productive aspects of crypto with protecting consumers.”    
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Andrew Yang Democratic Candidate Advocates For Clear Crypto Regulation

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Andrew Yang is the Democratic United States presidential candidate for the upcoming 2020 elections and he is a strong advocate for better crypto regulation. Yang made multiple points on digital assets policies on his campaign website that we are looking into further in the coming altcoin news. The article on the website explains how the government failed to launch a national framework for digital currencies. Andrew Yang claims that some of the federal agencies have conflicting jurisdictions. Andrew Yang is an entrepreneur who donated up to $120,000 to establish Venture for America which is basically a booster for new startups. He is now running for president in 2020. His presidential campaign is based on the implementation of crypto and digital assets into the country and their regulation. In the press release, he pointed out that digital assets should be treated differently and regulated in order to ensure investors they have all the relevant data they need:
 “We should let investors, companies, and individuals know what the landscape and treatment will be moving forward to support innovation and development. The blockchain has vast potential.”
On the website, you can also see that Andrew Yang pointed out that cryptocurrency and digital assets markets are developing quickly and the regulatory bodies cannot follow the fast development. As we can read in the latest cryptocurrency news, he also pointed out:
 “Create clear guidelines in the digital asset world so that businesses and individuals can invest and innovate in the area without fear of a regulatory shift.’’
Back in January, the United States Senator and well-known crypto critic Elizabeth Warren made an announcement for her presidential run in 2020. While she was speaking at the Senate Banking Committee hearing back in October 2018, she stated that ‘’the challenge is how to nurture productive aspects of crypto with protecting consumers.’’ Elizabeth Warren also made clear that the average American consumer could become a victim of a crypto scam. As for Andrew Yang, he announced his candidacy in the 2020 elections in November 2017. At the start of this month, representatives Darren Soto (D) and Warren Davidson (R) introduced the Token Taxonomy Act. This reintroduced act will exclude cryptocurrency from being classified under security. The act also enables the introduction of regulatory certainty for regulators and business in the US blockchain industry. It also clarifies the relationship between government initiatives and regulatory rulings. As for Andrew Yang, we wish him good luck.
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US Federal Jury Convicts Two Romanian Cybercriminals Of Cryptojacking

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Two Romanian citizens were convicted by a US federal jury of using malware to steal credit card credentials and to mine cryptocurrencies. In the coming altcoin news, we read more of the court’s decision. According to an announcement from the United States Department of Justice, the two Romanian used malware in order to be able to perform cryptojacking and to steal credit card data. The suspects stole other data as well which was later sold on the darknet markets but also they engaged in online auction frauds. Per the Department’s reports, Radu Miclaus, 37 and Bogdan Nicolescu, 36, were convicted by the federal jury after a 12-day trial. Both of the cybercriminals were charged with wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit service marks, conspiracy to commit money laundering and more than a dozen other accounts related to wire fraud. Both of them should be sentenced on August 14th in the Northern District of Ohio. The criminal activities were conducted from Bucharest, Romania by both cybercriminals, and one other person who also pleaded guilty. The malware was developed a long time ago in 2007 and was spread via emails. The emails posed as legitimate communications from companies such as Western Union and Norton AntiVirus. Per the press release, the recipients who were unlucky enough to click on the attached file got their malware on their device. The malware harvested email addresses from the victims’ devices and managed to spread the malware to millions of users. The virus redirected traffic to websites such as eBay, PayPal, and Facebook to almost identical websites for phishing. Finally, the case was under a joint investigation by the Romanian National Police and the US Federal Investigation Bureau. As previously reported in the best cryptocurrency news site, crypto frauds are circling the crypto industry after the bitcoin wallet service Electrum got under attack and lost millions of dollars. An AT&T Cybersecurity report shows that cryptocurrency mining activities are the most targeted objectives of hackers. Also, at the end of March, the Trojan Malware for android phones turned out to target users of apps such as BitPay, Coinbase, JPMorgan and Bank of America.
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