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According to the latest information on the website of AUSTRAC (Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre), digital currency exchanges must have to be registered with authorities now and should also commit to several identity checking and reporting procedures. It’s been confirmed by the Australian government as well that the Australian cryptocurrency exchanges are abided by the new AML (Anti-Money Laundering) rules.

The Australian authorities are trying their best to close the remaining loopholes in cryptocurrency usage, concerning identity management and taxation of cryptocurrency. In contrast to a backdrop of discontent due to such sharp upsurge in scams, last week, the Australian Taxation Office was asked for taxpayer’s contribution into how deductions rising from the cryptocurrency returns should be assembled efficiently.

Four-Principle Rules

Meanwhile, exchanges now must follow the four prime rules so that they can function above board, as a part of the security reformation. Following are the four rules:

  • Identification and verification of identities of their clients.
  • Keeping particular records for 7-years.
  • Accepting and maintaining a CTF/ AML program for the identification, alleviation, and management of terrorism financing perils and money laundering.
  • 6 months refinement period that will escort the new regulations, in which AUSTRAC will be a lot more compassionate on operators who “fall short of requirements.”
  • Reporting to AUSTRAC sceptical issues, and transactions linked to the physical currency of $10,000 and even more.

The laws relating to cryptocurrency exchanges regulations in Australia are also getting stricter, while the government has guaranteed that the investors wouldn’t feel left out. The Australian government took feedback from the public to know what their views are on the cryptocurrency taxation structure and are they going to like it or not.

The ATO (Australian Tax Office) had also posted:

“We’ve timed this consultation to coincide with an update to our website, which should address some of the feedback we have received to date about our cryptocurrency guidance. We’re eager to hear your feedback about cryptocurrency and its tax implications as the technology may impact how business operates in the future.”

Feedback from Taxpayers

Many governments across the world are getting stricter, especially when it comes to the taxation of cryptocurrencies. Many exchanges are being forced by the governments to disclose the data of consumers and to send out subpoenas to investors who have high net-worth. While many governments are getting stricter, the decision of Australian government to get the feedback from taxpayers before applying these tax laws is notable.

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Bitcoin Goes Past $4,000, Again! Next Stop $5,000?

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Bitcoin’s back at it again with a major boost crossing $4,000.

Image credits: Bitcoin.com

 

It’s really become a routine for bitcoin owners to wake up to a different price almost every day.

The price of bitcoin has been a bit stationery ever since China regulators announced a ban on ICOs and shut down of BTCChina by October. It tumbled down to $3,700 from $4,000 and remained in that range for the past two weeks.

But, now with the price coming around $4,050 and rising, it’s not too early to say that Bitcoin is back in the game. There hasn’t been an instance where bitcoin has failed to make a come-back and this was definitely one of those times.

So, what’s prompted this latest rally? It’s possible that the speculation of China’s exchange shut down is just temporary, especially since it was never formally announced. But regardless, this just proves that Bitcoin can survive without China and is resistant to the activities of a country.

Next stop, $5,000?

The bitcoin rally we experienced on Wednesday has assured several Bitcoin analysts and traders that if the current upward descent is maintained, we might see a $5,000 hit soon.

A well-known bitcoin trader and investor, Tuur Demeester, also distinguished that if the trading volume in Japan, South Korea, Europe and the US sustains, we could be in for another strong rally in the near future.

News Credits: steemit.com

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British Crypto-Exchange Looking Forward to Launch Bitcoin Futures Contracts

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CoinfloorEX is basically a London-based exchange, which was founded back in 2013.  On Wednesday, it announced that from next month, it will be launching bitcoin futures contracts by merging with numerous other companies to propose such product to their consumers. This British cryptocurrency exchange’s main focus is to enter the bitcoin futures market.

Unlike its competitors, Coinfloor will be offering substantially firm futures contracts, and according to a wire service report, when the contract will come to an end, the actual asset that is being traded will be delivered and, in this case, it’s bitcoin. Cboe and CME are offering these bitcoin futures contracts and these contracts are cash settled, however, they don’t deliver bitcoin to the owner of the contract.

According to the co-founder of Coinfloor, Mark Lamb, the product was originated because of an extensive demand from some of the exchange’s customers.

Mark Lamb told Reuters (news agency company);

“When you talk to the liquidity providers, they all say the same thing, which is they want a physically delivered futures contract so they can hedge their exposure across exchanges.”

