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   889

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.

Users Suspected RusGas of Scam

Reddit users have already accused RusGas of exit scam, since its behavior is much like  recent scam project Oyster Protocol
07 December 2018   95

The RusGas cryptocurrency project (RGS) demonstrates disturbing signs and releases new tokens in excess of the pre-set emission limit, Cryptovest reports. With an aggregate capitalization of $ 117, RGS trading volume for the last few days is $ 35,000. Events unfold against the backdrop of promises made by the project organizers about the upcoming restart.

Most of the RGS trade is focused on the Crex24 exchange, which has a daily  of $ 700,000. RusGas had a daily volume of several million dollars in its best days, which already then caused questions about the authenticity of this value.

According to CoinMarketCap, RGS emissions are limited to 10 billion tokens, but Etherscan indicates that currently 298 addresses contain 860 billion RGS. The rapid growth of emissions was recorded in recent days and hours. The largest wallet contains 99% of all tokens, which is probably the crex24 wallet. The developers themselves explain these movements to the next restart.

Reddit users have already accused RusGas of exit scam, since its behavior is much like  recent scam project Oyster Protocol(PRL), when the additional issue feature was used in a smart contract.

The likelihood of such an outcome is a characteristic feature of projects based on the Ethereum protocol, which allows additional emission of tokens through a smart contract at the discretion of its owner, not to mention other vulnerabilities that cost investors a lot of money.

RusGas is based on the idea of ​​using tokens and blockchains to optimize the Russian gas industry. Despite the dubiousness of the project’s mission, the data on the network indicates that in April of this year he managed to raise $ 2.2 million for ICO.