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Google Sues Two for Crypto Scam Apps on Play Store, Tech Giant Aims to Set Legal Precedent

Alphabet’s Google has initiated legal action against two Chinese nationals for exploiting Google Play to distribute fraudulent cryptocurrency apps, marking a significant move in the tech industry’s fight against scam operations.

The lawsuit, filed in a New York federal court, targets apps like TionRT exchange, which were downloaded more than 100,000 times, deceiving users with apparent returns and initial withdrawal capabilities before ultimately restricting access to their funds.

Google’s lawsuit seeks to establish a legal precedent, alleging that the defendants engaged in various misrepresentations, including false information about their identity, location, and the nature of the applications uploaded to Google Play.

By invoking the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) law and citing breach of contract, Google is taking a firm stance against what it describes as the publication of at least 87 crypto scam apps.

The individuals implicated in the scheme, Yunfeng Sun and Hongnam Cheung, allegedly promoted these fraudulent apps through sophisticated campaigns involving Google Voice, YouTube, and affiliate marketing.

However, the effectiveness of Google’s legal efforts may be hampered by the lack of a reciprocal judicial enforcement agreement between the U.S. and China, presenting challenges in enforcing any potential sanctions against the defendants.

In parallel developments within the crypto space, announced its expansion into South Korea, with a planned launch focusing on coin-to-coin transactions and non-fungible tokens.

The platform’s broader ambitions include venturing into fiat-to-crypto exchanges, contingent upon compliance with South Korea’s stringent regulatory framework.

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This move underscores the growing interest in cryptocurrency markets and the importance of adhering to legal and regulatory standards to protect users and foster a secure trading environment.

Furthermore, the investment landscape in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology continues to evolve, with significant initiatives underway.

Boyaa Interactive’s $1 million investment into metaverse and blockchain projects, in partnership with Pacific Waterdrip Digital Asset Fund SPC, highlights the sector’s dynamic growth and the strategic emphasis on Web3 development.

Similarly, Sinohope’s collaboration with Merlin Chain aims to enhance the security and scalability of Bitcoin through innovative layer 2 solutions, reflecting ongoing efforts to advance blockchain infrastructure and usability.

Among these developments, Japan’s Hokkoku Bank introduced “Tochituka,” the country’s first deposit-enabled stablecoin, illustrating the integration of traditional banking with digital currency innovations.

Meanwhile, Web3 gaming firm Gomble secured $10 million in funding, demonstrating the potential for a sustainable economy within the gaming industry powered by blockchain technology.

Lastly, Value Partners’ exploration of a spot Bitcoin ETF in Hong Kong signifies the increasing institutional interest in offering regulated, accessible cryptocurrency investment options, marking a significant moment in the convergence of digital assets and mainstream financial services.

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