Bitcoin adoption is growing dramatically in Canada, but the rate of cryptocurrency fraud is also increasing at a worrying speed. Between 2017 to 2020, digital currency-related fraud in Canada rose by about 400%, as per the report by RCMP.
Kenya, through its central bank, has lately announced a controversial move to employ bitcoin as a reserve currency in a bid to improve the country’s economic performance. However, whether or not this shift will serve the intended purpose remains a matter of debate.
Criminals commonly use cryptocurrency to carry out illicit activities such as money laundering, funding terrorism activities, buying and selling narcotics and many others. According to the new report by the UN, hackers have been attacking exchanges to steal the cryptocurrency and then use it to fund nuclear weapons development. North Korea is leading the game.
Several cryptocurrency scams have been exposed since the beginning of 2021 and the legal actions have been taken by authorities. A lot of cryptocurrency scams normally appear as online chain referral schemes, high-return investments, or Ponzi-schemes.
Venezuela is amidst one of the toughest economic recessions in the country’s history. To reinforce their standing, its citizens turn to Bitcoin. The flagship cryptocurrency tends to be more stable than the Bolivar, or the Petro, an oil-backed crypto issued by the Venezuelan government.
According to the recent report by PwC, a global audit and consulting network, Blockchain has what it takes to add $1.76 trillion to global gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030. But what is the basis of these ambitious projections? Are these numbers practical or far from reality?
Eastern European countries are topping the list in cryptoasset adoption speed. Particularly, Ukraine and Russia have topped others because they have unduly intensive cryptocurrency usage. This shows that a bigger ration of nationals has moved away from traditional monetary activity to cryptoassets.
Hackers use Binance cryptocurrency exchange to launder stolen money. As per the report by the federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), a principal federal law enforcement agency, ransomware dubbed Ryuk has been used since its creation in 2018 to steal cryptocurrency worth $61 million.