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Fed demands Voyager remove ‘false’ claims deposits are FDIC insured

Crypto lender Voyager Digital has been directed to remove “false and misleading” statements that its user’s deposit accounts are FDIC insured. In a joint letter written on Thursday by Seth Rosebrock and Jason Gonzalez, assistant general counsel at the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to Voyager Digital, the authors said the representations “likely misled and were relied upon” by customers who placed funds with Voyager who now no longer have access to it: “These representations are false and misleading and, based on the information we have to date, it appears that the representations likely misled and were relied upon by customers who placed their funds with Voyager and do not have immediate access to their funds.”The Fed and FDIC allege that Voyager “made various representations online, including its website, mobile app, and social media accounts” which suggested it was: “(1) Voyager itself is FDIC-insured; (2) customers who invested with the Voyage..

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Phishing risks escalate as Celsius confirms client emails leaked

Celsius depositors should be on the lookout for phishing scams after the company revealed some of its customer data had been leaked in a third-party data breach. On Tuesday, Celsius sent an email to its customers informing them that a list of their emails had been leaked by an employee of one of its business data management and messaging vendors. According to Celsius, the breach came from an engineer at the Customer.io messaging platform, who leaked the data to a third-party bad actor. “We were recently informed by our vendor Customer.io that one of their employees accessed a list of Celsius client email addresses,” said Celsius in its email to customers. The data breach is part of the same incursion that leaked OpenSea customer email addresses in June. Celsius has, however, played down the incident stating that it did not “present any high risks to our clients,” adding that they just wanted users to “be aware.” On July 7, Customer.io wrote in a blog post that “We know this was a re..

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Solana Spaces store to bring 100K people to Solana per month, says CEO

Solana Spaces CEO Vibhu Norby said the new physical Solana stores will introduce up to 100,000 people per month to the Solana ecosystem while also signaling plans to open a virtual storefront in the near future. Utilizing a grant from the Solana Foundation, the first Solana Spaces shop opened in the swanky Hudson Yards New York shopping center on Thursday. Addressing the community in an impromptu Twitter AMA on launch day, Norby explained the store is meant to teach new users about how to use decentralized applications (DApps) and noted that it would be introducing thousands of people into the Solana blockchain: “I don’t think people realize this but we’re going to bring 50 to 100,000 people into Solana every month through these stores — and that’s just this year.”Speaking to Cointelegraph in a phone interview following the AMA, Norby said the shop had 400 visitors, hinting also that new United States-based physical stores were in the works, and that “the store was designed for people..

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Solana-based stablecoin NIRV drops 85% following $3.5M exploit

Solana-based algorithmic stablecoin NIRV has become the latest stablecoin to fail after dropping 85% from its United States dollar peg following a hack on adaptive yield protocol Nirvana Finance on Wednesday. The flash loan attack, which also saw Nirvana Finance’s native token ANA drop by 85%, resulted in the loss of $3.49 million worth of Tether (USDT), with the SolanaFM team being the first to confirm that the funds were siphoned via a flash loan attack on Wednesday: “Utilizing Solend Protocol’s Flash Loans, the hacker borrowed $10M USDC from the Solend Main Pool Vault which was used to exploit $3.49M USDT from the Nirvana Finance Treasury.”At the time of writing, both NIRV and ANA are down roughly 85% to $0.14 and $1.33, respectively, at the time of writing. On Nirvana’s website, it confirms that the protocol was “maliciously hacked and reserve funds are stolen. NIRV and ANA have lost their collateral, and do not have secured market value.” The Nirvana team is now offering the hac..

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3 Bitcoin trading behaviors hint that BTC’s rebound to $24K is a ‘fakeout’

Bitcoin (BTC) price rallied toward $24,200 on July 28 after a near-10.5% surge that began a day earlier. The gains appeared after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell signaled intentions to slow down the Fed's prevailing tightening spree. This prompted some Bitcoin analysts to predict short-term upside continuation, with pseudonymous analyst CryptoHamster seeing BTC at $26,000 next. But BTC's potential to recover entirely from its ongoing bearish slumber appears low for at least three key reasons. Bitcoin bulls have been duped beforeBitcoin established its record high of $69,000 in November 2022. Since then, the cryptocurrency has declined by more than 60% while undergoing several mini pumps on its way down. On the daily chart, Bitcoin has rebounded at least five times since November 2021, securing 23%-to-40% gains on each recovery. Nonetheless, it has continued its correction every time after forming a local price top around its exponential moving averages (EMA) and then..

