"It's part of (a) shaking out," he said on the
sidelines of a banking conference in the nation's capital.
Mt. Gox, once the world's biggest bitcoin exchange, filed for
bankruptcy protection in Japan on Friday, saying it may have
lost nearly half a billion dollars worth of the virtual coins
after hackers gained access to its systems.
The collapse was another setback for the virtual currency, which
started circulating in 2009 and is accepted by some online
retailers. Proponents of the electronic currency like the fact
that its value relies on a network of computers and is not tied
to any government or central bank.
Lawsky wants to attract healthy bitcoin operators to the state,
and has floated the idea of launching a "BitLicense" to regulate
operators in the industry, and to align any new rules with
existing financial regulation.
The agency hoped to have more to say this week about how it was
writing the new rules and considering how to allow bitcoin
business in the state, Lawsky said.
Lawsky identified one bitcoin exchange the agency is talking to:
Barry Silbert's SecondMarket Holdings, modeled after the New
York Stock Exchange.
"We've had several applications, I wouldn't say they're on hold
but they're being worked on, on a parallel path ... to moving
the regs," Lawsky told reporters. "Ask me later this week, we
are working on that."
(Reporting by Douwe Miedema; editing
by David Gregorio)
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