WSJ: HACK founder, Nasdaq sue for ETF theft

WSJ reports on the legal drama behind leading cybersecurity ETF (HACK +0.4%) that involves Nasdaq and HACK founder Andrew Chanin accusing a third party of stealing $1.4B in ETFs.

HACK launched in 2014 as a joint venture between ISE, which was later acquired by Nasdaq, and Chanin. The launch came twelve days before the notorious Sony hack, which drove investors into the space. 

Chanin hired a firm led by Sam Masucci to manage the day-to-day operations of the PureFunds ETFs. 

ETFs tend to have a managerial adviser and independent trustee overseeing things. Masucci’s group served as HACK’s adviser, and he led the three-member trustee board.

The other parties accuse Masucci of elbowing them out of the ETF last summer to take control. Masucci claims the others never owned the ETF and that he took over to protect investors.  

Previously: Bitcoin investors snooze word of cryptocurrency exchange attack (Dec. 12, 2017)