Bithumb to Expand to Thailand and Japan

Largest South Korean cryptocurrency exchange goes to new markets
16 July 2018   878

One of the largest crypto exchanges in South Korea, Bithumb is expanding to Japan and Thailand. Exchange is working to obtain regulatory approval of financial authorities in both jurisdictions. The new divisions are part of a larger scale plan for the global expansion of Bithumb, Bitcoin.com reports.

Bithumb is in talks with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Thailand. The company has already opened a division of Bithumb (Thailand) Company Limited with a registered capital of $ 90,000. 

Thailand is active in e-commerce and the fintech industry, and the government is showing great interest in digital currency as it promotes smart city business.
 

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Thailand has recently completed the development of a regulatory framework for the regulation of the cryptocurrency and ICO. Bithumb is developing a website for a new unit, which will launch trading in late October.

As for Japan, all companies wishing to provide cryptocurrency exchange services in this country are required to receive approval of the local financial regulator of the Financial Services Agency (FSA). In light of the Coincheck hack the FSA tightened supervision over the trading floors and complicated the process of their registration.

Nevertheless, Bithumb expects to receive the approval of the regulator and start trading in the Japanese market in February next year. The company also stated that it "plans to create a exchange with the support of the largest number of coins in Japan".

Earlier, Bithumb said that she was looking for partners for expansion at the world level. According to the exchange, it cooperates with foreign companies in an attempt to create faster and more effective platforms for traders from around the world.

Bithumb is preparing exchange platforms for countries under the global expansion plan and we are looking for great and potential partners (corporation, entity or group) worldwide…The exchange platforms under final development stages are USD / JYP / EUR / CNY / INR / GBP / AUD / CAD / PHP / RUB and [there] will be more soon when there are any service demands.
 

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According to Money Today, Bithumb also opened divisions in Singapore and the UK.

Bithumb to be Charged With Users' Data Leak in 2017

According to the Prosecutor's Office of South Seoul, this situation has lead to second hack of Bithumb in 2017, when $7M were stolen
21 June 2019   782

The Prosecutor's Office of South Seoul has charged one of the largest Bitcoin exchanges in South Korea, Bithumb, with a leak of confidential financial data of over 31 thousand users, as a result of which in July 2017 considerable funds were stolen from the platform. This is reported by Cryptonews with reference to ZDNet Korea.

In addition to Bithumb, in the framework of the same case, accusations of violating the law on managing information networks and the law on information protection were brought against the travel agency Hana Tour and With Innovation, the operator of the hotel booking application Yeogi Eottae.

The prosecutor's office believes that Bithumb did not take adequate measures to ensure security. In particular, all data about users received hackers was stored on one computer, and the employee of the exchange who worked on this device did not even use anti-virus programs.

The prosecutor's office also believes that this leak led to second hack of Bithumb in 2017, which resulted in nearly $ 7 million being stolen. Representatives of the exchange have denied the connection between these incidents, however.