UPbit Audit: South Korea’s Exchange is not a Scammer

Upbit did not swindle its balance sheet and deceive investors: results of an audit of the cryptocurrency holdings has been revealed 
15 May 2018   164

An official police checking into UPbit, the country’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, by the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS), Korea Financial Intelligence Unit (KIU) and local police is going on. Last week, the South Korean police entered the UPbit headquarters to study the practices of the exchange after receiving tips that the company has been operating cryptocurrency deals without actually holding user funds. The local police charged UPbit on processing its order books without keeping cryptocurrencies and feigned that it had large amounts of user funds in Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies.

Nevertheless some insider springs have contended that the investigation connected with a problem of liquidity as UPbit only processed wallets of around 90 cryptocurrencies even though the exchange has 130 cryptocurrencies added on the platform.

Users of the 30 cryptos on UPbit that are yet see independent wallets integrated by the exchange, cannot invest or withdraw the tokens directly from UPbit and have to exchange the assets to other cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum before withdrawing. The lack of wallet support for dozens of cryptocurrencies caused the investigation and the government accusing UPbit of inflating its balance sheet.

Inspite the ongoing investigation, UPbit has been completely operational and continued to process trades for its users. Focused on the audit report of Yoojin, it is highly likely that the government investigation into UPbit will be finished with a simple issue in liquidity and if the report of Yoojin is accurate, UPbit will not endure from any consequence from the recent case as it occured from a simple misunderstanding of UPbit’s wallet structure.

ACINQ to Release Lightning API For Bitcoin Mainnet

Strike is API for easy acception of Lightning network payments
25 May 2018   48

Developers from ACINQ presented a version of Strike API for Lightning-payments in the main bitcoin network.

Strike is an API for easy acception of Lightning payments. From a technical point of view, the service works as follows: ACINQ receives and aggregates incoming payments, and then periodically sends transactions to the recipient's wallet. In other words, companies can offer their clients instant and low-cost payments, receiving funds through the usual cash transaction.

We take a 1% fee on payments, and that’s it. Automated payouts to your Bitcoin wallet are free of charge, because we batch them among merchants. The threshold for automated withdrawals can be set between 0.1–1 BTC.
 

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Also, users can make a payment to the wallet manually, however in this case you will have to pay a commission of 0.5 mBTC.

According to ACINQ representatives, although using Strike and assuming the need to trust a third party, the level of risk is minimal, since the service sends an onchain-transaction every time the total amount of payments reaches a user-adjustable threshold.

The developers noted that the Strike integration with the WooCommerce plugin is currently underway. In addition, ACINQ is considering the possibility of partnership with the Canadian Internet company Shopify, which specializes in developing software for online and retail stores. The company serves 500,000 trading companies with a combined turnover of $ 45 billion.