Chinese authorities have uncovered a 200 million yuan (~$28 million) money-laundering scheme where criminals used the digital yuan. Local newspaper Renmin Jibao writes about it. How does money laundering work?
It is reported that the criminals were detained in Fujian province. According to law enforcement authorities, the criminal group, led by Lai Moumou and Zheng Moumou, provided illegal services for the settlement of money to support gambling businesses. It is also noted that the group formed entire cells throughout China and worked on money laundering.
This is the second reported case of the digital yuan appearing in illegal activities. Earlier, the editorial board wrote that the People’s Bank of China decided to amend the digital yuan model after authorities uncovered an eleven-person criminal cell that used the digital state currency to launder money.
According to local media reports, the scammers used phishing to obtain the digital state currency, which they later ran through banks and payment systems. The amount of the fraud was not disclosed. However, it remains unclear whether the incident was the reason for the digital currency changes.
Work on the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) or DCEP, as representatives of the financial regulator themselves call the project, has been underway since 2014. In this case, the head of the Chinese Central Bank Yi Gang, noted that the financial institution has no clear timetable for the launch of the digital yuan. The banker drew attention to the fact that information about the pilot release of the digital asset and related initiatives should not be equated with the official release of the virtual yuan.
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ETH inflation after Merge started rising again for the first time since November
The annual ETH inflation after Merge has once again turned positive for the first time since early November.
According to ultrasound.money, the annual ETH inflation rate rose 0.08% to 622,000 ETH as of December 6. At the same time, the annual ETH burn rate is 527,000 ETH. This news will also have a negative impact on the current price of Ethereum.
Meanwhile, back in early November, the volume of ETH being burned was overtaking issuance, making the cryptocurrency deflationary.
The cryptocurrency exchange site Uniswap V3 had the most commissions burned (~4192.1 ETH burned in the last thirty days). In second place were commissions burned for ETH transactions on the Ethereum network (3195 ETH). The three most active projects were closed by the USDT Stablecoin smart contract, through which ~2593 ETH was burned.
Almost in a month the Ethereum network burned over 50 000 ETH, and every minute about 1.2 ETH are burned in commissions.
Method for calculating current ETH inflation rate
Recall that before Ethereum switched to Proof-of-Stake algorithm, the amount of ETH issued per day was calculated by the formula: reward per block for miners and pay for PoS-stackers – ETH burned. However, after the transition to PoS, rewards for mined blocks are no longer generated at the execution level or on the main Ethereum network.
Given that the issue at the execution level after the transition to PoS is zero, the number of new ETH is now calculated as follows: the reward for PoS-stackers is burned tokens. At the time of writing, the ETH rate in the ETH/USD trading pair is $1,261, according to Nomics. The market capitalization at the same time is fixed at $154.5 billion.
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British Ministry of Finance wants to restrict the crypto business in the country – media
The British Treasury is finalizing a package of rules to restrict the crypto business. It was reported by the Financial Times, referring to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) of Great Britain.
The list of new rules includes restrictions on foreign cryptocurrency businesses in the UK; provisions on how businesses should act in case of bankruptcy, as well as requirements for advertising cryptocurrencies. This news will also have a negative impact on the current price of Ethereum and the cryptocurrency market.
Sources close to the British Ministry of Finance said in a media commentary that the ministry also intends to expand the FCA’s crypto restrictions and supervision over the cryptocurrency market. Details, however, remain unclear. Officially, the timetable for considering a new set of rules for the crypto market remains unknown. but media reports indicate that the British authorities may start consultations as early as early 2023.
In early November 2022, the Committee on Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in the U.K. The House of Commons announced the launch of a study into non-interchangeable tokens (NFT) and blockchain technology.
DCMS committee chair Julian Knight MP said that NFTs burst into the digital world so quickly that there was no time to stop and think. Now that the market is changing dramatically and there are fears that the bubble may burst, it is necessary to understand the risks, the benefits of this disruptive technology, and to formulate regulatory requirements for it, he stressed.
Amid the collapse of the FTX crypto exchange, UK authorities are discussing many initiatives to regulate the crypto market. Rishi Sunak, who took over as prime minister after the short reign of Liz Truss, played no small role here. Sunak is considered a key supporter of cryptocurrency in the government circles of the country.
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For the first time, a Chinese court recognized that NFT is virtual ownership
Collections of NFTs have been recognized as virtual property under current Chinese law. The court in Hangzhou ruled.
The ruling states that NFTs have property rights characteristics such as value, rarity, manageability, and saleability. The court described virtuality and the technology that provides it as unique attributes of the assets. Whether this will have a positive effect on the current price of Bitcoin, we will see soon enough.
The case was heard in the sale of NFT virtual property by the defendant company. The plaintiff gave the firm personal information and transferred 999 yuan (about $144) before the purchase. However, the company did not deliver the goods, and returned his money a few days later, citing incorrect identification information. As a result, his claim was assessed at 99,999 yuan (about $14,380). The court sided with the seller, confirming the misrepresentation.
“As a virtual work of art, the NFT virtual property digital collection itself combines the original expression of the creator of the art and has the value of the corresponding intellectual property rights. At the same time – they are unique digital assets formed on the blockchain based on the mechanism of trust and consensus between the nodes. Therefore, NFT collections fall under the category of virtual property,” the ruling said.
On that basis, the court ruled that the rules governing online trading apply to asset transactions.
China believes that NFTs can be used for fundraising, including illegally. Therefore, the government has concerns that “underground banks” or loan sharks and shadow banking may soon appear in the country. Therefore, the government has banned not only crypto-assets such as bitcoin, but even ICOs and mining.
However, despite the restrictions, as of the end of May, there were 83 billion yuan (about $12.33 billion) worth of digital yuan transactions in the country. China continues to actively pursue the adoption of digital currency.
Earlier, we reported that Apple forced Coinbase to remove NFT transfers.
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