US & Canada

US Regulators Tie Two Bitcoin Addresses to Iranian Ransomware Plot

| Nikhilesh De

For the first time, the U.S. Treasury Department is adding crypto addresses to its list of Specially Designated Nationals.

Blockchain Smart Contracts Subject to Financial Laws, Says CFTC Primer

| Yogita Khatri

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission says smart contracts are covered under financial rules in its new primer on the technology.

Ohio Becomes First US State to Allow Taxes to Be Paid in Bitcoin

| Yogita Khatri

Ohio has become the first U.S. state to allow taxes to be paid in bitcoin, starting with businesses.

The SEC’s Recent Rulings Are More About Exchanges Than ICOs

| Noelle Acheson

The SEC's focus on crypto exchanges may disrupt some business models, add compliance and paperwork costs, and perhaps trigger a sector concentration.

There Is No ‘Bitcoin’: What the SEC Doesn’t Get About Cryptocurrency

| Edan Yago

The SEC would like to establish jurisdiction over crypto assets but this is only appropriate where there are legally enforceable contracts between…

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Amended Suit Against Coinbase Details Bitcoin Cash Insider Trading Claims

| Nikhilesh De

Plaintiffs have explained how they believe Coinbase allowed insiders to unfairly profit from its rollout of bitcoin cash last December.

Four More ICOs Hit with Cease-and-Desists by Colorado Securities Regulator

| Yogita Khatri

Colorado's securities watchdog has issued four more cease-and-desist orders against suspect ICOs, taking its total since May to 18.

Report: US Officials Are Probing Tether Role in Bitcoin Market Manipulation

| Nikhilesh De

The U.S. DOJ is reportedly probing Tether and Bitfinex over whether they artificially boosted bitcoin's price using the USDT stablecoin.

DOJ’s Rosenstein: Regulators Can’t Let Criminals ‘Hide Behind’ Crypto

| Nikhilesh De

Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein called for a multinational approach to regulating cryptocurrencies Sunday.

US Election Commission Says Crypto Mining For Political Campaigns Is ‘Permissible’

| Nikhilesh De

The FEC is open to allowing mining pools to donate to political campaigns, but such donations would qualify as "contributions."