DPRK hackers are suspected of theft $7M from Bithumb

North Korean hackers may have targeted crypto-currencies in order to evade the financial sanctions
19 December 2017   409

The South Korean Spy Agency suspects North Korean hackers in an attack on the country's largest crypto exchange Bithumb, and stole 7.6 billion won ($ 6.9 million). This is reported by the BBC.

The Spy Agency passed on to the prosecutor's office information about the February attack on personal computers of employees of Bithumb, which resulted in the theft of funds and personal data of 30,000 users.

The source also reports that hackers extorted 6 billion won ($ 5.5 million) in exchange for the destruction of stolen data.

National intelligence suspects that North Korean hackers are also behind the attack on the Coinis exchange. Representatives of the department believe that Pyongyang initiated a coordinated campaign aimed at mastering crypto-active assets with the aim of mitigating the consequences of international sanctions. 

Bithumb to Expand to Thailand and Japan

Largest South Korean cryptocurrency exchange goes to new markets
16 July 2018   149

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.


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.


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