Trading Firms Propose 'Bad Actors Blacklist' to Clean Up Crypto Industry

Cryptocurrency trading firms held a Chicago meeting to discuss ways to prevent the rising numbers of hacks and scams in the industry.

May 9, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 13, 2021 at 9:10 a.m. UTC

A group of cryptocurrency trading firms has come together to discuss ways to prevent the rising number of hacks and scams in the industry.

Ripple, market maker Cumberland, Michael Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital Holdings and over 30 other firms met at a recent round-table event in Chicago for the initiative, Bloomberg reported Thursday.

Creating a list of entities involved directly or indirectly in criminal activities such as money laundering and drug trafficking was one of the ideas. Giving companies in good standing some form of accreditation was another, according to the report.

Another route could be to set standards for verifying identities of customers and their sources of funds. CORA may also share information on actors defaulting on derivatives trades.

Darius Sit, managing partner at trading firm QCP Capital, told the news source:

“A community-wide effort to improve compliance standards would prevent liabilities that might stem from trading with bad actors or dealers that trade with bad actors.”

Such a move to bring more self-governance to the crypto industry is something that regulators have been keen to see, he added.

The event was organized by Crypto OTC Roundtable Asia (CORA), a "loose association" of crypto businesses, according to Bloomberg. The firms are yet to take any final decision on the next steps. The group reportedly plans to meet again in the near future to move forward on the discussed ideas.

Notably, on the day of the event itself, hackers stole 7,000 bitcoin (worth over $40 million) from cryptocurrency exchange Binance.

Blockchain analytics firm CipherTrace recently estimated that losses arising from cryptocurrency hacks and fraud may have already reached about $1.2 billion in the first quarter of this year alone (a number that includes Bitfinex's allegedly missing $850 million). The figure is almost 71 percent of the $1.7 billion loss seen over the whole of 2018, the firm said.

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