Fed's Powell warns of digital currency's risks
EghtesadOnline: A top U.S. Federal Reserve official on Friday raised caution about central banks issuing digital currencies as they are vulnerable to cyber attacks and criminal activities along with privacy issues that still need to be addressed.
"A digital currency issued by a central bank would be a global target for cyber attacks, cyber counterfeiting, and cyber theft," Fed Governor Jerome Powell said in prepared remarks at a conference held at the Yale Law School on payment technology.
A digital currency such as bitcoin would be a "prime target" for global criminal activities including money laundering, Powell said.
According to Reuters, he added central banks would need to keep track of digital currency issuance but could raise serious privacy concerns by users and might reduce its appeal.
"Again, there may be important trade-offs between payment and privacy," he said.