NASDAQ to launch bitcoin futures

Nasdaq Inc plans to launch a futures contract based on bitcoin in 2018
30 November 2017   1313

The world's second largest stock exchange, National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations (Nasdaq) plans U.S. derivatives contracts related to the digital currency as early as the second quarter of 2018. Cantor Fitzgerald LP intends to offer a bitcoin derivatives platform on its exchange around the same time.

However, NASDAQ is hardly the first player from the traditional finance world to launch bitcoin based futures. CME Group, the world’s largest derivatives exchange, and CBOE Holdings, have both announced their plans to launch futures products based on bitcoin this year, pending regulatory approval.

One of the ways the Nasdaq futures product will differ from CME’s and CBOE’s is that it will be based on an index that takes in prices from more than 50 bitcoin exchanges. CME has said it’s bitcoin future will be based on the CF Bitcoin Reference Rate (BRR), when CBOE will price its bitcoin future off the Gemini Trust.

BTC Extortionists to Send Explosion Threats In US & CA

Police reported that explosive devices in the places specified by extortionists were not found
14 December 2018   105

In Canada and the United States, local businesses and residents received letters threatening to detonate a bomb if they did not send bitcoins to extortionists. Because of this, in some regions, law enforcement officers evacuated people from bus stations, schools and airports, reports Global News.

Extortionists threatened to blow up universities, schools, city halls and local businesses in the US states of Utah, Aidaxo, New York, Oklahoma and Illinois. The New York City Police Department urged residents not to panic or send bitcoins to criminals. Police also reported that explosive devices in the places specified by extortionists were not found.

In Canada, extortionists promised to blow up buildings and car dealerships in Toronto, Edmonton, Ottawa, Calgary and Montreal. Some residents of the attackers asked for a ransom in bitcoins in the amount of $ 20 thousand. After verification, the Calgary police stated that the messages were part of phishing attacks and did not pose a threat to the public.