Korean Government: 11 out of 21 Crypto Exchanges Complete Security Measures

Korean Government: 11 out of 21 Crypto Exchanges Complete Security Measures

The South Korean government has announced the outcome of its inspection of 21 cryptocurrency exchanges. While a number of exchanges have completed implementing both short-term and wallet management measures, many security vulnerabilities remain at most exchanges.

Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space

21 Exchanges Inspected

Korean Government: 11 out of 21 Crypto Exchanges Complete Security MeasuresSouth Korea’s government has announced the result of its mid-term review of 21 cryptocurrency exchanges. The inspection was conducted in June and July by the Korea Internet and Security Agency (KISA) and the Korean Ministry of Science and Technology.

KISA security experts visited each exchange to check on the 85 items identified during its previous crypto exchange inspection, conducted between January and March. They focused on 17 items which needed immediate implementation; six were short-term measures and 11 concerned crypto wallet management.

Korean Government: 11 out of 21 Crypto Exchanges Complete Security Measures“Intermediate checks were carried out in such a way as to confirm whether improvements had been made, focusing on the 17 security items recommended for quick action,” the government explained. These items include dedicated security and management staff, a password management system, crypto deposit and withdrawal controls, and a system to monitor wallets for abnormalities.

The agencies revealed that 11 out of 21 exchanges have completed the short-term measures. In addition, eight of them have also improved their wallet management systems. The eight are Upbit, Bithumb, Korbit, Coinnest, Coinlink, Coinone, Coinplug, and Huobi Korea, local media detailed. The government reiterated:

In the management of virtual currency wallets, most of the vulnerabilities in the business have not yet been improved.

Furthermore, twelve companies have been found to have insufficient security procedures to prevent data leakage and loss of funds from their cold wallets. Ten companies have inadequate systems to monitor hot wallets for suspicious activities. In addition, at least ten businesses lack wallet backup and recovery measures.

Further Inspections Planned

The final check on the implementation of recommended measures will be carried out next month, the agencies noted, adding that any new crypto exchanges will also be inspected.

Korean Government: 11 out of 21 Crypto Exchanges Complete Security Measures“Because of the weak security of virtual currency exchanges, we should be careful in investing,” Kim Jong-sam, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Information and Communication, commented. “We will continue to check virtual currency exchanges to improve security.”

Referencing the hack of Coinrail and Bithumb in June, KISA described that “the leakage of virtual currency due to the hacking of recent dealers has directly led to the damage of users,” adding that after checking 85 security items, “there are many dealers with low security.”

Emphasizing that they have been asking crypto exchanges to “improve security levels by completing the recommendations for improvement,” the agencies revealed:

We plan to support the improvement of the security level of the dealers through continuous inspection of the dealers.

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Korea’s Biggest Crypto Exchange UPbit Comes Out Clean in Audit after Raid

UPbit, currently the biggest crypto exchange in South Korea, came out clean in an audit report which proved the exchange had 100 percent of the amount its balance sheet demonstrated. Police Raid in May On May 11, as CCN reported, UPbit was raided by local authorities under the suspicion of balance sheet manipulation and inflated … Continued

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South Korea Plans to End Major Tax Benefits for Bitcoin Exchanges

South Korea Plans to End Major Tax Benefits for Bitcoin Exchanges

The South Korean government has announced a new set of tax law amendments. Under this proposal, bitcoin exchanges will no longer be eligible for income and corporate tax deductions currently enjoyed by small and medium-sized businesses. The regulators have also been considering imposing capital gains tax on the sale of cryptocurrencies.

Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space

Stripping Away Tax Benefits

The South Korean government has announced its proposed Revised Tax Law 2018. In the official statement published Monday, the government wrote, “from next year, virtual currency handling businesses will be excluded from the industries eligible for the tax reduction for SMEs [small and medium-sized enterprises].”

South Korea Plans to End Major Tax Benefits for Bitcoin Exchanges
The South Korean government announcing 2018 tax amendments.

