SudoRare shuts shop, makes off with 519 ETH

SudoRare shuts shop, makes off with 519 ETH

Before any investment, you got to DYOR “Do your own research”. The Sudorare team is fully anonymous and not doxxed anywhere. This is what I warned my community on 18 August 2022 when they came to me about investing in them.

This is not a one-off case. If you remember, Frosties freeze rug pull nets 335 ETH. Big Daddy Ape Club also took around the same amount at 9,136 SOL for NFTs that did not even exist. Evil Ape dupes the Evolved Apes NFT community managed to rug 798 ETH from project investors just one week after the collection’s launch. Their social media and website were also gone almost immediately.

SudoRare’s social media is gone. I cannot find their Twitter and Discord anymore. I would suggest those who have used their wallets on them to revoke your access.

– Anndy Lian, author of the new book NFT: From Zero to Hero, in an interview

 

SudoRare shuts shop, makes off with 519 ETH

SudoRare, an automated-market maker protocol, shut its services and social media accounts and made away with 519 Ether (ETH) worth about $815,000, according to blockchain investigator Peckshield.

A member of the crypto community was the first to draw attention to a suspicious transaction that used LooksRare (LOOKS) and USD Coin (USDC) tokens to siphon a sizable amount of money from SudoRare.

Peckshield then put out an alert about the rug pull of 519 ETH and the diversion of the stolen funds to three new addresses. SudoRare also deleted its social media accounts and all of its services.
Anndy Lian, chief digital advisor for the Mongolian Productivity Organization, said the incident once again highlighted the need for investors to do their own research before making investments in shady projects.

“The SudoRare team is fully anonymous and not doxxed anywhere. This is what I had warned my community on August 18, 2022, when they came to me about investing in them,” he said.

Evil Ape duped the Evolved Apes NFT community in October 2021 and managed to rug pull 798 ETH from investors one week after the collection’s launch. Their social media and website were also gone almost immediately.

Crypto scams

Over $7 billion was stolen in cryptocurrency scams in 2021, according to a report from Chainalysis. This represents an 81 percent rise from figures in 2020.

In 2021, rug pulls accounted for over $2.8 billion stolen, or 37 percent of all cryptocurrency scam revenue. This is a significant increase compared to 1 percent in 2020.

 

Original Source: https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/sudorare-shuts-shop-makes-off-with-519-eth-9075501.html

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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Reasons why Singaporean investor Lian is selling off Chinese equities

Reasons why Singaporean investor Lian is selling off Chinese equities

Singaporean investor Anndy Lian has been selling off Chinese equities for months in order to lessen the vulnerability of his portfolio to the second-largest economy in the world.

Once a frequent investor in Chinese software firms, Lian now sees China as a riskier investment as the economy is clouded by the nation’s autocratic turn under President Xi Jinping and ongoing “zero COVID” lockdowns.

In a conversation with Al Jazeera, Lian told that he had started gradually lowering his exposure since 2021 as that was the time when the downward trend had become obvious. He has sold off his holdings this year as things seem to have gotten worse.

He further stated that his main worry as an investor was instability. At the moment, China’s general climate is unstable, and this affects more than just the financial industry.

Lian is one of an increasing number of foreign investors who are abandoning China after several years of record inflows.

The first quarter of this year saw the biggest ever fall in foreign investors’ holdings of assets denominated in yuan from China, totaling more than USD 150 billion.

Between February and May, there was a USD 61 billion sell-off in Chinese bonds alone. Approximately USD 300 billion could leave the country this year, more than twice the USD 129 billion that left last year, according to predictions made by the Institute of International Finance, a think tank based in Washington.

As investors evaluate the risks of harsh COVID restrictions and broad crackdowns on private enterprise, which have ensnared industries ranging from tech to real estate and education, the tendency reflects an increasingly pessimistic economic picture.

After growing by 4.8% in the first quarter, China’s economy barely escaped contraction in the second quarter, expanding by just 0.4%.

The impacts of the crackdown on the IT industry last year, which wiped out the stock values of big giants like Alibaba, Tencent, and Didi, are still being felt, according to Lian.

 

Original Source: https://internationalfinance.com/reasons-investor-anndy-lian-selling-chinese-equities/

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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Fortune: Crypto trading in India plummets as much as 70% as new hurdles scare off investors

Fortune: Crypto trading in India plummets as much as 70% as new hurdles scare off investors

The cryptocurrency boom in India, which has the world’s second-largest community of crypto investors, may be turning into a bust.

“In general, we have seen trading volumes [on Indian exchanges] come down by 30%-40% in the last two to three weeks,” Nischal Shetty, founder and CEO of WazirX, India’s biggest cryptocurrency trading exchange told Fortune.

Other Indian crypto exchanges say their trading volumes have been hit too.

Sumit Gupta, co-founder and CEO at CoinDCX, blames the 30-35% drop in trading volume on his exchange, one of India’s largest, on global and domestic factors. Bitcoin has been stagnant at $39,000 to $40,000 for several months, while large traders have slowed their activity due to new taxes, he says.

Atulya Bhatt, co-founder of BuyUcoin, an Indian cryptocurrency exchange, says trading volume on his platform has fallen up to 70% “since the new taxation came in this month.”

Drops in trading volume vary from exchange to exchange, but volumes on most crypto platforms have dipped 30%-40% in April from the prior month, says Raj Kapoor, founder of India Blockchain Alliance, a trade body for the crypto industry.

“It is just the beginning. Volumes will drop substantially if there is no [government] intervention,” says Kapoor. “It is not going to be healthy for a nation like ours. When you have an elephant in the room [like crypto], you have to learn how to dance with it or get trampled.”

