The biggest news in the cryptoverse for Sept. 14 includes Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao’s comments on the MiCA framework, SEC Chair Gary Gensler reiterating his stance on most crypto being securities, and the blocking of Bitcoin wallets linked to an Iranian cybercriminal group. 

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Binance’s CZ says Europe’s MiCA framework could be a global crypto regulation standard

Binance CEO  Changpeng Zhao spoke at the Binance Blockchain Week on Sept. 14, saying that the proposed regulatory framework in the EU — Market in Crypto Assets (MiCA) — was “fantastic” and could be a global standard for crypto regulation.

MiCA’s proposed framework mandates crypto companies to apply for the same license to operate across the European Union. It also restricts access to dollar-backed stablecoins, which Zhao said would be the only thing that could change.

SEC Chair Gensler reiterates that ‘most crypto are securities’ before US banking committee

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chairman Gary Gensler said Sept. 15 that crypto intermediaries, like centralized and decentralized exchanges, would have to register with the SEC.

He said:

“Firms operating in other well-regulated markets that want to enter the crypto market (would have) to do so in compliance with time-tested investor protection rules, (while) existing crypto security intermediaries need to do so in compliance with investor protection rules as well.”

Gensler reiterated his belief that most crypto assets are securities in his testimony before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee.

US Treasury Department blacklists Bitcoin addresses linked to Iran ransomware group

The U.S Department of Treasury detected seven Bitcoin wallets that are linked to the members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The IRGC has been launching ransomware attacks against the U.S since 2020.

The wallet addresses were blacklisted immediately and offered up to $10 million in rewards for any information that’ll lead to the arrest of the owners of these wallets.

LUNA sinks 20% after South Korea issues arrest warrant for Do Kwon

South Korea released an arrest warrant for Terra Luna founder Do Kwon, valid for one year. Luna dropped by 20% as soon as the arrest warrant was released.

#PeckShieldAlert $LUNA has dropped -20% https://t.co/rlzA0Miahb pic.twitter.com/z398HMOBgz

— PeckShieldAlert (@PeckShieldAlert) September 14, 2022

The token had increased by 80% in the last seven days. However, as CryptoSlate data indicates, it fell by 21.4% in the last 24 hours.

Dutch police arrest suspected Bitcoin thief by tracing transactions on blockchain

A 39-year-old man was arrested in the Netherlands on Sept.6 for allegedly stealing tens of millions of dollars worth of Bitcoin. Even though the Dutch authorities held him only for two days, the investigation revealed new information proving that the man was, in fact, guilty.

It was discovered that the 39-year-old thief laundered stolen Bitcoins through the Electrum wallet. Afterward, he converted these funds to Monero (XMR) using the crypto exchange Bisq.

New York museum plans to buy NFTs from art auction proceeds

The New York Museum of Modern art (MoMA) is looking to buy NFTs from the William S Paley Foundation’s auction, according to The Wall Street Journal. The auction will display about $70 million worth of art and NFTs.

The Foundation manages William Paley’s estate, and the auction will include 29 of his 81 pieces at the museum, including Pablo Picasso’s “Guitar on a Table” and Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies for a Portrait of Henrietta Moraes.”

Research Highlight

Research: Bitcoin may be regaining dominance over altcoins

Even though Bitcoin lost market dominance to Ethereum and all its altcoins, the altcoin cycle signal indicates that Bitcoin might be starting to dominate Ethereum altcoins.

The altcoin cycle signal is a metric that determines the strength of the altcoin market, and it is ranked between 100. When it is below 50, it indicates  Bitcoin’s dominance over altcoins. When it is above 50, it tells us that the altcoin season is upon us.

Altcoin cycle signal

The altcoin signal currently stands at 79, which indicates that the market is in the altcoin season. However, the signal has dropped significantly throughout July and August, which could be a sign of an upcoming Bitcoin dominance.

News from around the Cryptoverse

Not investing in crypto will be a career risk in the future

Apollo Capital’s CIO Henrik Andersson said the time when not investing in crypto will be a “career risk” will come, according to CoinTelegraph.

Andersson said that crypto adoption is still in its early days, but it has been picking up gradually.

EDX Market launches backed by financial industry giants

A group of broker-dealers, market makers, and venture firms including Charles Schwab, Citadel Securities, Fidelity Digital Assets, Paradigm, Sequoia Capital and Virtu Financial are backing the newly launched crypto exchange EDX Markets (EDXM).

EDXM said it will provide safe and compliant crypto trading through trusted intermediaries.

Crypto Market

Bitcoin fell by 2.06% and is being traded for $19,845. Ethereum also recorded a fall of 0.66% to be traded at $1,582.

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