Blockchain-Based Diamond Exchange Cedex to Start Trading Diamonds Worth $50 Million March 28, 2019

Blockchain-enabled diamond exchange Cedex has secured more than 6,000 diamonds worth over $50 million that will be traded on its platform, Finance Magnates reported on March 27. Per the report, citing a press release from the firm, the supply is meant to ensure that traders have a sufficient variety of options from the launch of […]

E-Commerce Firm Rakuten Readies Cryptocurrency Exchange for April Launch After Name Change March 25, 2019

Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten has completed registration of its cryptocurrency exchange Rakuten Wallet, which will go live next month, the company confirmed in a press release on March 25. Rakuten, which follows several major Japanese tech players in entering the crypto exchange market, renamed its product from Everybody’s Bitcoin earlier this month. The company had […]

Nasdaq-Powered EU Digital Exchange DX Adds Tokenized ETFs March 6, 2019

Estonia-based digital trading platform DX.Exchange has added tokenized Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) to its services, according to press release shared with Cointelegraph on March 6. The move involves the tokenization of popular ETFs, such as SPY, which represents the S&P 500, and QQQ, which backs the Nasdaq Composite at a 1:1 ratio. UWT (crude oil) and […]

#DeleteCoinbase: Exchange Users Respond to Acquisition of a Firm Run by Former Spyware Developers March 3, 2019

Last week, Coinbase announced that it had acquired Neutrino, a blockchain intelligence startup, which at first seemed like a regular purchase for the ever-growing United States cryptocurrency exchange. However, soon the crypto community learned that Neurino’s key staff are directly affiliated with Hacking Team, a controversial information technology outfit that sells offensive surveillance capabilities to […]

Binance Launches Decentralized Crypto Exchange Testnet February 20, 2019

Major cryptocurrency exchange Binance has launched the testnet of its new decentralized exchange, Binance DEX, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Feb. 20. Per Binance, the exchange, powered by Binance Chain — a new blockchain and peer-to-peer (p2p) distributed system — is already available for customers. Users can create wallets and start […]

Major Canadian Exchange Coinsquare Acquires Zero-Fee Payment Network StellarX February 15, 2019

Major Canadian crypto exchange Coinsquare has acquired StellarX, a Stellar (XLM)-based zero-fee decentralized payment network, according to a press release published on Feb. 14. According to the announcement, Bermuda-based StellarX will be a fully owned subsidiary of Coinsquare and will seek regulatory approval to operate and expand its service under Coinsquare’s compliance. The new acquisition […]

Bithumb Partners With Blockchain VC Firm Nvelop to Launch Exchange in UAE: Report February 12, 2019

South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb will open a new platform in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), local news outlet The Financial News reported Feb. 12. The UAE-based platform is reportedly to be developed in partnership with Abu Dhabi-based firm Nvelop and will function as a springboard for Bithumb to expand into other countries in the […]

Crypto Exchange QuadrigaCX Missing $145 Mln After Death of Founder February 2, 2019

Following the sudden death of its founder Gerry Cotten, cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX is reportedly missing CA$190 million dollars ($145 million) in digital assets, Canadian news daily The Globe and Mail reports on Feb. 1 Citing a creditor protection filing from the Nova Scotia Supreme court, the Globe and Mail states that the firm has been […]

CookieMiner Malware Tries to Hack Mac Users’ Cryptocurrency Exchange Accounts, Report February 1, 2019

A new form of malware steals cookies from cryptocurrency exchanges and other data in an attempt to hack user accounts, cybersecurity research team Palo Alto Networks reported on Jan. 31. CookieMiner, a progression of OSX.DarthMiner, is a malware targets Mac users, stealing saved Google Chrome passwords, iPhone SMS messages and iTunes backups on tethered machines […]

Crypto Exchange Coinbase Acquires San Francisco-Based Tech Startup Blockspring January 18, 2019

Major cryptocurrency exchange and wallet provider Coinbase has acquired Andreessen Horowitz-backed tech startup Blockspring. The purchase was revealed in a blog post published Jan. 14. San Francisco-based Blockspring produces tools that enable developers to automatically gather and process information from application programming interfaces (APIs). In 2015, the company raised $3.4 million in a round led […]

Crypto Exchange Binance Enters European Markets, Launches Binance Jersey January 16, 2019

Major cryptocurrency exchange Binance is expanding to European markets with the launch of a new platform for fiat-to-cryptocurrency trading, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Jan. 16. According to the release, Binance is launching a new trading platform, dubbed Binance Jersey, designed for fiat-to-crypto trading of the euro (EUR) and British pound […]

Japanese Regulators Grant Cryptocurrency Exchange License to Coincheck January 11, 2019

Japan’s finance regulator, the Financial Services Agency (FSA), has granted full permission for cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck to continue operating in the country. Cointelegraph Japan reported on the development on Jan. 11, quoting an official communique. Coincheck, which was hacked in January 2018, losing altcoin tokens worth $530 million at the time, now joins the slowly […]

