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   1014

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.

Robinhood to Raise $323M During Financial Round

So, the company's capitalization reached $ 7.6 billion
23 July 2019   77

The operator of the mobile application for trading stocks and cryptocurrency Robinhood company Robinhood Markets Inc. announced the closure of a round of financing for the E-Series, which resulted in an impressive $ 323 million. The company's capitalization reached $ 7.6 billion.

The financing round was led by investment company DST Global, and Ribbit Capital, NEA, Sequoia and Thrive Capital also contributed.

The company intends to direct the raised funds to business expansion and the creation of new financial services, calling this process "democratization of finance for all."

Recall that the ability to trade cryptocurrencies through the Robinhood app was first implemented in February 2018. Today, the company supports leading assets such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, Dogecoin and Ethereum Classic.

In January of this year, Robinhood received BitLicense - a license to work with virtual currencies from the Financial Services Authority of New York (NYDFS), and the official launch of the application in the state took place on May 23.

It is noteworthy that in 2017 Robinhood was estimated at only $ 1.3 billion. The introduction of cryptocurrency, however, accelerated the growth of the user base and fueled interest from venture investors. So, last year, the Robinhood managed to attract $ 363 million, with which the company's capitalization was $ 5.6 billion.