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EU Parliament passes new controversial rules on crypto

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The crypto industry has fresh concerns about innovation and privacy invasion following new measures voted by the EU

More than 90 Lawmakers voted in favour of controversial measures to outlaw anonymous crypto transactions

According to documents seen by CoinDesk, the proposals are intended to extend anti-money laundering requirements that apply to conventional payments over 1-thousand to the crypto sector.

This means even the smallest crypto transactions would need to be identified, including for transactions with unhosted or self-hosted wallets.

Further measures are on the table and could see unregulated crypto exchanges cut off from the conventional financial system.

To pass the law, the plans must be agreed on by members of the EU Council.

Bitcoin’s price dropped about 2 per cent in minutes as the vote came through, falling to just over 46-thousand

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Sam Bankman-Fried attempting to resolve bail conditions dispute

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Sam Bankman-Fried is in talks with U.S. prosecutors to resolve a dispute over his bail conditions

The 30-year-old former billionaire has been blocked from contacting employees of FTX or his Alameda Research hedge fund, after prosecutors raised concerns he may tamper with witnesses.

Bankman-Fried has pleaded not guilty and is under house arrest at his parents’ California home.

Once worth an estimated $26 billion, Bankman-Fried was arrested in December after FTX collapsed.

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Crypto heists in 2022 totalled $3.8 billion

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Last year was the worst on record for cryptocurrency heists, with hackers stealing as much as $3.8 billion, led by attackers linked to North Korea

A Chainalysis report found hacking activity that “ebbed and flowed” throughout the year, with “huge spikes” in March and October.

October was the biggest single month ever for cryptocurrency hacking, with $775.7 million stolen in 32 separate attacks.

North Korea-linked hackers such as those in the cybercriminal syndicate Lazarus Group have been by far the most prolific cryptocurrency hackers, stealing an estimated $1.7 billion worth of in multiple attacks last year.

North Korea has denied allegations of hacking or other cyberattacks.

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Sam Bankman-Fried banned from communication with FTX

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A U.S. judge has banned former FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried from contacting current and former employees

Federal prosecutors asked for this ruling, as they believe Bankman-Fried may tamper with witnesses or destroy evidence in his criminal fraud case.

It was revealed the 30-year-old tried to send a message to someone known as ‘Witness 1″ a few weeks ago, proposing to have a constructive conversation with them.

Bankman-Fried was arrested in December on charges of looting billions of dollars of FTX customer funds, and lying to investors and lenders.

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