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CipherTrace report shows a decline in illicit activity in the crypto ecosystem

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CipherTrace reported that crypto crimes has reduced and the crypto ecosystem has grown exponentially in recent years.

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Updated: June 15, 2022 at 11:07 am

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Amid the extreme market conditions, a June 13 report by CipherTrace details positive developments in the crypto ecosystem, suggesting a decline in crypto-related crimes.

The report showed increased crypto trade volumes from $4.3 trillion in 2020 to $16 trillion in 2021. The firm claims that this exponential growth is why regulators are looking into the crypto ecosystem.

A decline in crypto crime

According to CipherTrace, illicit activities have declined and now constitute a small fraction of the entire crypto ecosystem. The firm estimates that illicit activity, which constituted 0.62% and 0.65% of overall cryptocurrency activities in 2020, has dropped to between 0.10 in 2021.

CipherTrace estimates that hackers netted $2.4 billion on an analysis of the top ten DeFi hacks in 2021 and Q1 2022. The March 2022 Ronin Network exploit and the 2021 Poly Network hack constitute nearly half of the overall figure.

While this sum is significant, the firm details that the rapidly expanding ecosystem makes it a small fraction of the overall market value.

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CipherTrace crypto crime and AML infographic

The report indicates that the cryptocurrency market grew by 1,456% between 2019 to March 31, 2022. The market hit a peak of $3 trillion in November 2021 after several cryptocurrencies rallied high.

The firm also reported that most illicit activities have shifted into DeFi, NFTs, and next-generation mixing services.

It stated that the numbers used in the report do not reflect the actual value of illicit activities. It said, 鈥淭o caveat, the fact remains that not all illicit activity is known whether that鈥檚 in traditional financial channels, in crypto, or in other informal value transfers. So, take any numbers you see from us or others with that perspective in mind.鈥

Regulators diving deep

Regulators have long expressed concerns about people using the crypto market as a haven for illicit activities. The significant growth experienced thus led to increased regulatory measures by governments to keep pace.

The report cited President Biden鈥檚 crypto executive order in March to study blockchain technology, Dubai establishing a virtual assets regulator, and the European Union鈥檚 proposed Anti-Money Laundering laws as examples of such regulatory attempts.

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CipherTrace also added that most regulatory efforts would focus on curtailing the crypto ecosystem鈥檚 threats. This means that cryptocurrency organizations would come under increased regulatory watch.

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Albania To Start Taxing Crypto-Related Income From 2023

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Albania To Start Taxing Crypto-Related Income From 2023

Authorities in Albania are finalizing regulations that will allow the taxation of income and profits from cryptocurrency investments. The government intends to begin imposing the levy in 2023, after adopting the necessary legislation which has been proposed for public consultations.

Albania Set to Impose Crypto Tax as Early as Next Year

The Albanian state should begin collecting taxes on income from crypto assets as of 2023 in accordance with a new income tax bill, the local English-language portal Exit News reported on Friday. The government also hopes to pass a number of other laws and bylaws this year in order to comprehensively regulate the matter.

The special tax legislation is currently open for public consultations. It introduces the concept of taxing crypto holdings and income derived from virtual assets. The latter have been defined as 鈥渁 digital representation of a value that can be deposited, traded or transferred in digital form, and that can be used for payment or investment purposes or as a medium of exchange, including but not limited to cryptocurrencies.鈥

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However, the definition does not cover central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), the report notes. That鈥檚 despite a growing number of monetary authorities around the world developing a digital version of their national fiats. The list includes major powers such as the United States, the European Union, China, and the Russian Federation.

The Albanian law also defines cryptocurrency mining as an activity using computing power to confirm transactions and gain virtual assets in exchange. The extraction of cryptocurrencies has been a grey area although law enforcement has been going after illegal mining facilities in the country and pressed charges against some of their operators.

Under the new legislation, any income from crypto transactions or mining will be classified as corporate income when it鈥檚 received as a result of business activity. And when the beneficiaries are private individuals, they will have to pay capital gains tax of 15%.

Financial Watchdog Tasked to Expand Crypto Regulatory Framework

Earlier this month, the Albanian parliament ordered the Financial Supervisory Authority (AFSA) to prepare and adopt new regulations regarding cryptocurrencies by the end of 2022. Albanian law allows crypto trading platforms to legally work in the country but no licensed entities are currently operating in Albania, Exit News remarked.

Two years ago, Albania also adopted a law titled 鈥淔inancial markets based on distributed ledger technology.鈥 While many have welcomed the legislation, critics have questioned whether the small nation in South East Europe, still an EU hopeful, is capable of properly regulating its crypto sector to prevent it from being used for money laundering, something it鈥檚 struggling to achieve in the fiat space.

