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Biden administration weighs executive order on cryptocurrencies

Biden administration weighs executive order on cryptocurrencies

Earlier this month, President Joe Biden said top US national security advisers will gather officials from 30 countries this month with plans to combat the growing threat of ransom ware and other cyber crime.

The White House is considering a wide ranging oversight of the crypto currency market to combat the growing threat of ransom ware and other cybercrime, a spokeswoman said on Friday.

"The NSC and NEC are coordinating across the interagency to look at ways we can ensure that crypto currency and other digital assets are not used to prop up bad actors, including ransom ware criminals," the White House National Security Council spokeswoman said.

The oversight could include an executive order, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday. The spokeswoman did not comment on whether an executive order will be part of such oversight.

Ransom software works by encrypting victims' data. Typically hackers will offer the victim a key in return for crypto currency payments that can run into hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars.

Earlier this month, President Joe Biden said top U.S. national security advisers will gather officials from 30 countries this month with plans to combat the growing threat of ransom ware and other cybercrime.

An online session hosted by the White House National Security Council will also be aimed at "improving law enforcement collaboration" on issues like "the illicit use of crypto currency," Biden had said.

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