Japanese regulators plan more raids

Following the massive hack of Coincheck several virtual currency marketplaces are under scrutiny
08 February 2018   332

Japan’s Financial Services Agency intensifies oversight in hopes the businesses will take stronger security measures for consumers’ protection. On-site inspections are planned for this week, as earlier operators were asked to report on asset management, corporate governance and security. However, many companies provided vague details on their business model or were found to have low security measures in terms of asset management.

Without the scrutiny of the regulator and also the lack of professionals in cybersecurity and internal auditing on the market may lead a slow pace of the improvement. Hopefully, the planned raids will make the necessary push for more security and stronger safety in the virtual currency industry. A reprimand will lead to disciplinary measures such as improvement orders

In the race for customers’ attention, many operators didn’t properly address the security consequences of such actions.Among the total 32 cryptocurrency exchanges, Coincheck is currently one of the 16 platforms that are not formally registered with the FSA because the operation started before the cryptocurrency law went into effect last April in Japan.

Miners Arrested in 2 Chinese Cities For Power Theft

Six people were detained in Tianjin and two in Wuhan
25 April 2018   91

Bitcoin miners were arrested in two Chinese cities on charges of stealing electricity. This is reported by CoinDesk.

In the first case, 6 people were detained in Tianjin. The suspects used 600 devices for mining bitcoins that were connected to a local substation. The police claim that the connection was made bypassing the counters.

The investigation was initiated after one of the electric power companies discovered a discrepancy between the actual and claimed consumption of electricity.

The police seized all equipment for mining, as well as 8 powerful fans.

Events are taking place while China continues to play a dominant role in the mining of bitcoin, despite the pressure on the cryptocurrencies. As Xinhua notes, this case of electricity theft turned out to be the largest in recent years.

According to another report, which appeared today on the website of the Supreme Prosecutor of China, two more suspects were detained in Wuhan. They also stole electricity.

The detainees used empty stores since March 2017 to house miners and did not pay for electricity, as did the defendants from Tianjin.