24 Feb '14, 9pm

Securities regulator set to issue consumer alert on bitcoin exchanges

Joseph Borg – the Alabama securities regulator famous for pushing for the formation of a multistate task force that shut down Stratton Oakmont of “The Wolf of Wall Street” fame — will issue an alert tomorrow warning consumers not to trade Bitcoin on exchanges that are experiencing irregularities until issues are resolved, MarketWatch’s Chuck Jaffe reports . Borg, the head of the Alabama Securities Commission, tells Jaffe that the warning is prompted by complaints that some customers of the Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox have had trouble converting digital currency back into dollars. Jaffe said he’s talked to a dozen regulators with similar concerns who have not taken action because they see Bitcoin exchanges as outside of their jurisdiction. Cyberattacks prompted three Bitcoin exchanges to halt withdrawals this month, undermining the currency’s value. Today Reuters reports that ...

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