News1 explained that crypto exchanges “have been considered as venture companies or small and medium-sized businesses for tax purposes until now,” allowing them to benefit from considerable income tax deduction. Citing other favorable tax treatments such as depreciation of assets acquired during the first four years, the publication elaborated:

Under the current tax exemption rules, income tax and corporation tax are reduced by 50% to 100% for five years for business startups, SMEs and venture companies.

Crypto Exchanges to Pay Higher Taxes

South Korea Plans to End Major Tax Benefits for Bitcoin ExchangesAccording to the news outlet, the government has decided to exclude crypto exchanges from the list of entities eligible for SME tax deduction “because the cryptocurrency trading business lacks the effect of creating added value.” The revised tax law will be submitted to the National Assembly and, if passed, will go into effect next year.

Crypto exchanges are currently liable to pay corporation tax of up to 22%, Seoul Finance described, adding that “considering that virtual currency exchanges earned huge amounts of money in the last year and earlier this year, it is estimated that the amount of exemption would be considerably large.” The publication conveyed that under the current setup:

Bitsum exchange, which is estimated to have net profit of over 250 billion won [~US$223 million] last year, should pay 54.4 billion won [~$48.6 million] in corporate tax but it is expected to save 27.2 billion won [~$24.3 million] since it receives 50% reduction.

However, “taxation on the sale of cryptocurrency was not included in the amendment bill…based on the judgment that more research is needed,” the publication emphasized. “The government has been considering imposing capital gains tax virtual currency trading profits since early this year, but no specific taxation bill has come out.”

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Binance Will Face Tough Competition in South Korea in New Market Expansion

Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, is planning an expansion into South Korea, the third biggest cryptocurrency market behind Japan and the US. South Korea’s Unique Market Structure In South Korea, two major digital asset trading platforms have had dominance over the crypto exchange market for several years. UPbit, an exchange created and developed by

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Most Complex dApp on Ethereum Already Has Millions of Dollars at Stake

Augur, which its co-founder Joey Krug previously described as the most complex decentralized application (dApp) on the Ethereum blockchain, has surpassed a million dollars at stake and demonstrated a rapid growth rate over the past few weeks. Future of Decentralized Betting In essence, Augur is a decentralized betting platform that exists on the Ethereum network.

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Only 12 out of 23 Korean Crypto Exchanges Pass Probe – Inspector Under Fire

Only 12 out of 23 Korean Crypto Exchanges Pass Probe – Inspector Under Fire

The self-regulatory inspection of South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges is complete. Fourteen out of 23 exchanges agreed to be inspected. Twelve met the self-regulatory standards despite security flaws, raising questions of how effective the inspection is.

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12 Exchanges Pass Security Checks

Only 12 out of 23 Korean Crypto Exchanges Pass Probe – Inspector Under FireThe Korea Blockchain Association (KBA) held a press conference Wednesday to announce the results of its inspection of cryptocurrency exchanges operating in the country. The Association “gave a nod to the cybersecurity standards of 12 cryptocurrency exchanges,” the Korea Herald reported.

The KBA has been heavily promoting self-regulation since its establishment last year. Out of 23 members that are crypto exchanges, 14 of them voluntarily agreed to be inspected. According to the news outlet:

Exchanges that gained self-regulatory affirmation were 12 out of 14: Dexko, Hanbitco, Okcoin Korea, Huobi Korea, Bithumb, Upbit, Neoframe, Gopax, Cpdax, Coinzest, Korbit and Coinone. Operators of the other two — Sunny7 and Komid — withdrew from the KBA-led inspection.

The inspection was conducted “through interviews by third-party experts authorized by KBA in June and July,” the publication noted, emphasizing that a “hacking simulation on the exchanges did not take place.”

Nonetheless, the association said the 12 exchanges met “general standards” such as “minimum total assets, adoption of a cold wallet, anti-money laundering requirements and dozens more.” They also met “the criteria for cybersecurity standards, which the association referred to as minimum requirements.”

Association Criticized for Poor Screening

Following the KBA’s announcement, some industry participants pointed out major flaws in the inspection.

