US Treasury blacklists Tornado Cash, sparking criticism from the crypto industry

    The US Treasury sanctions against the crypto mixer Tornado Cash meet criticism from the crypto community. While GitHub, stablecoin issuers and crypto infrastructure providers join the Treasury action, some anonymous troll is sending crypto from a Tornado Cash wallet, trying to “dust” numerous celebrities. On August 8, the US Department of the Treasury announced sanctions…

    Iran makes its first import worth $10 million in crypto with ‘widespread’ plans

    As Tasnim agency reported Tuesday, citing Alireza Peymanpak, an Iranian official from the Ministry of Industry, Mine, and Trade, the country this week executed its first official order for importing goods via the crypto payment route, worth $10 million cumulatively. “This week, the first official import order registration worth 10 million dollars was successfully completed…

    Binance-backed exchange WazirX is cracked down on by Indian authorities

    India’s Enforcement Directorate has frozen WazirX’s bank balances with around $8 million worth. WazirX faced scrutiny for its alleged money laundering. Meanwhile, Binance’s CEO said the company never completed the acquisition of WazirX, which it had announced in November 2019. India’s Enforcement Directorate (ED), a law enforcement agency that investigates financial crimes, has frozen bank…

    Crypto up as Federal Reserve announces 0.75% rate hike

    The Federal Reserve has hiked interest rates by another 75 basis points. This comes after inflation in the US had hit a 40-year high of 9.1% in June. The crypto market has rallied in response, despite the Fed’s repeated rate hikes are promoting concerns of a recession. Since Wednesday, US interest rates have returned to…

    Crypto exchange Kraken reportedly suspected of violating sanctions

    Crypto exchange Kraken is reportedly under investigation for allegedly violating federal sanctions and providing services to Iranians. The US Department of Treasury is investigating Kraken, the NYTimes sources said. The US Treasury Department has been keeping Kraken under the radar since 2019 and is also imposing a fine on the exchange, according to the news…

    Dubai officially launches its Metaverse Strategy

    Dubai Metaverse Strategy has been officially launched, aiming to create more than 40,000 new jobs and 4,000 new companies in the sector. There are currently 1,000 companies in Dubai engaged in the crypto and metaverse sector, contributing $500 million to the national economy. On July 18, The Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the…