Coinfloor is probably the fifth one in the companies that offer bitcoin futures contracts by joining with following trading platforms;

  • Bitmex
  • CBOE
  • CryptoFacilities
  • CME Group

Cash-settled contracts are being offered by the U.S.-based Cboe and CME, so does the CryptoFacilities, which is based in the UK. The main perception of bitcoin futures is still contentious, as the U.S. CFTC (Commodity Futures Trading Commission) is also announcing that after getting a pushback on the current products, for the futures contracts, it needs to work on a heightened-review-process.

Likewise, more information about the CFTC’s oversight of such products has been also requested by few representatives, as they also noted that the taxpayers have to be protected from manipulation, vicious activities and scams, for the better future of the market.

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Atlanta Hack! Hackers Demand Bitcoin by Shutting Down Government Computers

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On 22nd March, a cyber-attack was discovered in the US city of Atlanta. In the attack, hackers shut down the main computer systems and demanded $51,000 in Bitcoin for re-enabling the affected systems. It was noted that this disruption was affecting systems through which some consumers used to pay bills and access information related to court. Computer hacking isn’t something new to hackers as cryptocurrency related hack has been attempted by them many times before.

According to some reports, the officials of the city are working with the US Department of Homeland Security FBI, and Microsoft to discover the extent of this violation and to find ways to resolve it. City officials invigorated citizens on 23rd March, in order to check their personal accounts and information, if any of them think that their personal information could be conceded in the hack.

Public Announcement of The Attack

The attack was announced by the mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms, in a press conference on 22nd March. The members of the press were told by her that the officials still don’t have any idea about the extent of the attack or if bank accounts or personal data of anyone will be compromised as she stated:

“All of us are subject to this attack.”

Is there anything done to resolve the situation?

However, the situation still needs to be resolved. The price of Bitcoin is trading at $8,469 at this very moment, which shows that the demanded ransom is going to cost the city around 6 bitcoins as this is not the very first attempt of hackers to hold municipal computer systems as a hostage in exchange for the cryptocurrencies.

Former Attacks Linked to Bitcoin

Back in November 2017, Sacramento Regional Transit system was attacked by a hacker for a ransom of 1 bitcoin demand, and bitcoin had the worth of $8,000 at that time. Another malicious example of ransom for Bitcoin is from December 2017, when a parcel bomber in Germany demanded a €10 million ransom to be paid in the form of Bitcoin as he sent this in a message to a Potsdam Christmas market. However, the package failed to explode and had a QR-code for depositing bitcoins, as well as explosive material that was derived from nails and fireworks.

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ICO News - Louisiana City Plans to Launch Its Own Cryptocurrency

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According to the Acadia Advocate, the mayor of Lafayette, Louisiana has offered the city to create its own cryptocurrency in order to raise money for public finance, taking a prompt from Berkeley, California. The proposal was made by the mayor-president of Lafayette, Joel Robideaux, at Heymann Center, during his annual address as he called the city a ‘technology hub’ that will advance the government services and diversify the local economy. Currently, the city is in extreme economic straits and the government is planning for the additional taxes.

Public Finance

Joel Robideaux sees cryptocurrency as a mean to public finance work; also, it allows citizens to contribute in the financing. For him, cryptocurrencies are an alternative for financing public infrastructure. Robideaux said, he was distinguishing that the domain of finance, banking and payment systems has changed persistently, and almost every industry will be soon disrupted. Robideaux dropped the idea of cryptocurrency being promoted by worldwide libertarians in quest of undetectable and unregulated digital currency transactions.

Robideaux didn’t give any detail about how his suggestion for cryptocurrency application to municipal finance will operate, and how he will be encouraging investors to support his idea. Whereas, Berkeley is considering to promote its cryptocurrency with municipal-ties and is looking forward to offer cryptocurrency-enabled “microbonds” in order to support reasonable housing projects.

What does Robideaux see?

According to Joel Robideaux, an ICO will fund a living-lab of blockchain developers, however, he didn’t clarify what the lab would exactly consist of and where it would be sited. He added, the city must diversify its economy to deal with the unemployment which was resulted after the oil crash (2014). Robideaux said the cultural economy of the city is already in existence and will turn out to be the alleviating force in its budget; however, the budget is still in a crisis mode as the over-all fund has been reduced.

Even as the cryptocurrency project of Berkeley is in the developmental phase, councilors in Berkeley have joined with Jesse Arreguin (the mayor) along with “Neighborly,” which is a tech-startup with software engineering support from UC Blockchain Laboratory of Berkeley and its aim is to offer an ICO that would encourage transactions inside the local area.

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