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SEC’s cybersecurity in question after ETF tweet blunder

United States senators are demanding answers from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding an erroneous tweet about the approval of spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

Senators J.D. Vance and Thom Tillis called for a detailed explanation from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) following a cybersecurity incident that occurred yesterday, which led to a false announcement about the approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs. The erroneous tweet, which was posted on the SEC’s official X account, caused a temporary surge in Bitcoin’s value, followed by a sharp decline once the SEC clarified that the account had been compromised.

The misleading information not only caused market turmoil but also raised questions about the SEC’s ability to safeguard against cyber threats. The senators’ letter to SEC Chair Gary Gensler expressed deep concern over the SEC’s internal cybersecurity measures and the potential impact on investor protection, market integrity and capital formation.

The SEC has been given a deadline of January 23rd to provide this report to Congress.

The SEC’s X account will continue to be closely monitored today, which is the deadline for the agency’s decision on one of the Bitcoin ETF applications.

While the SEC has rejected all past spot Bitcoin ETF applications, the industry expects multiple applications to be approved today, with some of the funds potentially going live as early as tomorrow.