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South Korea ‘Legalizes’ Cryptocurrency Trading, Bans Anonymity

· January 23, 2018 · 8:30 am

South Korea lawmakers have confirmed cryptocurrency exchanges will become de facto legal January 30 as they enact new laws about anonymity in trading.

6 Banks On Board For Change

In its most recent statements, the country’s Financial Services Commission (FSC) confirmed that exchanges must only permit trades from customers whose name matches their bank account. Foreign citizens, both native and non-native, will not be allowed to trade.

“Establishment of the system for ‘real name verification of deposit and withdrawal accounts’ for settlement will be completed by January 30, 2018,” the FSC documentation reads.*

So far, six of Korea’s major banks have signed up to implement the required monitoring changes following collaboration with the government on inspection of anonymous exchange trading accounts earlier this month.

These are Shinhan Bank, Nonghyup Bank, Industrial Bank, Kookmin Bank, Hana Bank and Gwangju Bank.

Exchanges Prepare In Advance

In reactions to the setting in stone of the new way of trading cryptocurrency, major exchanges presented various requirements for users.

Korbit, one of the leading platforms along with Bithumb, told customers to open an account at Shinhan specifically in order to continue trading.

“To use the new KRW deposit method, which is slated to be implemented within this month, you must have a Shinhan Bank account registered under your legal name. Please use this time to create a banking account at Shinhan Bank,” a post states.

South Korea Bans Bitcoin Futures As Authorities Consider Crypto Income Tax

Foreign-based customers had been able to gain access to the Korean market through virtual bank accounts and other tools, but they, along with minors, now face a moratorium of undetermined length.

On Monday, Seoul also addressed the issue of taxation on cryptocurrency exchanges, which are now obliged to pay a corporation tax and local income tax for 2017 profits amounting to 24.2%.

Markets continued to fall slightly through Tuesday, with the cementing of Korea’s official regulatory position on crypto trading having little effect on overall flat sentiment.

*This quotation is extracted from the first PDF file available in attachments via the source link.

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Youbit Exchange Files For Bankruptcy As Hackers Wipe 17% Of Assets

· December 19, 2017 · 4:30 am

South Korean exchange Youbit has announced it is filing for bankruptcy after hackers stole 17% of its net assets.

‘Very Sorry (Again)’

In an announcement on its homepage since reported by various news outlets, the relatively unknown exchange, which is not to be confused with the similarly-named Yobit.net, said it had made “every effort” to stay afloat.

A previous hack in April saw 4000 BTC covertly leave Youbit’s books, an episode from which the exchange never fully recovered.

“I am very sorry to inform you again with the sad news,” the announcement reads.

After the accident in April, we made every effort to strengthen security, recruit personnel, and reduce hot wallet storage… In the meantime, due to the hacking of our company at 4:35 in the morning, funds have been lost from your wallet.

A Wild West Of North-South Korean Hackings

The news comes amid increasing reports of malicious activity involving South Korean Bitcoin exchanges perpetrated by North Korean entities.

Claims hackers have stolen millions of dollars in cryptocurrency over an extended period are circulating in the mainstream press, while even the South’s biggest exchange Bithumb has been left shaken by losses this year.

Youbit has said it will go through a formal bankruptcy procedure to minimize customer fallout, but that balances would still auto-adjust to a fraction of their former worth, with the aim to refund once formal proceedings are over.

“Through various measures such as the sale of cyber comprehensive insurance (3 billion [won]) and the operating rights of the company, the loss to members is expected to be lower than 17%… I will make every effort to minimize this,” the announcement continues.

Only a day earlier, Blockchain CEO Peter Smith warned CNBC viewers that the time was ripe for another major hack in the Bitcoin space.

“We see attacks and breaches about every six months – major breaches – so we’re probably due for one in the next month or two,” he told the network.

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