The Newly Appointed SEC Advisor Wants Cryptocurrency to Flourish

the sec has a new advisor

Even though the cryptocurrency expert John McAfee believes that the Securities and Exchange Commission is going to destroy cryptocurrencies and ICOs, his opinion seems to be utterly wrong. The new senior advisor Valerie Szczepanik set a goal to develop and advance the process of token sales, not slow it down.

Valerie has always been very keen on technologies and innovations, thus, cryptocurrency caught her attention almost immediately after its appearance. This played an important role in her future career and helped her to become one of the most suitable candidates for the post.

According to her, the main problem that arises between the SEC and ICOs is miscommunication. She believes that most entrepreneurs see the Commission as potential danger to their projects and hopes to fix this problem as soon as possible.

In the interview with Bloomberg, Valerie claimed:

We want people to come talk to us. When I’m in meetings with folks, I want them to see me as someone who’s interested in communication and back and forth, and looking to encourage innovation that helps investors and the markets.

The major issues which will be considered by the subdivision headed by Valerie include:

– inspection of token sales;

– determining the status of tokens;

– working on the Bitcoin exchange-traded fund

An interesting fact is that an unknown person wrote the word “ICO” with spray paint on the wall of Valerie’s house a couple of months prior to her promotion.

Hopefully, she will bring all of her plans into life, and the relationship between the SEC and ICO projects will improve.

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Cryptopia Got Hacked, Crypto Exchange Is Suffering “Significant Losses”

One of the best crypto exchanges of New Zealand, Cryptopia, was hacked. It announced this sad news via Twitter stating that it had experienced a security breach that ended in a “significant loss”. However, the company did not mention any figures of the loss.

Cryptopia has suspended all the activities on the trading platform for an indefinite period. In addition, it has notified the authorities of the country, and now it cooperates with the police and the country’s High Tech Crimes Unit in order to investigate the hacker attack.

“Staff then notified and involved the appropriate Government Agencies, including NZ police and High Tech Crimes Unit who are jointly and actively investigating the matter as a major crime and they are assisting us with advice,” the exchange stated.

This is the first cryptocurrency exchange theft in 2019, however, many customers of different crypto exchanges call into question the security of them, as there were so many incidents that had to teach exchanges how to deal with it. Some users even blame the exchanges, in particular Cryptopia, in a bear market “exit strategy”.

We remind you

The Hackers of the “51% Attack” on Ethereum Classic Returned Half of the Stolen Funds

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, January 15: Cryptocurrency Is Trying to Regain Its Positions

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the Coin360 online platform, Bitcoin (BTC) gained 2.9% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3626 per coin, but it remains quite volatile and changes the value.


The rest of cryptocurrencies are also in the green zone:

Bitcoin Cash added 4.99% over the past 24 hours and costs $133 per coin;

Ripple plus 4.58%, and is $0.33 in value;

EOS added 10.17%, and its price is $2.51;

Litecoin became more expensive by 6.66%, and its rate is $32;

Cardano grew by 5.85%, and its value is $0.043;

Stellar added 5.15% and costs $0.11;

IOTA gained 4.92%, and its cost $0.31;

Dash added 2.19%, and its price is $73;

Monero increased by 8.22% and is $46 in price.


Ethereum added 10.5% over the past day. The cost of the coin is $130.

The total market capitalization is $123 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 52.4% ​​of the total volume. In monetary terms, this is $64 billion.

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The Hackers of the “51% Attack” on Ethereum Classic Returned Half of the Stolen Funds

The alleged organizer of the “51% Attack” on the ETC network transferred back $ 100,000 to Gate.io. bitcoin exchange. It was stated by its representatives on their Twitter account:

As a result of the attack, the users of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange had lost about 46,000 ETC. The representatives of the exchange were going to recover the money lost at their own expense.

However, last Saturday, Gate.io reported that an unknown hacker returned about half of the stolen funds. The company tried to contact the hacker. So far, the reasons he returned the funds have not been clarified since the hacker have not responded.

The representatives of the exchange guessed that if the organizer did not seek to profit, it could be a white hacker who wanted to remind people of the risks. Gate.io also noted that the current hashrate of the ETC network is not high enough, which means that the attack might happen again.

Now a successful transaction in the Ethereum Classic network on Gate.io requires about 4000 confirmations. The exchange is confident that this measure will enhance security and recommends other crypto platforms to stick to such measure to protect traders.

We remind you that despite the significant losses of the Gate.io users, the hackers used a simple hacking algorithm:

«Атака 51%» на Ethereum Classic: полный анализ взлома

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“There Is No Need”: Japan Refuted Rumours About Approval of Bitcoin ETF

Some services including Bloomberg reported several days ago that Japan considered a possibility of the approval of a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). It allegedly would be used as an alternative to Bitcoin futures.

However, the representative of the FSA claimed that Japan was not considering of giving green light to the Bitcoin ETFs, saying:

“There is no such fact that we are considering approving ETFs which track crypto-assets at present. We are not currently considering approving them.”

The necessity of approving them may lie in decreasing the risk of price manipulation on the Japan market. Nevertheless, the FSA spokesman stated that there was no need of any cryptocurrency-related derivatives for now in Japan expressing its negative attitude towards both crypto ETFs and futures products.

He said: “Taken it into consideration that it is difficult for us to find constructive and social significance of trading crypto-assets derivatives at present, we think that there is no need for trading crypto-assets derivatives at financial instruments exchanges where many market participants are able to trade.”

We remind you:

SEC Will Release the Decision on Bitcoin ETF in February

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, January 14: Cryptocurrencies Are in the Deep Red Zone

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the online platform Coingecko, Bitcoin (BTC) lost 2.2% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3520 per coin.

Cryptocurrencies continue to decline rapidly:

Bitcoin Cash lost 7.08% over the past 24 hours and costs $125 per coin;

Ripple lost 2.31% and costs $0.32;

EOS minus 4.08%, and its price is $2.33;

Litecoin minus 7.92%, and its cost is $30;

Cardano dropped by 6.85%, and its value is $0.040;

Stellar fell by 4.42% and costs $0.10;

IOTA lost 7%, and its value is $0.29;

Dash decreased by 2.79%, and its price is $71;

Monero fell by 2.02% and costs $44.


Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum has lost 6.03%. The rate of the coin is $118.
The total market capitalization rose to $118 billion. Bitcoin’s share is 52.8% of the total volume. In monetary terms, this is $62 billion.

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The CEO of Circle Believes That a Clearer Policy of the SEC Will Cure the Crypto Industry

The CEO of the project Circle, backed up by the major bank Goldman Sachs, Jeremy Allaire started a thread on Reddit together with his co-workers, where they debated the accomplishments of the company in the recent time, talked about prospects for the future and discussed the overall situation on the crypto market.

According to the representatives of Circle, one of the main issues with crypto in the US is the lack of regulatory framework and, most importantly, the inability of the Securities and Exchange Commission to clearly define cryptocurrencies as belonging to a particular type of assets.

We remind you:

The SEC: Unlike ICO Tokens, Bitcoin and Ethereum Can Not Be Securities

There absolutely needs to be more regulatory clarity to really make this fly — in particular around who can issue these, how they can be stored and transmitted, and what markets can allow their trading. There’s a lot of attention on this and we absolutely expect to see these issues resolved and for far more real world experiments to hit the markets this year,” said Jeremy Allaire.

Also, the CEO of Circle claimed that the US should follow the example of France and have a separate kind of taxation for crypto-to-crypto transactions.

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