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Feds: Twitter Hacker Left 'Impressive Trail of Destruction'

UK man pleads guilty to scheme that targeted accounts of 130-plus names, including Musk, Biden

(Newser) - A UK man arrested in Spain two summers ago and accused of hacking into the Twitter accounts of some big names—including the current owner of the platform himself—has pleaded guilty to the plot, which also involved the theft of a hefty amount of crypto. On Tuesday, the US...

Celebs: We Shouldn't Be Liable for FTX Endorsements

The idea is 'nonsense,' Tom Brady, Larry David, others claim in court docs

(Newser) - After five months of trying, lawyers for a group of FTX investors who are suing celebrity endorsers say they've finally managed to serve the last of them: Shaquille O'Neal. "Plaintiffs in the billion $ FTX class action case just served @SHAQ outside his house," the Moskowitz...

DA Condemns 'Horrific' Killing of Cash App Founder

Bob Lee was fatally stabbed in San Francisco

(Newser) - This story has been updated with new developments. San Francisco Mayor London Breed has condemned the killing of a tech luminary who was reportedly stabbed to death in the city early Tuesday. Breed described the death of Bob Lee, founder of Cash App and chief product officer of crypto startup...

More Bad News for SBF
More Bad News
for SBF

More Bad News for SBF

FTX founder has been indicted on charges of bribing Chinese officials to unlock $1B in crypto

(Newser) - If indictments were worth money, Sam Bankman-Fried might be accumulating enough of them to fix the failure of FTX . Feds on Tuesday announced that they've indicted the erstwhile 31-year-old billionaire on charges of conspiring to bribe Chinese government officials to unlock some $1 billion in cryptocurrency held by his...

Fugitive 'Cryptocrash' Boss Is Arrested in Montenegro

Do Kwon of Terraform Labs faces charges in 2 countries over $42B crash

(Newser) - A cryptocurrency boss facing fraud charges in the US and South Korea has been arrested far away from both in Montenegro. Terraform Labs founder Do Kwon, charged in connection with the $40 billion collapse of the firm's cryptocurrency, has been wanted in South Korea since September. He and another...

Lindsay Lohan Among Celebrities Charged by SEC in Crypto Scheme

Influencers didn't reveal they were being compensated for endorsements, filing says

(Newser) - The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Wednesday that it charged eight celebrities with endorsing cryptocurrencies without revealing they were being compensated. Actress Lindsay Lohan and boxer Jake Paul were among those charged with violating investor-protection laws, the Hill reports. Crypto entrepreneur Justin Sun and three of his companies also were...

Latest Crypto Failure Is Especially Troubling
Latest Crypto Failure
Touches 'Real' Bank System
the rundown

Latest Crypto Failure Touches 'Real' Bank System

Silvergate Bank, called a 'cornerstone' of the industry, is shutting down

(Newser) - It's a familiar story of late: Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies were sinking in value on Thursday after a financial entity's high-profile collapse. In this case, the entity is Silvergate Bank. But this one is different from the collapse late last year of crypto exchange FTX, as Elizabeth Lopatto...

NBA Hall of Famer, SEC Settle Crypto Case

SEC chief calls Paul Pierce case a reminder to celebrities

(Newser) - NBA Hall of Famer Paul Pierce has agreed to pay about $1.4 million to settle charges that he touted EMAX tokens on social media without disclosing the payment he received for the promotion and for making false and misleading promotional statements about the same crypto asset, the Securities and...

Coinbase to Pay $100M in Settlement With NY Regulators

State says it took months for cryptocurrency platform to report suspicious activity

(Newser) - New York announced a $100 million settlement with Coinbase on Wednesday over what state officials called significant failures in the cryptocurrency trading platform's systems for spotting potential criminal activity. According to the state Department of Financial Services, Coinbase's anti-money-laundering program and its system for monitoring transactions for suspicious...

Stocks Headed for Worst Year Since 2008

The picture is even worse for cryptocurrencies

(Newser) - Friday is the last trading day in a year many on Wall Street will be glad to see the last of. Stock futures fell overnight, leaving major indexes on course for their worst year since 2008, CNBC reports. The S&P 500 dropped 19.24% in 2022, the Nasdaq plunged...

