Industry Watch 12 February, 2018

Nami | Daily Crypto News 12.02.2018

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Fortune: BitGrail Cryptocurrency Exchange Claims $195 Million Lost to Hackers

An Italian cryptocurrency exchange called BitGrail claims that it was hacked late last week and lost roughly $195 million worth of customers’ cryptocurrency.

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Bitcoin Magazine: Japanese Exchange bitFlyer Approved to Operate in Illinois

Japan’s largest Bitcoin and blockchain company, bitFlyer, has now received an official license to operate in the state of Illinois.

Coin Desk: Korean Exchange Bithumb Is Accepting New Users Again

South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb is now accepting new investor registrations following integration of new regulator-mandated “know-your-customer” (KYC) procedures.

The Business Times: Abu Dhabi financial regulator may create framework for virtual currencies

The regulator of Abu Dhabi’s international financial centre said it could create rules for exchanges handling virtual currencies, in a sign that authorities in the United Arab Emirates may allow trade in cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin to develop.

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Financial Times: Smaller European banks break ranks over cryptocurrencies

A handful of smaller European banks such as Vontobel and Falcon Bank, Fidor Bank and Liechtenstein’s Bank Frick are giving investors access to cryptocurrencies and advising on initial coin offerings, despite an intensifying efforts by regulators to clampdown on the area.

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Coin Telegraph: IRS Forms New Team To Track Down Crypto Tax Evaders

The IRS has formed a 10-person team to work with international crime agencies to track down people who have been evading taxes on their cryptocurrency profits.

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Coin Telegraph: Japanese Crypto Investors To Pay Tax Of Up To 55 Percent On Profits

Investors in Japan will pay a 15 to 55 percent tax on profits made from crypto investments, depending on how much they earn.

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The Guardian: Cryptojacking attack hits Australian government websites

A series of Australian government websites, including the Victorian parliament’s, have been compromised by malware. The process, known as cryptojacking, forces a user’s computer to mine cryptocurrency without their permission, generating profits for the hacker.

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