Circle is a bitcoin startup that is backed by the banking giant Goldman Sachs, just reached all the major cryptocurrency news headlines after launching a cryptocurrency ‘’stablecoin’’ that has its value pegged to the US dollar.
The new cryptocurrency – USD Coin, is backed by physical currency. With it, institutions and individuals can tokenize physical currency and use it for overseas trading. Also, any kind of cross-border transaction can be done rapidly by using the new cryptocurrency. USDC is created as an ERC-20 token that operates on the Ethereum network.
The co-founders of Circle made a statement saying:
“When we founded Circle five years ago, we and many in the crypto community envisioned fiat money and financial contracts executing on top of distributed public network infrastructure, building on open standards that would allow us all to share value as instantly and easily as we can access content in web browsers and exchange messages in email and messaging apps. Just as HTTPS, SMTP, and SIP-enabled free borderless information sharing and communications, crypto assets, and blockchain technology will enable us to exchange value and transact with one another in a similar way: instantly, globally, securely and at low cost.”
The USDC token will be issued by multiple companies. All the future issuers must join CENTRE which is a consortium that works on developing decentralized networks of fiat stablecoins. All of the participants in CENTRE will have to own a license that will allow them to handle e-money in order to prevent money laundering and provide transparent monthly reports.
Many important crypto companies have shown support for USDC such as OKEx exchange and IDEX exchange. Also, wallet services such as Coinbase will provide support for USDC.
Ex-CEO Of Crypto Startup AriseBank Pleaded Guilty Of Defrauding Investors For $4.2 Million
“We will not tolerate flagrant deception of investors – virtual or otherwise.”This kind of a plea deal Rice agreed to with Cox is one of the first of its kinds in the US Federal Court that includes crypto companies. Rice pleaded guilty on security fraud charges after he admitted that he lied potential investors into investing hundreds of dollars. Rice was found guilty of scamming investors into buying his AriseCoin cryptocurrency which claimed to bring ‘’no-risk returns.’’ Investors placed their money right into Rice’s scam net and invested more than $4,250,000 in BTC, ETH, and LTC, into the ICO that was supposed to provide them with the AriseCoin. He also claimed that he raised $600 million in an ICO which later turned out to be false. The US Attorney’s Office stated:
“Mr. Rice quietly converted investor funds for his own personal use, spending the money on hotels, food, transportation, a family law attorney, and even a guardian ad litem – facts he failed to disclose to investors.’’AriseBank was named as the best-decentralized bank by Rice and he claimed that the crypto bank will provide the customers ‘’FDIC-insured accounts and transactions’’ which the United States Securities and Exchange Commission turned out to be false. He also claimed that his bank supports Visa card payments and that the platform supports hundreds of virtual currencies. AriseBank was not authorized for providing banking services in the state of Texas. Rice is now obliged to repay the investors who lost their money and he is also facing twenty years in prison if he gets sentenced in July. Initially, he was facing up to 120 years in federal prison.
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“CPCS’s computer systems have been attacked and are not working properly. We are still representing clients. In addition, there is no evidence that confidential information from clients has been released as a result of these attacks.”Initially, the attack happened on February 27. The organization believed that paying the ransom means a waste of money so they decided to restore the systems manually. Two weeks after, the entire justice system in Boston can feel the damaging effects. The agency cannot really say how long the delay will last or when they will get back online. In the meantime, people working in the agency cannot use their email or enter the agency’s website. Ransomware attacks became popular in 2015. The attackers mainly targeted police agencies that end up paying the ransom. The public infrastructure is always a target of ransomware attackers since the offer public services and cannot end up being crippled because the people are the ones who pay the higher price. The public defenders didn’t say how much money the attackers demanded. However, the cost to unlock a computer could start from $100 up to thousands of dollars. The attackers usually target victims individually but law enforcement agencies or other government agencies are not excluded. Last year, a couple of Dutch hackers were sentenced to community service after attacking more than 1,000 computer systems and gathering over $11,000.
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