The SEC Creates a Special Department to Keep an Eye Open for ICOs

The US Securities and Exchange Commission came out with a press release announcing the opening of the FinHub, a brand-new subdivision of the agency.

The main tasks of the Hub will be:

  • giving a chance to the general public to communicate with the SEC regarding fintech questions;
  • spreading information related to fintech;
  • announcing all the major events in the sphere of fintech
  • publishing all new fintech regulations and decisions of the SEC
  • serving as a linking point of various internal and external financial regulators;
  • etc

As said by the head of the newly emerged department:

By launching FinHub, we hope to provide a clear path for entrepreneurs, developers, and their advisers to engage with SEC staff, seek input, and test ideas.”

Since ICO is a major fintech activity, it will also be under the strict control of FinHub.

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Unit 42 Found Malware Which Threatens Israeli Fintech And Crypto Companies

Famous cybersecurity company Palo Alto Networks with its subsidiary Unit 42 found a malware which attacks two Israeli-based fintech companies, according to the recent blog post made by the company.

The report says that Unit 42 first bumped into the malware called Cardinal RAT in 2017, since then malicious software has been attacking two Israeli firms that engaged in crypto trading and developing forex. This malware is a Remote Access Trojan (RAT), by using it the culprit can remotely take control of the system.

The first version of Cardinal RAT has been recently updated, the newest version is using various obfuscation techniques to hinder analysis of the underlying code. The code of the most recent malware is:

SHA256 b742162197744a8caeb09f954213a3172ed699f8375f69c40b57b8c219c5e37c

The software itself gathers different information about victims, later remotely changes or updates its settings, gives commands and even uninstalls itself. The malware is so powerful that it can recover passwords and execute or download files without permission, it also cleans cookies from browsers.

The research team stated in the report that malicious malware Cardinal RAT has similar features with a JavaScript-based malware – EVILNUM. It is also used to attack against fintech organizations. Such malware families are very rare, thus developers and workers of fintech companies should be careful.

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Visa Plans to Open a Blockchain Department

Visa’s immediate plans are to open a new department which will be directly connected with cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. It became known immediately after the company published a vacancy of a new manager.

Main requirements for an applicant:

  • in-depth knowledge about private blockchain;
  • familiarity with advanced cryptography is preferred;
  • an understanding of existing retail payment solutions;
  • 4 to 7 years of relevant experience.

Manager of a new department will have to carefully follow the latest solutions and technologies in this area. He will also have to implement them promptly in the company’s own products.

Recall, yesterday we wrote that the US government can completely ban Visa and Mastercard payment systems in Venezuela. It is connected with the extension of sanctions against the current President Maduro. This can significantly affect the already weak economy of the country.

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Japan Released New Rules In Crypto Margin Trading

Japan is a progressive country in terms of economy, as well as cryptocurrency regulation. This time Japanese financial authorities have released a new set of rules regarding crypto margin trading.

Margin trading is a strategy that allows a trader to buy more stocks than you can afford on money borrowed from a broker (similar to loan).

The Cabinet of Japan approved draft amendments to Japanese financial instruments and payment services laws on Friday. In fact, they will limit leverage in virtual currency margin trading at two to four times initial deposits. Such restrictions are a common practice in foreign exchange trading.

All crypto exchanges throughout the country are bound to get governmental registration. This type of registration will differ from that adopted in 2017, which was mostly focus on preventing money laundering. However, these rules make exchange operators be monitored in a way similar to securities traders to protect investors.

These crypto exchange operators will be classified into categories to differentiate those who involved in margin trading from those who issued ICO tokens. This will help to distinguish unsavory offerings that are similar to frauds or Ponzi schemes and protect investors from losing their money. The new rules will come into force in April 2020. All margin cryptocurrency exchange operators have to be registered within 18 months of that date.

Such a time limit is set to take down unregistered “quasi-operators” which conduct operations without governmental approval. A senior FSA official said:

“We intend to motivate operators to do what they can to become registered.”

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Donald Trump Might Have Increased His Wealth Due to Some Shady Business with Deutsche Bank

Donald Trump has undoubtedly won the title of the most eccentric president of the United States. Given the amount of accusations, convictions and general displeasure, it is a wonder how he has not been impeached yet. However, this new endeavour might put the last bits of his reputation at stake.

