UK Police Arrest Teen for Hacking Unreleased Music to Sell for Crypto

City of London Police have arrested a 19-year-old citizen suspected of hacking major music acts in a bid to steal unreleased songs and sell them for digital currency, Canadian daily newspaper The Vancouver Sun reported on Sept. 13. The Manhattan District Attorney’s office initiated an investigation after receiving complaints from management companies of recording artists. Commenting on the matter, Detective Inspector Nick Court from the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit stated: “Today’s action marks a significant point in our investigation into the individuals responsible for stealing music…

Coinbase UK Settles Lawsuit With Victim of Email Phishing Attack

The United Kingdom arm of cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase settled a two-month legal battle with a man who lost 80 Bitcoins (BTC) in an email phishing attack. Stolen Bitcoin diverted to Coinbase On Sept. 10, legal news site Law360 reported that Coinbase U.K. had reached an undisclosed settlement with Liam Robertson to exit a London-launched litigation after hackers stole 80 BTC (worth close to $815,744) in the attack. Robertson lost his Bitcoin in a spear phishing attack, when the email account of a firm in which he was investing was hacked.…

UK Advertising Watchdog Upholds Complaints Against BitMEX Bitcoin Promotion

The U.K. Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld complaints over a bitcoin ad placed by crypto derivatives exchange BitMEX (HDR Global Trading). The advertising regulator published its decision on Wednesday, saying that it supported the four complaints against the ad that had claimed it “failed to illustrate the risk of the investment,” “exaggerated the return on the investment” and “challenged whether it was misleading.” The ad, placed on Jan. 3, 2019, purportedly to celebrate the tenth anniversary of mining of the first block of bitcoin on the same date in…

Coinbase UK Dropping Support for Cryptocurrency Zcash

The U.K. arm of Coinbase appears to be dropping support for the privacy-focused cryptocurrency zcash. According to customers, Coinbase UK is sending letters out warning people that they will need to convert their zcash (ZEC) holding, or remove them to an external wallet, by Aug. 26. @zcash @ElectricCoinCo @coinbase what’s going on with Zcash in the UK? pic.twitter.com/6GWS9CuIoH — Alex (@deskofwilkes) August 8, 2019 The cryptocurrency exchange gave no specific reason for the removal of the cryptocurrency, but said all remaining ZEC balances on Aug. 26 will be automatically converted to…

Binance Jersey Lists Exchange’s New UK Pound-Backed Stablecoin

The Jersey arm of Binance has listed the cryptocurrency exchange’s own British pound-backed stablecoin. Binance announced Friday that Binance GBP (BGBP) is being offered on the fiat-to-crypto platform due to trader demand for more stablecoin options. “There has been an overwhelming demand in the market and Binance community for more stablecoin diversification, including a GBP-pegged stablecoin, and listing BGBP is in response to it,” said Binance CFO Wei Zhou. Binance Jersey launched back in January to offer trading in bitcoin and ethereum against the British pound and the euro. Jersey is a British self-governing dependency.…

U.K. Exchange Coinfloor Is Getting Paid to Help Crypto Firms Access Banking

Coinfloor, the U.K.’s longest-running crypto exchange, has teamed up with electronic money institution (EMI) Enumis to deliver bank-like accounts to crypto firms, a perennial pain-point across the industry. Under the partnership, Enumis will pay Coinfloor a fee for referring reputable crypto-facing businesses that successfully set up current accounts (the U.K. equivalent of checking accounts). “Being insiders in the crypto space we are aware of crypto companies operating as good and compliant custodians and so now we will vet and review these and recommend them to Enumis for onboarding,”  Obi Nwosu,…

Coinbase Hires New Compliance Chief for UK Operations

U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has hired a new U.K. head of compliance with three decades of experience in the industry. The new hire, Mark Kelly, joins the prominent crypto startup after almost five years as a director at London-based regulatory reporting firm Abide Financial. According to his LinkedIn profile, Kelly joined the exchange this month. While at Abide, Kelly advised clients on regulatory compliance areas such as anti-money laundering rules, the EU’s Markets in Financial Instruments Directive and the European Market Infrastructure Regulation. In total, he comes with over 30 years of experience…

Binance Targets EU, UK Traders With New Fiat-to-Crypto Exchange

Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by adjusted trading volume, has launched a new fiat-to-crypto exchange on the island of Jersey, a British self-governing dependency. The firm announced Wednesday that, through the new exchange, users are able to trade in pairs for bitcoin and ethereum against the British pound and the euro in Europe and the U.K. “Binance selected Jersey for its highly developed digital infrastructure, robust regulatory framework, and world-class financial services sector,” the exchange’s chief financial officer, Wei Zhou, told CoinDesk Wednesday. He further clarified that Binance Jersey…

GDPR Uncertainty a Key Concern of 74% of Blockchain Firms in the UK: Report

Regulatory uncertainty in Britain’s blockchain sector has emerged as one of the biggest concerns for distributed ledger technology firms in the country. According to research conducted by digital innovation agency Digital Catapult, 74% of blockchain firms in the United Kingdom cited regulatory issues as being one of their key concerns, surpassing other issues such as access to technical, business or legal expertise. These regulatory challenges include the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As the GDPR unifies Europe’s regulatory landscape regarding the use and storage of personal data, the…

UK Foreign Exchange Firm Joins Ripple Blockchain RippleNet

Moneynetint, a UK-based provider of foreign exchange services for the corporate sector has integrated and deployed decentralized payments using Ripple blockchain network RippleNet. Based in London with a focus on payment services for corporate clients, Moneynetint revealed an ongoing collaboration with San Francisco-based blockchain industry giant Ripple on Tuesday. The payments platform, which provides cross-border money transfers and currency exchange services, said it has completed the integration phase with Ripple and has now fully deployed the blockchain solution with payments received from other RippleNet members elsewhere, in a press release…