Bitcoin Platinum: Scam created by a Korean student

The anticipated Bitcoin hard fork Bitcoin Platinum turned out to be a Scam created by a South Korean teenager in order to manipulate Bitcoin prices
11 December 2017   1381

Bitcoin Platinum under the codename BTCPLT was planned to be a fork of the Bitcoin blockchain that should have occurred at block height 498,533 on December 12 of 2017. 

JoongAng, a South Korean daily newspaper published in Seoul and the most popular South Korean mainstream media resource, reported that Bitcoin Platinum case was investigated and it turned out to be a scam developed by a teenager from South Korea.

At the moment of press, these are main market parameters of Bitcoin:

  • Average price: $16 620.20 
  • Marketcap: $278 124 088 820
  • 24h volume: $13 156 000 000

Wyoming Passed Bill Exempting Utility Tokens from Securities Laws

The Wyoming House of Representatives has unanimously approved a bill exempting utility tokens from securities laws  
20 February 2018   71

On Monday, House Bill (HB) 70 passed the House 60 to 0 and will now head to the Senate. The bill exempts utility tokens from securities laws. This will attracts ICO’s launches to the state and will make the state a favorable environment for blockchain startups.

According to the bill, the utility token must meet three conditions:

  1. The token’s issuer must not market it as an investment;

  2. The token must be exchangeable for goods and services, for example, startups must have a working product or service at the time the tokens are issued;

  3. The token’s issuer must not actively make efforts to create a secondary market for the token by entering into a repurchase agreement or agreeing to locate buyers for the token.

It is important to note that there are four more cryptocurrency and blockchain-related bills currently moving through the Wyoming legislature.

HB 19 passed the House of Representatives on Monday and is now awaiting introduction in the Senate. The bill exempts cryptocurrency from the state’s money transmitter act.

HB 101 has passed its second reading in the House and, if it passes its final hearing, will then go to the Senate. This bill will allow companies to create and use blockchains for the purpose of storing records and conducting inter-office communication.

HB 126 has just passed its second reading in the House. It will allow the creation of series LLCs.

Senate File (SF) 111 passed a vote to introduce on Friday and is now headed to a committee hearing. This bill will exempt cryptocurrency assets from state property taxes.