Japanese regulators plan more raids

Following the massive hack of Coincheck several virtual currency marketplaces are under scrutiny
08 February 2018   85

Japan’s Financial Services Agency intensifies oversight in hopes the businesses will take stronger security measures for consumers’ protection. On-site inspections are planned for this week, as earlier operators were asked to report on asset management, corporate governance and security. However, many companies provided vague details on their business model or were found to have low security measures in terms of asset management.

Without the scrutiny of the regulator and also the lack of professionals in cybersecurity and internal auditing on the market may lead a slow pace of the improvement. Hopefully, the planned raids will make the necessary push for more security and stronger safety in the virtual currency industry. A reprimand will lead to disciplinary measures such as improvement orders

In the race for customers’ attention, many operators didn’t properly address the security consequences of such actions.Among the total 32 cryptocurrency exchanges, Coincheck is currently one of the 16 platforms that are not formally registered with the FSA because the operation started before the cryptocurrency law went into effect last April in Japan.

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   103

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. 

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