Janet Yellen, the new U.S. Treasury Secretary, has warned about “a growing problem” from “the misuse of cryptocurrencies.” She emphasized that “cryptocurrencies have been used to launder the profits of online drug traffickers; they’ve been a tool to finance terrorism.”

Janet Yellen Warns of Cryptocurrency Risks

The U.S. Department of the Treasury hosted its inaugural Financial Sector Innovation Policy Roundtable on Feb. 9 and 10. “The Roundtable brought together policymakers and regulators with experts from the private sector to exchange views for collaborating on policy issues and innovative technologies,” the department described.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen briefly talked about cryptocurrencies during her opening remarks at the event. “We’re living amidst an explosion of risk related to fraud, money laundering, terrorist financing, and data privacy. As the pandemic has moved more of life online, crime has moved with it,” she…

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