12 Korean Crypto Exchanges Pass Self-Regulatory Probe but Inspector Under FireThe association has come “under fire for poor screening of cryptocurrency exchanges,” the Korea Times wrote, emphasizing that “the KBA even extended its one-month inspection to two months to allow sufficient time for underprepared exchanges, inviting criticism for carrying out an inspection in name only.”

Furthermore, “It is pointed out that even though hacking incidents at virtual currency trading sites have occurred recently, all trading sites have passed the screening,” Money Today wrote, suggesting that the inspection was ineffective. Last month, Coinrail and Bithumb were hacked.

The news outlet quoted an industry source asserting, “it is doubtful that all of them have passed [the inspection],” noting that “the fact that the scores of the detailed evaluation items are not disclosed for each trading site is also a cause of doubt in the examination results.” The Korea Times elaborated:

The KBA did not disclose a detailed score or security rating of each cryptocurrency exchange, casting doubt about the fairness of the inspection. The KBA said the disclosure could trigger another cyberattack on domestic exchanges with weaker security firewalls.

The chairman of the association, Jeon Ha-jin, even “indirectly admitted the group’s inspection may have loopholes,” according to the news outlet.

12 Korean Crypto Exchanges Pass Self-Regulatory Probe but Inspector Under FireHe was quoted explaining, “This inspection does not guarantee the absolute safety of the 12 exchanges,” noting that “The result indicates the 12 exchanges satisfy the minimum requirement for their operations. It is like a driver’s license. It is hard to tell whether they are good drivers or not.”

The chairman also declined to elaborate on a “huge gap in the level of handling cybersecurity risks between the 12 exchanges,” the Korea Herald conveyed.

The announcement by KBA came just days after the Korean government revealed its analysis of hacking incidents in the country. The government has been criticized for not doing enough to prevent hacking damages since three of the 31 exchanges it inspected were hacked, causing damages of about 110 billion won (~US$98 million).

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Korean Government Criticized for Crypto Exchange Hacks, Upbit Denies Hack Rumor

Korean Government Criticized for Crypto Exchange Hacks, Upbit Denies Hack Rumor

The South Korean government has been criticized for not doing enough to help prevent hacking at cryptocurrency exchanges. Data obtained by the regulators show that three crypto exchanges were hacked, with damage of almost $1 billion, after having gone through an inspection by the government. Meanwhile, one of the nation’s largest crypto exchanges, Upbit, has denied the rumor that it was also hacked.

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Crypto Hacking Incidents

The South Korean Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Information and Communication, the Korea Communications Commission (KCC), and the National Police Agency have submitted data on hacking incidents of cryptocurrency exchanges to the National Assembly, local media reported on Monday.

Korean Government Criticized for Crypto Exchange Hacks, Upbit Denies Hack Rumor
Min Kyung-wook.

Min Kyung-wook, a member of the National Assembly’s Science and Technology Information and Communications Commission, revealed that the data shows seven hacking incidents. They resulted in the loss of 128.8 billion won (~US$115 million) in cryptocurrencies, the Korea Daily reported.

The government has conducted a security check on 31 crypto exchanges, the news outlet detailed, adding that 10 of them were inspected between September and December last year while the other 21 from January to March this year.

The regulators advised the exchanges to take immediate action to improve a number of areas such as the “lack of information security system such as firewall, lack of system access control, [and] insufficient malicious code prevention.”

Government Criticized

Out of the total damage of 128.8 billion won, 110 billion won (~$98.5 million) in cryptocurrencies were stolen from three crypto exchanges. These three “were hacked even after receiving government security checks,” the publication noted. “The government has been criticized for not being able to take effective measures against the exchange security problem.”

Korean Government Criticized for Crypto Exchange Hacks, Upbit Denies Hack RumorThe first of the three is Youbit. The platform was inspected by the government on October 26 and 27 last year but was subsequently hacked less than two months later, on December 19. The security breach resulted in the loss of about 25.9 billion won (~$23.2 million).

Coinrail was inspected on February 8 and 9 and was hacked on June 10, with damage of about 53 billion won (~$47.5 million), the publication quoted the government’s findings.

One of the country’s largest crypto exchanges, Bithumb, was inspected twice by the government, on November 29 and 30 last year and again on February 22 and 23, the news outlet detailed. However, on June 19, it suffered a security breach and lost about 35 billion won (~$31.4 million). The exchange, however, lowered its loss estimate to about 19 billion won (~$17 million) days later.

Lawmaker Min criticized the government, pointing out:

The hacking incidents occurred even at the places where the government directly conducted security checks.

Citing that “the government has not yet made clear rules for cryptocurrencies,” Professor Lim Jong-in of Korea University’s Information Security Graduate School asserted that “as Bithumb and other exchanges act as financial institutions in reality, the government should set up a regulatory system based on this.” He believes that if the regulators let them remain as they are, “the damage will be exponential.”

Upbit Denies Hack Rumor

Korean Government Criticized for Crypto Exchange Hacks, Upbit Denies Hack RumorWith news of multiple security breaches at various crypto exchanges, all eyes are one of the nation’s leading crypto exchanges by volume, Upbit. There have been various rumors that the Kakao-backed exchange has been hacked even though Upbit has consistently denied them.

On July 8, the exchange issued a statement in response to one particular rumor which it said had surfaced “in many communities” on Sunday. Citing that the rumor is false, the exchange wrote:

Your assets held at Upbit are kept secure…The large amount of coins movement found through communities is part of [us] upgrading the wallet management system, and the work is done under the tightly managed security environment of Upbit…We hope that your investment will not be harmed due to false rumors.

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3 Hacks in 12 Months: The Reasons Behind Crypto Exchange Bithumb’s Failings

South Korea’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb, which has been the most trusted digital asset trading platform within the country alongside UPbit, Coinone, and Korbit over the past few years, has been hacked for the third time in 12 months. Hackers Can Hack Any Cryptocurrency Exchange On June 20, Bithumb experienced a $30 million hacking attack, … Continued

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Bithumb Hack Prevents Corrective Cryptocurrency Rally, Market Drops

South Korea’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb experienced a hacking attack that led to a $30 million loss on June 20, leading the cryptocurrency market to drop by $6 billion within hours. Major cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, and Bitcoin Cash, which successfully picked up some momentum throughout June 17 to 19, ended their corrective

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Korean Authorities Admit to Postponing Cryptocurrency Regulation Because it Legitimizes Market

Authorities have admitted that the South Korean government had postponed the regulation of the cryptocurrency sector because it feared consumers will acknowledge it as the government legitimizing the cryptocurrency market. Government is Aware Regulation Will Legitimize Market Last week, CCN reported that the government of South Korea and its financial agencies including the Korea Financial … Continued

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South Korean Government Agency Seeks Direct Supervision Over Crypto Exchanges

South Korean Government Agency Seeks Direct Supervision Over Crypto Exchanges

The South Korean government is reportedly seeking to bring cryptocurrency exchanges under the direct supervision of the country’s Financial Intelligence Unit. This will obligate crypto exchanges to follow anti-money laundering directives like banks do. This is the first time a government agency has said it will oversee crypto exchanges.

Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space

AML Obligations

South Korean Government Agency Seeks Direct Supervision Over Crypto ExchangesThe Korea Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), under the supervision of the Financial Services Commission (FSC), recently held an Anti-Money Laundering Policy Advisory Committee meeting. The meeting was set up to discuss measures against money laundering and terrorism financing activities.

“We plan to include virtual currency exchanges under a direct supervision of the AML / CFT (Anti-Money Laundering/ Countering Terrorism Financing) system,” the committee was quoted by Maeil Business. Citing that “the legislation has already been introduced in the National Assembly,” the news outlet elaborated:

This is the first time government agencies have said they will oversee virtual currency exchanges…When the bill is passed, virtual currency exchanges will be obliged to monitor the suspicious money-laundering transactions and report them to the FIU.

