Crypto mixer Blender sanctioned by the United States

On Friday, the US announced that it is sanctioning North Korean digital currency mixing company Blender.io, which the nation allegedly uses to launder stolen digital currency and foster cybercrimes. The sanctions, imposed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Treasury Department are the first-ever on virtual asset mixing service. The new sanctions also…

Russia may use crypto to blunt the force of US sanctions

When the US prohibited its citizens from conducting business with Russian banks, gas and oil developers, and other firms in 2014, after the nation invaded Crimea, the hit to Russia’s economy was immense and swift. Economists calculated that sanctions imposed by Western nations cost Russia around $50 billion per year. Since that day, the global…