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The legislature referenced a recent report by the Council of Europe鈥檚 Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (Moneyval), which recommended additional steps regarding the risks associated with cryptocurrency. In November 2021, the AFSA approved its first two regulations implementing the crypto markets law, which introduced capital and licensing requirements for entities working with digital assets.

Do you expect Albania to adopt comprehensive regulations for its crypto space by the end of the year? Tell us in the comments section below.

Lubomir Tassev

Lubomir Tassev is a journalist from tech-savvy Eastern Europe who likes Hitchens鈥檚 quote: 鈥淏eing a writer is what I am, rather than what I do.鈥 Besides crypto, blockchain and fintech, international politics and economics are two other sources of inspiration.

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NHL enters the NFT space partnering with Marketplace Sweet

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The NHL partnership with Sweet will offer a variety of digital collectible experiences to its fans, tradable in the marketplace

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Updated: June 25, 2022 at 3:59 am

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The National Hockey League on Thursday announced its partnership with NFT Marketplace Sweet. This partnership will be the league鈥檚 first dive into digital collectibles.

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The partnership, of which the NHL鈥檚 players and Alumni鈥檚 association are part, will go live in October to mark the start of the 2022-2033 NHL season.

The NHL Marketplace

The NFT marketplace is expected to offer a range of experiences to NHL fans. Including digital collectibles that showcase historical moments, past and present season game highlights, and NHL stars top plays.

The marketplace will also feature gamified collection experiences, specialty packs, and 3D interactive trophy rooms where users can display their collections. Among these offerings there are also dynamic NFTs designed to change based on current team data.

Additionally, fans would be able to buy, sell, collect and trade the collectibles on the marketplace.

However, the announcement did not state which blockchain would host the marketplace.

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NFTs in the sporting space

The NHL聽 joins a long list of sporting institutions that have embraced digital collectibles.

In 2020, the NBA launched Top Shot NFTs, its digital collectibles marketplace, in partnership with DapperLabs. Likewise, the NFL launched its play and own NFT game while the MLB is to launch its NFT game soon.

However, the extreme sell-off in the crypto market has seen crypto companies pull out of sports deals. This is so as crypto companies strive to stay afloat as the severe sell-off continues in the market.

FTX recently pulled out of a partnership deal with Los Angeles Angels. Similarly, sources suggest a patch deal between NBA Washington Wizards and a crypto company has crashed.

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Japanese Virtual IP Firm Raises $10 Million To Accelerate Metaverse Business

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Japanese Virtual IP Firm Raises $10 Million To Accelerate Metaverse Business

Brave Group Inc., a Japanese virtual IP firm, recently said it had raised $10 million in new capital and that the company expects to use part of these funds to boost its 鈥渟olution services for clients in the metaverse marketing business.鈥 Taking part in Brave Group鈥檚 latest funding round were two local companies, foreign investment funds, as well as individual investors.

Metaverse Market Growth

A Japan-based virtual IP business, Brave Group Inc., recently said it had raised $10 million in new funding, thus bringing the total raised so far to $18 million. The company is set to use the new capital to strengthen its existing business operations and to 鈥渆xpand its solution services for clients in the metaverse marketing business.鈥

In a recent statement, Brave Group revealed that Japanese companies like Dawn Capital and Osaka Gas Co. Ltd. had participated in the round that also featured 鈥渇oreign investment funds and individual investors.鈥 In remarks following the announcement of the capital raise, Kazuhiro Ishikura, a general partner at Dawn Capital, said:

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As the boundary between real and virtual life disappears, the form of entertainment will also change, and new IP content KOLs are expected to be born. As the metaverse market grows globally, we believe that the Brave group鈥檚 content will be at the center of the enthusiastic virtual communities that will emerge. We hope that the strength of the anime and manga culture that Japan has cultivated over the years will be brought to the world virtually.

Yuichi Sakamoto, senior general manager with Osaka Gas鈥 innovation department, is quoted stating his company is ready to help Brave Group Inc. 鈥渞ealize lifestyles and businesses that respond to the New Normal.鈥

For his part, the CEO of Brave Group Inc., Keito Noguchi, said through the $10 million fundraise, his company would now 鈥渕aximize the impact of Brave group鈥檚 IP not only in Japan but also in the world.鈥

What are your thoughts on this story? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Terence Zimwara

Terence Zimwara is a Zimbabwe award-winning journalist, author and writer. He has written extensively about the economic troubles of some African countries as well as how digital currencies can provide Africans with an escape route.

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