Iran

The alleged plot against John Bolton involved crypto payments (Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty Images)
Crypto Payments Implicated in Alleged Bolton Assassination Plot, US DOJ Says
A member of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard planned retribution against the former National Security Advisor, according to court documents.
The alleged plot against John Bolton involved crypto payments (Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty Images)

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WazirX Issues Warning; Stablecoin Giants Back Merge
WazirX users head for exits amid Binance spat. Circle and Tether announce support for Ethereum Proof-of-Stake. Vitalik Buterin says he used Tornado Cash to donate to Ukraine. Iran pays $10 million import order with cryptocurrency for the first time.
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Iran Places First Crypto-Funded Import Order, Worth $10M: Report
The government amended the country's digital assets laws two years ago to allow locally mined crypto for imports payments.
CDCROP: Big Iranian Flag Waving In The Wind (Rainer Puster/Getty)

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Crypto News Roundup for July 12, 2022
With bitcoin dipping below $20K plus a look at decentralization's limits in sanctioned nations like Iran, CoinDesk’s “Markets Daily” is back with the latest news roundup.
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Decentralization's Failed Promise in Iran
While exchanges are abiding by fiat’s monetary rules in countries like Iran, it is dishonest to call bitcoin decentralized money, says a journalist based in that country.
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Bridge Oracle, Estavi’s crypto project, relaunched on Binance Smart Chain after the Tron network version collapsed. (Ammodramus/Wikimedia Commons)
Buyer of ‘Jack Dorsey Tweet’ NFT Is Out of Prison and Under Fire From Investors
Sina Estavi says he’s trying to make it right with holders of BRG, the token that crashed after his arrest in Iran last year. Investors have their doubts.
Bridge Oracle, Estavi’s crypto project, relaunched on Binance Smart Chain after the Tron network version collapsed. (Ammodramus/Wikimedia Commons)

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OpenSea Bars Iranian Users as US Sanctions Talk Ramps Up
Twitter users complained about their accounts being deactivated without notice.
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Russia-Ukraine Updates: SWIFT Ban, Starlink Activation and More
CoinDesk Managing Editor for Global Policy and Regulation Nikhilesh De joins “First Mover” to discuss the Russia-Ukraine crisis. De explains how the Central Bank of Russia may try to circumnavigate the ban from the SWIFT interbank messaging system and draws comparisons to 2012 when Iranian banks were blocked from the network.
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Ransomware Payments Are Getting Bigger as Hackers Shift Focus to Larger Targets: Chainalysis
New research from blockchain surveillance firm Chainalysis shows that ransomware gangs are getting more sophisticated.
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Iran Banning Crypto Mining Until March 6 to Save Power: Report
It’s the second time this year Iran has taken such measures to reduce the strain on the country’s power grid.
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