The Need for Direct Supervision

Currently, the FSC and the FIU have no jurisdiction over crypto exchanges since cryptocurrencies are not considered financial assets. The regulators have to monitor money-laundering activities of crypto exchanges through banks.

South Korean Government Agency Seeks Direct Supervision Over Crypto ExchangesWith the proposed changes, according to the committee, “If a virtual currency exchange does not comply with these obligations, the FIU or the entrusted FSS [Financial Supervisory Service] will be able to inspect the monitoring system of the virtual currency exchange,” the publication conveyed.

According to the Hankyoreh, the FSS said that it will also tighten its oversight of banks that provide virtual accounts to crypto exchanges. For example, banks must report deposits of more than 10 million won per day or more than 20 million won over 7 days for crypto transactions to the FIU as suspicious transactions that could lead to money laundering.

Crypto Industry’s AML Measures

Recently, South Korea’s top cryptocurrency exchanges have been ramping up their AML measures.

South Korean Government Agency Seeks Direct Supervision Over Crypto ExchangesOne of the largest crypto exchanges in the country, Bithumb, has recently implemented some strong anti-money laundering measures. Last month, the exchange blocked the trading of 11 countries as well as tightened its verification process for foreign users. The exchange also lowered the withdrawal limits for crypto traders that do not fully verify their identity. The third largest exchange in the country, Coinone, also said that it is implementing similar withdrawal limits for accounts not using the real-name system.

Another major exchange, Upbit, has an anti-money laundering system in place in collaboration with Thomson Reuters. The exchange recently rewarded six people for reporting fraudulent cryptocurrency schemes.

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Korean Exchange Upbit Paid Six People for Reporting Fraudulent Crypto Schemes

Korean Exchange Upbit Paid Six People for Reporting Fraudulent Crypto Schemes

A major South Korean exchange, Upbit, has paid six people for reporting fraudulent crypto-related schemes. Ten cases were reported to the exchange and six of them were selected. Upbit also recently partnered with Thomson Reuters to operate a system to support transparent crypto transactions.

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Upbit Paid Users for Reporting Fraud

One of South Korea’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, the Kakao Corp-backed Upbit, has paid six individuals for reporting fraudulent crypto-related schemes.

Korean Exchange Upbit Paid Six People for Reporting Fraudulent Crypto SchemesThe exchange implemented a bounty system in March to reward users for identifying fraudulent schemes related to cryptocurrencies. The system is focused on identifying multi-level, illegal scams posing as cryptocurrencies or initial coin offering (ICO) tokens. “To the original complainant, Upbit pays a reward of 1 million won [~USD$931],” the exchange’s operator Dunamu Inc announced at the time.

Upbit said last week:

Since the implementation of the system, a total of 10 cases have been received and 6 of them have been selected. On June 6, we sent a reward of KRW 1 million with appreciation to the applicants.

Korean Exchange Upbit Paid Six People for Reporting Fraudulent Crypto Schemes
Lee Seok-woo, the representative of Dunamu Inc (middle), and four out of the six winners.

“We provide reward money to users who have reported fraudulent acts that impersonate [an] ICO to the investigating agency (police, prosecutors) and submit the necessary evidence documents to prove the declaration,” the exchange clarified. While Upbit indicated that proper reporting procedures were not followed “such as the lack of evidence of investigation agency reports,” it decided to pay out regardless, to reward users for participating in the system and “to create a sound cryptocurrency ecosystem.”

Korean Exchange Upbit Paid Six People for Reporting Fraudulent Crypto SchemesThe Kakao Corp-backed Upbit used to command the number one spot in the South Korean market in terms of overall trading volume. However, at the time of this writing, Upbit is the world’s eighth largest crypto exchange with a 24-hour trading volume of $201,594,215, according to Coinmaketcap. It is the second largest exchange in South Korea, after allowing Bithumb to retake the number one spot with $239,054,683 of trading volume over the same time period. Last month, news.Bitcoin.com wrote about the Korean authorities launching an investigation into Upbit.

