N. Korea to Launder Stolen BTC Via HK Firm, - UN

The stolen cryptocurrency was exchanged for cash after passing through at least 5,000 individual transactions in several countries
07 November 2019   317

North Korea laundered stolen bitcoins and fiat currencies through a Hong Kong-based company. This is reported by Chosun with reference to the quarterly report of the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee.

To circumvent international sanctions, the country has registered in Hong Kong a shipping and logistics company Marine China, operating on a blockchain platform. The sole owner of the company was a man named Julian Kim, also known under the pseudonym Tony Walker. According to the committee, he tried several times to withdraw money from banks in Singapore.

The cryptocurrency previously stolen by North Korea was exchanged for cash after passing through at least 5,000 individual transactions in several countries, the report says.

Earlier, UN experts estimated that the country stole approximately $ 2 billion of assets from bitcoin exchanges and banks through cyber attacks to mitigate the effects of financial sanctions. In North Korea, the charges have been refuted.

The report indicated that North Korean hackers used targeted phishing technology to select the target and accuracy of the attacks. One of the country's cyber-specialists malicious code transferred stolen bitcoins to the server of Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang.

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   94

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.