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🧑‍⚖️SEC Sues Binance For Violations Of US Securities Laws

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Binance, the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange, is facing a lawsuit from the Securities and Exchange Commission over alleged violations of federal securities laws. Meanwhile, Curve Finance has received approval from its token holders to add Lido's stETH as collateral for crvUSD. The industry also witnessed a major security breach as Atomic Wallet, a cryptocurrency wallet service with 5 million users, reported a loss of over $35M in user assets due to an unknown exploit.

✍️ In today’s newsletter:

  • SEC accuses Binance and CZ of 'blatant disregard' for US laws
  • Curve to add support for stETH as collateral for crvUSD
  • Atomic wallet users lose over $35M to unknown exploit

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Crypto Markets Dive After SEC Sues Binance

TLDR The SEC has filed a lawsuit against Binance, the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange, and its CEO, Changpeng Zhao (CZ). The lawsuit alleges that Binance has been operating as an unlicensed securities exchange in the U.S. and has violated multiple federal securities laws. Binance has said that it will fight these allegations and criticized the SEC's heavy-handed approach to regulation.

Crypto markets turned sharply lower on the news, with BNB crashing 9% to its lowest point since March.

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Stablecoins

Curve’s Stablecoin to Support Lido’s stETH

TLDR Curve Finance, a leading decentralized exchange, has voted to include Lido's liquid staking token, stETH, as collateral for its new stablecoin, crvUSD. The proposal includes a significant increase in the debt ceiling for crvUSD, from $10M to $150M. If crvUSD reaches this new limit, it would become the 13th largest stablecoin.

SO WHAT By adding stETH as collateral, Curve is expanding the potential user base for crvUSD and increasing its scalability. This could lead to a significant increase in the use of crvUSD and potentially boost its position in the stablecoin market. For stETH holders, this provides an additional avenue to earn yields in DeFi.


Crypto Exploits

Atomic Wallet Exploited For More Than $35M

TLDR Atomic Wallet, a cryptocurrency wallet service with 5 million users, has suffered a significant security breach, with users reporting losses of over $35M in assets. The project's token dropped by more than 25% following the news. The company's response to the incident has been criticized, and there are allegations that it ignored a security report warning of critical vulnerabilities.

SO WHAT For the broader cryptocurrency community, this incident could impact trust in wallet services and potentially influence regulatory discussions around cryptocurrency security. Additionally, Atomic Wallet's terms and conditions limit compensation for users to $50 in damages, leaving many users facing substantial losses.


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