World-Check in Partnership with Thomson Reuters

In addition to the aforementioned fraud notification system, Upbit has also recently created a system called World-Check. The system is part of a collaboration with Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm.

Korean Exchange Upbit Paid Six People for Reporting Fraudulent Crypto Schemes

The system is meant to support transparent cryptocurrency transactions and strengthen the company’s KYC (Know-Your-Customer) program. It aims to be “the trusted and accurate source of risk intelligence made available to help you meet your regulatory obligations, make informed decisions, and help prevent your business from inadvertently being used to launder the proceeds of crime or association with corrupt business practices,” the company described.

Korean Exchange Upbit Paid Six People for Reporting Fraudulent Crypto SchemesWhen a user joins Upbit, their membership information is checked against the World Check data. If the security risk is determined to be high in relation to crime and terrorism, the registration process is immediately terminated. The system also checks daily for criminal records of members against the World-Check database. The company believes that this will help prevent money laundering and terrorism financing activities using cryptocurrencies.

In an unrelated event, a small South Korean crypto exchange, Coinrail, claimed it was hacked over the weekend. The police are now investigating the case.

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No Illicit Activities: South Korea’s Biggest Cryptocurrency Exchange Cleared by Government

Bithumb, South Korea’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange, has been cleared by local financial authorities and the National Tax Service (NTS). While the company was ordered to pay $28 million in taxes, the government found no evidence of illicit activities, tax evasion, and suspicious business operations. No Illegal Activity For many months, investors in the local cryptocurrency … Continued

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Korean Crypto Exchange Coinone and 20 Traders to Face Charges Over Margin Trading

Korean Crypto Exchange Coinone and 20 Traders to Face Charges Over Margin Trading

The South Korean police are reportedly preparing to charge Coinone’s executives, including its CEO, and 20 of the exchange’s members. This follows a 10-month investigation on allegations that the exchange provided gambling services through its crypto margin trading program.

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Coinone’s Investigation Concludes

South Korea’s Cybercrime Investigation Unit of the Southern Provincial Police Department announced on Thursday, June 7, its plan to bring charges against Coinone over the exchange’s margin trading service, local media report.

Korean Crypto Exchange Coinone and 20 Traders to Face Charges Over Margin TradingCoinone, which opened in August 2014, is the country’s third-largest cryptocurrency exchange, after Upbit and Bithumb. Its 24-hour trading volume is $34,342,088 at the time of this writing, according to Coinmarketcap.

The police are reportedly recommending that the prosecutor’s office charges three of Coinone’s executives, including CEO Myunghun Cha, as well as 20 members. The former will be charged with providing illegal gambling services and the latter with illegally gambling.

In South Korea, gambling is a crime under Chapter 23 of the Criminal Act.

The investigation of Coinone “on allegations that the exchange provided gambling services for margin trading” began in August last year, the Kyunghyang Shinmun wrote, elaborating:

The police concluded that the ‘margin trading’ service of the virtual currency exchange is gambling.

According to the police, “The case was the first investigation related to the operation of a virtual currency exchange and it took considerable time to review the law,” Yonhap conveyed on Thursday.

Crypto Margin Trading vs Gambling

Korean Crypto Exchange Coinone and 20 Traders to Face Charges Over Margin TradingCoinone and its executives have been accused of providing cryptocurrency gambling services through its margin trading program from November 2016 to December last year. The exchange “allowed members to trade up to four times the amount of the deposit (margin) and to pay commission in exchange for the transactions,” the news outlet described, adding:

Margin trading is similar to the credit trading technique of the stock market, but it was based on gambling because it was not authorized by the authorities and that it was targeting virtual currencies instead of stocks.

The investigation reveals that 19,000 Coinone users, between ages 20 and 50, had been using the exchange’s margin service. Most of them are either office workers, unemployed, or self-employed. In particular, 20 members traded over 3 billion won [~US$2.8 million]. The news outlet noted that gambling “can be used to collect criminal proceeds, and therefore interest in coins and margin users will be widened according to the results of the trial in the future.”

