CipherTrace says 12.1% of Bitcoin funds sent to Finnish exchanges come directly from criminal sources. As a percentage, that’s the highest worldwide, making Finland a hotspot for illegal Bitcoin. LocalBitcoins, a peer-to-peer crypto marketplace, is partly to blame. It is based in the Finnish capital of Helsinki, and received 99% of these ill-gotten funds, according to a report.
Coinbase Chief Legal Officer Brian Brooks has been appointed chief operating officer of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Treasury Department announced on March 16. Brooks will also serve as first deputy comptroller of the OCC, which charters, regulates, and supervises banks and savings associations in the United States.
Bitcoin mixers, or tumblers, have been around for years. The way they work is you send bitcoin to a service and the service scrambles your bitcoin with other bitcoins, so that in the end, it’s difficult to know the source of the funds—even though the transactions are visible on the blockchain.
The Blockchain Association and the Chamber of Digital Commerce, two Washington, D.C. based-advocacy groups focused on blockchain and digital assets, filed amicus briefs Tuesday in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's case against messaging app Telegram.