HALIFAX, England, Nov. 27, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Hx5 Encrypted build software to help businesses remain ethical and to protect their reputation. Andy Parr, the company’s, founder explains what checks HX5 do to stop money laundering.
“Money Launderers use a range of tactics to conceal the real source of their funds. It usually involves offshore companies and financial vehicles to feed the money through,” Andy said.
The Tax Havens of the Caribbean are a popular place to hide wealth and the real beneficial owner of it. This is because while those places must adhere to international standards in place to stop money laundering, they rarely use them to do so. The Cayman Islands have never convicted a money launderer internationally and this is despite it being the sixth largest financial centre globally is an example of this at play.
The latest Crypto scandal, this time against Binance, is another classic example. Binance is registered in the Cayman Islands as a business. But it is not registered anywhere globally as an Asset Exchange. In the US the regulators have been chasing it out of the country to protect US citizens from losing their lifesavings. The US regulators have eventually caught up with Binance and fined them over $4 billion for facilitating money laundering on an industrial scale globally. They have also barred the CEO, Changpeng Zhao, from running the company and fined him personally $50 Million.
The lax way Binance have implemented (or not dependent on your viewpoint) money laundering controls has been an issue for some time. This lack of due diligence has resulted in terrorist organisations like Al Qaeda, ISIS and Hamas using the platform to move money globally as well as any number of criminals using it to ‘clean’ their money.
The question here is, why the US? Binance are registered in the Cayman Islands so why haven’t the Cayman Islands regulated it and punished the company themselves? And why have they allowed the company to register just as a business and not enforced them to also register as an asset exchange thereby forcing additional levels of scrutiny and standards on Binance? And finally, what action will they now take to sanction Binance bearing in mind it is in their backyard?
Andy says he isn’t holding his breath. “The Cayman Islands have a failed regulatory system. They don’t have the staff, the skills or the will to manage global finance and the Binance saga shines a light on this globally. They shouldn’t be allowed to operate within the highly regulated financial sector until they get their house in order to stop money laundering and tax evasion.”
HX5 Encrypted is building a software platform that will facilitate intelligence sharing between financial institutes to trace money transfers on both sides of the transaction. Andy says this will be a game changer for money launderers. “Our system is called Acrintel. Currently for a wire transfer the receiving bank only does three checks. Acrintel will complete nine and behind those checks is a huge level of data that ensures business and people are real – identified biometrically – and businesses are trading and operating properly something that wasn’t the case in another scandal involving Danske bank.”
A single branch of Danske Bank moved $240 billion out of Russia and into the global financial sector by filtering it through 16 UK businesses that had other business beneficial owners in tax havens globally. The problem was the UK businesses were registered as dormant despite $20 million being moved daily through their accounts. Acrintel will spot that kind of activity and stop it. Acrintel will check the registration of the business and ask, why is it registered in the UK but trading with Russia, why is the bank branch in Estonia, why is the UK business shown as dormant and finally, why are they owned by offshore opaque entities?
“All of these things are a red flag for money laundering. A single red flag may mean little but a series like that is a huge signal that something isn’t right. Our software will alert the receiving bank and the transactions would be stopped,” Andy said.
“Acrintel will also spot Crypto exchanges facilitating bad actors to launder their assets because the real money moves in and out of traditional banks and when it does Acrintel will spot it.”
HX5 are currently searching for investment to help them build Acrintel as the second software solution to come out of the firm. The first is already trading internationally and is a whistleblowing software.
About HX5 Encrypted Ltd
HX5 Encrypted is incorporated in the UK and builds software for businesses. They are currently working on a risk intelligence platform to enable banks and other large financial institutes to share intelligence to prevent money laundering and tax evasion. They are seeking financial investment to bring that solution to the market. For more information about the company or their software contact Andy via the details below.
MIAX Named Best Trading Platform at the Fund Intelligence Operations and Services Awards 2024
PRINCETON, N.J., Feb. 22, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Miami International Holdings, Inc. (MIH), owner of Miami International Securities Exchange, LLC (MIAX®), MIAX PEARL, LLC (MIAX Pearl®), MIAX Emerald, LLC (MIAX Emerald®), MIAX Sapphire, LLC (MIAX SapphireTM), Minneapolis Grain Exchange, LLC (MGEXTM), LedgerX LLC (LedgerX), The Bermuda Stock Exchange (BSX), and Dorman Trading, LLC (Dorman Trading), today announced that MIAX has been named the “Best Trading Platform” at the Fund Intelligence Operations and Services Awards 2024.
