Aave bans Justin Sun for receiving funds from Tornado Cash

DeFi protocol Aave has banned Tron founder Justin Sun for receiving funds from sanctioned crypto mixer Tornado Cash.

Tornado Cash enables criminals to launder cryptocurrency. Differing reports by crypto analytics platform Elliptic and the US Treasury estimate the mixer has been used to launder anywhere between $1.5 billion and $7 billion worth of digital assets, including by North Korean hacker group Lazarus.

While that’s no small figure, it’s a drop in the ocean...

Ripple: Most financial institutions plan to use crypto within three years

A report by Ripple suggests that most financial institutions plan to start using crypto within the next three years.

Despite the bear market, financial institutions remain interested in the cryptocurrency space. Just this week, $10 trillion asset manager BlackRock launched a spot Bitcoin trust while saying that it’s also exploring “permissioned blockchains, stablecoins, cryptoassets, and tokenization.”

While BlackRock is exploring the potential financial benefits...

Polygon decentralised apps increase to 37,000, up 400% in 2022

Layer 2 Ethereum scaling platform Polygon has seen more than 37,000 decentralised applications (dApps) developed on its network, a 400% increase since the start of 2022.

The figures were sourced from partnered Web3 development platform Alchemy and represent the cumulative number of applications ever launched on both the Polygon testnet and mainnet.

In terms of active developer teams, Polygon reached 11,800 at the end of July, up 47.5% since March.

The project...

Vitalik Buterin downplays Ethereum PoW forks, Chainlink backs PoS switch

Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin has downplayed the impact of Proof of Work (PoW) forks of the leading smart contract platform. Chainlink, meanwhile, has confirmed it will not support any such forks.

Bitcoin pioneered the PoW consensus that was adopted by Ethereum. PoW is energy-intensive, requiring increasingly powerful computers to validate transactions to earn blockchain rewards. Some lawmakers in several regions are even talking about banning PoW blockchains.

Proof...

‘Free-for-all’ Nomad exploit drains $190M of crypto

Cross-chain bridge Nomad has fallen victim to a “free-for-all” exploit that drained around $190 million in crypto.

Just last week, Nomad announced that it had secured $22.4 million in seed funding from high-profile backers including Coinbase Ventures, Crypto.com Capital, and OpenSea. The company emphasised its focus on security following a spate of bridge hacks.

“With $1.5B in bridge hacks happening within the last 12 months, many people, protocols, and DAOs are...

Nomad raises £18.4m for secure cross-chain DeFi protocol

Bridge

DeFi cross-chain interoperability protocol Nomad has secured a $22.4 million (£18.4m) seed round from leading investors in the crypto industry.

Crypto investment firm Polychain led the round, with Coinbase Ventures, Crypto.com Capital, OpenSea, Wintermute, Gnosis, Algaé and Polygon all participating too.

This financing round will be used to expand Nomad to other blockchains, helping it create a more secure cross-chain bridge encryption ecosystem, where different...

2.6 million Shenzhen residents sign up for digital yuan airdrop

Shenzhen, China

More than 2.6 million of Shenzhen’s 18 million residents signed up for the Chinese city’s upcoming airdrop of 30 million digital yuan, or e-CNY.

City officials announced the airdrop two months ago as part of a recovery plan to stimulate consumer spending after the country’s most stringent coronavirus lockdown to date.

Digital yuan is the Chinese government’s take on a central bank digital currency and, although still in its pilot stage, has seen millions of...

Internet Computer Protocol achieves 1B blocks in just over a year

Internet Computer Protocol has achieved the milestone of processing one billion blocks in just over a year in production.

The project’s lead developer, Zürich-based nonprofit DFINITY Foundation, made the announcement earlier today.

“Internet Computer is a unique blockchain powered by game-changing ‘chain key crypto’. It runs at web speed, with web efficiency, can scale its capacity without limit and, uniquely, the smart contracts it hosts can serve interactive...

Millicent Labs demos full-reserve digital currency for UK government

Blockchain fintech company Millicent Labs has completed a sandbox test for a full-reserve digital currency (FRDC) with co-funding from the UK government’s Research and Innovation branch.

An FRDC is a privately issued digital currency pegged to a fiat currency, according to Millicent. The company believes it avoids the pitfalls of central bank digital currency and stablecoins while bridging blockchain technology with traditional finance.

Millicent plans to introduce a...

Aave proposes over-collateralised stablecoin GHO to its community

Liquid

Decentralised finance (DeFi) and liquidity giant Aave plans to launch a new kind of over-collateralised stablecoin called GHO despite confidence in stablecoins being at a lull.

With GHO, users could borrow the stablecoin whilst still earning yields on any assets they have locked with Aave. However, the proposal remains in a feedback stage and will ultimately be subject to the community DAO’s approval.

Aave tweeted the news on 7 July, stating: “We have created an ARC...