The New York Attorney General started an investigation regarding the financial relationship between the Trump Organization and Deutsche Bank. Reportedly, the major German bank has provided over 2 billion dollars in loans to the American president over the years.

The misconduct of Trump

The story begins in 2004, when Trump first encountered Deutsche Bank. The businessmen went to the real estate department and filed for a loan for his 92-story Trump International Hotel and a Trump Tower in Chicago.

At first sight everything seems fine, but it surely isn’t. When asked about the financial situation, Trump claimed to own a much larger sum of money than he actually had back then. Simply speaking, he lied to the bank about his net worth.

Mr. Trump told Deutsche Bank his net worth was about $3 billion, but when bank employees reviewed his finances, they concluded he was worth about $788 million, according to documents produced during a lawsuit Mr. Trump brought against the former New York Times journalist Timothy O’Brien,” is mentioned in the investigation files.

The weird thing is that although the bank officials surely suspected something, they didn’t take time to check and verify the information provided by Trump. Instead of that, they kept loaning him massive amounts of money.

In 2010 Trump received a 100-million-dollar loan from the Deutsche Bank to built a resort in Florida. Experts claim that he deliberately increased his net worth by almost 70% in the application in order to get the money.

In 2014 the current US president tried to purchase the popular football team Buffalo Bills. When the NFL demanded the proof that he would have enough finances to conduct the deal, Trump claimed that he owned almost 9 billion dollars, and this all happened through Deutsche Bank once again.

Right now, the authorities are finally starting to see the whole picture and its scale. The investigation has already started. Faking net worth to get such huge loans might result in big problems for both Trump and Deutsche Bank.

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USA Can Extend Sanctions Against Maduro Government and Ban VISA and Mastercard in Venezuela

At the moment the USA government discusses the possibility of introducing a new package of sanctions, which in fact will prohibit the operation of such systems like Visa and Mastercard in Venezuela.

According to the administration of Donald Trump, such a step would cause irreparable damage to the Maduro government regime, which the United States recognized as illegitimate. These sanctions will mean a total ban for any American company to cooperate with any Venezuelan company that has at least some relation to the current Maduro regime.

The main purpose of these sanctions is to put pressure on the current leadership of Venezuela. However, such actions may affect the lives of ordinary citizens of the country. How to avoid this, officials do not know yet, although they claim that there are some tricks which allow making a number of exceptions.

On Saturday, March 16, Juan Guaido (head of the Venezuelan opposition) said that they managed to take under control the Citgo – a subsidiary of the state-owned oil giant PDVSA.

Recall, recently we wrote that the Russian bank “Eurofinance Mosnarbank”, which cooperated with the already mentioned company PDVSA, came under sanctions.

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If the VISA and Mastercard systems stop working in the country, then people will have no other choice but to switch completely to using Bitcoin or their own cryptocurrency El Petro. Given that Venezuelans are used to living in hyperinflationary conditions, cryptocurrency will seem like a fairly stable asset for them.

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Winklevoss’ Brothers Said “Crypto Doesn’t Need Rules”, What About Crypto Companies?

Winklevoss twins are one of the most influential crypto personalities in the modern world. They are multi-millionaires with their own exchange – Gemini – and own dollar-pegged Gemini coin. It is no secret that the brothers have supported crypto since the beginning of it, but now they promote crypto regulation which confronts with the idea of crypto as well as with their billboard slogans. What happened?

Crypto Needs Or Doesn’t Need Rules

The twins are known for deconstructing the stereotypes and the myths that surround crypto in the public. They want to change the image of crypto that has been plagued with scams, hacks, frauds. However, their billboard slogan “Crypto Needs Rules” was criticized by Bitcoin users as the main meaning of crypto is to transfer money or digital assets without having to trust anyone.

Source: Bitcoinist

Cameron Winklevoss said that some people wondered why Gemini believes that the crypto revolution needs rules. He responded:

“Crypto doesn’t need rules, but the companies built on top of it do.”

Cameron also cited a part of report regarding to the defunct QuadrigaCX exchange which lost millions of dollars.

In order to prevent cases like QuadrigaCX and Mt.Gox, the latter’s CEO was sentenced to 2 years and six months in prison, the companies that provide custodial services of customers assets should be regulated. Furthermore, Winklevoss pointed out that these cases as well as other incidents could have been preventable if there was a proper management of the company, in particular, “proper rules and thoughtful regulation”.

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