South Korea Inspects Cryptocurrency Accounts of 6 Banks

08 January 2018   2041

South Korea’s financial regulator said on Monday it is jointly carrying out inspections on six local banks that offer virtual currency accounts to institutions amid growing concerns increasing use of assets like bitcoin could lead to a surge in crime.

The Financial Services Commission (FSC) and Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) of Korea will check if banks are adhering to anti-money laundering rules and using real names for accounts, FSC Chairman Choi Jong-ku told a press conference.

Virtual currency is currently unable to function as a means of payment and it is being used for illegal purposes like money laundering, scams and fraudulent investor operations. The side effects have been severe, leading to hacking problems at the institutions that handle cryptocurrency and an unreasonable spike in speculation.

 

Choi Jong-ku

Chairman, FSC

The six banks: NH Bank, Industrial Bank of Korea, Shinhan Bank, Kookmin Bank, Woori Bank and Korea Development Bank will be inspected between January 8 and 11. 

Choi Jong-ku said that they are also looking at ways to reduce risks associated with cryptocurrency trading in the country, which could include shutting down institutions that use such currencies. Choi warned that authorities would crack down on virtual currency crime and dole out heavy punishments on those who partake in market price manipulation, pyramid schemes and money laundering.

Poloniex to Suspend Operations for Few Hours

Representatives of the exchange say users' funds will be completely safe during maintenance
21 February 2019   55

The cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex has announced maintenance, which will begin on February 22 at 22 UTC. The trading platform will be unavailable for several hours.

Representatives of the exchange claim that the users' funds will be completely safe. Technical work associated with the modernization and transition "to the best data centers, which will increase the reliability of the platform and increase uptime."

Also in Poloniex noted that the trade orders of users will not be canceled.

Recall, recently Poloniex has added to the listing of privacy-oriented cryptocurrency Grin.