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Unfriendly Crypto Market Forces Crypto Exchange Luno to Trim Workforce

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Crypto exchange platform Luno has trimmed its workforce by 35% following a turbulent year that rocked the crypto market.

The company has a total headcount of 960 team members according to its Linkedin profile, with its recent proposed layoff plan, the decision will impact more than 330 jobs at the company.

The company’s CEO Marcus Swanepoel in an Internal message shared with employees disclosed that the downsizing of its workforce was necessitated to enable the company effectively navigate the current crypto winter.

The message reads in part,

“As mentioned at our January kick-off earlier, it is with deep regret that I have to announce that we will be reducing our overall Luno team by 35%, impacting Lunauts in all of our regions.

“2022 has been an incredibly tough year for the broader tech industry and in particular the crypto market. Luno unfortunately hasn’t been immune to this turbulence, which has affected our overall growth and revenue numbers.

“As a result, we have to readjust our focus to maintaining our leadership position in our core markets, and continue to lay a stronger yet sustainable foundation for the business as we prepare to come out of this current cycle in a very strong position”.

The CEO further disclosed that the company’s decision will regrettably affect some of its smartest, kindest, and most hard-working team members.

Despite the collapse of one of crypto’s top exchange platforms FTX, which has sent shocking waves to the crypto industry, Luno disclosed that it was not affected even though its parent company Genesis Global faced liquidity pressures until it eventually filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Meanwhile, several crypto companies have been forced to slash their workforce following the FTX contagion. Companies such as Coinbase, Crypto.com, and Kraken have all slashed a significant part of their workforce.

Investors King understands that more than 30,000 jobs have been cut across the crypto industry since last year. So far in 2023, more than two crypto-related firms have implemented job cuts.

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Crypto Money Laundering Down by 29% in 2023

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According to recent findings from blockchain research firm Chainalysis, cryptocurrency money laundering activities experienced a significant downturn in 2023, dropping by 29% compared to the previous year.

In the report released on Thursday illicit funds laundered through cryptocurrency exchanges plummeted from $31.5 billion in 2022 to $22.2 billion in 2023.

Chainalysis attributed this decline to a general reduction in both legitimate and illicit crypto transaction volumes throughout the year.

The research platform highlighted that centralized exchanges remained the primary destination for funds originating from illicit sources, a trend that has persisted over the past five years.

However, there was a notable shift in the distribution of illicit funds, with an increasing proportion flowing into decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols.

The report suggested that this shift was influenced by the transparency inherent in DeFi platforms, making them less favorable for concealing the movement of funds compared to traditional exchanges.

Furthermore, Chainalysis noted changes in the methods used for laundering illicit cryptocurrency.

The report observed a significant rise in funds being channeled through cross-chain bridges from addresses associated with stolen funds.

Also, there was a notable increase in funds originating from ransomware attacks being directed towards gambling platforms and bridge protocols.

In terms of concentration, the report highlighted that 109 exchange deposit addresses received over $10 million worth of illicit cryptocurrency each, collectively receiving $3.4 billion in illicit funds in 2023.

This represents a considerable increase compared to 2022 when only 40 addresses received similar amounts.

The findings underscore evolving trends in cryptocurrency laundering and signal a growing sophistication in illicit financial activities within the digital asset space.

Regulatory bodies and law enforcement agencies continue to grapple with emerging challenges posed by crypto-related crimes as the landscape evolves.

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Binance Reaffirms Commitment to Fraud-Free Trading Amid Nigeria’s Currency Concerns

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In response to growing concerns about exchange rate manipulation in Nigeria, Binance, one of the world’s leading cryptocurrency platforms, has issued a resolute statement reaffirming its commitment to maintaining a fraud-free trading environment.

The announcement comes amidst reports of heightened tensions regarding the devaluation of the Nigerian currency and suspicions of illicit activities on digital asset platforms.

Binance emphasized its dedication to providing users with a market-driven, transparent, and manipulation-free platform.

The company stressed its unwavering responsibility to safeguard users against fraudulent behavior and ensure the integrity of the trading ecosystem.

Binance asserted that any users found engaging in malicious or manipulative activities would face swift removal from the platform in line with its zero-tolerance policy for market manipulation.

The cryptocurrency exchange also highlighted its ongoing investment in enhancing processes and tools aimed at preventing fraudulent practices.

Measures include setting upper limits for advertisements, implementing rigorous ad screening procedures, and increasing deposit requirements for merchants posting ads.

As industry leaders, Binance reiterated its commitment to working closely with stakeholders to promote innovation while prioritizing user protection.

The platform assured users of its adherence to strict global security protocols across all products and services offered.

Binance’s statement underscores its proactive stance in addressing concerns related to market manipulation, emphasizing transparency, accountability, and the preservation of market integrity in Nigeria’s evolving cryptocurrency landscape.

Meanwhile, there were unconfirmed reports that the Nigerian government is considering blocking Binance and other cryptocurrency platforms amid concerns over alleged forex market manipulation and illicit financial activities.

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Nigeria Mulls Blocking Binance, Crypto Platforms Over Forex Manipulation

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Nigeria’s government is contemplating the drastic step of blocking Binance and other cryptocurrency platforms amid concerns over alleged forex market manipulation and illicit financial activities.

According to officials familiar with the matter, the move comes as the Nigerian currency experiences an unprecedented depreciation to an all-time low of N1,800 against the dollar in the parallel market.

Presidential and regulatory sources have cited reports indicating that currency speculators and money launderers are exploiting platforms like Binance to orchestrate criminal activities, which are believed to be contributing to the naira’s weakening.

Binance, a prominent digital assets platform, facilitates peer-to-peer transactions, allowing users to advertise their interest in buying or selling currencies.

Despite a warning issued by Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in September 2023, cautioning against Binance’s operations as illegal, the platform continued to operate, drawing significant patronage, especially among urban youths and suspected speculators and money launderers.

Officials have raised concerns not only about economic sabotage but also about national security implications as these platforms are reportedly used by criminal groups for activities such as ransom payments.

Law enforcement sources have described the exploitation of digital asset platforms as a sophisticated scheme against the Nigerian economy, involving the manipulation of forex values through fake deals to influence market dynamics.

A senior executive at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) emphasized the troubling trend of the naira’s depreciation, attributing it to artificial devaluation caused by speculative sites like Binance.

The potential ban on Binance and other crypto firms could follow actions taken by other countries like Malaysia, France, and Malta, which have implemented restrictions on such platforms due to similar concerns.

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