Crypto utility token is a new asset type in the state of Wyoming

The state of Wyoming local government passed several bills declaring crypto tokens to be a separate asset class and to be considered just a property
15 March 2018   562

US government seems keen on adopting new laws in regards to cryptocurrencies. But their asset status is still in question, it seems. The SEC considers them to be securities, CTFC deems crypto to be commodities and FinCEN says that digital assets are still money, albeit in a new form.

Now, the US state of Wyoming proposes a new definition. Local authorities have passed several laws during the end of the week, one of them being the “Utility Token Bill”, which defines crypto tokens as a new class of asset – crypto utility token, which falls under the definitions of property. This put the state in a spotlight, because the notion clearly aims at pushing US Congress at considering transferring cryptocurrency holdings oversight to local authorities, as they are solely responsible at property regulation and taxation.

This could be very positive for the cryptocurrency community if Congress can break the tie and clarify everything. It’s very exciting that Wyoming is the first state to define what a utility token is, setting an example of how this could become a standard under federal law. I do believe the Wyoming approach will work under federal securities law and am optimistic the SEC will agree.

 

Caitlin Long

Сo-founder of Wyoming Blockchain Coalition

 

Also, the other bills passed would, hopefully allow for the crypto exchanges to return to the state, because they now put cryptocurrencies outside of the local money transmitters act. They state's government hopes, that their positive stance on digital currencies and the underlying technology in the future will allow Wyoming to become a crypto hub and attract large players in the field to the state.

Ethereum VM May Have Vulnerability

The vulnerability is reported by NettaLab Twitter account
12 November 2018   65

On November 9, a statement appeared in Netta Lab’s Twitter account that the organization discovered a vulnerability in the Ethereum virtual machine that allows to execute smart contracts endlessly without paying for gas online. The researchers also allegedly turned to the operator of the American database of vulnerabilities, where they registered the corresponding discovery.

Netta Labs discovered an Ethereum EVM vulnerability, which could be exploited by hackers. The vulnerability can cause smart contracts can be executed indefinitely without gas being paied.
 

Netta Lab's Twitter

At Netta Lab's request, Google demonstrates the site of the netto.io project, which specializes in auditing smart contracts under the Netta Lab brand, but the Twitter accounts of the projects do not match. Note that the profile that reported the vulnerability was registered in November.

Many users expressed doubts about the authenticity of the information that appeared, but then the creator of the NEO project Da Hongwei said that he spoke with the CEO of Netta Labs and asked the researchers to audit the NEO virtual machine.

Nevertheless, Vitalik Buterin wrote on Reddit that this is a vulnerability in the Python-implementation of the virtual machine, which was first reported on GitHub 9 days ago. This means that the main clients (go-ethereum; parity and cpp-ethereum) are not affected.