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ETH.link domain name registrar in the Web3 world will lose access to the domain

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Decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) called ENS-DAO could lose eth.link domain because its registrar, Virgil Griffith, is in jail. This was announced by domain name provider GoDaddy.

According to a press release, some parties are already interested in buying the domain, but it’s not clear who exactly is in question. GoDaddy added that they will open domain registration on September 5, when the insurance freeze on the domain expires.

According to Hori Whittaker, executive director of ENS, Griffith was the first member of the ENS DAO, so the rights to the eth.link domain belonged only to him. The cryptocurrency community is now advised to use the domain eth.limo.

What happens to the ETH.link domain name registrar? 

ENS-DAO is an organization that operates the Ethereum Name Service protocol, Web3 domain name registrar. The protocol itself is used to register name wallets in eth. zone. 

Recall that former Ethereum developer Virgil Griffith was sentenced by U.S. authorities to long-term imprisonment in mid-April 2022. He was charged with helping North Korea circumvent sanctions.

Griffith was arrested in 2019 after he traveled to North Korea to attend a conference on cryptocurrency in Pyongyang. Authorities emphasize that Griffith made the trip despite the U.S. State Department’s earlier refusal to grant him permission to visit the DPRK.

The prosecution said Griffith gave technical advice to more than a hundred people, including those connected to the North Korean government, advising them on how to use cryptocurrencies to evade sanctions and money laundering.

Previously, we reported that the USDN stablecoin lost its peg to the dollar.



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Korea begins blocking bitcoin holdings of Terra founder

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The South Korean prosecutor’s office appealed to local cryptocurrency exchanges to block the assets belonging to Terra founder Do Kwon. Bloomberg writes about it citing law enforcement officials.

The prosecutor’s office sent demands to cryptocurrency exchanges KuCoin and OKX to freeze a total of 3,313 BTC worth about $67 million, which are owned by Kwon through Luna Foundation Guard. Representatives of KuCoinand OKX at the time of writing had not officially commented on the reports about the blocking of Kwon’s assets.

According to Bloomberg, citing research firm CryptoQuant, the LFG wallet address was created on September 15. After its creation, a total of 3,310 BTC were moved to KuCoin and OKX. Meanwhile, back on September 14, the South Korean prosecutor’s office announced an arrest warrant for Terra coin.

Meanwhile, Do Kwon continues to assure the cryptocurrency community via Twitter that he is not hiding from law enforcement. Moreover, the founder of Terra even questioned whether he was wanted by Interpol. He noted that he still can’t find himself on the Interpol wanted list.

Earlier we reported that the head of Celsius Network, Alex Mashinsky, had resigned.

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Revolut and cryptocurrency news: Revolut received a license from the UK regulator for cryptocurrency services

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Fintech broker Revolut can now provide cryptocurrency services in the UK thanks to a license from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). This is reported on the website of the regulator. Revolut and cryptocurrency were not previously linked. 

In fact, the broker received approval from the regulator back on Monday, September 26, but it has become known only now. Before the license, Revolut provided cryptocurrency services through a temporary permit from the FCA. In addition to Revolut, CEX.IO, Copper Technologies, GlobalBlock and Moneybrain also provided crypto services on a temporary basis.

Revolut has long been exploring the expansion of cryptocurrency-related services. According to Revolut CEO Nikolai Storonsky, the company has been exploring options to introduce new services like Revolut cryptocurrency wallet. Revolut was also looking at integrating cryptocurrency stacking. However, it remains unclear whether the broker still plans to provide such services.

Earlier we reported that the head of FTX wants to buy the assets of the bankrupt Celsius Network.

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U.S. exchange regulator fines Tether auditor company $1.5 million

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Tether auditor company, Friedman LLP, was fined $1.5 million for improper services from 2017 to 2020. This was reported in a press release from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

According to the exchange regulator, the Tether auditing company didn’t properly develop audit procedures in its work for the iFresh product network. The company also didn’t exercise the necessary due diligence in auditing another unnamed company. Although the press release does not explicitly identify Tether, the issuer of the USDTstablecoin, as Tether, Friedman’s firm was Tether’s auditor from just 2017 to 2018.

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Earlier, a New York County court required Tether to disclose the USDT Stablecoin’s collateral and prove the assets linkage to the U.S. dollar. According to the court order, Tether is required to provide the company’s financials, income statements, cash flow statements, and so on. However, the time frame in which Tether must provide the statements is not specified.

The lawsuit is part of a legal battle between investors and Tether’s parent company, iFinex. The plaintiffs believe that Tether manipulated the cryptocurrency market by issuing unsecured USDT with the intention of artificially inflating cryptocurrency prices.

Earlier we reported that Vitalik Buterin announced the release of his book.

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