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Hacker Exploited SEC Chair’s Phone Number To Post Fake Spot BTC ETF Approval: X

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Hacker Exploited SEC Chair’s Phone Number To Post Fake Spot BTC ETFs Approval: X

  • X’s Safety team has cleared the air on SEC’s misleading tweet with the claim that hacker exploited SEC Chair Gary Gengler’s phone number to tweet the misleading spot BTC ETFs approval.

According to the social media X, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) did not employ basic security measures on its X (formerly Twitter) account when it was “compromised” to spread false bitcoin ETF news,

Late Tuesday, X’s Safety team said it had completed its “preliminary investigation” into the SEC’s market-moving, false post on approval of bitcoin ETF applications, which the regulator blamed on its “compromised” account.

“The compromise was not due to any breach of X’s systems, but rather due to an unidentified individual obtaining control over a phone number associated with the @SECGov account through a third party,” X’s Safety account posted.

See Also: US Senators Seek Gary Gensler’s Report On X Breach, Deadline Monday

The explanation seemingly rules out an “inside job” or “fat finger” theory of the midday post.

Bitcoin (BTC) price pumped on the post, but quickly crashed after SEC Chair Gary Gensler clarified that the post was phony.

The incident raises new questions about basic security measures being taken by the SEC, the most powerful investment regulator in the US and one whose statements are closely watched and traded on.

Gensler himself has previously encouraged investors to take their security seriously.

This is a reminder to secure your financial accounts as well as protect against identity theft and fraud.

Remember to:
🔒Use strong passphrases or passwords
🔒Set up multifactor authentication
🔒Keep account alerts turned on#CybersecurityAwarenessMonthhttps://t.co/qitGkujLxD

— Gary Gensler (@GaryGensler) October 24, 2023

US senators J.D. Vance and Thom Tillis have sent a letter to the SEC demanding an explanation of its lapse in cybersecurity.

🚨BREAKING: Senators @JDVance1 & @SenThomTillis Demand Explanation For The SEC's Errant Announcement Of The Approval Of Spot-Bitcoin ETFs

"It is unacceptable that the agency entrusted with regulating the epicenter of the world’s capital markets would make such a colossal error." pic.twitter.com/xG77jM9xAM

— Senator Vance Press Office (@SenVancePress) January 10, 2024

“It is unacceptable that the agency entrusted with regulating the epicenter of the world’s capital markets would make such a colossal error,” they wrote.

“We can also confirm that the account did not have two-factor authentication enabled at the time the account was compromised. We encourage all users to enable this extra layer of security,” X posted.

“turns out the sec was worried about the wrong security” pic.twitter.com/NAComcTcSH

— twicrates 5’8.375 (@twicrates) January 9, 2024

The post Hacker Exploited SEC Chair’s Phone Number To Post Fake Spot BTC ETF Approval: X appeared first on BitcoinWorld.

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