Month: September 2020

Chainalysis and Texas firm win million-dollar IRS contract to crack Monero

On Wednesday, the IRS awarded two $625,000 contracts looking for tracing tools for privacy token Monero and Layer 2 protocols. The winners were blockchain analytics firms Chainalysis and Integra FEC.

The IRS initially publicized its quest for a privacy-busting analytics solution at the beginning of the month. An IRS representative told Cointelegraph that the agency had selected the two winning firms out of a field of 22 proposals received, though the only rationale the representative gave for…

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French arrest 29 in cryptocurrency scheme to finance jihadis

French police have arrested 29 people around the country in a vast operation to break a complex scheme financing Islamist extremists in Syria via cryptocurrencies

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TUNISIA : Bouchamaoui Industries takes lion's share of gas project in northwest – 29/09/2020 – Africa Intelligence

TUNISIA : Bouchamaoui Industries takes lion’s share of gas project in northwest – 29/09/2020  Africa Intelligence
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Austrian cryptocurrency trading platform Bitpanda raises $52 million from Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures, others

Vienna, Austria-based Bitpanda, which provides a brokering/exchange platform for trading digital assets such as cryptocurrencies and precious metals, has raised a Series A round of $52 million.

The monster round, which is claimed to be the largest Series A this year so far, was led by Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures and joined by Speedinvest and other investors. Andrew McCormack, a founding partner of Valar Ventures who has overseen investments in the likes of TransferWise and N26, will…

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Washington emergency responders use SpaceX Starlink satellite internet

Washington Emergency Management Division

The Starlink satellite internet network that SpaceX is developing has been used in the field by Washington state emergency responders in recent weeks, the first early application of the company’s service to be disclosed.

Washington’s state military, which includes its emergency response division, began employing Starlink user terminals in early August to bring internet service to areas devastated by wildfires. User terminals are the small devices on…

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Former Coral Springs Resident Charged with Cryptocurrency Fraud Caught in Austria • Coral Springs Talk



When Levine was arrested in Guatemala for a passport scheme in 2019, authorities believed he was a Russian citizen named Viktor Lapin.

By Hank McCoy

An international fugitive and former Coral Springs resident was arrested in Austria after 15 years on the run.

Randy Craig Levine, 53, was wanted for alleged cryptocurrency fraud to the tune of $5 million. He fled the United States in 2005 after his residence was searched…

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Former Coral Springs Resident Charged with Cryptocurrency Fraud Caught in Austria • Coral Springs Talk



When Levine was arrested in Guatemala for a passport scheme in 2019, authorities believed he was a Russian citizen named Viktor Lapin.

By Hank McCoy

An international fugitive and former Coral Springs resident was arrested in Austria after 15 years on the run.

Randy Craig Levine, 53, was wanted for alleged cryptocurrency fraud to the tune of $5 million. He fled the United States in 2005 after his residence was searched…

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Crypto scammers plague Estonia’s e-residency program

The e-residency program of Estonia is now under the local regulator’s radar as foreigners registered as e-residents of the Baltic nation are being linked to cryptocurrency frauds. 

The local police’s Financial Intelligence Unit has discovered that overseas companies owned by e-residents of Estonia have been involved in multiple large-scale exit scams.

Regulators also suspect that Estonian firms and e-residents were involved in organizing initial coin offering scams, according to the…

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Israeli Lawmakers Plan to Exempt Bitcoin From Capital Gains Tax in Draft New Law – Regulation Bitcoin News

Israeli lawmakers have proposed in a draft new law to treat bitcoin as a currency instead of an asset for tax purposes, local media reported.

According to a report from Globes, four legislators from the Yisrael Beiteinu political party presented the Income Tax Ordinance (Taxation of the Sale of Digital Currencies) bill in the Israeli parliament Knesset on September 22.

The bill by the four – MK Oded…

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Julia McHugh: Julia Williams’ 40-year tenure as Santa Barbara lighthouse keeper | Columnist

Julia Williams climbed 40 steps to light the lamp of Santa Barbara’s lighthouse every night for 40 years, save the two nights she took off for her children’s weddings.

The Williams family arrived in Santa Barbara in March 1856. Albert Johnson Williams had come West during the Gold Rush, settling in San Francisco where Julia and four-year-old daughter Helen joined him in 1853. Daughter Ada was born in 1854.

Julia was pregnant when they moved into the newly built lighthouse in 1856, and son Bion was born one month before Dec. 1 when Albert first lit its fourth order Fresnel lens, casting a fixed red light 12 miles into the Santa Barbara Channel.

Fresnel lenses, named for the French physicist, are beehive shaped with concentric glass prisms around an oil lantern. Seven “orders” (classes) are determined by the distance of the flame to the lens.

The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum displays a first order (largest) Fresnel lens from the Point Conception’s lighthouse, 50 miles to the north, which was first lit just 10 months before its smaller Santa Barbara cousin. Both lenses contain hundreds of hand-polished prisms that survived the perilous journey from France to California.

There were no roads to the “remote” lighthouse, then located three miles from downtown Santa Barbara, and few neighbors. Only eight years had passed since California had become an American territory, and only six since statehood. Santa Barbara was still basically a Spanish-influenced small town.

The Cape Cod-style lighthouse was one mile east of Arroyo Burro (Hendry’s Beach) near current day La Mesa Park. The tower projected from the roof of a one-and-a-half story keeper’s house, which housed a family that grew to seven.

Albert lasted only four years as keeper, and moved the family to a nearby ranch. After several keepers came and went, the job was again…

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