WazirX news: India’s economic intelligence agency froze assets of Binance-bought WazirX after allegations of money laundering
Indian authorities have seized $8.1 million that belongs to WazirX. This is reported by Reuters citing economic intelligence in India. The reason for the sanctions is cited as a violation of the currency regime.
Intelligence says the arrest was made as part of an investigation into helping instant loan companies, laundering proceeds and converting criminal money into cryptocurrency. In addition to WazirX, the investigation also includes several fintech companies that were actively sponsored by Chinese hedge funds, the intelligence agency said. However, it is not clear which hedge funds are in question.
Changpeng Zhao, the founder and CEO of Binance, commented almost immediately on the news of the connection with WazirX. According to him, Binance “never completed” the takeover of WazirX. He acknowledged that the company had announced the purchase of WazirX, but had not completed the purchase. What exactly was the reason for freezing the deal remains unclear. At the same time, it is worth noting that WazirX does not exist as such.
At the same time, Zhao admitted that WazirX did use Binance wallets. Moreover, the parties even set up a system of “offchain transactions to reduce fees.”
Earlier, the media reported that about $350 million may have been laundered through WazirX. According to Indian Finance Minister Pankaj Chaudhary, the investigation found that the cryptocurrency storage system in WazirX is entirely tied to Binance wallets. Also, in fact, no transactions were recorded between the two exchanges via the blockchain.
This is not the first time WazirX has come under scrutiny by local authorities. For example, in January 2021, Tax India found that WazirX had evaded taxes totaling nearly $5.5 million. Because of the violations found, the exchange was fined $6.6 million.
Moreover, in the summer of 2021, WazirX was also accused of money laundering. Then India’s economic intelligence agency suspected the company of helping to launder about $7.9 million. Indian rupees were first converted into tether (USDT), and later they were transferred to Binance. Accusations of violations of Indian law became active in the media after the company was taken over by another trading platform, Binance, in 2019.
Cryptocurrencies have overtaken traditional assets regarding profits. How to take profits from cryptocurrency?
Investments in cryptocurrencies in the third quarter paid off many times more than in precious metals or U.S. indices. Kaiko analysts report this in their newsletter. How to take profits from cryptocurrency?
Despite the strong volatility, most of the cryptocurrency market surpassed other traditional assets in the III quarter, although in the II quarter, the market had double-digit losses. However, analysts point out that the growth of individual items on the list was solely due to some altcoins.
For example, the DeFi token basket (which includes altcoins MKR, IDO, AAVE, COMP, CVX) grew 60% thanks to the LDO token, which jumped from $0.6 to $3 during the quarter. How to lock in profits cryptocurrency?
The cryptocurrency ether (ETH), despite a sharp pullback after the Ethereum update, also managed to close Q3 with a growth of more than 20%. Bitcoin (BTC), on the other hand, closed the quarter with a slight decline due to falling global risk sentiment, Kaiko said. The only successful asset in both Q2 and Q3 was the U.S. dollar index (DYX). Demand for saving assets fueled the index’s performance in both quarters.
The RSI indicator on the monthly chart for bitcoin promises a market bottom soon. Wave analysis promises another declining low and only then a reversal. The current price dynamics are very similar to the situation in 2015, as the price bounced both times from the candles of the previous historical high.
The current period is the shortest, so even if bitcoin were to reverse, the RSI would probably take more than one month to recover again. Also, in 2015 and 2019, the RSI fumbled for a bottom in 62 days and 91 days, respectively. The current RSI bottom was reached after 61 days.
Previously, we reported that the bear market in the cryptocurrency and financial world continues.
The U.S. Treasury Department considers cryptocurrency a threat to central banks and the financial system
The formation of cryptocurrency rates, mainly due to market speculation, which may threaten the financial stability of the U.S. economy. This is the opinion of the U.S. Treasury Department; The Hill found out. Therefore, cryptocurrency threatens central banks.
According to the Ministry, the cryptocurrency market will pose a threat to the U.S. economy and a cryptocurrency threat to national security. If cryptocurrency increases its interaction with the traditional financial system, it could end badly. The ministry has prepared a report for U.S. lawmakers, which called for increased oversight of the market. At the same time, the U.S. Treasury admits that so far the cryptocurrency market’s connection to the traditional financial system is “relatively limited.”
In August, the U.S. introduced a bipartisan bill to regulate the cryptocurrency market. According to its details, U.S. cryptocurrency traders are required to register with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
The bill requires cryptocurrency exchanges to cross out or disclose conflicts of interest, maintain a reserve balance, and have a proper customer data protection program. For now, however, U.S. lawmakers are concerned about the U.S. House of Representatives elections, which will be held on November 8, 2022. Until then, U.S. authorities are unlikely to take concrete steps on the crypto market.
The White House is pushing for Congress to speed up the issue of cryptocurrency oversight. The U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Council urged policymakers to come to an agreement on the issue of cryptocurrency market regulation as soon as possible. The council suggests forming an interagency collaboration to close existing loopholes that allow shadowy crypto businesses to flourish.
Earlier we reported about what happened in the world of cryptocurrencies on October 4.
Mastercard will start fighting cryptocurrency fraud. Mastercard accepts cryptocurrency is out of the question so far
International payment system Mastercard has developed a new system that will help banks identify and block “dirty” transactions. CNBC wrote about it referring to the company. Soon we’ll see the Mastercard cryptocurrency card.
The system, dubbed Crypto Secure, uses “sophisticated” artificial intelligence algorithms to determine risk on cryptocurrency exchanges. The system relies on data from the blockchain, publicly available transaction records, and other sources, the publication writes. There is a possibility that this is a preparation before the event when Mastercard will start accepting cryptocurrency.
The development is supported by analytics firm CipherTrace, which Mastercard absorbed in 2021. With Mastercard’s solution, financial institutions and credit card issuers will be able to assess the risks of contact with a cryptocurrency business. CNBC notes that Mastercard has long used similar technology to prevent fraud in transactions with traditional money.
Earlier, Chainalysis analysts found that the volume of fraudulent schemes in the cryptocurrency market has decreased by 15% since the beginning of 2022. Compared to July 2021, fraud proceeds decreased by 65% to $1.6 billion. According to Chainalysis, the drop in proceeds can be attributed to the overall decline in the cryptocurrency market.
The only area of the crypto market where activity is growing are hacks and hacking attacks. Attackers stole $1.9 billion in July 2022 alone, compared to $1.2 billion in July 2021. According to Chainalysis, such high amounts of revenue from hacking attacks are due to the vulnerability of many decentralized finance (DeFi) applications to new attack vectors.
According to research firm Elliptic, attackers are also using cross-chain bridges to launder money. Experts found that criminals have laundered at least $540 million through the RenBridge cross-chain bridge since the beginning of 2020.
We previously reported that WazirX has cut almost half of its staff.
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