Coinone Denies Charges

Throughout the investigation, Coinone and its executives denied the charges and maintained that they “did not know it was illegal because there is a similar service in the stock market.” An employee of the exchange was quoted by the news outlet saying:

We do not think it is illegal because it [the service] has been legally reviewed by lawyers before [we started] the margin trading service.

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PR: Tron Mainnet Launched – Young Team Dispelled Rumors with Sweat, Perseverance and Success

Tron Mainnet Launched - Young Team Dispelled Rumors with Sweat, Perseverance and Success

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TRX made a hit as the first cryptocurrency whose value exceeded a hundred times of its issuance price in 2018 when the New Year had been only a few days away. In a flash, it squeezed itself into the Top 20 list of cryptos with highest market capitalization. Since then, TRON has recruited a mighty tech team and released a series of iterations. Albeit good news now and then, TRON is never short of controversaries and even rumors.

Yesterday, TRON launched its Mainnet. All rumors were dispelled, and TRON came again under the spotlights.

First, I’ll talk about highlights of the launch, in case you don’t know yet.

TRON Mainnet Launch began as scheduled at GMT+8 of May 31, 2018. Justin Sun, the founder of TRON, announced that TRON Mainnet was officially launched in a TRON T-shirt. Rephrasing the famous line of Neil Armstrong, the first human stepping on the moon, Sun proudly claimed that “Odyssey 2.0 launch is one small step for TRON, one giant leap for blockchain.”

Sun explained in English what TRON had done and would do as such:
1. TRON takes the crown for commits in Q2, totaling more than any other blockchain project in the world;
2. TRON has completed mainnet token migration and shed its identity as an ERC token;
3. With 1.08M tokenholders, TRON is now the #1 token on Ethereum, far ahead of any other cryptocurrency, including Bitcoin and EOS;
4. TRON attracts much more attention than other blockchains on Youtube, Twitter, Weibo, WeChat, Reddit and other online platforms, promising to be the hottest cryptocurrency globally;
5. With a consistent trade volume of between USD 500M – USD 1B, TRON has stabilized in the top 5 of most traded cryptos;
6. More than 100 trading pairs have been activated for international transactions;
7. As the TVM version is scheduled to be launched on July 31, TRON is expected to complete basic infrastructure for a decentralized ecosystem in Q3.

In the end of his speech, Sun urged all TRON users to participate in the June 26 Super Representative Election.

After Sun, Lucien Chen (CTO), Marcus Zhao (director of blockchain R&D), Haoqi Zhao (director of technical operation) and Wendy Yi (product director) gave their speeches about TRON and its plans. TRON’s commitment to community is apparent in its various programs for developers that include TRON Accelerator, hackathons and programming competitions, totaling up to USD 2B in rewards.

As token conversion is the most widely concerned issue among users, TRON has given its official manifesto. As the mainnet is launched, TRX will gain independence, no longer an ERC20 token as it was. There are a number of exchanges where holders can transfer conveniently their TRX into the mainnet at the fixed ratio of 1:1. Users can transact as usual while conversion is being processed.

Available exchanges include Bit-Z, Bittrex, Bitfinex, Bibox, gate.io, Binance, Coinrail, Coinnest, Bitpie, Bixin, RightBTC, DragonEx, Upbit, Bithumb, Liqui, BitKop, OKEX, CoinTiger, Huobi pro and OEX. Watch out for the continually updating list before June 25.

When the migration is completed, all TRX holders are entitled to vote in an election that yields 27 super representatives, or SR, who are somewhat like senior managers in a company. SRs have the access to book-keeping, and their duties include daily maintenance, performance optimization and boosting the ecosystem. By the time that this piece was written, more than 60 individuals or organizations from all over the world had submitted SR applications, among whom were 20+ big names like Node Capital, LinkVC, GENESIS, Next Genius, Antpool, BTCC and Top.one.

As a Java-based DApp platform, TRON is developer-friendly and promises high network performance. Over 20 star-ups have joined for various DApps including cold setup wallets and blockchain explorers for PC, web and mobile devices.

