The United States Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, has reportedly leaked the names and email addresses of numerous crypto miners connected to blockchain company Green.
According to a January 17 report by the Washington Examiner, the SEC unwittingly included 650 names and email addresses in an email communication with Green as part of an investigation, leaving blockchain nodes vulnerable to hacks. The financial regulator reportedly contacted green users regarding their purchase of the company’s products.
“The Privacy Act 1974 […] prohibits the disclosure without consent of information about individuals that the federal government maintains in a system of records,” said the SEC website. “If we store information about you in a system of records from which we retrieve that information by personal identifier […] we will protect your information in accordance with the Privacy Act.
Hackers often have targeted centralized crypto exchanges to obtain user information, but allegations of inadvertent leaks by government officials are less common. In October, the US Department of Justice announced charges against two Chinese intelligence officers who allegedly bribed a double agent with Bitcoin (BTC).
The SEC also executed several crackdowns on crypto firms in 2022 in what many critics called the agency taking a “regulation by enforcement” approach. In December, the financial regulator added his name to the list of federal agencies behind the indictment of former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried. alleging violations of anti-fraud provisions securities laws.