CEX. IO suspended new users registration

According to official blog of cryptocurrency exchange, support and verification teams are under pressure
27 December 2017   2114

CEX. IO, which trade around 0.33% of BTC/USD (according to Coinmarketcap) worldwide and points itself as "The leading Bitcoin exchange" temporarily stopped new users registration. 

In order to deliver the best service to our existing users, we have decided to undertake the following measures:

  1. Temporarily pause the registrations of new users, until we can guarantee the decent response time to each and every ticket or a verification request.
  2. Increase the support efficiency by extending the support team and adding several new communication channels.
     

CEX. IO Team

According to official blog, there is "additional pressure on our support and verification teams" and this led to above mentioned suspention. CEX team also asks users to be patience and don't create additional tickets for the same matter. There is no info in the blogpost on the terms of suspention. 

SEC Suspends Trading in 3 Companies

On Friday The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission temporarily suspended the trading of three companies as they made the purchase of cryptocurrency and blockchain-related assets
17 February 2018   133

According to the announcement, the trade of  Cherubim Investments, Inc., PDX Partners, Inc., and Victura Construction Group, Inc. will be suspended between 9:30 a.m. EST Friday and March 2. The notice was dated Feb. 15.

SEC stated that its trading suspension orders state that recent press releases issued by CHIT, PDXP, and VICT claimed that the companies acquired AAA-rated assets from a subsidiary of a private equity investor in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, among other things.

The release also indicates additional reasons for the suspensions. The agency’s orders also say there are questions regarding the nature of the company's business operations. In case of CHIT, the Commission suspended trading in the securities because of its delinquency in filing annual and quarterly reports.

In August 2017, the SEC  issued a warning for investors about the companies that may publicly announce ICO or coin-related events to affect the price of the company’s common stock.

Fraudsters often try to use the lure of new and emerging technologies to convince potential victims to invest their money in scams. 

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission