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9th April 2018 – Quoted by Michael del Castillo - CoinDesk

The Anti-Petro? Zcash Throws Venezuelans a Lifeline

Zooko Wilcox received his first plea for help from someone in Venezuela a few months ago. The founder and CEO of the Zerocoin Electric Coin Company (ZECC) had been closely following what he describes as "a humanitarian crisis of the first order" unfolding in Venezuela when he got that first message, followed by a series of others. more...

5th April 2018 – Quoted by Tanya Chepkova - Cryptovest

Terrorists Love Cryptocurrencies, Russian Security Services Claim

International terrorism has mastered all modern informational technologies and is using cryptocurrencies while also actively broadening its contacts with high-profile hackers, according to Alexander Bortnikov, head of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSS). more...

19th March 2018 – Quoted by David Gilbert - Vice

Criminals are racing to cash out their bitcoin. Here’s how they’re doing it

Yaya J. Fanusie

The bitcoin scam worked — almost too well. more...

26th February 2018 – Quoted by Louis Aguilar - The Detroit News

Bitcoin ATMs in Detroit party stores, gas stations

Yaya J. Fanusie

The 23 Bitcoin automated-teller machines in Detroit are installed in places like the Big V Party Store on the northwest side. Signs outside the Big V prominently advertise its goods and services: check-cashing, money orders, liquor, Lotto tickets — and since last year, an ATM dedicated to the so-called future of money. more...

23rd February 2018 – Quoted by Mirko Zago - PuntoInformatico

I jihadisti invitano alle donazioni in Bitcoin

Yaya J. Fanusie

Nella controversa realtà delle cripto monete purtroppo tornan a parlare di sé le transazioni volte a finanziare attività criminose. more...

23rd February 2018 – Quoted by Michael del Castillo - Coindesk

Why Venezuela Should Worry About a National Crypto

Yaya J. Fanusie

While not many things are clear about Venezuela's new state-backed cryptocurrency, the petro, what is apparent is that many think it's potentially harmful for the country's people. more...

20th February 2018 – Quoted by Brett Forrest and Justin Scheck - The Wall Street Journal

Jihadists See a Funding Boon in Bitcoin

Yaya J. Fanusie

When a group that says it provides financial assistance “relating to the jihad” sought to improve conditions for fighters in a squalid, sandbag-fortified trench in Syria late last year, it turned to a new funding conduit: bitcoin. more...

6th February 2018 – Quoted by La Stampa

Bitcoin (in picchiata) e il riciclaggio: tutto quello che sappiamo

Yaya J. Fanusie

Il prezzo di Bitcoin è crollato di nuovo nelle ultime ore scendendo sotto la soglia dei 6.000 dollari arrivando a 5.900 per poi recuperare a 6.500 dollari. more...

30th January 2018 – Quoted by Samuel Haig -

Europol and Interpol to Increase Measures Against BTC Laundering

Yaya J. Fanusie

A two-day workshop involving over sixty financial investigators in Basel, Switzerland has seen Europol and Interpol agree upon a range of measures designed to ramp up efforts to combat the use of cryptocurrencies for money laundering and terrorist financing purposes. The event saw attendance from over 60 international financial investigators. more...

29th January 2018 – Quoted by Rob Urban - Bloomberg Markets

Governments Worry That Cryptocurrencies Could Be the ‘Next Swiss Bank Account’

Yaya J. Fanusie

Authorities around the world worry that cryptocurrencies could become tax havens. Too late. It’s already happening. more...

25th January 2018 – Quoted by Casey Egan - Roll Call

National Security Risks Seen in Emerging Blockchain Technology

Yaya J. Fanusie

The expanding popularity of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has brought the emerging blockchain technology to the forefront, and with its rise comes a range of national security concerns for the United States, experts on the new technology say. more...

24th January 2018 – Quoted by Keith Johnson, Elias Groll - Foreign Policy

U.S. Sanctions Weapon is Under Threat — But Not From Bitcoin

Yaya J. Fanusie

Venezuela’s announcement that it will soon launch its own virtual currency, “El Petro,” with the express idea of evading U.S. financial sanctions, set alarm bells ringing in Washington about the looming threat to one of the principal weapons in the U.S. foreign-policy arsenal. News of of the virtual currency from Caracas comes on the heels of similar announcements from Moscow, which for years has been seeking a way around the U.S. dollar’s chokehold on its sanctions-strapped economy. more...

21st January 2018 – Quoted by Alexander Lielacher - BTC Manager

Less Than One Percent of Bitcoin Transactions Used for Illicit Activities Says New Study

Yaya J. Fanusie

Released on January 12, 2018, the report titled, “Bitcoin Laundering: An Analysis of Illicit Flows into Digital Currency Services” was prepared by Yaya J. Fanusie and Tom Robinson. more...

19th January 2018 – Criptonoticias

Solo el 1% de las transacciones de Bitcoin provienen de fuentes ilicitas, segun reporte

Yaya J. Fanusie

Las criptomonedas han sido señaladas en variadas ocasiones como herramientas facilitadoras de actividades criminales, un título que se han ganado por sus características descentralizadas y su seguridad criptográfica. Aunque las monedas digitales pueden ser un método utilizado para el lavado de dinero, esta no es su única función y mucho menos la más popular. more...

18th January 2018 – Quoted by Russel Read, Julia Boccagno - Circa

Will terrorists start using Bitcoin?

Yaya J. Fanusie

It's not difficult to understand why terrorists and other nasty actors might be interested in buying up bitcoin. more...

17th January 2018 – Quoted by Jamie McIntyre and Travis Tritten - The Washington Examiner

Rex Tillerson: No freeze in military exercises to appease North Korea

Yaya J. Fanusie

Wrapping up a two-day summit in Vancouver, Canada, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned North Korea, “We will never accept them as a nuclear power. And so it’s time to talk.” Tillerson, speaking at a news conference alongside his Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland, warned that despite the recent talks between the North and South, the situation has reached “a very tenuous stage.” more...

16th January 2018 – Quoted by Travis J. Tritten - The Washington Examiner

The dark side of bitcoin: Terror financing and sanctions evasion

Yaya J. Fanusie

The surging value of bitcoin cryptocurrency is not just attracting business start-ups and investors. It's also drawing the attention of terrorists and U.S. geopolitical rivals, according to analysts. more...

12th January 2018 – Quoted by Daniel Bethencourt and Valentina Pasquali -

Terrorist Recruitment Efforts Leave Financial Clues for Bankers: FATF

Yaya J. Fanusie

Financial institutions are in a unique position to spot terrorist recruiters whose transactional activity and fraudulent charitable operations can link them to broader extremist networks, according to new analysis by the Financial Action Task Force. more...

1st January 2018 – Quoted by Kaplan Herald

An arm of al-Qaeda has reaped tens of tens of millions to finance assaults in Africa

Yaya J. Fanusie

An affiliate of al-Qaeda that has executed several attacks across Africa — and is considered the organization‘s wealthiest branch — is sitting on millions of dollars in ill-gotten gains that help fund its deadly activities across the region, a new report said. more...

6th December 2017 – Quoted by Kyra Gurney - The Miami Herald

In Washington, Venezuela’s plan to create a ‘Bitcoin’ seen as a sign of desperation

Yaya J. Fanusie

Venezuela’s announcement that it plans to launch a national crypto-currency to evade U.S. sanctions has been met with skepticism in Washington, where lawmakers see the proposal as a sign of the regime’s increasing desperation. more...

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