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US Treasury Department Blocks Crypto Addresses of Chinese Fentanyl “Kingpins”

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The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) have named several Chinese nationals, “as significant foreign narcotics traffickers pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act).”

OFAC is also, “identifying Bitcoin addresses associated with these two drug traffickers to maximize disruption of their financial dealings.”

It should be noted, however, that Bitcoin addresses can be easily changed.

According to Treasure Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Sigal Mandelker, Fujing Zheng, his drug-trafficking organization, Chinese company Qinsheng Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., his father Guanghua Zheng and associate Xiaobing Yan, “run an international drug trafficking operation that manufactures and sells lethal narcotics, directly contributing to the crisis of opioid addiction, overdoses, and death in the United States.”

Mandelkar adds:

“Zheng and Yan have shipped hundreds of packages of synthetic opioids to the U.S., targeting customers through online advertising and sales, and using commercial mail carriers to smuggle their drugs into the United States.”

In August 2018, Fujing Zheng and his father Guanghua were indicted in Cleveland, Ohio and charged with operating a conspiracy that manufacturing and shipping, “deadly fentanyl analogues, cathinones, and cannabinoids to at least 37 U.S. states and 25 countries.”

Besides distributing “hundreds of controlled substances,” including fentanyl analogues carfentanil, acetyl fentanyl, and furanyl fentanyl, the men also allegedly created counterfeit cancer pills, “that replaced the active cancer-fighting ingredient with dangerous synthetic drugs.”

The men, “…laundered…(their) drug proceeds in part by using digital currency such as bitcoin, transmitted drug proceeds into and out of bank accounts in China and Hong Kong, and bypassed currency restrictions and reporting requirements.”

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 50-100 times stronger than heroin. Even non-opioid street drugs like cocaine have been found tainted with fentanyl in recent years.

Fentanyl contamination and unknown consumption of excessive amounts have caused rashes of overdoses in regions where these substances are distributed.

The synthetic opioid crisis has been worsened by physician’s sometimes liberal prescribing of opioid pain medications. Fentanyl is highly addictive, and once cut off from a prescribed source of the drug, addicted people often turn to the street to maintain their habits.

FinCEN has concurrently issued an advisory, “to alert financial institutions to financial schemes related to the trafficking of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids.”

According to FinCEN Director Kenneth A. Blanco.  We are making the financial sector aware of tactics and typologies behind illicit schemes to launder the proceeds of these fatal drug sales, including transactions using digital currency and foreign bank accounts.

By: https://www.crowdfundinsider.com

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Japan: Crypto Exchange Coincheck Resumes NEM Trading Almost 10 Months After Major Hack

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Recently re-opened Japanese crypto exchange Coincheck has announced it has resumed NEM (XEM) crypto token trading after a restructuring of its platform by external “security experts,” South Korean news outlet FNNews reports Nov. 13.

In January of this year, Coincheck suffered an industry record-breaking hack when $534 million worth of NEM was stolen from its wallets.

This latest development from Coincheck reveals the exchange has “joined the Japan Security Association and is “ready to renovate its image.” Alongside NEM trades, the platform has also opened support for Ethereum (ETH) and Lisk (LSK).

Coincheck is quoted as saying that “technological safety has been verified through cooperation with external experts on NEM, Ethereum, and Lisk handling (on our exchange).”

As FNNews notes, Coincheck is a member of both the Japan Network Security Association (JNSA) and Japan’s Virtual Currency Exchange Association (JVCEA).

The latter is a self-regulatory body that sets rules to protect customers’ assets, elaborates on anti-money laundering (AML) policy, and gives working guidelines to domestic crypto exchanges. The impetus for its formation this April was in fact sparked by the industry aftershocks of the high-profile Coincheck incident.

In the wake of January’s hack, Coincheck received a business improvement order from Japan’s financial watchdog, the Financial Services Agency (FSA),  Mar. 8.

The watchdog demanded “drastic” reforms to the exchange’s management system, enhanced AML and counter-terrorism financing (CFT) measures, and revised assessment criteria for the risks for each crypto offering.

In April, Coincheck was acquired by Japanese internet broker Monex Group Inc. as part of a major rehaul of its shareholder composition and management.

Monex’s fiscal results published late Oct. revealed that Coincheck had seen a 66 percent decline in revenue for Q3 2018. FNNews cites Monex as today saying that it has “made clear” its “commitment to normalization.”

On Oct. 30, Monex announced it had reopened new account signups and limited trading on Coincheck, beginning with purchases and deposits of Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum Classic (ETC), Litecoin (LTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH).

