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South Korea’s Strict Cryptocurrency Regulations Could Hurt Blockchain Industry

South Korea’s Strict Cryptocurrency Regulations Could Hurt Blockchain Industry

SEOUL, Jan. 12 (Korea Bizwire) – The government’s move to regulate cryptocurrency trades could hurt the blockchain industry, experts have warned. According to industry sources on Friday, blockchain businesses are expressing concerns over the impact of cryptocurrency regulations, despite the government’s assurance that it would support the latest technology. “The growing number of cryptocurrency transactions [...]

FSS Head Under Fire for Anti-Cryptocurrency Stance

FSS Head Under Fire for Anti-Cryptocurrency Stance

SEOUL, Jan. 11 (Korea Bizwire) – The governor of the Financial Supervisory Service, Choi Heung-sik, is facing resignation calls from investors over his anti-cryptocurrency viewpoint. The FSS has found itself in hot water after threatening to ban all cryptocurrency transactions in South Korea, as frustrated protestors took to the official website of the presidential Blue House [...]

Shutdown of Cryptocurrency Exchanges Under Consideration

Shutdown of Cryptocurrency Exchanges Under Consideration

SEOUL, Jan. 11 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s justice ministry is drawing up legislation aimed to curb overheating in the virtual currency market, including a complete shutdown of all cryptocurrency exchanges in the country, its minister said Thursday. “The ministry is preparing legislation that basically bans any transactions based on a virtual currency through the [...]

No One Turns Up for Protest Against Government’s Cryptocurrency Regulations

No One Turns Up for Protest Against Government’s Cryptocurrency Regulations

SEOUL, Jan. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — A planned protest against the government’s cryptocurrency regulations failed to live up to the hype, with no one turning up at Gwanghwamun Plaza over the weekend. Despite an online post last week urging bitcoin investors to join a protest against the current administration’s anti-cryptocurrency stance, no sign of protest [...]

S. Korean Cryptocurrency Exchanges Push to Improve Transparency

S. Korean Cryptocurrency Exchanges Push to Improve Transparency

SEOUL, Dec. 15 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges said Friday they will adopt a raft of self-regulatory measures to improve transparency in trading to keep the unregulated market in check amid worries over a bitcoin frenzy. The Korean Blockchain Industry Association composed of 14 virtual currency exchanges said its members agreed to require [...]

Online Malls Suffer Losses in Keen Competition Despite Growing Sales: Sources

Online Malls Suffer Losses in Keen Competition Despite Growing Sales: Sources

SEOUL, Dec. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s online shopping malls are expected to post a combined 1 trillion won (US$915 million) operating loss this year as they offer excessive discounts in a competition with rivals to dominate the growing market, industry sources said Wednesday. The rising losses over the past few years come amid [...]

Security Agency Warns of Possible North Korea Attacks on Bitcoin Exchanges

Security Agency Warns of Possible North Korea Attacks on Bitcoin Exchanges

SEOUL, Dec. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — Amid growing interest in cryptocurrency, security experts have warned that North Korean hackers could target bitcoin exchanges next year. During a press conference held on Friday, the Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA) revealed a report predicting seven cyberattacks would likely come next year, with cryptocurrency exchanges as the likely [...]

Desktop Internet Banking a Relic of the Past

Desktop Internet Banking a Relic of the Past

SEOUL, Dec. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — Only 3 in 10 South Koreans currently use desktop online banking, while the majority have turned to mobile banking services accessed via smartphones and tablet PCs, a new survey has found. According to data provided by pollster DMC Media, around 28 percent of South Korean bank account holders aged between [...]