Bithumb to Promise Full Compensation to Investors

As reported, the amount could be decreased after various recovery efforts
21 June 2018   278

Today Bithumb has officially confirmed that it lost $ 30 million as a result of a hacker attack, and its security team intends to initiate a process of reimbursement, CCN reports.

After the incident occured on June 20, Bithumb quickly followed the procedure to immediately report [the] incident to KISA announcing that about 35 billion Korean Won worth amount of cryptocurrency was stolen. However, as we undergo recovery process on each cryptocurrency, the overall scale of damage is getting reduced. Hence, we expect that the overall damage will be less than the amount we initially expected.
 

Bithumb Team

The initial value of $ 30 million was consistent with the estimated amount of stolen funds, but already at the first stages of the investigation, conducted jointly with KISA, Bithumb employees found that they can recover some of the losses.

As the example of Bithumb showed, even such sites are not protected from hack, despite the fact that they devote a significant part of their budget to the security. However, in this case, the victims of the hacker attack will be fully compensated for all the losses, which does not always happen on smaller sites.

Bithumb has been administering company’s asset and customers’ asset, and all customers cryptocurrencies, as well as KRW asset, are safely stored on cold wallet and bank respectively. Moreover, we would like to ensure that Bithumb currently has about 500 billion KRW worth of company’s fund. The amount of damage that occured this time will be fully covered by Bithumb’s own company fund.
 

Bithumb Team

At the end of 2017 Bithumb had more than $ 1 billion in cryptocurrencies, and its net profit for the past year was about $ 300 million. On June 21, Bithumb reported that it currently has about $ 450 million of its own funds and can freely pay investors their money as soon as the investigation will be completed. 

Bithumb to Expand to Thailand and Japan

Largest South Korean cryptocurrency exchange goes to new markets
16 July 2018   261

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.
 

Bithumb 

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.
 

Bithumb 

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