2018: A Record-Breaking Year for Crypto Exchange Hacks December 30, 2018

Eric Larcheveque is the CEO of Ledger, a leader in security and infrastructure solutions for cryptocurrencies and blockchain applications since 2014. The following is an exclusive contribution to CoinDesk’s 2018 Year in Review.  2018 was a record-breaking year. From the number of cryptocurrency exchange hacks, to the amount of assets that were stolen, to the largest […]

Bitfinex Crypto Exchange Launches Margin Trading for Stablecoin Tether December 22, 2018

Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex has introduced margin trading for stablecoin Tether (USDT), according to a blog post published Dec. 21. Bitfinex has launched margin trading for the USDT/USD pair, which would purportedly lead to more efficient price discovery and enable users to hedge the exposure taken on stablecoins. Along with a dedicated lending market, […]

Decentralized Exchange Concludes $15 Mln Funding Round Supported by Huobi and OKCoin November 30, 2018

Decentralized cryptocurrency exchange BHEX Exchange has concluded a $15 million funding round with support from major exchanges like Huobi and OKCoin, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph Nov. 29. Per the release, BHEX’s new round of funding was conducted with participation from leading industry players, including Huobi Global, OKCoin, and Genesis Capital, among […]

Exchange Partners With University of Luxembourg to Improve Crypto Asset Security November 24, 2018

A new partnership between Luxembourg-based VNX Exchange and the University of Luxembourg aims to improve the security of digital assets, business news outlet Luxembourg Times reported Nov. 23. VNX is a marketplace and trading platform for tokenized venture capital founded in 2017. VNX is a member of fintech incubator the Luxembourg House of Financial Technology […]

Judge Rules in Favor of Canadian Bank in Dispute With Crypto Exchange November 14, 2018

A $19.6 million disputed sum between Canada’s largest crypto exchange QuadrigaCX and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) has been handed into the custody of the Ontario Superior Court, per a court document filed Nov. 9. On Oct. 8, Canadian newspaper the Globe and Mail reported that Vancouver-based QuadrigaCX had been experiencing difficulties accessing […]

Report: Bithumb Signs Deal with US Fintech Firm to Open Security Token Exchange November 1, 2018

Major South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb has reportedly signed a deal with an American fintech firm in an effort to open a securities token exchange in the U.S., South Korean Yonhap News agency reported Nov. 1. Citing individuals familiar with the matter, Yonhap reports that Bithumb signed an agreement with American crowdfunding platform SeriesOne. A […]

Crypto Exchange YoBit Starts Pump Scheme on Random Coins October 11, 2018

Cryptocurrency exchange YoBit is going to perform a pump scheme on random coins, according to an Oct. 10 tweet. A pump and dump scheme is a form of fraud that attempts to artificially boost the price of an asset through misleading or false recommendations. YoBit Pump in 22 hrs: https://t.co/RIbW7OhKzMWe will buy one random coin […]

Abra Wallet and Exchange Service Introduces Token That Tracks Crypto Index October 4, 2018

Digital currency wallet and exchange Abra has launched support for a new token, BIT10, that tracks the Bitwise 10 Large Cap Crypto Index, according to an announcement published Oct. 3. The Bitwise 10 Large Cap Crypto Index was developed by cryptocurrency asset management firm Bitwise Asset Management and is reportedly listed exclusively on Abra. The […]

Stellar-Based Zero-Fee Decentralized Crypto Exchange StellarX Is Now Fully Launched October 1, 2018

StellarX, a Stellar-based zero-fee decentralized crypto exchange has left its beta phase and was fully launched Friday, September 28. The launch was announced in a blog post by Interstellar, the company behind the platform. The exchange, originally announced in July this year, is based on Stellar’s (XLM) universal marketplace. Stellar is an open-source protocol for […]

New Coinbase Listing Process Will Allow Exchange to ‘Rapidly’ Increase Supported Assets September 26, 2018

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has announced a new process that will allow it to list more digital assets faster, according to a statement published September 25. Per the announcement, the new process refers only to digital assets that are compliant with local law, which means that certain assets listed on the platform may only be available […]

Japanese Cryptocurrency Exchange Hacked, $59 Million in Losses Reported September 19, 2018

Hackers have reportedly stolen $59 million worth of cryptocurrencies from Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Zaif, Cointelegraph Japan reports September 19. According to a local report, as a result of a security breach on September 14, hackers managed to steal 4.5 billion yen from users hot wallets, as well as 2.2 billion yen from the assets of […]

Jamaica Stock Exchange to Introduce Crypto and Tokens Trading via Canadian Fintech Firm August 15, 2018

The Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) has selected Canadian fintech company Blockstation to facilitate the trading of digital currencies and tokens on the JSE, according to an August 14 press release. Upon implementation of the project, JSE will provide trading, quotes, execution, and settlement services for cryptocurrencies and tokens. Kirk Brown, Head Trader for a broker […]

Japan’s Financial Watchdog Publishes Results of Its On-Site Crypto Exchange Inspections August 11, 2018

Japan’s financial watchdog, the Financial Services Agency (FSA), has published the results of its on-site inspections of cryptocurrency exchange operators, Cointelegraph Japan reports August 10. Based on its findings, the watchdog has decided to apply more rigorous oversight into new applications from exchanges hoping to receive an official operating license. Newly registered exchanges will be […]