U.S. authorities have spoken out against Airdrop

SEC accused the Hydrogen platform of illegally distributing securities. Including through Airdrop

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ruled that Airdrop (the free distribution of tokens) are illegal means of distributing securities. The charges against Hydrogen Technology Corporation indicate this. As well as its former CEO Michael Ross Kane and Moonwalkers CEO Tyler Ostern.

An SEC lawsuit says that in 2018, New York-based Hydrogen, which had ceased operations at this point, created a Hydro token. And then publicly distributed it via airdrop. These were rewards to individuals for promoting their token, rewards to employees, and in the form of direct sales on cryptoplatforms. Likewise, the SEC alleges that Hydrogen hired South African firm Moonwalkers after distributing its token. This was done to create the false appearance of market activity regarding Hydro token. As a result of this manipulation, Hydrogen made a profit of more than $2 million.

“Companies cannot avoid applying securities laws by arranging unregistered offers and sales of their securities as rewards, compensation or other similar methods,” said SEC Deputy Director of the Division of Enforcement Carolyn M. Welshahans.

Our experts also noted that SEC has requested injunctions against defendants for participation in certain types of activities. And including the distribution of securities.

Perhaps now we are seeing the first judicial precedent that will allow a complete ban on any Airdrop

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SEC says all Ethereum transactions fall under U.S. jurisdiction, Crypto-Upvotes expert review

SEC filed a lawsuit against Ian Balina, a famous member of cryptocurrency community. The lawsuit states that all Ethereum blockchain transactions take place in USA territory

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) claims that transactions on Ethereum are made in United States. Because blockchain validators (network nodes) are clustered more tightly in the United States than in any other country. This claim was made in a lawsuit against famous member of cryptocurrency community Ian Balina.

The lawsuit was filed Monday, Sept. 19. Balina is accused of breaking law while promoting Sparkster Cryptocurrency ICO (SPRK) in 2018. Which raised about $30 million from 4,000 investors.

This is not the first time the agency has initiated such litigation. However, paragraph 69 of this lawsuit states : ” At that point, their ETH contributions were validated by a network of nodes on the Ethereum blockchain,
which are clustered more densely in the United States than in any other country. As a result, those
transactions took place in the United States.”

According to Etherscan, more than 46% of all Ethereum nodes are now operating in the US.

What this means for Ethereum

Our experts think that mentions of transaction processing by US-based nodes in a lawsuit against blogger Ian Balina. It can also be interpreted as the SEC  attempt to extend its jurisdiction over any transactions in Ethereum network according to geographical principle. And in the future, this could become a precedent and reinforce the current fears of transaction censorship. Which have arisen since sanctions were imposed on Tornado Cash mixer.

Following the Ethereum move to Proof-of-Stake. And given its high level of centralization, Coinbase, Kraken and Binance are estimated by Nansen to account for 30.25% of ETH blocked in stacking. The U.S. government could seriously consider bringing this space under its control.

In future case law, similar lawsuits from the SEC may await other cryptocurrencies. Which work on the Proof-of-Stake algorithm.

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