BitFlyer Gets License to Operate in Europe

The PI licence was granted by Luxembourg's financial watchdog and the company will be based at the Luxembourg House of Financial Technology Foundation
23 January 2018   811

BitFlyer, one of the world’s first cryptocurrency trading platforms, announced on Tuesday it has been granted a payment-institution license to operate in the European Union.

The PI licence was granted by Luxembourg's financial watchdog, the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF), and the company will be based at the Luxembourg House of Financial Technology Foundation (LHoFT).

BitFlyer is the most compliant virtual currency exchange in the world. Approved regulatory status is fundamental to the long-term future of bitcoin and the virtual currency industry.

 

Yuzo Kano

CEO, BitFlyer

Luxembourg's finance minister, Pierre Gramegna, said he was delighted that "one of the most successful Japanese startups chose Luxembourg as their EU platform".

BitFlyer also announced it will offer euro-denominated bitcoins and the company is planning to add support for other cryptocurrencies including Litecoin, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic and Bitcoin Cash later in the year.

First real-life cryptocurrency robbery reported in Taiwan

Four men stole 5 million Taiwanese dollar worth of Bitcoin, the police has already arrested the suspects
22 February 2018   55

Bitcoin has attracted lots of unwanted attention from hackers and scammers alike. Recently not a week passes without news of an exchange or user being hacked or some company's computers being hijacked to mine cryptocurrency. And now Taiwanese news outlets report first real-life robbery of Bitcoin in their country.

The robbery took place in Taichung, Taiwan's central city. The police reports three men being involved in the robbery itself and one as a planner. Criminals persuaded the victim to meet with them face-to-face under the guise of being interested in buying Bitcoin from him. After the victim showed the robbers the proof of his bitcoins on his phone, the men attacked him and his friend and transferred 18 bitcoins worth 5 million Taiwanese dollar via the phone wallet.

The suspects then forced the unfortunate seller to drink strong local liquor to make everything look like a drunken fight had taken place. The police arrived at the scene after receiving the reports of a fight and found two victims. Two of the offenders had fled, but the third has been arrested at the scene of the crime. He later provided investigation with information about his accomplices. They were arrested soon after.

The police later apprehended the man believed to be the mastermind behind the plan. All this was released in the yesterday's report by the Taiwanese law enforcement and the case is already viewed as “the first domestic case of bitcoin robbery”. The report doesn't mention if the crypto was returned to the rightful owner.

Similar cases has been rumored to happen in the US, but no records are released as of yet. So the unofficial governmental advice is to be more cautious of the buyers requesting face to face meetings in the light of this event.