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Bitcoin, released to the world in 2009 by a person or people called Satoshi Nakamoto, is not backed by a central bank or a government and is seen as an alternative payment system. In February 2013, Bitcoin went into the mainstream as a monetary crisis threatened to bankrupt Cyprus, seen as a safer bet. Early adopters of Bitcoin have been richly rewarded as the price has soared – in one case, a young Norwegian bought a house from an $850,000 windfall on a US$22 investment.

Britain to regulate bitcoin with money-laundering rules

Britain to regulate bitcoin with money-laundering rules

Britain has taken a significant step towards becoming a global bitcoin hub as the government announced it would regulate digital currencies for the first time by applying anti-money laundering rules to exchanges.

Friday, 20 March, 2015, 3:45am

Beijing has a bitcoin problem on its hands

Goldman Sachs says the yuan now accounts for 80 per cent of Bitcoin transactions. Photo: Reuters

As if Zhou Xiaochuan didn’t have enough to worry about, the central bank governor now has a bitcoin problem on his hands.

13 Mar 2015 - 8:00am

Bitcoin deal that cost investors HK$3 billion a cautionary tale

Bitcoin deal that cost investors HK$3 billion a cautionary tale

Bitcoin came into favour after the global financial crisis. Some people believe that it will eventually be the virtual currency to challenge traditional ones just as the internet has revolutionised our lives and businesses.

13 Feb 2015 - 7:13am 1 comment

Investors fear HK$3b losses in closure of bitcoin trading company

Mrs Chan, one of 30 clients who will go to police. Photo: David Wong

The sudden closure of a Hong Kong-based bitcoin trading company may have left as many as 3,000 local investors with combined losses of HK$3 billion.

9 Feb 2015 - 11:03am 9 comments

Accused Silk Road operator convicted on US drug charges

Lyn and Kirk Ulbricht, parents of Ross Ulbricht, speak to journalists after his conviction in New York. Photo: Reuters

The mastermind behind the underground website Silk Road was convicted on narcotics and other charges for his role in a scheme that enabled around US$200 million of anonymous online drug sales using bitcoins.

5 Feb 2015 - 7:10pm

Bitcoin transactions cut the cost of international money transfers

Bitcoin transactions cut the cost of international money transfers

Maria Teresa Lasam doesn't know how bitcoin works but is thrilled that she's able to remit money to her family more conveniently and at a fraction of the usual cost through this cryptocurrency.

The domestic helper sent her money through local start-up Bitspark, which has a temporary Sunday office at World Wide House in Central.

16 Jan 2015 - 6:15am

Bitcoin loses momentum as adoption of digital currency stalls

The volatility of bitcoins, which have lost half its value this year, has slowed broader acceptance of the digital money. Photo: Reuters

After skyrocketing to more than US$1,000 late last year and attracting global attention, bitcoin, the leading digital currency, has stalled.

13 Dec 2014 - 6:09am

United States tech firm sued over problems in delivering bitcoin machines

A bitcoin ATM machine is shown at a restaurant in San Diego. Photo: AP

A company that offered bitcoin-generating computers is being sued by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which said the company bilked as much as US$50 million from more than 20,000 consumers.

1 Oct 2014 - 8:37am

Bitcoin breaking into mainstream with companies and consumers

Illustration: Sarene Chan

Earlier this year, Mary Fons joined the bitcoin economy. She uses the digital currency to buy gift cards and office supplies. Her partner reimburses Fons with bitcoins for his portion of the rent.

26 Sep 2014 - 5:22am 1 comment

Pair admit abetting transfer of bitcoins to rogue website Silk Road

Charlie Shrem said he knew that much of the business conducted on Silk Road involved the purchase and sale of narcotics.

The top executive of a bitcoin company and a Florida bitcoin exchanger have pleaded guilty to charges in a US federal court that they enabled the digital currency to be funnelled to the black market website Silk Road.

6 Sep 2014 - 5:09am

Britain eyes Bitcoin, rivals, with virtual currency rules

Bitcoin is one of 200 computer-generated currencies. Photo: Reuters

Britain took its first steps towards regulating the rapidly expanding use of virtual currencies, launching a study to look at the opportunities and risks presented by digital currency bitcoin and its rivals.

7 Aug 2014 - 5:46am 1 comment

Bitcoin exchanges have struggled to survive on mainland

Bitcoin exchanges have struggled to survive on mainland

The average lifespan of mainland-based virtual currency businesses is just nine months, indicating Beijing's success in limiting financial activity outside the official banking system.

25 Jun 2014 - 8:33am 5 comments

Bitcoin firm HXCex being probed after customer says he lost HK$67,000

Hong Kong Crypto Exchange's operation appears to have ground to a halt.

Police are investigating the disappearance of tens of thousands of dollars worth of the virtual currency bitcoin in a move that could open the floodgates for more potential victims to come forward.

23 Jun 2014 - 9:50am 7 comments

Investor in Hong Kong Crypto Exchange calls it amateur at best

Bitcoins "minted" by enthusiast Mike Caldwell. Photo: Reuters

Dominic Rivers spotted an opportunity to make money last month from low bitcoin prices. Now he's wondering if he will see his investment again. The Briton, 34, says he saw the bitcoin as a "novel and revolutionary approach to finance".

25 Jun 2014 - 8:00am 3 comments

Ex-convict cum bitcoin evangelist calls the rich to island paradise

Roger Ver got rich investing in bitcoin early and has become a regular speaker at industry conferences.

He is known as Bitcoin Jesus in the world of cyber-currencies. Though he cannot promise you heaven, he is offering a haven: a condominium in the Caribbean that comes with a new passport and almost zero taxes.

17 Jun 2014 - 5:13am