A brand-new cybersecurity watchdog just shut down a $15 million cryptocurrency scam

US regulators appear to be paying more attention to the opaque world of initial coin offerings.

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Monday it halted a fraudulent ICO “falsely promising” over 1,000% returns. The regulator said this was the first case filed by its brand-new cybersecurity unit, aptly named Cyber Unit.

Initial coin offerings, the red-hot cryptocurrency-based fundraising method, have raised more than $3 billion this year by some estimates. They’ve come under the scrutiny of regulators across the world because they allow young companies to raise quick money without, in some cases, having to disclose proper information to investors…

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