Bankman-Fried Arrested in Bahamas
FTX Founder
Arrested in

FTX Founder Arrested in Bahamas

Sam Bankman-Fried was picked up at US request after prosecutors filed an indictment

(Newser) - Sam Bankman-Fried, who is under criminal investigation in both places over the collapse of the crypto firm he founded, was arrested Monday in the Bahamas after an indictment was filed against him in the US. The announcement was made by US Attorney Damian Williams, who said the US government had...

Sam Bankman-Fried: OK, I'll Talk to Congress

Ex-CEO of failed FTX set to appear Tuesday in front of House Committee on Financial Services

(Newser) - Sam Bankman-Fried has been talking to the media about the collapse of his FTX cryptocurrency firm, and now he says he's willing to talk to Congress, too. CNBC reports that Bankman-Fried announced as much Friday in a series of tweets , writing that he'll be at the Tuesday morning...

Bankman-Fried Talks His Net Worth, 'Biggest Single' Mistake

Ex-FTX CEO, who notes he had $100K last he checked, says he shouldn't have filed Chapter 11

(Newser) - It's not clear if FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried has a legal team or anyone else advising him to stay tight-lipped after the collapse of his crytocurrency exchange, costing him his entire fortune—but if he does, he's ignoring that advice. As part of what critics are calling a...

Crypto Lender With 'Significant Exposure' to FTX Goes Bankrupt

BlockFi signed deal with exchange earlier this year

(Newser) - A cryptocurrency lender that struck a deal with FTX when the market soured earlier this year has followed the crypto exchange into bankruptcy. BlockFi said Monday that it had filed for bankruptcy protection and would use the process to "focus on recovering all obligations owed to BlockFi by its...

The Weird Connection Between FTX and a Tiny Rural Bank

It raises more questions about failed cryptocurrency exchange

(Newser) - There is no shortage of questions swirling around the imploded cryptocurrency exchange FTX, but the New York Times raises a particularly unusual one: Why did FTX invest a huge sum in a rural Washington bank so small it didn't even provide online banking? As the paper explains, the revelation...

FTX Lawyers: 'Substantial Amount' of Assets Stolen
FTX Bankruptcy Mess
Gets Even Worse

FTX Bankruptcy Mess Gets Even Worse

Lawyers say 'substantial amount' of assets has been stolen

(Newser) - Lawyers for FTX disclosed Tuesday that a “substantial amount" of assets has been stolen from the accounts of the collapsed cryptocurrency exchange, diminishing the odds that its millions of investors will get their money back. The admission came during FTX's first court appearance since the company filed for...

Stars Sued Over Ads for FTX 'Ponzi Scheme'

Class-action filing says celebrities deceptively encouraged investments in failing crypto exchange

(Newser) - The pain felt by investors in FTX might at some point be shared by the celebrities who made ads promoting it. A new class-action lawsuit names a raft of celebrities who promoted the now-bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange, saying the deceptive endorsements were designed to prompt "unsophisticated investors" to put their...

Sam Bankman-Fried: I Didn't Flee to Argentina

Speculation had swirled that he left the Bahamas

(Newser) - Sam Bankman-Fried, once the wealthiest person in the world under 30 and now reportedly worth nearly nothing following the collapse of FTX , the cryptocurrency exchange he co-founded and ran, says he has not fled to Argentina. There was speculation that he had, and FlightRadar24 tweeted as much, but when Reuters...

His $16B Net Worth Just Went Poof
His $16B Net Worth
Just Went Poof

His $16B Net Worth Just Went Poof

Sam Bankman-Fried's billions vanished with collapse of FTX crypto exchange

(Newser) - Last year, Forbes described Sam Bankman-Fried, then-CEO of cryptocurrency exchange FTX, as the richest person in the world under 30, with an estimated net worth of more than $20 billion. Bankman-Fried is no longer under 30, no longer the CEO of FTX, and according to Bloomberg , his net worth might...

Collapse of Crypto Exchange Is Taking a Toll on Bitcoin

FTX files for bankruptcy, and the drama is hurting the value of the top cryptocoin

(Newser) - Embattled cryptocurrency exchange FTX—short billions of dollars—is seeking bankruptcy protection following its collapse this week. Meanwhile, FTX and its CEO and founder Sam Bankman-Fried are under investigation by the DOJ and the SEC to determine whether any criminal activity or securities offenses were committed, per the AP . The...

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