CEX. IO suspended new users registration

According to official blog of cryptocurrency exchange, support and verification teams are under pressure
27 December 2017   3915

CEX. IO, which trade around 0.33% of BTC/USD (according to Coinmarketcap) worldwide and points itself as "The leading Bitcoin exchange" temporarily stopped new users registration. 

In order to deliver the best service to our existing users, we have decided to undertake the following measures:

  1. Temporarily pause the registrations of new users, until we can guarantee the decent response time to each and every ticket or a verification request.
  2. Increase the support efficiency by extending the support team and adding several new communication channels.
     

CEX. IO Team

According to official blog, there is "additional pressure on our support and verification teams" and this led to above mentioned suspention. CEX team also asks users to be patience and don't create additional tickets for the same matter. There is no info in the blogpost on the terms of suspention. 

US Authorities to Sell $4.3M Worth Seized BTC

As reported, the Bitcoins were seized during different federal investigations
18 October 2018   100

The US Federal Penitentiary and Marshals Service has announced an auction, during which 660 Bitcoins will be sold, previously confiscated by law enforcement agencies. The current market value of the coins put up for sale is about $ 4.3 million, CoinDesk reports.

Bitcoins offered for sale were seized during federal criminal, civil and administrative investigations.

The auction will be held on November 5, and to participate in it, you must register no later than October 31 and make a deposit of $ 200,000.

The trades will be divided into two parts and include the sale of six blocks of 100 BTC and one more block of 60 BTC. Auction participants will not be able to view other people's rates or change their own.

The Office clarified that part of the assets put up for auction includes Bitcoins, which were seized during the recent investigations into the cases of the traders Teresa Tetley and Thomas Mario Costanzo. Teresa Tetley was sentenced in July to a year in prison on charges of trading in cryptocurrency without the necessary license and laundering money obtained from drug trafficking.

The Marshals do not report which part of the bitcoins seized from Tetley and Costanzo is put up for auction, however, it was previously known that 40 BTC were withdrawn from the first, and 80 BTC from the second.

Two previous major auctions for the sale of confiscated bitcoins were held in the United States in January and March of this year. In the first case, 3813 BTC was sold, in the second - 2170 BTC.