In the 24 hours since Coincheck’s announcement, NEM has soared a strong 6.18 percent, and is trading at $0.11 to press time, according to CoinMarketCap.

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John McAfee Criticizes Centralized Exchanges for ‘Controlling Entire Market’

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Centralized crypto exchanges have always been criticized for having an unquestioned dominance over the crypto markets, which wasn’t far from the truth. Exchanges like Binance, Huobi, Coinbase, etc., command the major share of entire crypto trade, and that can be a bit scary considering how vulnerable the market is to these giant players. So, in a world boasting decentralization and distributed economics, the dominance of centralized exchanges is an absolute contrast, and recent history shows how this can be a serious bane for the general crypto users at large.

For instance, not long ago, Binance delisted Bitcoin SV the antiques of its founder Craig Wright, the self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto. While some might argue that the move was legit, those held BSV were at the receiving end, as the token lost considerable value. Also, following Binance’s lead, other major exchanges repeated the move, which further dented the price of BSV. Therefore, the market rationally needs something as decentralized as crypto itself, which can deliver all good, but inflict no harm, something, in fact, like decentralized exchanges.

Decentralized exchanges are the perfect alternates to the dominance of centralized exchanges and are often regarded as the future of crypto trade. While the likes of Binance DEX, the decentralized arm of Binance, have proved that they can be faster, and more secure, there’s still a long way to go in terms of mass adoption. In a video posted of Twitter, computer scientist and crypto advocate, John McAfee highlighted the issue and sarcastically criticized centralized exchanges. He said,

Centralized exchanges, the Gods of crypto! They take your information, whether they qualify your or not. They take your money, hold your money, and use it as they see fit most of the time, till you won’t use it. Then they control the markets you’re buying into or selling into. And then, when you want your money back, they don’t always do it right away. So, it takes couple of days, like (it is) in my interest, or whatever. They are the Gods of crypto, and they have controlled the entire market, using your money.

McAfee further added that distributed exchanges, which are already here in the market, are exactly what the crypto industry needs. Distributed or decentralized exchanges don’t hold money, or information, and offer utmost privacy. In fact, they exactly represent what the Bitcoin pioneers would have expected, as they least interfere with your daily transactions, and let the users take total control.

Why are decentralized exchanges important? Well, the answer is that they let decentralized currencies be decentralized, as they don’t control the market the way they’re centralized counterparts do. They simply facilitate trade and nothing else. They let you pour in money when you want, and let you take it out when you want to, without any restrictions. Therefore, this makes them extremely important to end the dominance of centralized exchanges. It’s not that the latter was evil. However, the future looks inclined towards the former, which are more liberal in nature.

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Top-5 Crypto Performers: ATOM, EOS, ETH, DASH, TRX

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Facebook’s Libra continues to face opposition from lawmakers and central banks around the world. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said that Europe should consider a European public digital currency to counter the Libra. German Christian Democratic Union parliamentarian Thomas Heilmann said that the grand coalition in Germany has agreed that it will not allow “market-relevant private stablecoins.” 

However, Bertrand Perez, the director general of the Libra Association, stated that the company will satisfy all regulatory requirements and that Libra might launch in the second half of 2020. He said that Libra does not aim to create new money supply, hence, it will not destabilize the fiat currencies that are a part of its basket.

United States Treasury Undersecretary Sigal Mandelker has said that terrorist organizations and their supporters are looking at new ways of raising and transferring funds to evade tracking by law enforcement agencies. She stressed the need to establish a system that will prevent illicit finance in crypto for the United States to work with governments to ensure that “non-compliant networks and fintechs do not survive.” 

With sustained pressure from regulators, let’s take a look at this week’s top performers and see what their charts project.

ATOM/USD

Cosmos (ATOM) has been a huge outperformer in the past seven days as it has risen over 34%. The rally has helped it climb back into the top-20 cryptocurrencies by market capitalization. Can it continue its stellar run or will it give up some of its recent gains? Let’s analyze the chart.  

ATOM/USD

Due to a short trading history, we are analyzing the daily chart on the ATOM/USD pair. It hit a lifetime low of $1.9101 on Sept. 5, from where the recovery has been strong. This shows that bulls have used the dip to buy aggressively. After more than an 80% rally within 10 days, the price has now reached the previous support-turned-resistance of $3.6043. 

