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CFTC Fines Stablecoin Issuer Tether and Crypto Exchange Bitfinex $42.5 Million

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On Friday, October 15, 2021, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced that it had ordered the company Tether Holdings Limited and Ifinex Inc., the parent company of Bitfinex, to pay fines totaling $42.5 million. The CFTC accuses Tether of “making untrue or misleading statements and omissions of material fact in connection with the U.S. dollar tether token (USDT) stablecoin.”

CFTC Issues Two Fines to Tether and Bitfinex, CFTC Expects ‘Honesty and Transparency in the Developing Digital Assets Marketplace’

The stablecoin issuer Tether and Ifinex have been charged by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the two firms have been ordered to pay $42.5 million. Tether is accused of “making untrue or misleading statements and omissions” in regards to the stablecoin the firm issues.

The U.S. regulator also claims that the crypto exchange Bitfinex “engaged in illegal, off-exchange retail commodity transactions in digital assets with U.S persons on the Bitfinex trading platform and operated as a futures commission merchant (FCM) without registering as required.”

“This case highlights the expectation of honesty and transparency in the rapidly growing and developing digital assets marketplace,” the acting CFTC chairman Rostin Behnam explained on Friday. “The CFTC will continue to take decisive action to bring to light untrue or misleading statements that impact CFTC jurisdictional markets.”

In the past, Tether and Bitfinex had issues with the New York Attorney General’s Office (NYAG), but reached a settlement this year. At the time, New York Attorney General Letitia James declared in a statement:

Bitfinex and Tether recklessly and unlawfully covered-up massive financial losses to keep their scheme going and protect their bottom lines. Tether’s claims that its virtual currency was fully backed by U.S. dollars at all times was a lie. These companies obscured the true risk investors faced and were operated by unlicensed and unregulated individuals and entities dealing in the darkest corners of the financial system.

CFTC’s Acting Director of Enforcement Says Regulation Is Meant to ‘Promote Market Integrity and Protect US Customers’

Bitfinex and Tether eventually settled with the NYAG in late February 2021, and the firms had to pay an $18.5 million fine. The acting director of CFTC enforcement, Vincent McGonagle, says the latest news concerning the CFTC’s fines against the two crypto companies shows the regulator is committed to promoting integrity.

“As demonstrated by today’s actions against Tether and Bitfinex, the CFTC is committed to carrying out its statutory charge to promote market integrity and protect U.S. customers,” McGonagle said in a press statement. The CFTC’s acting director of enforcement further added:

The CFTC will use its strong anti-fraud enforcement authority over commodities, including digital assets, when necessary. The CFTC will also act to ensure that certain margined, leveraged or financed digital asset trading offered to retail U.S. customers must occur on properly registered and regulated exchanges. Moreover, as the Bitfinex order reflects, the CFTC will take decisive action against those who choose to violate CFTC orders.

Meanwhile, crypto markets have been enthralled by the rumors of a bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) getting the green light from regulators. So much so that crypto markets did not even flinch when the CFTC’s news about Tether and Bitfinex dropped on Friday afternoon.

In a concurring statement, CFTC commissioner Dawn D. Stump said: “I agree with the Commission’s findings” concerning the fines against Tether and Bitfinex. “The settlement with the Tether respondents finds that there were misrepresentations regarding the assets backing tether, specifically that the USDT tokens were backed 1-to-1 by US dollars. The evidence establishes that this assurance provided to tether customers was not 100% true, 100% of the time. When reviewing this record, it is clear to me that wrongdoing occurred, and that someone should be held accountable,” Stump added.

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Crypto whitehat security firm CertiK bags $1 billion valuation after Sequoia raise

CertiK today announced the completion of an $80 million Series B2 financing round. This investment is led by Sequoia, with participation from existing investors including Tiger Global, Coatue Management, and GL Ventures (Hillhouse Capital’s VC arm). This not only sets the bar for the largest single round of fundraising in the blockchain security space but::Listen

CertiK today announced the completion of an $80 million Series B2 financing round. This investment is led by Sequoia, with participation from existing investors including Tiger Global, Coatue Management, and GL Ventures (Hillhouse Capital’s VC arm).

This not only sets the bar for the largest single round of fundraising in the blockchain security space but now brings CertiK’s valuation to nearly $1 billion. This is the third round of capital raised by CertiK within four months, altogether totaling just over $140 million.

There has been a substantial increase in demand for blockchain security in the past few years – mostly driven by recent blockchain hacks, and stolen cryptocurrency. In 2021, $1.3 billion in cryptocurrency was lost to hacks, exploits, and scams – a large increase from the over $500 million dollars lost in 2020.

CertiK posts record growth

CertiK has experienced incredible growth over the past year, increasing its revenues by 20x and its headcount by 4x. To date, CertiK has provided security products and services to over 1,800 clients, detected over 31,000 vulnerabilities in blockchain code, and protected over $310 billion worth of digital assets. 

“Blockchain security is an indispensable link in the commercial value chain overall,” said a Sequoia spokesperson. “We are very proud to invest in CertiK, which is deeply involved in this field. This is an important addition to our global blockchain investment landscape. We believe that CertiK can create synergies with other companies we have invested in. Our goal is that Sequoia can provide CertiK with resources to jointly develop the blockchain security market.” 

In addition to blockchain and smart contract auditing and formal verification through its Security Leaderboard platform, CertiK launched Skynet, the first 24/7, active-monitoring platform. Skynet monitors and protects smart contracts as well as blockchains against sophisticated security threats.

As the security threat landscape continues to evolve, Skynet’s strategy is to utilize large amounts of on-chain and off-chain machine learning data. With this data Skynet can adapt and evolve, to protect smart contracts and blockchains against new threats. Both Security Leaderboard and Skynet are seeing incredible growth. Since the end of 2020, Skynet’s booked revenue has grown 2,300%, and the total number of users on the Security Leaderboard has grown 2,000%. 

The newly raised capital coupled with revenue generated from both Skynet and Security Leaderboard will be used for the development and operation of more innovative products. “Smart contract auditing and formal verification are the first steps in a blockchain security service,” CertiK Co-founder, Professor Ronghui Gu pointed out.

CertiK strives to create a leadership team composed of the best talent. Dr. David Tarditi, who recently joined CertiK as Vice President of Engineering, has over 16 years of experience growing and leading engineering and research teams at Microsoft.

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CFTC Fines Stablecoin Issuer Tether and Crypto Exchange Bitfinex $42.5 Million

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