Month: August 2020


Mastercard Exec reportedly linked to suspect transactions at Cyprus Bank

With the positive effects of virtual currency, one has to witness the negative use of this currency also. Recently one such incident has come into light by a German Banker. Germany based Wirecard, which is well known for issuing crypto debit cards, is implicated for several criminal activities. A Mastercard executive who operated at FBME bank in Cyprus has been linked to these suspicious transactions. Earlier in 2014, US Financial institutions were asked not to deal with FBME.

FBME Bank was accused of dealing with money laundering activities, and it was suspected of helping organized crime gangs and terrorist funding programs. It was also accused of fraud and other illicit activities by the US Financial Crime Enforcement Network.

Wirecard link with FBME

Wirecard and FBME have alleged links through an unnamed key account, and recently $2.1 billion in cash was reported missing from the company books. This led to Wirecard filing for insolvency, and the CEO of the firm Markus Braun was arrested in Germany.

The law enforcement agencies are on the lookout for Wirecard CEO Jan Marsalek, who is allegedly hiding in Russia.

The new allegations involve an unnamed executive of Mastercard who is accused of money laundering activities. The transactions were allegedly covered up in such a way that it would evade the detection mechanism of Mastercard and Visa anti-fraud and money laundering detection system which is considered very serious.

The system usually checks for any sort of suspicious transactions between companies. To avoid such detection, they created phantom transactions many times between the suspicious firms to avoid any red flags in the system. In this way, hundreds of thousands of transactions were done to avoid detection by the system.

Visa and Mastercard impose fine on Wirecard:

Due to such fraudulent activities in the past, both Mastercard and Visa also have imposed fines of more than $10 million in the last few years. The allegations about such suspicious activities of Wirecard were earlier detected by Visa many years ago.

Apart from that, Wirecard is also facing an investigation in an alleged $100 million bank fraud connected to Eaze Technologies. In this wake, the US Department of Justice is investigating the charges about the financial fraud conspiracy.

Wirecard is also alleged of miscoding gambling transactions, and this has led to severe losses for several clients in the recent past. It is also notorious for having maximum stolen card purchases.


Crystal blockchain to assist Ukrainian Government with virtual asset monitoring

With the more reach of cryptocurrencies to users, the governments also have to accept them as a part of the world of finance. As per the latest news from Ukraine, this belief is strongly held valid. In coming days the country will have a policy for monitoring of the same also.

Crystal blockchain is all set to assist the Ukraine Government with monitoring virtual asset transactions. Crystal blockchain, which is a subsidiary of Bitfury is well known for manufacturing software that helps organizations and agencies to monitor digital transactions. This move is welcomed by the crypto industry as the Government is showing a keen interest in developing digital assets. It will help to build trust about virtual asset transactions among the general public.

Verify the origin of transactions

With this collaboration, the Ukrainian Government aims to monitor the origin of transactions. This will be used by both governments as well as private entities like banks and other financial institutions. The analytics software developed by Crystal Blockchain will be helpful in this regard, and the company officials are currently providing training to the government authorities to monitor the transactions on the digital platform and verify the origin of the transactions.

Legalization of virtual assets market in Ukraine

The Government has also released a statement in this regard and confirmed that they are working towards legalizing virtual assets markets in Ukraine. By joining hands with Crystal Blockchain, the Government aims to use the analytics solution to verify the source of illicit transactions. The Ukraine financial market has shown great interest in digital assets in recent years, and they are more open towards adopting cryptocurrencies when compared to other countries.

All transactions may not be monitored

While the Government plans to use the technology to monitor the origin of transactions, all the transactions may not be monitored. It can become an overwhelming task for the government agencies to monitor all the transactions, and there is no purpose behind doing so. In this regard, market experts are of the opinion that only suspicious transactions will be monitored for their origin so that they can prevent money laundering and fraudulent activities on the crypto platform.

This is a good move by the Government as there is no point in blaming the crypto platform for every fraudulent transaction when the government agencies are not in a position to monitor the activities. This move by the Ukrainian Government may motivate other countries to follow the same route.


Bitcoin Price Rises to $9,500 as $2 Trillion Fed Stimulus Expected

Cryptocurrency has become the life of the party at the stock-markets and block-chain forums with its moody swings of price volatility. The investors have to keep on their tip-toes, ready to sprint in either direction where the wind blows the price higher. In a recent instance of good news, the value of bitcoin rises to a new high of nine thousand and five hundred dollars which has brought jubilations all around. The increase comes either because of the tightening of its range or perhaps because of a renewed vigour and optimism shown by the investors.

The coveted stimulus package

As the users pray for the price to either hold steady or keep climbing, other good news follows as the American government promises a helping-hand of 3 trillion dollars along with the European Union giving another 857 billion dollars as well. This will greatly jolt the market and investors may cry happy tears for being rewarded for their perseverance for a currency that goes up and down like a nervous shareholder’s heartbeat. This big help will surely ensure a greater climb than just the present one, and all users are crossing their fingers and holding their breath to encounter this surge.

Crypto meets Savings

In another highly-praised view, the government has begun to allow national and other banks to open their vault doors for the virtual currencies along with paper money, and gold ingots. Permissions have been rolled out to let clients manage their crypto-currency side-by-side their savings, checking and credit. This will help users manoeuvre beyond the clumsy red-tape that had forced them previously to keep their crypto-wallet separate from their bank wallet. It feels like there is not a day far away when crypto-currencies will find a home in your actual pant-pockets, and you will reminisce about the days when the fragrance of a freshly-minted dollar note.

With the bank printing more money, the stock market has gotten a much-needed boost even though the economy is still seeing dark days with the pandemic continuing on its tracks. Nevertheless, it has been uttered by financial sages that the stocks seldom reflect the economy. Many other commodities are also performing well on the market, showcasing the optimistic rise in the conviction of the investors. Silver and Gold both are experiencing a steady climb, so why not bitcoin. So get investing at this opportune moment and reap the benefits.