😳 MakerDAO’s Founder Ponders Move Away From U.S. Dollar

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😳 MakerDAO’s Founder Ponders Move Away From U.S. Dollar

Tornado Cash Sanctions Lead MakerDAO To Reconsider DAI’s Dollar Peg

By Jason Levin

MakerDAO’s Founder Ponders Move Away From U.S. Dollar

ANGST Rune Christensen, the outspoken co-founder of DeFi stalwart MakerDAO, triggered a bout of angst in crypto after suggesting the protocol’s stablecoin, DAI, might drop its peg to the U.S. dollar.

REASON The reason: the Tornado Cash sanctions and recent USDC freezes that occurred this week after the U.S. Treasury executed the most significant enforcement action in crypto in memory.

DEPEG “I think we should seriously consider preparing to depeg from USD […] it is inevitable that it will happen and it is only realistic to do with huge amounts of preparation,” Christsensen wrote on August 11 in Discord.


Source: MakerDao Discord


Crypto Enforcement

👮‍♂️ Tornado-Linked Arrest in Europe Riles Crypto Mavens

Dutch Police Suspect Tornado Cash Involved in ‘Criminal Money Flows’

By Aleksandar Gilbert

Tornado-Linked Arrest in Europe Riles Crypto Mavens

ARREST Dutch police have arrested an alleged developer of Tornado Cash, the cryptocurrency mixer popular with hackers and privacy-minded users, FIOD, the Netherlands’ financial crimes investigative unit, announced today.

SUSPECT More arrests could be forthcoming, FIOD said in a statement Friday. The 29-year-old suspect, who was arrested on Aug. 10, was not named. The case does not appear related to U.S. sanctions against Tornado Cash announced earlier this week. Dutch officials suggested it was the culmination of an investigation begun in June.

MIXING “He is suspected of involvement in concealment of criminal financial flows and facilitating money laundering through the mixing of cryptocurrencies through the decentralized Ethereum mixing service Tornado Cash,” the agency said in its statement.


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Tornado Fallout

🌪 dYdX Bans Accounts In Wake Of Tornado Sanctions

Move Underscores the Centralization Prevalent In Crypto

By Owen Fernau

dYdX Bans Accounts In Wake Of Tornado Sanctions

NEWS Contagion from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s move to sanction privacy protocol, Tornado Cash, continues to spread.

BANNED dYdX, the derivatives trading protocol, said on Aug. 10 that it has banned certain blockchain addresses as a result of the Tornado sanctions levied on Aug. 8. Many of the banned addresses had never directly engaged with Tornado Cash, according to dYdX.

SCREENSHOT dYdX released the information roughly two hours after a banned user, egor, posted a screenshot showing that his account had been banned.


dYdX employs a compliance vendor which flags questionable addresses. The protocol went on to ban the flagged addresses before reinstating certain accounts which were actually in compliance, explained the dYdX team.


NFT Roundup

🐧 Pudgy Penguins Waddle Higher After Unveiling Physical Toys

Old Friends Return to the Forefront This Week

By: yyctrader

Pudgy Penguins Waddle Higher After Unveiling Physical Toys

REVOLT The penguins are back. Once on life-support before a community-led revolt led to the ouster of the founding team, the ever-popular NFT collection has seen its floor price surge 55% to 2.75 ETH ($5,200) in the past week.

TOYS On Aug. 10, the project revealed that some NFTs from the collection of 8,888 will be showcased in a physical toy collection, called Pudgy Toys.


HONORARIES Most of the chosen penguins belong to community contributors, leading one penguin holder to call them ‘pseudo honoraries’. Honoraries are NFTs usually awarded to community members for exceptional contributions, as in the case of BAYC Honorary Members. The collection generated over 575 ETH ($1.1M) in secondary sales on OpenSea in the past seven days, an increase of 329% over the previous week.


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🧐 What Are NFTs?

A Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding One of the Most Popular Apps in Crypto

By Rahul Nambiampurath

What Are NFTs?

MONKEY IMAGE Figuring out non-fungible tokens (NFTs) has become a joke. People are agog at how a .jpeg monkey image can cost the same as a mansion? By the end of this NFT tour, you will wonder how it was possible to ever be confused about NFTs.

UNIQUE NFTs are unique tokens. This is unlike an asset like Bitcoin, where 1 BTC is effectively the same as another bitcoin. It is the idea of non-fungibility that makes an NFT different from any other token of the same type. The unique properties of an NFT make it impossible to create a new token of the same type or modify its ownership record.

ARTWORK In other words, the asset’s attributes are so non-fungible that theymust trigger value speculation. For centuries, physical artwork has triggered such speculation, often resulting in astronomically priced art pieces. This cannot happen with fungible assets like money, as one banknote holds the same value as any other equally denominated banknote.



🔗 BlackRock launches private trust offering direct bitcoin exposure: The Block

Investment manager BlackRock has launched a private trust offering US-based institutional clients exposure to spot bitcoin.

🔗 In defence of stablecoins: The Financial Times

Crypto critics are using the collapse of dollar-pegged virtual currency TerraUSD as ammunition to attack stablecoins and the crypto industry as a whole.

🔗 Sam Bankman-Fried: 'Disappointing' Others Haven’t Helped Us Give Bailouts: Decrypt

Sam Bankman-Fried has handed out some $750 million in lifelines to BlockFi and Voyager after the two lenders went insolvent amid the current crypto crash, and he has made clear that more bailouts might be on the way from his companies FTX and Alameda Research.


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CZ 🔶 Binance @cz_binanceCurve. finance had their DNS hijacked in the past hour. Hacker put a malicious contract on the home page. When the victim approved the contract, it would drain the wallet. Damage is around $570k so far. We are monitoring.5:07 AM ∙ Aug 12, 20225,647Likes889Retweets

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