Illegal Bitcoin Mining Operation Tapping Cheap Power Busted in South Korea

South Korean police have arrested over a dozen individuals involved in an illegal bitcoin mining operation that used cheap electricity afforded to industrial complexes. The metropolitan police agency of Gwangju, a city in country's south, has revealed details of alleged illegal mining activities undertaken …
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US Bitcoin Trader Convicted for Illegal Money Transmission and Laundering (news.bitcoin.com)

The U.S. government has been cracking down on individuals utilizing the peer-to-peer platform Localbitcoins. This week an Arizona resident named Thomas Costanzo was convicted for money laundering tied to over $ 164,000 worth of cryptocurrency trades.
Also Read: Arizona Localbitcoins Trader Detained by U.S. Homeland Security
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South Korean Exchange Paying Users to Report Illegal Crypto Schemes (news.bitcoin.com)

The Kakao-backed cryptocurrency exchange Upbit has launched a system to reward users for identifying fraudulent multi-level schemes related to cryptocurrencies. The exchange has already identified and reported 20 such schemes to the police.
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Venezuela’s Oil-Backed Cryptocurrency Declared Illegal (news.bitcoin.com)

The Venezuelan parliament has declared the oil-backed cryptocurrency created by President Nicolas Maduro illegal and in violation of the country’s Constitution. Maduro’s decree to create the national cryptocurrency, the petro, has been declared null and void.
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Bitcoin is neither legal nor illegal in India—and everyone's confused

The Narendra Modi government and India's central bank have made it amply clear they aren't comfortable with virtual currencies. The recent spike in bitcoin value, attracting hordes of investors, has only made the government more vociferous in its criticism. However, these announcements don't make …
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