Fraudulent South Korean Exchange Pure Bit Nabs $2.8M in ICO Exit Scam

A South Korean ICO has defrauded its private sale investors out of roughly 13,500 ETH ($2.8 million) before disappearing from the internet entirely. Pure Bit, which has already pulled the plug on its website, has apparently conducted a fairly routine exit scam for its Pure Coin token sale. The cryptocurrency was pitched as an exchange token for Pure Bit, an exchange that was supposed to launch by the end of the month. The Coin  promised to give investors shares of the exchange’s trading revenue as well as discounted fees for trading,…

The Incoming Wave of ICO Regulation (Yes, It’s Coming)

Alex Sunnarborg is a Founder of Tetras Capital. Previously, he was a research analyst at CoinDesk and a founder of the crypto investing app Lawnmower. As you may know, securities classification analysis in the U.S. today primarily revolves around the Securities Act of 1933 and the SEC v. W.J. Howey Co. Supreme Court case of 1946. The Securities Act of 1933 was established to require issuers to disclose certain pieces of information to potential investors prior to any public securities offering. This law was enacted to reduce misrepresentation by issuers and to help…

86% of ICO Tokens Worth Less than at First Crypto Exchange Listing

Global professional services firm Ernst & Young (EY) has released a report on the performance of ICOs over the last year, and in keeping with the bear market for cryptocurrency assets, the trend was predictably downward. Just 10 Tokens Count for 99% of All ICO Gains EY released a report on ICOs back in December 2017, which included a total of 372 projects. Within those projects were 110 standout ICOs that accounted for 87 percent of all funds raised among all projects analyzed. They dubbed this collection of more successful projects…

Fraudulent ICO Shut Down by SEC

Wow. It is a solemn day for cryptocurrencies everywhere! According to CoinMarketCap, the market is experiencing a big crash with most coins seeing double-digit losses. I wish I could be bringing a lighter tone to this grey picture, but another fraudulent ICO has been shut down by the SEC earlier today. Is such market volatility going to spell the end for cryptocurrency? Between vast and sudden sell-offs and another fraudulent ICO, you begin to understand why so many bears populate this sector. What’s going on? Another Fraudulent ICO Earlier today, the US…

South Korea to Announce Its ICO Stance in November, Top Official Says

South Korean government is “likely” to announce its official position on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) in November. A local business newspaper The Investor reported this on Thursday, Oct. 11, citing a “top official,” Hong Nam-ki. As per the chief of the office for Government Policy Coordination Hong Nam-ki, South Korean officials have already held several discussions on ICOs. As soon as the results are in, the government will finalize and reveal its official stance, he said. South Korea first banned ICOs back in September 2017, saying that the practice of…

Successful ViaBTC’s ICO is Very Bullish for BCH

ViaBTC demonstration that it’s possible for startups to raise funds on the Bitcoin Cash blockchain is very bullish for BCH investors. Complementing this is Roger Ver’s solid plan of setting up a “high liquid exchange with BCH as base”. This and other fundamental development means our previous Bitcoin Cash trade plan is valid. In that case we recommend risk-off, aggressive traders to load up at spot and trade in the direction of Sep 27 with stops just below Aug 14 lows at $470. Latest Bitcoin Cash News Roger Ver or…

70% of Small-Cap Cryptocurrency Tokens Worth Less than ICO Raised

More than two-thirds of small-cap cryptocurrency tokens distributed through initial coin offerings (ICOs) are currently worth less than the startups that issued them raised through their crowdfunding sales, a newly-published report has found. Small-Cap ICO Tokens are Hemorrhaging Value According to the report, which was compiled by cryptocurrency research firm Diar, the 562 ICO tokens ranked outside of the 100 largest cryptocurrency market caps have collectively lost $5 billion in nominal value against what these sales raised for the funding teams, with 70 percent of individual tokens seeing losses. Remarkably,…

ASX-Listed DigitalX Hit With Legal Action Over ICO Involvement

Shares in the publicly listed blockchain tech and consultancy firm DigitalX have slumped after it revealed it is facing a legal claim in an Australian court In an announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) Friday, the firm says it has been served with an Originating Application and Statement of Claim in the Australia’s Federal Court, which has been brought by a group of investors in an initial coin offering (ICO) to which it was an advisor. The parties are claiming roughly US$1,833,077 plus damages, the company indicates. DigitalX says…

The Benefits of an Ongoing and Upcoming ICO List

HomeSponsoredAn Ongoing and Upcoming ICO List is the Tool You Need Reddit and BitcoinTalk are flooded with the announcements of new and upcoming ICOs. The market keeps growing, but investors are becoming wary. With approximately 46% of ICOs ending in failure, how do you make sure that you’re investing in one of the 54% destined for success? An ongoing and upcoming ICO list should be your first stop for finding information about ICO projects. Choose a site that has a robust rating system in addition to an up-to-date list, and…

Could This ICO Model Let Anyone Sell Tokens Legally? Civil Thinks So

Civil, the blockchain startup looking to disrupt media, will be offering its crypto token to investors of all kinds – both accredited and unaccredited – next week. As a spoke of ConsenSys, the ethereum startup incubator and business all its own, that decision runs counter to most of the common wisdom about token sales these days. The much maligned initial coin offering (ICO) has come under intense fire recently for everything from sinking ethereum’s price to scuttling whatever hard won credibility the industry managed to gain before mania built up…