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PwC Luxembourg Will Be Accepting Bitcoin Payments

June G. Bauer

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PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Luxembourg has announced that it will start accepting Bitcoin payments from from its clients as from 1 October 2019.

As part of the Firm’s market assessment, what quickly became clear is that we could not continue to invest in the field, promote it, build solutions for clients and support their transformation while not also being exposed to it. Our role is to lead and it is only by being an active leader with exposure that we at PwC Luxembourg can understand the challenges inherent to the crypto world. It is very difficult to properly appreciate the challenges of AML/KYC-enhanced due diligence in a world made of public/private keys, with the complexity and risks of custodial solutions, or to comprehend the decentralized finance ecosystem growing “next door” without being exposed to it in its day-to-day activities.

Thomas Campione, Director, Blockchain & Crypto-assets Leader, PwC Luxembourg

PwC ranks as the second largest professional services firm in the world and is one of the Big Four auditors, along with Deloitte, EY and KPMG. PwC is a network of firms in 158 countries, 721 locations, with 250,930 people.

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Drug Dealer Loses Private Keys For $57m Worth of Bitcoin

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An Irish drug dealer who decided to hide his fortune in Bitcoin has lost the private keys to his wallets that contained around 6,000 Bitcoin (around $57m) on them.

According to Irish Times, The drug dealer lost his keys after hiding them with his fishing rod, which has gone missing. The dealer bought most of the bitcoin in late 2011 and early 2012 using cash he made growing crops of cannabis.

In early 2017 he had around 6,000 bitcoin in one account but he feared it may be too easy for a hacker to hack it so he decided to spread his Bitcoin fortune across 12 new wallets and transferred exactly 500 bitcoin to each wallet.

He then printed out the private keys for his newly created accounts onto an A4 piece of paper and hid the paper inside the aluminum cap of his case containing his rod at his rented house.

He was arrested for growing weed at his house in 2017 and jailed for five years. The landlord decided to clean up the house and trough the dealer’s belongings away to a dump.

Garda officers said they were hopeful advances in technology would one day enable them to access the bitcoin so it could be sold.

Losing private keys to crypto wallets is a genuine problem for crypto that needs to be solved.

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Egypt’s Dar Al Ifta: Using Bitcoin and Other Virtual Currencies Are Forbidden in Islam

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Egypt’s Dar al-Ifta, the Egyptian state-run Islamic institution assigned to issuing religious edicts, said on Thursday that egg freezing is permissible in Islam.

In a live video broadcast on Dar al-Ifta’s official Facebook page , Sheikh Awaida Othman, director of Fatwa administration, and the Secretary of the Fatwa in the Egyptian Ifta House, answered one of the questions posted during the live stream asking about Bitcoin, and if it’s allowed in Islam. The Sheikh answered question, saying: “It is not permissible in Islam to use Bitcoin, and we have issued a detailed fatwa before regarding this”.

Last year, Egypt’s Counselor of the Republican’s Mufti, Dr. Magdy Ashour, proclaimed that Bitcoin is pretty much a no-go as far as Sharia is involved, on the basis that its dealings might not be very Halal, given that you don’t know the morality behind any of the transactions involved with Bitcoin, and even going so far as to claim its use a tool to fund terrorism.

This is by no means the first time Bitcoin has received notable backlash in the country, hearkening back to the Head of the Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority (EFSA) Mohamed Omran’s in 2017 statement that Bitcoin is pretty much illegal in Egypt and urging interested individuals to keep a distance from the cryptocurrency.

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PrivCoin Shuts Down Due to Extensive Regulations

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The team behind PrivCoin , the nonprofit cryptocurrency mixer has decided to shut down the website due to “new and extensive regulations” in the European Union. PrivCoin will be donating all of their profits to charities.

A screenshot of PrivCoin’s announcement

PrivCoin offered cryptocurrency mixing service, which is a service that mixes different streams of potentially identifiable cryptocurrency. This improves the anonymity of transactions, as it makes crypto harder to trace. PrivCoin used to be the only online service that offered Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash mixing in a safe and fast way.

PrivCoin’s services were recommenced by some of the big DarkWeb markets such as Empire Market.

Last week, US authorities have arrested and charged an Ohio resident for running “Helix “, a Bitcoin mixer service that supposedly helped criminals disguise the origin of Bitcoin transactions.

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