DEA: China shadow economy is based on the Bitcoin

According to US Drug Enforcement Administration report, Bitcoin is very popular among Chinese residents.
25 October 2017   1504

Crypto currency is the most popular asset among criminals who launder money through the trade. This is evidenced by the data of the new report of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

The DEA emphasizes that bitcoin is very popular among Chinese residents.

Chinese manufacturers who want Bitcoin will undoubtedly ease the money laundering process for many TCOs. Currently, TCOs face scrutiny from U.S. banks when wiring money from the United States to Chinese manufacturers. However, a TCO purchasing Bitcoin via a licensed money service business (MSB) without raising red flags will face no further scrutiny when transferring the Bitcoin to China. Many TCOs can also buy Bitcoin from individuals selling Bitcoin on the Internet with no MSB license. Thus, many TCOs will be able to convert their cash drug proceeds to Bitcoin and buy Chinese goods with no fear of oversight from a formal financial institution.
 

DEA report

According to the DEA, most criminals buy bitcoins on regulated cryptoexchanges and when transferring capital abroad they use over-the-counter trading platforms.

Also experts from DEA suggest that over time the popularity of such a scheme will grow.

Lightning Desktop App to be Launched in BTC Mainnet

The application, which is based on the lightweight Neutrino client, is available for the macOS, Windows and Linux, however, it's oriented fro test environment
24 April 2019   120

Lightning Labs, a leading developer of solutions for the Lightning Network, announced the launch of its desktop wallet in the main Bitcoin network. An application that was previously tested in a test network is available in the alpha version.

The application, which is based on the lightweight Neutrino client, is available for the operating systems macOS, Windows and Linux, however, as the developers emphasize, is still oriented primarily to the test environment. At the same time, more advanced users can also experiment with the wallet interface and get access to their funds.

Lightning App Desktop Version Screenshot
Lightning App Desktop Version Screenshot

The Neutrino client allows non-custodial Lightning wallets to verify Bitcoin transactions without the need to synchronize with the full version of the blockchain.

The new release includes such a function as displaying a single balance, which will allow users to see the cumulative number of coins both in the network base and in the payment channels by percentage.