SEC's Cyber Unit to focus on blockchain

The US Securities and Exchange Commission clarifies the role of the new Cyber Unit and its views on the blockchain technology
01 November 2017   736

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) provides insight into how the Commission’s new Cyber Unit will work.

Stephanie Avakian, SEC Division of Enforcement Co-Director, sheds light on the issue, however, noting that the views are her own and not necessarily those of the SEC. 

We do think there is more we can do to align our resources with two of our key priorities – specifically retail and cyber. To be sure, we have long focused resources in both of these areas, but we think that some structural change and strategic focus will enable us to better fulfill our investor protection mission.
 

Stephanie Avakian
SEC Division of Enforcement Co-Director

On top of that, Avakian announces the creation of the Retail Strategy Task Force, which will examine how investors interact with the securities market and what risks they might encounter from bad actors therein. Additionally, the task force will develop ways to educate investors, empowering them to make more informed decisions.

The need for the Cyber Unit arises in large part from the increasing frequency with which we are seeing cyber-related misconduct affecting the securities markets, and also the increasing complexity of these cases. These cybersecurity threats come from a wide range of sources, including foreign and domestic hackers, traders and others who traffic in stolen market-moving information, prospective market manipulators, state-sponsored actors, and others. The work of these actors in many instances has been facilitated by easy access to the dark web marketplace as well as the use of digital currency, both of which make it harder to track the flow of funds involved in cyber violations.
 

Stephanie Avakian
SEC Division of Enforcement Co-Director

Finally, SEC Division of Enforcement Co-Director discusses the need to police blockchain activities.

For some of the same reasons, we are also including within the responsibility of the Cyber Unit our focus on the distributed ledger technology space ... The emerging issues presented by blockchain technology warrant a consistent, thoughtful approach – and the best way to do that is to centralize the expertise and the focus in a single unit.
 

Stephanie Avakian
SEC Division of Enforcement Co-Director

What the future has in stock for the relationships between SEC and blockchain, remains to be seen.

Change.org to Mine for Charity

According to the calculations, if 10k computers will run the minning screensaver for 12 hours a day, the charity fund will receive $10k monthly
18 July 2018   99

Social platform for petitions Change.org announced the launch of a screensaver that mines Monero on users' computers. All tokens will be transferred to the charity fund of Change.org. This is reported by Coindesk.

This initiative was launched in partnership with the marketing agency Tracelocke Brazil.

Representatives of Change.org report that the screensaver will consume resources only when users do not use the computer. According to their calculations, if 10 thousand computers will run the screensaver for 12 hours a day, the charity fund will be transferred $ 10 thousand monthly.

At the moment the program is available only for Windows users and the platform did not report on the release plans for the version for macOS.

Note that at the end of April, a similar action was launched by the Australian unit of the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund; (UNICEF). The website "Page of Hope" mines Monero cryptocurrency.