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Blockchain Blog Updates – May 2024 from BakerHostetler

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Fintech and Crypto Firms Announce New Cryptocurrency Products

In the world of fintech and cryptocurrency, major firms are making significant announcements that are reshaping the industry. A major U.S. fintech firm is now allowing its users to accept payments in USDC, a stablecoin, expanding their global reach and providing fast and trustworthy transactions. Additionally, smart contracts platform Avalanche has integrated with the same fintech company, allowing retail users to purchase AVAX directly through the platform without the need for an exchange.

Another major U.S. fintech firm has developed a custom bitcoin mining chip, designed to meet the performance requirements for mining operators in the fifth mining epoch and beyond. This development highlights the firm’s commitment to innovation in the cryptocurrency mining space.

In a separate development, a major U.S. cryptocurrency exchange has rolled out support for the Lightning Network, enabling instant and low-cost bitcoin transfers. Users now have the option to choose between using Lightning for faster transactions or the traditional Bitcoin network.

Furthermore, a major U.S. blockchain and fintech firm has announced a strategic partnership with HashKey DX to introduce XRP Ledger-powered enterprise solutions to the Japanese market. This initiative will leverage the XRPL’s reliability and stability to tokenize and exchange crypto-native and real-world assets in the supply chain finance sector.

In other news, Consensys, a blockchain development company, is suing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to protect Ethereum from potential regulatory overreach. The lawsuit aims to ensure that Ethereum remains a vital platform for web3 innovations and products, challenging the SEC’s jurisdiction over ether and its regulation of technological evolution.

Additionally, a cryptocurrency advocacy organization has raised concerns over the DOJ’s interpretation of money transmission law in cases involving wallet developers, leading to restrictions on U.S. users accessing certain wallet applications. The FBI has also issued an alert warning against using unlicensed cryptocurrency money transmitting services to avoid financial disruptions during law enforcement actions.

The DOJ has targeted crypto tax evasion with the indictment of an early bitcoin investor on fraud and tax charges, while the SEC has filed charges against a Texas-based crypto miner for engaging in an unregistered and fraudulent securities offering.

Lastly, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Roger Marshall have expressed concerns about the use of crypto to evade sanctions, particularly by rogue nations like Russia, Iran, and North Korea. They are pushing for authorities to neutralize this threat and prevent the misuse of cryptocurrencies for illicit activities.

In the realm of cybersecurity, research has been published on the Lazarus Group’s hacks, revealing how the threat group laundered $200 million through 25 hacks. Additionally, blockchain analytics company Elliptic has advanced the use of AI to detect money laundering in bitcoin, providing valuable insights and tools to combat crypto crime.

These developments underscore the dynamic and evolving nature of the fintech and cryptocurrency industry, with firms and regulators alike navigating complex challenges and opportunities in the digital economy.

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