The double whammy of new taxes and limited payment mechanisms has soured crypto investors’ sentiment in the South Asian country, home to 25 million investors who hold assets worth more than $6 billion—putting the future of crypto in India in doubt.

India’s new budget, which took effect when the new fiscal year started on April 1, imposed a 30% capital gains tax on cryptocurrency earnings, the same rate the government applies to winnings from horse racing and a significant increase from the previous scheme that didn’t specify taxes for crypto but applied income-based rates that maxed out at 30%. Under the new tax rules, cryptocurrencies are subject to a heavier tax than traditional asset classes like stocks, which are taxed at varying rates starting at 10%. The 30% tax rate on cryptocurrency gains applies even to earners whose total annual income is below INR 250,000 or $3,300 and are otherwise exempt from paying income tax.

“That is causing a lot of fear and stress in the younger population who are into crypto trading,” says Shetty.

In addition to the 30% tax on earnings, the finance ministry is levying a 1% tax on every crypto transaction starting in July in an effort to rein in speculative trading.

“Historical data indicates that transaction taxes significantly reduce trading volumes,” says. Kristin Boggiano, president of crypto exchange Cross Tower.

Italy, for example, introduced a 0.1% tax on equity transactions in 2012 that caused a 35% decline in trading volumes over a two-year period, Boggiano says.

A recent decision by Indian banks to stop funneling rupees to crypto exchanges via state-run Unified Payments Interface (UPI) is also hitting trading volume.

Typically, investors could transfer money from their banks to a crypto exchange wallet over UPI, India’s ubiquitous payments processor that’s responsible for 75% of all crypto transactions in India, according to Shetty’s estimates. Once the transfer hits a wallet, investors can use the money to trade cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin. But earlier this month, banks severed that financial plumbing, says Shetty.

The trouble started after Nasdaq-listed crypto exchange Coinbase, which launched rupee-based operations in India earlier this month, publicly said that its users could easily deposit funds to their accounts on the exchange using UPI, throwing the behind-the-scenes payments system into a glaring spotlight. In response to the ad, the state-run National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), which runs UPI, said it was not aware that the payment platform was being used to buy cryptocurrencies.

The statement by the Payments Corporation caused banks to second-guess the legality of routing payments to crypto exchanges. Banks have operated in a state of semi-limbo regarding crypto transactions for years after the country’s Supreme Court in 2020 overturned an order by the Reserve Bank of India for financial institutions to cut all ties with individuals and businesses dealing in cryptocurrency. The Supreme Court said the order violated the freedom of trade guaranteed by India’s Constitution, freeing up banks to facilitate crypto transactions until the latest NPCI statement delivered another dose of ambiguity.

Without access to UPI, crypto investors are finding it tough to deposit money from bank accounts to their wallets on crypto exchanges.

“We are on a wait and watch mode,” BuyUcoin’s Bhatt. “We are hoping that this is a temporary situation.”

India’s crypto enthusiasts had been hoping that the sector’s era of uncertainty was coming to a close.

Last year, Reserve Bank of India governor Shaktikanta Das said he had “serious concerns” about the potential risks of cryptocurrencies, and the government had proposed prohibiting certain private cryptocurrencies. However, the imposition of taxes on crypto earnings had signaled the government’s intent to regulate digital assets, rather than ban them outright.

But the new tax burden and UPI saga have cast the market back into the unknown, and industry executives say scores of startups in blockchain and crypto are exploring bases outside of India as a result.

“What we are seeing is a flight of funds to outside the country. A lot of people are opening payment wallets outside of India,” Kapoor says. High volume traders and firms are opting for locations like Dubai because it’s easier for crypto businesses to operate there, says Kapoor.

This week, India’s Business Today reported that WazirX founders Shetty and Siddharth Menon had shifted their base of operations from India to Dubai. In an interview with Fortune, Shetty declined to comment on the report. “WazirX is headquartered in Mumbai and Bengaluru, and there is no change in our operating procedure,” the company said in a statement.

BuyUcoin’s Bhatt admits the company has considered relocating from India but says that “[moving is] not a topmost priority as we would like to serve users in India.”

Anndy Lian, Singapore-based chairman of BigOne Exchange, a cryptocurrency exchange based in the Netherlands, expects investors to leave India’s crypto market for rivals in Singapore and Dubai.

“Constantly, we have been asked by Indian communities to start in India. We do not have intentions to set up a base in India currently,” Lian says. “If the regulations are clearer, we might consider.”

 

Original Source: https://fortune.com/2022/04/23/india-cryptocurrency-exchanges-trading-regulation-tax-upi-payments-wazirx-coindcx-buyucoin/

 

Anndy Lian is an early blockchain adopter and experienced serial entrepreneur who is known for his work in the government sector. He is a best selling book author “Blockchain Revolution 2030”.

Currently, he is appointed as the Chief Digital Advisor at Mongolia Productivity Organization, championing national digitization. Prior to his current appointments, he was the Chairman of BigONE Exchange, a global top 30 ranked crypto spot exchange and was also the Advisory Board Member for Hyundai DAC, the blockchain arm of South Korea’s largest car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Group. Lian played a pivotal role as the Blockchain Advisor for Asian Productivity Organisation (APO), an intergovernmental organization committed to improving productivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

An avid supporter of incubating start-ups, Anndy has also been a private investor for the past eight years. With a growth investment mindset, Anndy strategically demonstrates this in the companies he chooses to be involved with. He believes that what he is doing through blockchain technology currently will revolutionise and redefine traditional businesses. He also believes that the blockchain industry has to be “redecentralised”.

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