Asia-Pacific

‘Downright Fraud’: Hong Kong Securities Watchdog Warns on ICOs

| Wolfie Zhao

The deputy head of Hong Kong's Securities and Futures Commission has taken a skeptical tone in statements on initial coin offerings.

Bitcoin Miner Blames Trading Crackdown in China for Shooting

| Wolfie Zhao

Toughened bitcoin trading rules in mainland China may have led to a Taiwanese bitcoin miner being shot by gangland investors, a report suggests.

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Bitcoin Thief Could Be Caned for $300K Robbery in Singapore

| Wolfie Zhao

Two bitcoin brokers in Singapore were assaulted and robbed by nearly $300,000 in cash while meeting with a prospect bitcoin seller offline.

Police Abruptly Halt Chinese Blockchain Conference

| Wolfie Zhao

A blockchain-themed conference in Shanghai was suspended by police on Thursday for so-far unclear reasons.

BitFlyer Exchange Toughens User Verification Amid Watchdog Scrutiny

| Wolfie Zhao

Japanese cryptocurrency exchange BitFlyer says it will revise its know-your-customer procedures after criticism from a financial regulator.

Crypto Tax Support Is Coming Slowly to India

| Sujha Sundararajan

A partnership finds two India-based startups seeking to provide tools to crypto users who may need to report gains and losses on their 2018 taxes.

Taiwan Moves to Capture Bitcoin Under Money Laundering Laws

| Wolfie Zhao

The government of Taiwan has moved a step closer to regulating bitcoin under existing anti-money laundering (AML) rules.

Cloud Mining Contracts Are Securities, Says Philippines SEC

| Wolfie Zhao

The Philippines securities watchdog has warned that it will regulate cryptocurrency cloud mining contracts under existing securities rules.

Alibaba’s Taobao Bars Crypto and ICOs in Policy Update

| Wolfie Zhao

Alibaba's Taobao e-commerce site has updated its list of prohibited goods and services on the platform, which now includes those related to cryptos.

Japan Could Have More Than 3 Million Crypto Traders

| Wolfie Zhao

Japan's Financial Services Agency has published domestic cryptocurrency trading statistics for the first time.