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SEC Commissioners Peirce and Roisman Comment on Enforcement Action Regarding Coinschedule

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SEC Commissioners Elad Roisman and Hester Peirce have joined together in issuing a public statement on Blotics, a firm formerly operating as Coinschedule, and the enforcement action by the SEC that was revealed today.

As was previously reported, the SEC has settled charges against the UK company Blotics/Coinschedule, a site that apparently promoted digital securities offerings. The settlement included a payment of $43,000 in disgorgement, plus prejudgment interest, and a penalty of $154,434. Additionally, the company has agreed to cease and desist from future violations of US securities law.

Commissioners Roisman and Peirce state that they agree with their colleagues that touting securities without disclosing the fact that you are getting paid transgresses securities law but are “disappointed that the Commission’s settlement with Coinschedule did not explain which digital assets touted by Coinschedule were securities, an omission which is symptomatic of our reluctance to provide additional guidance about how to determine whether a token is being sold as part of a securities offering or which tokens are securities.”

In the past, both Commissioners have publicly stated a desire for greater regulatory clarity in regards to digital assets – an issue that is missing from SEC Chairman Gary Gensler’s policy agenda. Gensler is an expert on blockchain technology and previously taught a class on the subject at MIT.

Roisman and Peirce state:

“There is a decided lack of clarity for market participants around the application of the securities laws to digital assets and their trading, as is evidenced by the requests each of us receives for clarity and the consistent outreach to the Commission staff for no-action and other relief.  The test laid out in SEC v. W.J. Howey Co., 328 U.S. 293 (1946), is helpful, but, often, including with respect to many digital assets, the application of the test is not crystal clear.  Although the Commission staff has provided some guidance,[1] the large number of factors and absence of weighting cut against the clarity the guidance was intended to offer.  Market participants have difficulty getting a lawyer to sign off that something is not a securities offering or does not implicate the securities laws; they also cannot get a clear answer, backed by a clear Commission-level statement, that something is a securities offering.  The industry, through efforts like the Crypto Rating Council’s framework “to consistently and objectively assess whether any given crypto asset has characteristics that make it more or less likely to be classified as a security under the U.S. federal securities laws,”[2] has sought to play a constructive role in providing clarity.  But the Commission has to engage more.”

The two Commissioners lambast the SEC’s tendency to lean heavily on regulation by enforcement as opposed to creating bright-line rules. Roisman and Peirce are of the opinion this is not the best way forward for this sector of Fintech innovation.

The statement by the two Commissioners notes that “decentralized finance is challenging financial products, intermediation, and financial markets, the only certainty we see is that people have questions about how to comply with the applicable laws and regulations.”

Roisman and Peirce ask the Commission to “let us state it clearly in a rule or in an official piece of guidance and work through the implications of that conclusion for trading platforms and market participants engaged in digital asset transactions.”

The SEC has long been vexed by the emergence of digital assets, tiptoeing around the utilization of blockchain technology for securities, as well as digital assets that offer other services or utilities. Gensler may be hoping Congress will provide legislative direction but many industry insiders believe the SEC should move forward and provide greater guidance on what is most likely a huge part of the future of financial services.

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Source: https://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2021/07/177860-sec-commissioners-peirce-and-roisman-comment-on-enforcement-action-regarding-coinschedule/

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Changing UK Cybercrime Patterns Outlined in PPC Shield Report

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British individuals and businesses have been scammed for £5.7m in losses from just under 15,000 reported cybercrime incidents so far in 2021, research from click fraud prevention firm PPC Shield reveals. Malicious hacking, fraudulent use of social media accounts and email scams are the top methods, accounting for 43 per cent of all reported activity. Malware/viruses, personal hacking and extortion are also common.

The under-40 crowd has reported the most incidents this year with 5,000, suggesting scammers and hackers are predominantly targeting those used to juggling multiple social media accounts, email addresses and banking apps.

While corporate cybercrime only accounts for 10 per cent of reported incidents, the £1.9 million in damages are one-third of the total figure.

The effects take a mental toll. According to ONS data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW), 72 per cent of victims said they had been emotionally affected by their experiences, with almost one third indicating a moderate to severe impact –  mostly annoyance and anger. Ten per cent said they experienced anxiety, depression, fear and sleep disruption.

Four out of five offences (81 per cent) were committed by an individual (not an organization) that was unknown to the victim. According to Google, malware is being used less than at any point since 2007, but phishing websites have grown by 750 per cent. One in three folks who lost money learned through their financial institution.

When non-cyber assisted fraud is factored in, UK authorities have so far received 253,736 reports totalling £1.2 billion in losses this year. They have issued public warnings of phishing scams conducted over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, with an increase in fraudulent text and calls to mobile phones, as individuals posing as bank employees, HMRC and even the NHS charging for fake COVID tests and track and trace.

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Source: https://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2021/07/178444-changing-uk-cybercrime-patterns-outlined-in-ppc-shield-report/

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Changing UK Cybercrime Patterns Outlined in PPC Shield Report

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British individuals and businesses have been scammed for £5.7m in losses from just under 15,000 reported cybercrime incidents so far in 2021, research from click fraud prevention firm PPC Shield reveals. Malicious hacking, fraudulent use of social media accounts and email scams are the top methods, accounting for 43 per cent of all reported activity. Malware/viruses, personal hacking and extortion are also common.

