• The man, the legend... Charles Ponzi (via Smithsonian/public domain).
    Bitcoin

    Three charged in BitClub Network’s alleged $722 million bitcoin Ponzi scheme

    Three men are accused of using the BitClub Network cryptocurrency mining pool to defraud investors, referring to them as ‘sheep’ and ‘idiots’

    A Ponzi scheme that stole $722 million from investors in a fraudulent cryptocurrency mining pool has been broken up by FBI and IRS agents, according a federal indictment. BitClub Network promised investors around the world shares in the earnings of a major non-existent bitcoin mining pool.

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    Cryptocurrencies

    Bitfinex, Tether again face market manipulation accusations

    The embattled cryptocurrency exchange and stablecoin issuer jointly announced that a “meritless and mercenary lawsuit” is coming.

    It seems the New York Attorney General is not the only person accusing sister companies Bitfinex and Tether of breaking the law. A paper accusing the companies of market manipulation designed to boost the price of Bitcoin will be published soon.

  • Are tether tokens really backed by dollars? (via Shutterstock)
    Media,  Opinion,  Tether

    Bloomberg’s Tether story doesn’t answer persisting questions

    The real concern with Tether isn’t whether or not it has enough cash in the bank

    Tether advocates rejoiced on Tuesday after a story by Bloomberg’s Matt Leising seemed to reassure readers that the stablecoin had enough dollars to back each token. “Bank statements reviewed by Bloomberg News suggest those fears may be unfounded,” Leising wrote. The story’s big contribution to the Tether debate was only that Bloomberg saw four separate months’ worth of Tether’s balances and each exceeded the amount of circulating tokens. Yet Tether’s bank balances should be expected to be positive at month’s end. As written in the often-cited study by John Griffin and Amin Shams of the University of Texas on alleged manipulation of Bitcoin prices using tethers: “the strong negative effect on…