Huobi Global Announces De-listing of 7 Privacy Coins
- After September 12th, users will no longer be able to add funds to their coin’s wallet.
- Tornado Cash, an Ethereum-based mixing service, was recently sanctioned.
On September 6, the cryptocurrency exchange Huobi said it will no longer trade Dash (DSH), Decred (DCR), Firo (FIRO), Monero (XMR), Verge (XVG), Zcash (ZEC), or Horizen (ZEN). After September 12th, users will no longer be able to add funds to their coin’s wallet, but withdrawals will continue as usual.
On September 19, all of these tokens will be removed from exchanges and circulation forever. According to Huobi, this move is an attempt to adhere “with the latest financial regulations,” as well as the company’s own worldwide token management guidelines.
The firm stated:
“Huobi Global strictly complies with the compliance policies of every country and region and always endeavors to safeguard our users’ assets.”
Rising Restrictions Due to Sanctions
All open orders for each currency have been requested to be closed by Huobi. In the event that they don’t, orders placed before the delisting will be automatically cancelled, and users will be credited with the corresponding assets.
Due to the lack of complete transparency in their public ledgers, coins like Monero make it very hard, if not impossible, for third parties to keep track of individual transactions. The increased anonymity that these currencies provide is attractive to hackers, but it has also raised concerns among authorities who worry that they may be used to promote illegal activity.
This has, in turn, made exchanges hesitant to deal with the assets, which may slow down their widespread acceptance. For instance, despite Monero’s status as one of the 30 largest cryptocurrencies by market capitalization, exchanges including Bittrex, Binance.US, and Coinbase do not facilitate its trade.
Tornado Cash, an Ethereum-based mixing service, was recently sanctioned by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and one of its developers was promptly arrested.
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