The recovery might face some resistance at this level but once it is crossed, a move to $4.4389 and above it to $5.7961 is possible. The moving averages are on the verge of a bullish crossover, which indicates a likely change in trend. 

Any dip from current levels is likely to find support at the upsloping 20-day EMA. Our bullish view will be invalidated if bears sink the price below $2.40. If that happens, a retest of the lows is possible. The traders can wait for a pullback to the 20-day EMA before initiating long positions. 

EOS/USD

A hacker exploited a bug in the EOS gambling game EOSPlay to steal over $110,000 in cryptocurrency. The hack did not freeze the network, but it caused an overload due to which  “there was just no extra bandwidth available for free use,” according to Daniel Larimer, the CTO at Block.One. However, this event did not affect the price as the cryptocurrency was the second-best performer of the past seven days. The upcoming hard fork on Sept. 23, the largest upgrade to the network since it was launched, has kept sentiment bullish, but what do the technicals projec

EOS/USD

The bulls are attempting to push the EOS/USD pair above the descending channel. A breakout and close (UTC time) above the channel will indicate a possible change in trend. However, above the channel, the pair is likely to face stiff resistance at both moving averages and above it at $4.8719.

Once the price ascends $4.8719, it will signal the start of a new uptrend that can result in a move back to $8.6503. The traders can initiate long positions as we recommended in the previous analysis.

If the bulls fail to scale $4.8719, the cryptocurrency might remain range-bound for a few more days. Our bullish assumption will be negated if the price turns down from any of the overhead resistance levels and plummets below $3.1534. Below this level, a drop to $2.20 and below it to $1.55 is possible.

ETH/USD

Spanish bank Banco Santander issued a $20 million bond, the first end-to-end blockchain bond, on the Ethereum blockchain. Santander Corporate and Investment Banking said that the whole transaction was faster, simpler and more efficient.
With positive technical news on the Ethereum network, let’s see what the charts project for Ether (ETH).

ETH/USD

The ETH/USD pair is attempting to bounce after hitting $163.755 the week before. It has risen above the 50-week SMA and will now attempt to rise above the 20-week EMA. Both moving averages have flattened out and the RSI is gradually climbing back toward the midpoint, which shows a balance between buyers and sellers.

A breakout of the 20-week EMA will be a positive sign that will shift the advantage in favor of the bulls. Above $235.70 the recovery can reach the critical overhead resistance of $320.84. 

However, if the price turns down from the 20-week EMA or $235.70 and plunges below $163.755, it will signal weakness.  

DASH/USD

Coinbase Pro announced that it will add support for the Dash (DASH) token next week. The professional trading platform will accept DASH deposits for 12 hours before full trading begins. Dash also received support from Brazilian cryptocurrency exchange NovaDAX and cryptocurrency payments merchant solution PumaPay. These positive developments have kept the cryptocurrency among the top five performers for the second straight week. Can it continue its run? Let’s analyze the chart.

DASH/USD

The pullback in the DASH/USD pair is facing selling at the previous support-turned-resistance of $95.4264. Above this level, the bulls will again hit a roadblock at the downsloping moving averages. If the price breaks out of the moving averages, it is likely to turn positive and rally to $162 and above it to $188.5598.

However, if the pair turns down either from $95.4264 or from the moving averages and plummets below the recent lows of $77.9187, it might complete a 100% retracement of the entire rally and decline to $58.49. 

The gradually down-sloping moving averages and RSI in the negative territory suggests a bearish sentiment. Therefore, we will wait for the price to break out of the moving averages before suggesting a trade in it.

TRX/USD

According to Cointelegraph Analytics, Tron (TRX) is likely to release an update for the Sun Network. The Sun Network protocol aims to improve the security and efficiency of decentralized applications (DApps). The number of DApps on the Tron network continues to rise according to DAppTotal. Can the price follow higher? Let’s study its chart.

TRX/USD

The TRX/USD pair is still struggling near the yearly lows. It is likely to face stiff resistance in the $0.016–$0.01774 zone, which had previously acted as a strong support. The 20-week EMA has turned down and the RSI is in the negative zone, which shows that bears have the upper hand. If the price turns down from the resistance zone and dips below $0.0139038, it can retest the lows at $0.01124. A drop to new yearly lows will be a huge negative. 

Conversely, if the bulls can propel the price back above the overhead resistance zone, it will indicate demand at lower levels. The pair will face resistance at the moving averages, above which it is likely to pick up momentum and move up to $0.0409111 in the medium term. We will wait for the buyers to assert their supremacy before suggesting a trade in it.  

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision.

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