As reported by The Telegraph, the Bank of England may support the production of a state-supported digital currency within a year. Just a year ago, the bank declared that it had commissioned a hypothetical money, RS Coin, which could be utilized by national banks to settle payments.
Currently, England’s national bank is raising the stakes, hoping to make its hypothetical idea into a feasible reality.
A research group vetted by the Bank has been examining the likelihood of a national bank-issued cryptographic money since 2015. So as to avert the unpredictability that has come to characterize Bitcoin, the digital money would be supported by the Bank of England and fastened to the pound sterling, Great Britain’s national cash. The Bank expects the research group to report back at some point in 2018 with their discoveries.
Prior to the Christmas, Dr. Stamp Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, put forth the defense for a national bank-sponsored crypto money to England’s Treasury Select Committee. Shielding the thought, he expressed that “The underlying technology is really of a fair bit of interest. We are working with it at the Bank of England.”
“I have taken an interest in discussions with the significant national banks on this issue,” he kept saying that such talks would continue in the new year. He also revealed that, over the summer, the Bank successfully executed a transaction with another bank using blockchain technology.
The Governor added that the Bank and its exploration unit are “restrained” in their approach. “In case we will apply something to the core of the system, it will need to meet five sigma quality rating.”
If the trials are successful, a digital currency banking option could make the way for instant payments for cars, houses, land, and other key assets.
However, Dr. Carney was still careful to address the confinements of a national bank-sponsored digital currency. One such frail point, he admits, is dissolvability if the currency was introduced on a public scale.
England – The Next In Line?
This disclosure makes England the most recent in an extending rundown of countries that have either engaged or endorsed their own cryptographic money.
Recently, Israel declared its own plans for the advanced shekel, the Israeli national bank’s answer for battling bootleg market purchases that include a little more than 20% of Israel’s GDP.
Back in October, Vladimir Putin put Russia on the map as the main country to declare official plans for its own particular state-issued cryptographic money, the digital ruble. Evidently, Russia is engaging the cryptoruble as a way to go around international sanctions.
Venezuela has also declared their own digital money in a comparative endeavor to moderate the effect of approvals from the United States.
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Binance is the largest crypto-exchange by trading volume, however, on 7th March, its users got affected by a hack of third-party software, and as a result, unauthorized transactions were made from their user’s accounts.
Since then, Binance’s CEO, Changpeng Zhao has claimed that the exchange is working normally and the funds of users are safe as well. Many users have shown their concern and complained by using social media platforms; Twitter and Reddit, that without their permission, their altcoins had been converted into Bitcoin and most of them didn’t even logged into their accounts.
There were many posts on Reddit, claiming that hackers have used their bitcoins for buying VIA coins for 0.025 BTC each. Without attracting any attention, hackers managed to withdrew the bitcoins in small amounts. It’s claimed by a Reddit user, Profetu, that Binance’s administration took actions to the complaints of their users by freezing their accounts in one hour. Furthermore, the user suggested;
“The hacker accumulated VIA in advance (from Binance or other exchange and sent to Binance) then he set a huge sell order at 0.025BTC. Then using API made some account sell alts and buy VIA with that BTC, [and then withdrew] BTC.”
Another user wrote;
“Same happened to me. I had 100% USDT worth $1548. Today I logged in so I can buy some xrp, but my account balance is $200 out of $1548, and apparently I bought 5 VIA coins and exchanged my USDT to BTC while I was in the gym?”
Few traders have presented a theory that the attack was linked with compromised API keys which had been requested by Binance’s users to further use inside the range of other applications such as; chart in monitoring services and trading bots. This theory also explains how the attackers have managed to pass over the two-factor authentication. But at the same time, it fails to explain why this attack affected the users who never requested API keys.
A user asked;
“Do you use any trading bots like profittrailer or gunbot? Do you have any API opened for any kind of services?” – Bonnie_channel
Another Reddit user wrote;
“That is what I am wondering! I never gave permission for this API key to be created. That is why I think it’s an issue on [Binance’s] end”.
Later, a tweet was posted by Binance, saying that deposits and withdrawals are now in a working condition and all illegitimate trades have been rebounded. Changpeng Zhao also said that a phishing website has been used by hackers to get the login information and to divert users from the authentic Binance website.
According to the chairman of the US SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission), Jay Clayton, ‘all ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings) are not fraudulent’. These remarks were made by Clayton, on 5th April, during a speech at Princeton University. Clayton also added that stamping out fraud in the cryptocurrency market is perilous to protect customers. As well as, the improved regulatory analysis will essentially benefit the industry by removing fraudsters from it and con artists who give the whole place a bad name. Since there’ve been many ICO fraud cases before, the remarks of Clayton became viral.
Jay Clayton’s Remarks
“Is the approach taken in Washington by the SEC adversely affecting distributed ledger technology in other areas? My hope is that it’s actually helping because this technology is being used for fraud… And to the extent that it’s being used for fraud, history shows that government comes down harshly on that technology later.”
He also added:
“If we don’t stop the fraudsters, there is a serious risk that the regulatory pendulum – the regulatory actions – will be so severe that they will restrict the capacity of this new security.”
Clayton signalled about SEC investigations, in February 2018, that his agency would be investigating cryptocurrencies and at that time, he said:
“I believe every ICO I’ve seen is a security.”
However, a few weeks later, ICOs were again targeted by the SEC as it issued dozens of subpoenas to the tech-companies related to cryptocurrencies, and counsellors to explore how ICOs are organized.
ICOs Ceased for Scam
Fraud charges were filed against the co-founders of Centra Tech, Robert Farkas and Sohrab Sharma on April 2, by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Centra tech co-founders were accused of raising $32 million by vending unregistered securities throughout the Centra ICO, as it was promoted by Floyd Mayweather (boxing champ) and DJ Khaled (record producer).
According to public documents, the SEC is now looking forward to two bitcoin exchange-traded funds for listing on the NYSE Arca, which is the first “all-electronic” exchange in the US. The name of these two-bitcoin exchange-traded funds are:
- The ProShares Bitcoin ETF
- The ProShares Short Bitcoin ETF
SEC to Allow Cryptocurrency ETFs
Cboe president, Chris Concannon advised the agency to permit crypto ETFs and soon after that, the SEC consideration of bitcoin ETFs showed up. In a letter, that was sent to the SEC, on23rd March, Concannon sacked criticism that virtual currencies are extremely volatile to be treated like other dependable commodities.
Concannon wrote in the letter:
“Because of its innovative features as a digital asset, bitcoin has gained wide acceptance as a secure means of exchange in the commercial marketplace and has generated significant interest among investors.”
Concannon also added that there is sufficient reliable price info from the bitcoin futures market on CME and Cboe Futures Exchange that must alleviate the regulatory uncertainties about its impenetrability as an asset-tool.
Gatecoin is a Hong Kong based cryptocurrency exchange that claims Bitcoin’s price is to reach $5000 by the end of 2017.
Headlined “Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia,” this price prediction was made during an interview with Aurelien Menant, Gatecoin’s CEO, and founder. He said that the markets are responsible for driving increased interest in Bitcoin.
“Another factor that is very important is the arrival of more and more institutional investors in bitcoin,” Menant said. “Historically we used to have a few hatch funds trading bitcoin in Europe and the U.S. Now we have around 60 or 70 of them that are starting to trade bitcoin.”
Some funds are now dedicated to digital currencies. “So, this is definitely driving a surge in the price,” he said.
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