Hackers Paradise: Yet Another Defi Protocol Exploited for Nearly $20 Million in DAI

Decentralized finance (defi) protocol Pickle Finance was hacked for $19.7 million of the stablecoin DAI over the weekend, as the defi industry appears to be turning into a hackers paradise. Pickle’s native token (PICKLE) plunged 62% on the news, falling from $23.27 to $8.70 when the hack was first reported on Nov. 21. At the time of writing, the token has since rebound 29% in 24 hours to $18.51, according to Coingecko data. This is the fourth hack to hit the defi space in just two weeks. Akropolis, Value Defi…

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Ciphertrace Files 2 Patents for Systems to Identify Criminal Monero Transactions

Cryptocurrency intelligence firm Ciphertrace has filed two patent applications for tools and systems to trace monero transactions. The company aims to enable the detection of criminal uses of privacy coins like monero. Monero Tracing Patents Blockchain analytics and cryptocurrency intelligence firm Ciphertrace announced Friday that it has filed two monero tracing patents. One patent is called “Techniques and Probabilistic Methods for Tracing Monero” and the other is “Systems and Methods for Investigating Monero.” They two patents cover a number of areas, including “Forensic tools to explore monero transaction flows to…

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Second Stimulus Checks: New Proposal Taps Unused Fed Funds, Lawmakers Call for Relief Now

Americans are anxiously waiting to hear if they will receive a second round of stimulus checks as many are suffering due to the coronavirus-led economic crisis. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has a new proposal to immediately provide relief aid, while Nancy Pelosi has been discussing stimulus plans with Mitch McConnell, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Chuck Schumer. New Stimulus Proposal and Status of Second Stimulus Checks U.S. lawmakers have been actively discussing stimulus packages this past week with the aim to help Americans cope with the coronavirus-led economic crisis. A…

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Silk Road Bitcoin Seizure: Analytics Firm Claims Tokens Worth Millions Still Outstanding

Analytics firm Coinfirm says the US Department of Justice (DOJ)’s seizure of digital assets associated with the now-defunct Silk Road left behind tokens worth millions of dollars. According to Coinfirm, there are still valuable balances held on forked addresses originating from that wallet. On November 5, the DOJ announced that a hacker known as Individual X had cooperated with law enforcement and agreed to relinquish control of over $1 billion worth of bitcoins. At the time of the seizure of the 69,370 BTC, news.Bitcoin.com reported the DOJ confirming that 1HQ3-the…

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Nvidia Posts Record Q3 Earnings, Sales of GPUs to Crypto Miners Reach $175 Million

Nvidia released its earnings for the third fiscal quarter of 2021 this week, showing better-than-expected results, driven by sales of its graphics processing unit (GPU) chips. The firm reported graphics segment revenue of $2.79 billion for the quarter, beating analyst estimates of $2.1 billion. Within the graphics segment also falls the gaming division. Nvidia said that its new line of graphics cards based on a new technology called Ampere drew strong interest from computer and videogame console developers. For example, one of the new models, the Geforce RTX 3080, went…

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Thailand’s New Rules Help Securities Companies Launch Crypto Exchanges

Thailand has reportedly revised its net capital rules which help securities firms launch cryptocurrency exchanges. The country now has 15 licensed crypto service providers. New Thai Rules and Crypto Exchanges The Thai Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has revised its net capital (NC) rules which help securities companies provide crypto services, the Bangkok Post reported Wednesday. “The revised NC rules are expected to help free up liquidity for securities firms that plan to enter new business such as open digital or cryptocurrency exchanges,” the publication conveyed, adding that some securities…

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Ray Dalio Admits He May Be Wrong About Bitcoin But Still Concerned of Government Ban

Billionaire hedge fund manager Ray Dalio has admitted that he may be wrong about bitcoin after stating that governments will ban the cryptocurrency if it “becomes material.” Dalio founded Bridgewater Associates; his hedge fund is the largest in the world. Ray Dalio Open to Learning About Bitcoin Bridgewater Associates founder Ray Dalio has admitted that he may be wrong about bitcoin after stating last week that he did not think that cryptocurrencies “will succeed in the way people hope they would.” He further said that governments will outlaw bitcoin if…

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Mike Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital to Launch Bitcoin Fund in Canada

Galaxy Digital, the crypto investment management firm founded by bitcoin bull Mike Novogratz, has revealed plans to launch a bitcoin fund in Canada. In a statement published Nov. 16, Galaxy Digital said it has partnered with major Canadian fund manager CI Global Asset Management for the launch. The fund is called the “CI Galaxy Bitcoin Fund” and it will be open to the general public. Galaxy Digital, which primarily focuses on corporate investors, has since received approval from securities regulators for its preliminary prospectus for an initial public offering (IPO),…

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Scaramucci’s Billion-Dollar Mega Hedge Fund Skybridge ‘May Hold Positions’ in Bitcoin

In a filing registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the giant global investment firm Skybridge Capital explained that the fund Skybridge G II may invest in digital currencies like bitcoin. On November 13, the New York-based company with $7.7 billion assets under management (AUM) told the U.S. regulator that Skybridge investment funds “may hold long and short positions in digital assets.” Skybridge Capital, another well known wealth manager with over $7.7 billion AUM, told the SEC on Friday it may invest in digital assets like bitcoin. The…

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New Push for Second Stimulus Checks: Analysts Predict When Another Relief Package Will Pass

Many Americans are in need of second stimulus checks and a new coronavirus relief package. As Congress resumes stimulus negotiations, President Trump has called for a “big and focused” stimulus bill now. Meanwhile, several analysts have predicted when lawmakers will pass the next stimulus package. Stimulus Package Status Stimulus negotiations have resumed after the presidential election but lawmakers still have not been able to come to an agreement. This has left Americans with little hope of receiving their second stimulus checks to help them cope with the coronavirus-led economic crisis.…

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