Spanish Mining Startup to Return $68 Million Raised During ICO

Spanish cryptocurrency mining startup CryptoSolarTech will return $68 million raised during its initial coin offering (ICO). A screenshot of an official letter sent to investors was posted on Twitter Wednesday, Feb. 20 by Spanish IT lawyer Sergio Carrasco.

CryptoSolarTech apparently aimed to build a crypto mining facility powered by solar energy in Southern Spain,

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India: Police Arrest Suspects in Alleged $14 Million Crypto Scam

Law enforcement in Mumbai, India have exposed a group allegedly involved in a cryptocurrency scam that amassed an estimated 1 billion rupees (nearly $17 million), local media outlet The Times of India reports on Feb. 17.

The case reportedly led to the freezing of several accounts in the country and to the arrest of four individuals — Sanjay Sontakke,

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20-Year Old Hacker Pleads Guilty to $5 Million Cryptocurrency Theft

After stealing $5 million in cryptocurrency from 40 victims through SIM swapping, 20-year-old Joel Ortiz, pleaded guilty to theft and accepted a plea deal of 10 years in prison as reported by Motherboard, a division of news outlet VICE, on Feb 1.

Ortiz accepted the plea deal last week, according to Erin West,

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Ripple Sold $535 Million Worth of XRP in 2018

Ripple (XRP) sold $535.56 million worth of XRP in 2018, according its quarterly report for Q4 2018 released on Jan. 24.

The report further notes that the sales of XRP tokens in Q4 2018 amounted to $129.03 million worth, which is equivalent to 0.24 percent of global XRP volume. The Q4 average XRP daily volume was reportedly equivalent to $585.7 million and is the highest since the first quarter of the year.

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Unconfirmed: Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital to Raise $250 Million to Offer Crypto Loans

Mike Novogratz’s crypto merchant bank Galaxy Digital is reportedly raising at least $250 million to offer loans to crypto-related firms, according to an unconfirmed report published by American news site Business Insider on Jan. 23.

Citing two unnamed people familiar with the matter, the news outlet claims that Galaxy Digital is purportedly planning to close the first fundraising round for its crypto credit fund in March.

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India: Fourth Suspect Arrested Following Alleged $70+ Million Crypto Scam

Indian police have arrested an associate of a group accused of conducting a crypto scam involving 5 billion rupees (about $71.6 million), English-language local media The Indian Express reports Jan. 7.

This is the fourth arrest of the ongoing case and reportedly occurred a year after Thane police uncovered the alleged scam in Mumbai.

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Phishing Attack on Electrum Wallet Nets Hacker Almost $1 Million in Hours, Report

A reportedly ongoing hack against cryptocurrency wallet Electrum has seen a malicious party steal almost 250 Bitcoin (BTC) (about $937,000), commentators reported on social media Dec. 27.

Subsequently confirmed by Electrum itself, the attack consists of creating a fake version of the wallet that fools users into providing password information.

“The hacker setup a whole bunch of malicious servers,” Reddit user u/normal_rc explained:

“If someone’s Electrum Wallet connected to one of those servers,

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EOS DApps Lose Almost $1 Million to Hackers Over the Last Five Months

Decentralized apps (DApps) based on the EOS blockchain have lost up to $1 million to hacks since July, Chinese crypto media Blockchain Truth reports Tuesday, Dec. 4.

The report cites data by PeckShield, a blockchain security company that monitors different ecosystems. According to the report, the DApps on EOS have seen 27 breaches from July to late November,

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Chinese Blockchain-Related Company Xunlei Reports $45.3 Million Q3 Revenue

Chinese desktop software and blockchain-related company Xunlei has published its Q3 report Wednesday, Nov. 14. According to the report, the firm’s revenue increased in 2018 after the introduction of blockchain services.

The report notes that the company’s Q3 revenue reached $45.3 million, representing an increase of 1.1% year-over-year. The firm attributed $19.8 million of that revenue to its cloud and Internet value-added services sectors,

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Plastic Surgeon and Startup Investor Buys $352 Million Stake in Korean Crypto Exchange Bithumb

A group led by one of South Korea’s leading plastic surgeons, Dr. Kim Byung Gun, has made a major investment in crypto exchange Bithumb’s holding company. Bloomberg reported the news Friday, Oct. 12.