“We are honored to be recognized for the second year in a row as recipients of the award for ‘Best Trading Platform,'” said Thomas P. Gallagher, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MIAX. “The members of our technology team are regarded as some of the best in the exchange industry and this award is a testament to their talents.”
Since 2016, MIAX has been named a winner every year at the Fund Intelligence Operations and Services Awards. MIAX won the “Most Innovative Technology” for the years 2017 through 2020, received the “Best Options Trading Platform” award for 2021, and the “Best Trading Platform” award for 2022.
“Our in-house built, proprietary technology has been an integral part of MIAX’s successful track record, and we continually evaluate and refine our infrastructure to support the increasing demands of the exchange industry,” said Matthew J. Rotella, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of MIAX. “MIAX Exchange trading platforms have been fully operational 99.999% of the time since we launched our first exchange in 2012, even as trading volumes have surged and financial markets have experienced multiple periods of elevated market volatility. We remain dedicated to delivering world-class speed and reliability to our customers in 2024 and beyond.”
For over 20 years, the Fund Intelligence Operations and Services Awards have recognized and rewarded the outstanding skills and talents of the vendor community servicing the complex and evolving needs of asset managers and their clients.
MIAX’s parent holding company, Miami International Holdings, Inc., owns Miami International Securities Exchange, LLC (MIAX®), MIAX PEARL, LLC (MIAX Pearl®), MIAX Emerald, LLC (MIAX Emerald®), MIAX Sapphire LLC (MIAX SapphireTM), Minneapolis Grain Exchange, LLC (MGEX™), LedgerX LLC (LedgerX), The Bermuda Stock Exchange (BSX) and Dorman Trading, LLC (Dorman Trading).
MIAX, MIAX Pearl and MIAX Emerald are national securities exchanges registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission that are enabled by MIAX’s in-house built, proprietary technology. MIAX offers trading of options on all three exchanges as well as cash equities through MIAX Pearl Equities™. The MIAX trading platform was built to meet the high-performance quoting demands of the U.S. options trading industry and is differentiated by throughput, latency, reliability and wire-order determinism. MIAX also serves as the exclusive exchange venue for cash-settled options on the SPIKES® Volatility Index (Ticker: SPIKE), a measure of the expected 30-day volatility in the SPDR® S&P 500® ETF (SPY).
MGEX is a registered exchange with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and offers trading in a variety of products including Hard Red Spring Wheat Futures. MGEX is a Designated Contract Market (DCM) and Derivatives Clearing Organization (DCO) under the CFTC, providing DCM and DCO services in an array of asset classes.
LedgerX is a CFTC regulated exchange and clearinghouse and is registered as a Designated Contract Market (DCM), Derivatives Clearing Organization (DCO) and Swap Execution Facility (SEF) with the CFTC.
BSX is a fully electronic, vertically integrated international securities market headquartered in Bermuda and organized in 1971. BSX specializes in the listing and trading of capital market instruments such as equities, debt issues, funds, hedge funds, derivative warrants, and insurance linked securities.
Dorman Trading is a full-service Futures Commission Merchant registered with the CFTC.
MIAX’s executive offices and National Operations Center are located in Princeton, N.J., with additional U.S. offices located in Miami, FL. MGEX offices are located in Minneapolis, MN. LedgerX offices are located in Princeton, N.J. BSX offices are located in Hamilton, Bermuda. Dorman Trading offices are located in Chicago, IL.
To learn more about MIAX visit www.miaxglobal.com.
To learn more about MGEX visit www.miaxglobal.com/mgex.
To learn more about LedgerX visit www.ledgerx.com.
To learn more about BSX visit www.bsx.com.
To learn more about Dorman Trading visit www.dormantrading.com.
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Pentera Launches Global Partner Program to Accelerate Growing Channel
Pentera’s program empowers ecosystem partners to accelerate their growth across more than 50 countries globally
BOSTON, Feb. 22, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Pentera, the leader in Automated Security Validation, today announced the launch of its new Partner Program. The global program reinforces Pentera’s channel-first go-to-market strategy and offers its channel partners a more lucrative and systematic approach to creating, managing, and growing sales opportunities.
