Crypto Custody Firm Ledger Vault to Provide Services to Crypto Broker Voyager Digital

Ledger Vault, the custody arm of hardware wallet manufacturer Ledger, will provide its services to Canadian cryptocurrency broker Voyager Digital, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on May 21.

Per the release, Voyager Digital will integrate Ledger Vault’s multi-authorization cryptocurrency wallet management system into its trading platform with the aim to increase its overall cybersecurity.

Voyager CEO Steve Ehrlich said that Ledger Vault ensures “security of our customer assets on the Voyager platform without compromising the speed and liquidity they’ve come to expect from Voyager. It’s also a crucial step in our efforts to deliver crypto wallet transfers.”

As Cointelegraph previously reported, Voyager Digital acquired crypto wallet startup Ethos in February. This acquisition builds on a strategic partnership between Ethos and Voyager, which was first announced in September last year.

According to the announcement, the Ethos Universal Wallet software, first released in July 2018, will be integrated into Voyager’s retail and institutional businesses enabling self-custody integrated with a brokerage solution. The announcement also specifies that this wallet solution is powered by Ledger’s cryptocurrency custody solution. Demetrios Skalkotos, global head of Ledger Vault stated:

“Ledger Vault is fluid, providing Voyager cold level security with the ability to become hot in a matter of seconds all through one secure interface.”

Ledger has also provided its crypto infrastructure to another Canadian crypto exchange, the National Digital Asset Exchange (NDAX).

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Japanese Parliament Moves New Crypto Regulations to the Upper House

The Japanese House of Representatives has passed new crypto regulation in the upper house of the National Diet, local news agency Nikkei reports on May 21.

The lower house has reportedly moved crypto-related amendments to the existing financial law to the House of Councillors at a recent plenary session.                 

According to Nikkei, the amendments to two of Japan’s financial laws — the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act and Payment Services Act — intend to strengthen local regulations on cryptocurrency trading process. The amendments reportedly extend the regulation by adding legislation for cryptocurrency margin trading.

The new law also includes a change of crypto-related terminology, altering the term virtual currencies to “crypto assets.”

Japanese lawmakers first introduced the regulations for cryptocurrency margin trading in March 2019. The Japanese government’s executive branch, Cabinet of Japan, approved draft amendments to Japan’s financial instruments and payment services laws, limiting leverage in cryptocurrency margin trading at two to four times the initial deposit.

Margin trading represents the use of borrowed funds from a broker in order to trade a financial asset, which forms a collateral for the loan.

In April, Japan’s Minister of Finance and deputy prime minister Taro Aso urged reporters to stop using the term virtual currencies and to shift to the newly-introduced legal name crypto assets.

Earlier today, Cointelegraph reported that Russia was delaying the adoption of crypto regulation due to a requirement from the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering to legislate the terms cryptocurrencies and bitcoin (BTC) instead of using the sole term “digital assets.”

Bitcoin Approaches $8,000 as Bitcoin SV Doubles in Value

Tuesday, May 21 — most of the top 20 cryptocurrencies are reporting moderate gains on the day by press time, as bitcoin (BTC) approaches the $8,000 mark again.

Market visualization

Market visualization courtesy of Coin360

Bitcoin is up over 2% on the day, trading at $7,953 at press time, according to CoinMarketCap. Looking at its weekly chart, the coin is up over 2.55%.

Bitcoin 7-day price chart

Bitcoin 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

Bitcoin’s proximity to $8,000 comes as the United States Securities and Exchange Commission reported yesterday that they are “still in information-gathering mode” regarding a bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) from VanEck.

Among the top 20 cryptocurrencies, the one reporting the most notable gains is bitcoin sv (BSV), which is up over 102% at press time.

As Cointelegraph reported earlier today, BSV promoter and self-proclaimed Satoshi Nakamoto has filed U.S. copyright registrations for Bitcoin’s whitepaper and code.

Ether (ETH) is holding onto its position as the largest altcoin by market cap, which currently stands at $26.7 billion. The second-largest altcoin, XRP, has a market cap of $16.6 billion at press time.

CoinMarketCap data shows that ETH is up over 3.1% over the last 24 hours. At press time, ETH is trading around $253. On the week, the coin has also seen its value increase by over 18.5%.

Ether 7-day price chart

Ether 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

XRP is nearly three percent up over the last 24 hours and is currently trading at around $0.401. On the week, the coin is up about 4.48%.

XRP 7-day price chart

XRP 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

At press time, the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies is $248.5 billion, over three percent higher than the value it reported a week ago.

Total market capitalization 24-hour chart

Total market capitalization 24-hour chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

Major oil futures and indexes are seeing mixed movements today, with WTI Crude down 0.13%, Brent Crude up 0.08% and Mars US up 0.13% at press time. The OPEC Basket is down 0.06% and the Canadian Crude Index has seen its value gain 0.6% by press time, according to OilPrices.

Terror Groups Are Increasingly Using Cryptocurrencies, Senior Russian Official Warns

The director of Russia’s federal security service, the FSB, has warned that terror groups are increasingly being financed through cryptocurrencies, Russian news site RBK reported on May 21.

FSB head Alexander Bortnikov said global terrorist organizations have been mastering the use of virtual currencies for some time, along with encrypted communication tools that enable them to evade security services. He added:

“Electronic payment systems and cryptocurrencies are increasingly being used by terrorists to move money received from some states and organizations that support the global terrorist network.”

According to Bortnikov, terror groups are also raising funds through the slave trade and by illegally selling oil.

In late April, the co-founder of Chainalysis warned that the crypto industry was beginning to see the beginnings of terrorism financing. Jonathan Levin added that bitcoin (BTC) was “by far the favorite” for hackers and criminals, as it was used in at least 95% of the incidents investigated by law enforcement.

Recent years have also seen crypto used to evade economic sanctions. In March, a U.N. Security Council report revealed that North Korea has managed to amass $670 million in fiat and cryptocurrencies through hacking attacks.


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