Line to Launch Own Cryptoexchange

BitBox cryptocurrency exchange won't be available for US and Japanese citizens
28 June 2018   677

The developer of the Line instant messenger confirmed the information that it will launch a cryptocurrency exchange called BitBox next month. This is reported by TechCrunch.

In January, the company said that it plans to enter the cryptocurrency area with the launch of its own trading platform, but today it specified that BitBox will not be available to users from the US and Japan.

The new site will support 30 cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin, and charge a commission of 0.1% for transactions. Line reported that it was taking tokens during the “an extensive screening process” which saw an internal commitment asses what on the market represents “the most reliable and safest trading for users.”

BitBox will be available worldwide, except for the two countries mentioned above, in 15 languages. New platform won't support fiat.

Every month, 200 million people use the Line Messenger. The possibilities of the service are not limited to the transmission of messages. It also allows to listen to music, send payments, etc. Most Line users live in Japan, so excluding Japanese traders will significantly limit the potential impact of BitBox.

$60M Stolen From Zaif Exchange

As a result of the attack, which occurred as early as September 14, 4.5 billion yen owned by its users were stolen from the hot wallets of the exchang
20 September 2018   296

Hackers were able to steal almost $ 60 million in cryptocurrencies from the Japanese crypto-exchange Zaif, Cointelegraph reports.

As a result of the attack, which occurred as early as September 14, 4.5 billion yen owned by its users were stolen from the hot wallets of the exchange, as well as 2.2 billion yen, which was the company's assets. Thus, the total loss of Zaif amounted to 6.7 billion yen or about $ 59.7 million.

Tech Bureau Inc, which is the operator of Zaif, in a press release says that it found a server error on September 17, after which the input / output of funds on the exchange was suspended. September 18, the company realized that the error was caused by a hacker attack, and reported the incident to the Financial Services Agency of Japan. Hackers stole 5,966 bitcoins, as well as assets in Bitcoin Cash and MonaCoin.

According to Tech Bureau Inc, Fisco Digital Asset Group will help to partially compensate for the damage caused to users by providing 5 billion yen ($ 44.5 million). Tech Bureau agreed with Fisco to dismiss more than half of its directors and corporate auditors, and Fisco in turn will become its main shareholder.

Earlier this year, Zaif already recognized the existence of a "system malfunction", using which, the clients of the exchange were temporarily able to credit trillions of dollars in their accounts with bitcoins.