Marco Santori

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New York banking regulators are expected to release new rules this week governing Bitcoins and other virtual currencies.

Many think virtual currencies--sometimes called crypto-currencies--will soon revolutionize financial services, but until now they have been largely unregulated.

New York State is about step into this regulatory void. Within days, the Department of Financial Services will issue far-reaching rules focusing on three things: consumer protection, cyber security, and anti-money laundry rules.