The under-40 crowd has reported the most incidents this year with 5,000, suggesting scammers and hackers are predominantly targeting those used to juggling multiple social media accounts, email addresses and banking apps.

While corporate cybercrime only accounts for 10 per cent of reported incidents, the £1.9 million in damages are one-third of the total figure.

The effects take a mental toll. According to ONS data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW), 72 per cent of victims said they had been emotionally affected by their experiences, with almost one third indicating a moderate to severe impact –  mostly annoyance and anger. Ten per cent said they experienced anxiety, depression, fear and sleep disruption.

Four out of five offences (81 per cent) were committed by an individual (not an organization) that was unknown to the victim. According to Google, malware is being used less than at any point since 2007, but phishing websites have grown by 750 per cent. One in three folks who lost money learned through their financial institution.

When non-cyber assisted fraud is factored in, UK authorities have so far received 253,736 reports totalling £1.2 billion in losses this year. They have issued public warnings of phishing scams conducted over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, with an increase in fraudulent text and calls to mobile phones, as individuals posing as bank employees, HMRC and even the NHS charging for fake COVID tests and track and trace.

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Source: https://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2021/07/178444-changing-uk-cybercrime-patterns-outlined-in-ppc-shield-report/

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Philippines based Paymaya, a Mobile Money and Payments Provider, Chooses Iliad Solutions as its Payments Testing Supplier

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Paymaya, the mobile money and payments provider based in the Philippines, has selected Iliad Solutions as its payments testing supplier.

Iliad Solution’s products and services, which are being used by major financial institutions throughout the world, have been developed to help with minimizing the risk when launching new payments tech, which also helps with lowering the costs that are involved in testing. These products also enhance the speed of deploying new systems.

Paymaya has licensed t3:Switch, Iliad Solution’s dynamic test platform, in order to assist in the testing of the interoperability of their services with international payment schemes.

The t3:Portal has been designed to orchestrate and simplify the process of payment testing and certification. Advanced controls may be applied to various projects at every level, with real time data being accessible through dashboard views.

Paymaya is now able to test out complex transactions with global schemes with greater efficiency – tests are fully automated and may run at up to 5000 transactions every second.

Anthony Walton, CEO at Iliad Solutions, stated:

“The Philippines is one of the most dynamic adopters of digital payments in Southeast Asia. It is moving away from cash payments at pace and using state-of-the-art technology and new digital channels to do so. Paymaya is a leader in this space and Iliad are very proud to be helping them remove friction from the complex process of getting new payments initiatives to market through simplified and automated testing.”

Southeast Asia is an important market for Iliad, given the area’s steady adoption of innovative approaches to making payments, which is increasingly being done via mobile apps.

Iliad Solutions’ management also noted that they’re looking forward to working cooperatlvely with Paymaya as it builds out its multi-channel product offering. It is Iliad’s second significant initiative this year in the Philippines and the firm’s management is pleased to bring their expertise and “perhaps more importantly learn, about this exciting market.”

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Source: https://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2021/07/178429-philippines-based-paymaya-a-mobile-money-and-payments-provider-chooses-iliad-solutions-as-its-payments-testing-supplier/

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Philippines based Paymaya, a Mobile Money and Payments Provider, Chooses Iliad Solutions as its Payments Testing Supplier

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Paymaya, the mobile money and payments provider based in the Philippines, has selected Iliad Solutions as its payments testing supplier.

Iliad Solution’s products and services, which are being used by major financial institutions throughout the world, have been developed to help with minimizing the risk when launching new payments tech, which also helps with lowering the costs that are involved in testing. These products also enhance the speed of deploying new systems.

Paymaya has licensed t3:Switch, Iliad Solution’s dynamic test platform, in order to assist in the testing of the interoperability of their services with international payment schemes.

The t3:Portal has been designed to orchestrate and simplify the process of payment testing and certification. Advanced controls may be applied to various projects at every level, with real time data being accessible through dashboard views.

Paymaya is now able to test out complex transactions with global schemes with greater efficiency – tests are fully automated and may run at up to 5000 transactions every second.

Anthony Walton, CEO at Iliad Solutions, stated:

“The Philippines is one of the most dynamic adopters of digital payments in Southeast Asia. It is moving away from cash payments at pace and using state-of-the-art technology and new digital channels to do so. Paymaya is a leader in this space and Iliad are very proud to be helping them remove friction from the complex process of getting new payments initiatives to market through simplified and automated testing.”

Southeast Asia is an important market for Iliad, given the area’s steady adoption of innovative approaches to making payments, which is increasingly being done via mobile apps.

Iliad Solutions’ management also noted that they’re looking forward to working cooperatlvely with Paymaya as it builds out its multi-channel product offering. It is Iliad’s second significant initiative this year in the Philippines and the firm’s management is pleased to bring their expertise and “perhaps more importantly learn, about this exciting market.”

PlatoAi. Web3 Reimagined. Data Intelligence Amplified.
Click here to access.

Source: https://www.crowdfundinsider.com/2021/07/178429-philippines-based-paymaya-a-mobile-money-and-payments-provider-chooses-iliad-solutions-as-its-payments-testing-supplier/

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