Korean Authorities to Check 3 Exchanges

Staff of these exchanges is suspected in embezzing funds from customers' accounts
15 March 2018   704

Law enforcement authorities in South Korea are checking three cryptoexchanges, suspecting that their employees may be involved in embezzlement of clients' funds. This is reported by CoinDesk.

Employees of the exchanges, including management, are suspected of using funds from their clients' accounts to purchase crypto-currency on other exchanges.

In the search for evidence, the Seoul County Prosecutor's Office confiscated hard drives, mobile phones and documents.

The firms turned up on our radar in January during our investigation of suspicious money transfers between Bitcoin exchanges that were detected during an audit by the Financial Services Commission and the Korea Financial Intelligence Unit.
 

S. Korean Prosecutor

Recently in South Korea, the requirements for the crypto exchanges were tightened, as part of the government's policy to combat money laundering and other questionable practices.

Bakkt to Release Consumer App This Year

The app can be used for a wide range of tasks, e.g., crypto and securities trading, virtual goods purchase, etc
23 January 2020   90

Institutional Investor Platform Bakkt will release an app for retail investors this year, with which users can pay with cryptocurrency.

According to the president of Bakkt Adam White at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the application can be used for a wide range of tasks. In addition to trading cryptocurrencies, it will support various virtual “goods” like points of loyalty programs.

In addition, in the future it is possible to add securities trading, as well as the creation of a portal for shops and merchants. That is, the application will be more like a traditional fintech product like PayPal than a solution from a cryptocurrency exchange.

Although the Bakkt platform was originally created for institutional investors, the new director of Mike Blandina is very serious about entering the retail market. Earlier, he said that the application for retail investors should be released in the first half of 2020.

I do not think we are there yet. What gives me optimism is that we are seeing a lot of developer interest. I am confident that someone is going to find something.

 

Adam White

President of Bakkt

 White added that the cryptocurrency market is still underdeveloped.