South Korea starts inspections of Bitcoin exchanges

South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT and Korea Communications Commission are going to check the Korean Bitcoin exchanges
28 September 2017   634

The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) and the Ministry of Science, Information and Communication Technologies announced joint inspections of companies and exchanges that conduct transactions with cryptocurrency. This is reported by Bitcoin dot com.

KCC plans to check the exchanges for compliance with technical and administrative guarantees for the security of personal information and intends to severely suppress any violations identified.

The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) plans to conduct on-the-spot checks on the implementation of technical and administrative safeguards for personal information pursuant to the Act on the Promotion of Information and Communication Network Utilization and Information Protection, and to strictly rectify any violations.
 

ZdNet Korea

Attention of KKC to cryptocurrency organizations can be caused by the increased cases of digital wallets and hacker attacks that lead to the leakage of personal information. 

This check is due to the increase in user damages due to subsequent hacking accidents involving virtual wallet hacking and personal information leakage. The government plans to prevent the occurrence of similar damages and to provide an environment for safe service utilization through inspection of companies handling virtual currencies.
 

The Korea Herald 

 

'Kodak Miner' Turned Out to be a Scam

KashMiner by Spotlite USA was promoted as Kodak branded bitcoin miner 
17 July 2018   132

The KashMiner bitcoin miner, exhibited at the Kodak stand during the CES technology show in Las Vegas, was in fact a product designed to mislead potential consumers and with a potentially unattainable potential return. This is reported by BBC.

Spotlite USA is licensed by Kodak's lighting division, which allows it to use the famous brand in its products. In January 2018 the company introduced its miner and announced that it intends to lease it. According to its business plan, potential users had to pay a commission before getting the device. It was expected that after depositing $ 3,400, the customer will receive a device that will allow him to easily cover expenses and receive revenue from bitcoin mining.

However the company did not have an official Kodak license to use the brand in the production of mining equipment and initially overstated the indicators of the potential profit of its device, refusing to take into account the growing complexity and costs of bitcoin mining. The advertising materials reported that KashMiner brings $ 375 a month, which, subject to a 2-year contract, would allow the client to receive $ 5,600 of profit after paying a commission. Experts from the industry of cryptocurrency call this offer a scam.

There is no way your magical Kodak miner will make the same $375 every month.
 

Saifedean Ammous

Economist

CEO Spotlite USA Halston Mikail previously reported that he plans to install hundreds of miners at the headquarters of Kodak. According to him, he already managed to place 80 miners there, but the Kodak spokesman denied this information.

While you saw units at CES from our licensee Spotlite, the KashMiner is not a Kodak brand licensed product. Units were not installed at our headquarters.
 

Kodak Spokesman

In a phone call with the BBC, Spotlite's Halston Mikail said the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had prevented the scheme from going ahead.