The second largest crypto hack in history has almost caused millions of people to lose their money, showing the fragility of cryptocurrency.
An unexpected financial out-of-court settlement has been reached in the US civil sexual assault case brought by Virginia Giuffre against Prince Andrew. Ms Giuffre claims Prince Andrew sexually assaulted her on three occasions when she was 17 after being sex trafficked by convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and his socialite friend Ghislaine Maxwell.
The UK tax authority HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has seized three NFTs while it conducts an inquiry into what it suspects is a major incident of VAT fraud involving 250 fake companies. Three people are said to have been arrested on suspicion of attempting to orchestrate a scheme which would have seen the UK tax authority defrauded of £1.4m. This is the first case in which UK law enforcement has seized an NFT.
A judgment released by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) suggests that MI6 (formally the Secret Intelligence Service which mostly operates outside the UK) and the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) “illegally authorised” its undercover operatives to engage in serious criminal activity in the UK.
A panel of thirteen international lawyers are beginning to draft plans to create a legally enforceable crime of “ecocide” which would join the ranks of serious international offences such as genocide, and war crimes in the battle against the illegal destruction of the environment.