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SEC says false bitcoin post came after phone number was switched

Stefania Palma in Washington

A false post on the official X social media page of the US Securities and Exchange Commission that prematurely claimed it had approved new bitcoin investment products appeared after a hacker took control of the mobile phone number linked to the account, according to the regulator. 

The widely shared post on January 9 saying that the SEC had given the green light to the first bitcoin exchange traded funds momentarily sent the cryptocurrency sector into a frenzy. It was quickly disavowed by the agency, which announced its bona fide  a day later.

The SEC on Monday said it determined that an unauthorised party had deployed an apparent “SIM swap”, which involves transferring a mobile phone number to a different device without the owner’s permission. The password for the SEC’s account on X was then changed.

Nikki Haley lashes out at Donald Trump’s ‘lies’ in last-gasp bid to win primary

Lauren Fedor in Manchester, New Hampshire

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Nikki Haley lashed out on Monday at what she said were Donald Trump’s “lies”, as she urged voters in New Hampshire to defy the “political class” backing the former president ahead of Tuesday’s pivotal primary vote.

The former South Carolina governor responded to days of attacks by Trump, telling a crowd on Monday morning to check “every single thing” that he had said about her.

“I have seen all of the commercials that you have seen, and I have seen the mail that you have been reading, and every single thing that Donald Trump has said, or put on TV, has been a lie,” Haley said at a veterans’ hall in Franklin, New Hampshire. “Check with the fact checkers, every single thing.”

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