The surgeon’s BK Global Consortium has closed a deal to acquire “50 percent plus one share” of BTC Holding Co.

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UK-Based Crypto Platform Launches $1.45 Million Crowdfund Campaign to Bank the Unbanked

Nebeus, the London-based crypto platform, has launched a 1.1 million pound ($1.45 million) crowdfunding campaign as they set out their ambitious goal of bringing financial services to people around the world. According to the World Bank, there are 1.7 billion adults globally who remain unbanked, yet two-thirds of them own a mobile phone that they could use for online banking.

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Okex Socializes Loss From Over $400 Million Bet Among BTC Futures Traders

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Anyone getting involved with leveraged trading must assume upon themselves the risks associated with the potentially highly rewarding practice. A recent event should remind traders that, sometimes, even when the trade goes your way, you can still take a hit. Okex socialized one trader’s massive loss on BTC futures with a clawback.

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Public Chain ASCH Receives $7.5 Million USD Investment from Bitmain


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SBI Invests $9 Million in Institutional-Grade Cryptocurrency Derivatives Platform


Japanese financial services giant SBI Holdings has invested $9 million in U.S. digital marketplace architect Clear Markets to fund the latter’s creation of a cryptocurrency derivatives trading platform built for institutional investors.

Nikkei Asian Review reports that SBI Crypto Investment has obtained a 12 percent stake in Clear Markets,

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Crypto Mining Firm CEO Exit Scams with $35 Million in Investor Funds


The CEO of Sky Mining, a crypto mining company in Vietnam, has disappeared with investor funds totaling about $35 million, according to a local news outlet.

About 20 investors of Sky Mining reported the matter to the local police in the Phú Nhuận District after learning that “approximately 600 mining machines had been removed” by imposters who had claimed to be maintenance workers.

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Crypto Mining CEO Said to Disappear With $35 Million In Funds

The chief executive of a cryptocurrency mining startup has reportedly disappeared with $35 million in client investments, Newsweek reported Monday.

Le Minh Tam, head of Vietnam-based Sky Mining, has been missing since July 26, according to the report. The startup, which claimed it would rent crypto miners to investors for between $100 and $5,000,

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Mining Round-Up: Sky Mining CEO Flees with $35 Million, Texas Attracts Miners

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In recent mining news, it has been alleged that the CEO of Vietnam-based Sky Mining has fled the country with $35 million USD in investor funds in his possession. Meanwhile, in the US, Tmgcore has acquired a 100-megawatt data center in Dallas, Texas, and local media have reported that Bitmain will open a mining facility in a former aluminium smelter in Rockdale,

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Wall Street Traded $572 Million in Bitcoin Futures During Tuesday’s Bull Run


The bitcoin price is rallying, and this time, it looks like Wall Street has shown up to the party.

On Tuesday, bitcoin brief briefly broached the $8,500 threshold on Bitfinex for the first time since mid-May, and while it has since pulled back several hundred dollars from that two-month high,

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FlipNpik Raises $2 Million to Date in ICO Private Sale, Consolidates Partnerships for Expansion into Asia


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Credit Rating Firm Backs $8 Million Fundraise for Crypto Alternative

A startup looking to build a credit scoring protocol on top of the recently-launched Ontology blockchain has raised $8 million in seed funding.

POINTS, founded in 2017, said it drew funding from a mix of traditional venture capitalists including Danhua Capital and Ceyuan Ventures, a backer of OKCoin. Other participants in the seed round include the Ontology Foundation as well as Zhong Cheng Xin Credit Technology,

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Sequoia China, Polychain Lead Blockchain Startup's $28 Million Round

Blockchain startup Nervos Network has announced the completion of a $28 million Series A funding round.

The company said on Wednesday that major investors in the round included token-focused hedge fund Polychain and venture capital firm Sequoia China, as well as several China-based blockchain startups like wallet services Bixin and imToken.

The new financing will be put to use expanding Nervos’

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