• The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission allegedly leaked the personal data of crypto miners
• The SEC supposedly leaked names and email addresses belonging to more than 650 individuals by neglecting to use the blind carbon copy (bcc) field
• The SEC reportedly told the Washington Examiner that „protecting the privacy of all parties is critically important“
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is facing serious allegations after a purported data leak was uncovered by the Washington Examiner. The news outlet reported that the SEC leaked the personal data of crypto miners, including names and email addresses belonging to more than 650 individuals.
According to the report, the SEC failed to use the blind carbon copy (bcc) field while conducting an investigation into Green, a blockchain project that is building a decentralized power grid. The project’s user base is made up of node operators or miners, and the SEC’s alleged mistake has put the personal data of these individuals at risk. By using the carbon copy (cc) field instead, the SEC inadvertently revealed the email addresses of those involved in the investigation.
The leak raises serious privacy concerns and puts those affected at risk of phishing and other targeted scams. In response to the report, the SEC told the Washington Examiner that “protecting the privacy of all parties is critically important.” The regulator also said that it is looking into the matter.
Fortunately, the leaked data does not appear to have reached the public domain yet. Nonetheless, the SEC’s alleged mistake could have far-reaching consequences for those involved, and the regulator must take proactive steps to ensure that such an incident does not occur again.