The price of TRX rose by 6%, though only for a short time, during the half hour after the launch began on May 31 (GMT+8) while it had been fluctuating around USD 0.06 on the same day.

As a matter of fact, now that Odyssey 2.0 is technologically available, its full-fledged functioning involves reaching consensus, which in turn requires coordinating the efforts of more than its 1M+ users. From the 1st to the 24th of June, the community developers will be carrying out additional tests on the Mainnet and generating consensus before the first block, also known as the Genesis Block, happens at midnight, June 25 (GMT+8).

As the momentum goes, TRON will have surprises for the blockchain community every month ahead just like the amazing six months before now.

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Bittrex Launches USD Fiat Trading

Bittrex Launches USD Fiat Trading

Bittrex has finally introduced fiat currency support. The US exchange, which was established in 2013, subsisted with tether as its USD surrogate until recently, before adding another stablecoin, TrueUSD, a couple of months ago. Around the same time, its CEO Bill Shihara revealed that the platform would be adding USD pairs and today they went live for corporate clients.

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More Fiat, Less Tether

Bittrex, along with exchanges such as Binance and Upbit, has been gradually weaning itself away from tether, which for a long time was the only dollar-based hedge available. It has been speculated that the desire to list other stablecoins, and to eventually pivot to USD, was partially born out of a desire to be less reliant on the notoriously opaque tether. Whatever the reasoning, Bittrex has now secured the banking facilities necessary to enable fiat-crypto trading, and in Malta Binance is believed to be following suit.

Initially, the Seattle-based exchange will offer the USD paired against BTC, tether (USDT), and TrueUSD. This means that traders can swap between dollar-pegged tokens, which could be useful in the event of needing to send dollars to another exchange, or in the event of a stablecoin slipping from its dollar peg, as previously happened to TrueUSD upon news of its Binance listing.

Bittrex Launches USD Fiat Trading

Bittrex Signs with Signature

Bloomberg reports that Bittrex has inked a deal with New York’s Signature Bank. This will allow corporate clients in certain US states to make fiat deposits. While retail investors will be unable to benefit from this facility initially, Bittrex hopes to eventually roll the service out to all users who reside in states where it is licensed. As of today, May 31, corporate traders in Washington, California, New York, and Montana can make fiat deposits. Due to the restrictions in place, which will prevent the majority of Bittrex’ three million users from being able to participate, USD trading volume is likely to be low to begin with.

Bittrex Launches USD Fiat Trading“It’s been a long path [towards securing a banking agreement],” Bittrex Chief Executive Officer Bill Shihara told Bloomberg. “It’s not just about banks being able to trust Bittrex. It’s about banks being able to trust crypto in general. And I think it’s really showing that crypto is turning the corner in terms of mainstream acceptance.”

“They really do look and pore through the entire business,” Shihara said. “They want to make sure that we’ve got robust AML/KYC processes, that we’ve got the right controls on our finances. They do background checks and everything. They really look at our business soup to nuts.”

Will you use Bittrex’ banking facilities to deposit fiat currency once they’re available to retail investors? Let us know in the comments section below.


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TRON: Upbit & Bithumb Support TRX Token Swap

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TRON [TRX] – The TRON main net launch is just over a week away. The project’s token swap isn’t anticipated for another few weeks, as the development team wants to ensure there aren’t any flaws in the main net before the tokens are moved over. TRON’s team is working with the exchanges that currently trade TRX and are getting them to support the token swap, which makes things much easier for the current ERC20 TRX holders.

Justin Sun, TRON’s founder, just announced some big news.

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Difficult to Charge Cryptocurrency Exchange UPBit Since No Investors Affected: Expert

Experts in the cryptocurrency sector of South Korea have stated that it will be difficult for the government and local financial authorities to file charges against UPbit, South Korea’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange, given that no investors were affected. Funds Real, No Investors Affected Last week, CCN reported that UPbit was raided and investigated by local

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