Mar 2022 Crypto Industry Updates
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- Cryptocurrencies are property, Singapore court rules, as it freezes US$7m in ‘stolen’ crypto [4 Mar 2022]
- Singapore’s High Court has allowed an application by an American entrepreneur to freeze over US$7 million in crypto assets he claims had been stolen by unknown individuals and entities.
- Worldwide Mareva injunction was granted by the High Court
- The plaintiff was able to trace part of the stolen crypto to:
- two wallets held by crypto exchanges based in Singapore but incorporated in Cayman Islands and Seychelles,
- a US-incorporated crypto exchange, and a US-incorporated digital payments firm. The 2 US-incorporated entities have wholly-owned subsidiaries in Singapore.
- The two Singapore-based exchanges were ordered to disclose information of the relevant accounts as well as details of all transactions involving these accounts from the dates the stolen funds were deposited.
- Singapore blocks all crypto transactions with Russia
- new regulations would prohibit Singaporean banks, organisations, and companies from dealing and trading with Russian entities using all means of exchange, including digital assets such as cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) with Russia, as part of its sanctions against the country because of the ongoing war.
- Singapore’s decision to impose these sanctions is without any assistance from United Nations Security Council.
- Singapore previously imposed unilateral sanctions more than 40 years ago.
- Thailand to ban use of digital assets as payments from April 2022
- announced by Thailand Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
- citing price volatility, cyber theft, money laundering, and personal data leakage
- Blockchain project Ronin hit by $615 million crypto heist
- Ronin is used to power the popular online game Axie Infinity
- Ronin is developed by Singapore-based game studio Sky Mavis, which owns Axie Infinity.
- unidentified hackers on March 23 stole some 173,600 ether tokens and 25.5 million USD Coin tokens
- attack focused on the bridge to Sky Mavis' Ronin blockchain, an intermediary between Axie Infinity and other cryptocurrency blockchains like Ethereum.
- hack was only detected after a week
- current market value makes it second-largest crypto theft on record,