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Hackers Steal $32 mln from Cryptocurrency Exchange Bithumb

Hackers Steal $32 mln from Cryptocurrency Exchange Bithumb

SEOUL, Jun. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange, Bithumb, said Wednesday it lost 35 billion won (US$31.5 million) worth of cryptocurrencies in a hacking attack, highlighting concerns that cryptocurrency exchanges are vulnerable to cyber attacks. The theft took place between Tuesday night and dawn on Wednesday, Bithumb said in a statement. Bithumb [...]

With Frenzy Waning, Cryptocurrency Operators Forced to Seek New Paths

With Frenzy Waning, Cryptocurrency Operators Forced to Seek New Paths

SEOUL, May 21 (Korea Bizwire) — As warnings of a bursting bubble and toughening state regulations have led to a drastic downturn of South Korea’s digital currency market, local exchanges are struggling over how to remain viable going forward. Some have moved to diversify their businesses by making the most out of blockchain technology, but [...]

“Kimchi Premium” Goes Bad as Bitcoin Continues to Nosedive

“Kimchi Premium” Goes Bad as Bitcoin Continues to Nosedive

SEOUL, Feb. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s “kimchi premium” — a reference to the 15 to 25 percent premium on Bitcoin prices locally compared with foreign markets — is now reversed, with the price of one unit of the most widely known cryptocurrency dropping below valuations abroad. According to Bithumb, South Korea’s largest cryptocurrency [...]

Gov’t to Collect 24.2 Pct of Taxes on Income by Cryptocurrency Exchanges

Gov’t to Collect 24.2 Pct of Taxes on Income by Cryptocurrency Exchanges

SEOUL, Jan. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — The government said Monday it will collect up to 24.2 percent of corporate and local income taxes from South Korea’s cryptocurrency exchanges this year. The Seoul government has been striving to rein in the virtual currency frenzy in Asia’s fourth-largest economy while contemplating a bill to ban cryptocurrency exchanges. [...]

S. Korea’s 2M Cryptocurrency App Users Leaking to Foreign Exchanges

S. Korea’s 2M Cryptocurrency App Users Leaking to Foreign Exchanges

SEOUL, Jan. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — Despite South Korea’s seven-figure userbase for cryptocurrency apps, a relatively small surge in domestic users of Hong Kong service Binance in the past week has industry watchers wondering whether local investors, increasingly hemmed in by government regulations, will begin an exodus towards foreign exchanges. According to app research firm [...]

Financial Authorities Pull Cloak of Anonymity From Cryptocurrency via ID System

Financial Authorities Pull Cloak of Anonymity From Cryptocurrency via ID System

SEOUL, Jan. 15 (Korea Bizwire) – The Financial Supervisory Service (FSC) has crafted a rewards-and-penalties system to persuade cryptocurrency investors to provide identification information prior to conducting transactions.  An individual at one of South Korea’s financial regulatory agencies said, “Since banning cryptocurrency transactions outright will take a considerable amount of time, [the FSC] will look [...]

Banning Cryptocurrency Exchanges Needs More Consultations: Finance Minister

Banning Cryptocurrency Exchanges Needs More Consultations: Finance Minister

SEJONG, Jan. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon said Friday that relevant ministries need to hold more consultations over the justice ministry’s plan to ban cryptocurrency exchanges, but the government will continue to take actions against speculative investment in virtual coins. The remarks by Kim came a day after Justice Minister Park Sang-ki [...]

Government Investigations Target Top Bitcoin Exchanges

Government Investigations Target Top Bitcoin Exchanges

SEOUL, Jan. 11 (Korea Bizwire) – In what could be the first domino to fall in a sweeping investigation into all things cryptocurrency, Coinone, one of the top three exchanges in the country, is currently the subject of a police investigation. With fellow exchange Bithumb also falling under the crosshairs of the National Tax Service, [...]

Cryptocurrency Investors in S. Korea Enter Unregulated Market at Their Own Peril

Cryptocurrency Investors in S. Korea Enter Unregulated Market at Their Own Peril

SEOUL, Dec. 21 (Korea Bizwire) – In the aftermath of the cyptocurrency exchange Youbit declaring bankruptcy, the lack of oversight and serious risks investors take in pursuit of profits are increasingly becoming the focus of conversation. Industry watchers said on December 20 that there are currently 20 cryptocurrency exchanges in operation, with 10 preparing to [...]