KBA to Bring 'Order' to Korea's Crypto Exchanges

Korean Blockchain Association has proposed a self-regulatory framework
17 April 2018   446

The Korean Blockchain Association (KBA), founded in 2017 by South Korean companies from the blockchain industry, proposed setting rules for self-government within the association to set a standard for the entire industry of crypto exchanges.

Among other things, the minimum authorized capital of exchange member is proposed to limit 2 billion Korean won (1.8 million dollars). In addition, the members of the association will have to provide financial and audit reports.

These rules will be applied to 14 South Korean cryptoexchanges, including Bithumb, Coinone, Gopax, OKCoin Korea and Huobi Korea. In addition, as the South Korean edition of Yonhap writes, when the rules come into force, it will also oblige members of the association to store data on user transactions for five years. In addition, the exchange must have built-in systems that identify and report suspicious transactions.

These rules are part of a broader initiative to improve anti-money laundering measures launched by the South Korean Financial Services Commission.

We will establish the order of the domestically cryptographic [exchange] market through self-regulatory review. By providing a safeguard for the protection of users, we will contribute to ensuring the asset safety.
 

Jeon Jae-jin

Chairman, Korean Blockchain Association

Measures to self-regulate the industry of Korean crypto-exchanges are consistent with the intentions of some local exchanges to adhere to a more conservative approach to new crypto-currencies and ICO.

So, according to the proposed rules, within each exchange a committee will be formed to review the listing of new tokens issued through the ICO. It is also planned to introduce ethical codes to prevent insider trading.

Representatives of the OKCoin Korea exchange informed that their company "is preparing to fulfill all the criteria and full compliance with the new KBA rules."

We are definitely welcoming new self-regulation measures and thinking positive on this active movement to make reliable blockchain ecosystem. As part of this effort, Coinone has already set its internal organization and system to make transparency in trading of cryptocurrencies.
 

Coinone Rep.

According to Yonhap, the rules will be finalized by the end of next month. Each member of the association must provide the necessary documents before June 8.

Japan to Tighten Regulation Due to Zaif Hack

$ 62 000 000 worth cryptocurrency was stolen from the Zaif exchange few weeks ago
25 September 2018   82

Hacking of Zaif exchange is the reason for toughening control over the market by the financial regulator of Japan, Reuters reports.

The first measure taken was administrative sanctions against the exchange and its operator Tech Bureau Corp. The Financial Services Agency (FSA) has expanded the list of requirements for the latter, pointing out the need to identify preventive measures and search for the organizers of the theft.

Shortly before that, researchers of the Japanese financial company Tech Bureau Corp could not provide details of the theft of $ 62 million from the Zaif crypto exchange at the request of the FSA. The Osaka-based operator had to investigate the causes, consequences of the theft and options for compensating the victims. According to the Agency, the financial company could not cope with the task.

According to the Tech Bureau, the exchange was hacked on September 14 within a few hours. The problem with the server was discovered by the site staff on 17 September. Official confirmation of the incident and notification of the authorities was made only a day later.

Recall, the theft of $ 60 million from the Japanese stock exchange Zaif caused a surge of volatility of bitcoin. For a short time the price was able to overcome the distance of $ 400.