Bitfinex to Deny Drug Money Laundering Claims

Exchange conducted an "internal investigation of its international organization" and found no drug money laundering relations
11 April 2018   471

Bitfinex said that it conducted an "internal investigation of its international organization", during which it established that the site is not involved in the money laundering cases of Colombian drug cartels, which were previously reported in Poland. This is reported by CoinDesk.

As representatives of Bitfinex told the publication, no connection was found between the work of the exchange and the two shell companies accused of deceiving the Belgian government and laundering money from Colombia.

Representatives of the exchange said that "based on all available evidence and information, [it] has concluded that these allegations are untrue and unfounded"

Among the claims under dispute, Bitfinex has not been party to any official investigation launched in any jurisdiction globally on the basis of the allegations reported in the Polish media. This signals that the relevant authorities have found no reason to act upon the claims made against the Bitfinex platform.
 

Bitfinex Team

In addition, the platform stated that none of the users experienced any problems accessing their accounts or funds because of potential law enforcement actions.

For the first time the corresponding rumors appeared at the beginning of the week, when a number of media reported that officers of the Polish police confiscated the property of two front companies. The organizations were accused of "deceiving the Belgian government" and "working with a large online currency exchange". At the same time, the name of the site was not reported. As a result, local and international news agencies linked Bitfinex to these companies.

Earlier, the site also denied rumors that it allegedly owned by her € 400 million were seized in a little-known Polish bank.

Then the exchange was forced to react to the reports that appeared that the police had seized the account in the Polish bank Cooperative Bank, which is allegedly connected with Bitfinex. Initially, these statements appeared on Polish forums, and in the English-language press the news with the note "unconfirmed" was published by Trustnodes.

It was assumed that this account was seen in the international scheme for money laundering of Colombian drug cartels. As one user reported, the Polish police contacted him after he tried to withdraw money from Bitfinex through Crypto SP Z.O.O.

Representatives of Bitfinex reacted to these messages via Reddit, saying that these allegations are not true. Also, the exchange promised to make a separate statement on this issue in the future.

ZCash “Overwinter” sets the Base for Further Developments

The first hard-fork of the privacy-centric protocol Zcash will be held on June 26, 2018: the upgrade is named “Overwinter” and takes place at block 347,500
25 June 2018   175

As declared in Zcash Foundation`s post on the development, the hard fork is to strenghthen the protocol for additional upgrades to the network, for instance replay protection, versioning, a transactional expiry feature, and as yet undetermined changes.The customers will be demanded to install the upgrade after the software is carried out.

The protocol assists for seamless network updates in the future, such as the much-awaited Sapling protocol designed to raise network scalability and speed. Zcash claims the forthcoming update is well-gained by significant third parties like Binance, Gemini and BitFinex, who will “substantially support” Overwinter.  The foundation is also continually reviewing the list of third parties as the entities confirm their involvement.

Theoretically, the network risks a blockchain split if any members of the community disregard the need to update the system and keep on with the old versions of Zcash. While Overwinter is low on features, it is important to the broader network strategy as further capabilities depend on the Overwinter update. 

It`s worth to note that the friction is already happening in some places. On June 20, 2018, D. Jane Mercer, the developer of the ZCash Windows wallet, WinZEC, threatened to stop all coding activities as the network the Zcash Foundation failed to fund his work. The community members nevertheless promptly donated funds to his wallet address.

For miners running Zcash nodes, the official software has been updated to automatically update to the latest software after block 347,500 is mined. However, if automatic updates are disabled, miners stand to can miss the new code. Zcash Foundation asks the users to abstain from using their wallets at least an hour before the scheduled update.