Bitstamp launches Bitcoin Cash

After a series of announcements one of the major cryptocurrency exchanges Bitstamp will finally officially launch Bitcoin Cash 
05 December 2017   3977

Bitstamp crypto exchange has been making announcements about launching the cryptocurrecny Bitcoin Cash during several months, at first stating that it will be added by the end of September of 2017, then making a new claim stating that BCH will be launched some time in December 2017. Finally, Bitstamp exchange made a decision and announced that Bitcoin Cash trading starts today, on December 5.

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

  • Average price: $1 578.91
  • Marketcap: $26 586 752 344  
  • 24h volume: $804 982 000

Dutch Authorities to Shut Down Bestmixer

The service is accused of launder over $200M worth crypto with coin "mixing" - spliting the amount and mixing it with other coins from different sources
23 May 2019   358

The Bitcoin mixing service Bestmixer was forced to cease operations after a nearly one-year investigation of money laundering charges. It is reported by Bleeping Computer.

Like other similar services, Bestmixer.io split the amount in bitcoins into smaller transactions and mixed them with transactions from other sources in order to hide their origin, and then transfers the entire amount minus the commission to the final address.

It also offered similar services with Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash.

The investigation believes that service customers could launder money through cryptocurrency.

Bestmixer offered a very clear page on why someone should mix their cryptocurrency. On this page Bestmixer described the current anti-money laundering policies and how its service could help evade these policies by making funds anonymous and untraceable. Offering such a service is considered illegal in many countries.
 

John Fokker

Head of Cyber Investigations, McAfee

Bestmixer was opened in May 2018. For the year of its existence, its turnover amounted to about 27,000 BTC (approximately $ 200 million). Fiscal Information and Investigation Service claims that a significant part of the funds passed through the mixer was obtained as a result of conducting illegal activities or was used to finance criminal gangs.

Policemen confiscated a domain and six servers in Luxembourg and the Netherlands. In addition, they got access to all transactions carried out using the service, cryptocurrency and IP-addresses, as well as messages from the chat. This information is currently transmitted to Europol.