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Final candidates for next UK prime minister have made pro-crypto statements

Rishi Sunak, the former chancellor of the Exchequer, and Liz Truss, Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, two of the final candidates to become the next prime minister for the United Kingdom, have both previously expressed pro-crypto views. With Prime Minister Boris Johnson soon to be out of office, Sunak and Truss are competing to be the next leader of the Conservative Party and the country, with their views on digital assets likely to influence financial policy. Under Johnson, Sunak requested that the country’s Royal Mint create a nonfungible token as part of an effort to make the United Kingdom a global crypto hub. A member of Parliament who served as chancellor from 2020 until resigning in July, Sunak previously said the U.K. government would prioritize financial technology, including central bank digital currencies and stablecoins, aiming for the country to keep pace with innovation. He has also been behind many proposed financial services reforms p..

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Democratic senators chide Fidelity Investments for BTC-exposed retirement funds

Three United States senators have written to Fidelity Investments CEO Abigail Johnson demanding an explanation for the financial services company’s decision to include Bitcoin-exposed funds in its 401(k) retirement plans. “This decision is immensely troubling,” they wrote. Democrats Dick Durbin, Elizabeth Warren and Tina Smith sent their letter Tuesday. The letter, which is around a page and a half long, discussed Americans’ retirement savings habits in general terms with minimal statistics but numerous rhetorical flourishes and strings of adjectives. The money American consumers may invest in retirement funds is “hard earned,” for example, and their exposure to the “cryptocurrency casino” is “a bridge too far.” The authors of the letter asked: “When saving for retirement is already a challenge for so many Americans, why would Fidelity allow those who can save to be exposed to an untested, highly volatile asset like Bitcoin?” There is no call to action in the letter, aside from “We loo..

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$1.26B in Ethereum options expire on Friday and bulls are ready to push ETH price higher

Ether's (ETH) 53% rally between July 13 and 18 gave bulls an edge in July's $1.26 billion monthly options expiry. The move happened as Ethereum developers set a tentative date for the "Merge," a transition out of the burdensome proof-of-work (PoW) mining mechanism. Ether USD price index, 12-hour chart. Source: TradingViewAccording to some analysts, by removing the additional ETH issuing used to finance the energy cost required on traditional mining consensus, Ether could finally achieve the "ultra-sound money" status. Whether or not sound monetary policy revolves around constantly changing the issuing and burning rules remains an open question, but there's no doubt that the Ethereum developers' video call on July 14 helped to catapult ETH price. On July 26, a sudden dramatic spike in Ethereum network active addresses raised multiple speculations about whether Ether is targeting its previous all-time high. Analytics firm Santiment reported that the number of 24-hour..

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US lawmaker calls for Apple and Google to provide info on fake crypto apps

Senator Sherrod Brown, chair of the Senate Banking Committee, has penned letters to the CEOs of Google’s parent company Alphabet and Apple calling for the tech firms to provide information on the ways they prevent certain apps from promoting crypto scams. According to the letters published on Thursday, Brown asked Apple CEO Tim Cook and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai for the steps the tech giants were taking in the approval of crypto apps on Apple and Android devices. The senator requested information related to how the companies assessed if apps were “trusted and secure,” prevented possible phishing apps through fraudulent apps and reported such apps to users. “Cyber criminals have stolen company logos, names, and other identifying information of crypto firms and then created fake mobile apps to trick unsuspecting investors into believing they are conducting business with a legitimate crypto firm,” said Brown. “While firms that offer crypto investment and other related services should tak..

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Crypto use in emerging markets driven by necessity: KuCoin Labs head

The proliferation of cryptocurrencies around the world has been driven by different use-cases, with key differences becoming apparent between developed and emerging market environments. Lou Yu, who heads up KuCoin Labs, tackled the subject after a keynote address during the second day of Blockchain Economy Istanbul in Turkey. In an exclusive interview with Cointelegraph, Yu unpacked her experience working with a variety of projects and companies around the world and the key differences between primary and secondary markets. Cointelegraph editor Erhan Karahman interviews KuCoin Labs head Lou Yu at Blockchain Economy Istanbul. Kucoin operates in over 200 countries globally and is well placed to provide insights into the trading habits and trends as well as the innovations in the space, given that it lists, invests and supports various cryptocurrency and blockchain-focused projects. Yu noted that trading communities are particularly active in emerging markets, more so than their developed..

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