“You’re a Fraud”: How CME Chief Terry Duffy Called Out SBF in March

Terry Duffy – CEO of CME Group – says he was never fooled by the praise surrounding former FTX chief Sam Bankman-Fried.  In a recent interview, the CEO revealed that he called Bankman-Fried (SBF) a fraud to his face during an in-person meeting in March.  Detecting the Fraud During an interview with CNBC’s On The Tape podcast last week, Duffy recounted his encounter with SBF 7 months ago. Meeting for the first time, SBF told Duffy that his goal was…

Bahamas Supreme Court Orders FTX to Cover Custody Costs

As new developments emerge pertaining to the failed exchange, FTX continues to take hits from various sides. The latest blow to Sam Bankman-Fried’s crypto empire is an order from the Supreme Court of Bahamas, where the company was based. Likewise, FTX's impressive roster of ambassadors is now under scrutiny from regulators. FTX to Cover Asset Custody Costs FTX now must reimburse the Securities Commission as the regulator took custody of the platform’s assets after its bankruptcy filing. Indeed, on Nov…

FTX Hacker Converts 50k Stolen ETH to BTC

Per a report from blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis, the attacker behind the Nov 11 FTX exploit, is converting the stolen ETH to Bitcoin. There were muted fears the seemingly inexperienced perpetrator could dump all its ETH holdings. On Sunday, the attacker dumped 50k ETH on-chain, with ETH's price dipping by almost 7%.  https://twitter.com/chainalysis/status/1594349583416840199?s=20&t=pgvQHeVytI20eKQ1ls9bxw Hacker Moves 50,000 ETH to New Address Over the past week, the perpetrator had been steadily swapping the cryptocurrencies they had carted off for Ether tokens. This…

SBF and FTX are Frauds and Thieves, Says Kraken’s New CEO

During a recent interview, leading exchange Kraken’s incoming CEO David Ripley shared his thoughts about last week’s FTX saga. Ripley did not hold back in his criticism of the exchange, as he blasted the team alongside Sam Bankman-Fried calling them thieves. This comes after outgoing CEO, Powell, had branded SBF “sociopathic”. Ripley said on Friday: I think, what it boils down to from all the information we have [and] this bankruptcy report that has now been released is that FTX…

Highlights From FTX CEO’s Latest Bankruptcy Filing: “A Failure of Corporate Controls”

John Ray, III, the new CEO of FTX, has filed his declaration of support in the defunct exchange’s bankruptcy proceedings.  The new executive revealed numerous details about the internal operations of FTX, and the true state of its financials. Abysmal Accounting at FTX Within the filing, Ray cited experience in legal restructuring for some of history’s largest corporate failures, including Enron and Nortel. Both companies were well-known for their financial mismanagement and fraudulent accounting practices among executives.  However, even he…

BlockFi May File for Bankruptcy after FTX Collapse

Per a recent publication from the Wall Street Journal, crypto lending platform BlockFi is set to file for bankruptcy. BlockFi's distressed tweets and recent reports credit the forthcoming move to FTX exchange's historic crash, noting “significant exposure” to the failed company.  BlockFi Halts Withdrawals In the days following the fall of Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX Global, the crypto industry has continued to feel the aftershocks. FTX filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy alongside 130 affiliated companies including sister firm Alameda research. According…

How FTX’s Fallout Highlights the Virtues of Bitcoin: Michael Saylor

MicroStrategy’s Executive Chairman Michael Saylor believes FTX’s collapse only reinforces the importance of Bitcoin – his favorite crypto asset.  The former CEO spoke at length last week about the primary cryptocurrency’s relationship with the rest of the digital asset market. Is the ‘crypto’ industry helpful or harmful in spreading Bitcoin adoption? Bitcoin’s Unique Attributes In a Coin Stories podcast episode published on Monday, Saylor said the biggest lesson from FTX’s meltdown was “Bitcoin; not crypto.” “This week highlights the contrast…

CZ Dismisses ‘Slight’ Increase in Binance BTC Withdrawals After FTX Crash

As the FTX crisis draws on, competitor and leading global exchange platform Binance recorded a jump in client withdrawals. Users have pulled out assets such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other stablecoins from the firm as tensions soar throughout the market.  CZ however dismissed any worries, describing the increased withdrawals as only 'slight' and 'normal'.  Binance Users Withdraw BTC, ETH, and Others On-chain data platform CryptoQuant reports BTC withdrawals on Binance totaling 81,712 tokens. This amounts to roughly $1.35 billion at…

Huobi Publishes Asset Transparency Report, Discloses $3.5B Crypto Reserves 

In the wake of crypto exchange FTX’s resounding crash, Huobi Global has released an asset transparency report. The publication aims to allay user concerns about the security of their funds amidst growing anxiety industry-wide. Huobi Holds $3.5B Worth of Cryptocurrency Per the report, Huobi global’s reserves are worth an estimated total of $3.5 billion. As of Nov 12, the exchange held 191.84 million units of its native token Huobi token (HT), worth about 900M USD. Huobi’s reserves also include 274k…

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