From the moment they join the program, Pentera partners have access to the company’s complete portfolio of award winning Automated Security Validation solutions, including Pentera Core, Pentera Surface, RansomwareReady™, and Credential Exposure. Pentera’s one-day Proof of Value (PoV), empowers partners to rapidly prove product value, and shorten traditional sales cycles to drive revenue.
“Partnering with Pentera was an excellent decision. Their swift response times and efficient onboarding have made collaboration smooth sailing,” said Alexander Stemper, VP of Security Sales at NTT DATA Deutschland. “Pentera’s automated security validation solution integrates seamlessly into our offering and has strengthened our ability to shield our clients from evolving threats. We are excited for the new partner program and looking forward to the next chapter of our successful partnership to protect businesses worldwide.”
The Pentera Partner Program meets a range of partner needs while rewarding them for the value they deliver throughout the customer lifecycle. The program is based on three tiers of participation – Associate, Premier, and Elite. Each tier offers progressively more lucrative financial incentives and discount structures, as well as more advanced training opportunities, sales tools, and marketing support. The program features:
- Onboarding sessions, including in-person and online sales and technical workshops
- Deal registration incentives and price protection
- Personal training and certification program options
- A digital resource portal, including sales toolkits, email templates, materials for co-branding, demos, and on-demand trainings
- Access to demo and lab environments
- Access to PoV licenses
Pentera has been doubling its business year-over-year since going to market in 2018. The company is a global market leader with customers in over 50 countries and regional offices across 18 countries in North America, EMEA, APAC, and LATAM.
“Since going to market, Pentera has established itself as the unquestioned leader in Automated Security Validation across every metric,” said Kirt Jorgenson, VP Global Channel at Pentera. “The introduction of the Pentera Global Partner Program represents a significant investment from Pentera in the success of its partners and will enable our partner ecosystem to play an even larger role in our channel-first go-to-market strategy. As Pentera continues to grow, we will continue to increase our investment in the channel to power the mutual growth of both Pentera and our global partner ecosystem.”
Pentera is the category leader for Automated Security Validation, allowing every organization to test with ease the integrity of all cybersecurity layers, unfolding true, current security exposures at any moment, at any scale. Thousands of security professionals and service providers around the world use Pentera to guide remediation and close security gaps before they are exploited. For more info, visit: pentera.io
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SOUTH AFRICAN MOBILE OPERATORS ANNOUNCE NEW SERVICES TO COMBAT FRAUD, AS PART OF GSMA OPEN GATEWAY INITIATIVE
Telecommunications operators Cell C, MTN, and Telkom welcome launch of two universal network APIs, that will be available in South Africa, to help combat fraud and digital identity theft in sectors including banking, finance, insurance, and retail
JOHANNESBURG, Feb. 22, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — As part of the global GSMA Open Gateway initiative, South African operators will now be able to implement world-class Number Verification and SIM Swap – Application Programme Interfaces (APIs) – to coincide with the start of MWC 2024. They will be available to all mobile commerce, financial institutions, and developers to create new services to combat digital fraud and protect South Africa’s 47 million mobile subscribers.
South Africa saw a 24% surge in reported incidents of digital banking fraud in 2022, according to a report published last year by the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC). The rise, which resulted in cybercriminals stealing over R740 million from unsuspecting victims, was primarily attributed to the growing number of fraud cases related to banking applications and online banking.
Given the alarming surge in digital banking fraud in South Africa, standardizing APIs by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) presents a promising avenue for mitigating such threats. By leveraging their infrastructure and expertise, MNOs can enhance security measures within banking applications and online banking platforms. They are also able to implement robust fraud detection and prevention mechanisms, bolstering overall resilience of digital banking systems against cyber threats.
The standardization of APIs allows developers to implement:
- Number Verification – offers seamless verification of a user’s mobile number by providing the next generation of strong authentication and user experience. It is a simple evolution path for any business that uses mobile numbers and SMS One-Time-Passwords. Instead of relying on SMS, Number Verification can be seamlessly and automatically activated to verify a user’s identity.
- SIM Swap – used to check whether a given phone number has recently changed SIM cards. This helps to prevent account takeover attacks, in which fraudsters take control of the account owner’s SIM card using social engineering techniques and stolen personal data. For example, at the time of a financial transaction, a financial institution can check whether the relationship between the customer’s phone number and SIM card has recently been changed, helping them to decide whether to approve the transaction or not.
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