UK Crypto Exchanges Pose ‘Low’ Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing Risk

“The UK acknowledges the inherent vulnerabilities associated with the anonymity of VCs, and while the risk of ML/TF in this area is assessed as low, the UK acknowledges that there are intelligence gaps and VCs are being used in illicit activity (particularly in online marketplaces for the sale and purchase of illicit goods and services). As a result, the UK intends to regulate virtual currency exchange providers under its implementation of the EU’s fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive.” The global watchdog awarded its highest rating to the UK for effectively managing…

UK Crypto Exchanges Pose ‘Low’ Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing Risk

“The UK acknowledges the inherent vulnerabilities associated with the anonymity of VCs, and while the risk of ML/TF in this area is assessed as low, the UK acknowledges that there are intelligence gaps and VCs are being used in illicit activity (particularly in online marketplaces for the sale and purchase of illicit goods and services). As a result, the UK intends to regulate virtual currency exchange providers under its implementation of the EU’s fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive.” The global watchdog awarded its highest rating to the UK for effectively managing…

South Korean National Assembly Holds Regulation Debate With Local Crypto Exchanges

South Korea’s representative body, the National Assembly, has held a crypto regulation debate arranged by major local cryptocurrency exchanges, IT media oulet ZdNet Korea reports Monday, Dec. 10. According to local business outlet Financial Leaders, the topics of the debate were proposed by seven crypto exchanges — Bithumb, CobitCoin, Coinone, Upbit, Gopax, Coinplug and Hanbitco. The debate was attended both by crypto entrepreneurs and politicians, such as Democratic Party member Kim Byung-wook and representatives for the Liberty Korea and Bareunmirae parties, both with a significant number of seats in the…

South Korean Crypto Exchanges Overtake Maltese Ones by Daily Trade Volume

Cryptocurrency exchanges registered in South Korea have overtaken their Maltese-registered counterparts by average daily trade volume in November. This is according to a report by cryptocurrency market data provider CryptoCompare, published Thursday, Dec. 6. The November edition of CCCAGG, a monthly crypto exchange review published by CryptoCompare, shows that South Korean exchanges, including Bithumb, Coinone, Korbit and Upbit among others, registered a combined $1.4 billion of average daily trade volume. In the meantime, their competitors in Malta had only achieved $1.2 billion. This is a significant change when compared to…

Crypto Exchanges vs. State Banks

On Monday, Dec. 4, the Chilean Supreme Court welcomed the decision of state-owned Banco del Estado to close the accounts of local cryptocurrency exchange Orionx. The new phase in the legal battle between the banks and several crypto exchanges — including Buda.com and CryptoMarket (CryptoMKT), which had appealed against the denial of services — may look somewhat sinister from the outside. But the main players of the Chilean crypto market assured Cointelegraph that the recent decision could not prevent them from operating in the country. Exchanges vs. banks — a…

North Korean Hackers Move Onto Attacking Individuals After Exchanges Boost Security

The CEO of cybersecurity firm Cuvepia declared that his company detected over 30 attacks on crypto-bearing individuals probably carried out by North Korean hackers, English-language media site South China Morning Post reports Nov. 29. Kwon Seok-Chul, the CEO of the aforementioned South Korean cybersecurity company, said that the new targets of the suspected North Korean cyberattacks “are just simple wallet users investing in cryptocurrency.” He then added that many cases probably haven’t been detected, and that there may have been well over 100 attacks. As the article states, the “targeting…

Crypto Exchanges Embrace New Stablecoin Systems against Price Volatility

Crypto markets have plunged as much as 80 percent since their all-time high. Some currencies, however, were designed to protect investors from such catastrophic events. The recent market crash was an assessment of these “stablecoins” – whether they were able to keep the investments steady, or if they failed outright. The latest activities taking place inside the biggest cryptocurrency exchanges show that stablecoins succeeded to some extent. Binance, Huobi Create Special Stablecoin Protocols Malta-based global crypto exchange Binance recently announced that it would create a new stablecoins system. Per the…

Token Trading Volumes ‘Plummet’ on Major Exchanges, Diar Report Says

A new report from weekly crypto outlet Diar published Nov. 26 states that trading volumes on major exchanges have dropped substantially. Diar’s data, sampled from across eight leading crypto exchanges  — Binance, OKex, Huobi, Bitfinex, Kraken, Poloniex, Bittrex, HitBTC — reveals that 60 percent of cryptocurrencies that continue to be listed as of Jan. 2018 are now trading at lower volumes than at the start of the year.   Over 20 percent of these have experienced an extraordinary drop, today seeing less than 90 percent of the trading volumes they…

Taiwan is Tightening Regulations on Crypto Exchanges, Possible Pressure From China?

On November 2, Taiwan officially tightened anti-money laundering (AML) policies targeted at crypto exchanges, requesting exchanges to monitor and prevent any illegal transaction processed using digital assets. According to the newly drafted Money Laundering Control Act and Terrorism Financing Prevention Act approved by the Legislative Yuan, one of the five branches of the Taiwanese government, the country’s Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) now has authority over crypto exchanges to ban transactions suspected of being tied to fraudulent operations. Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice (MoJ) released a statement following the approval of the…

Gibraltar Stock Exchange’s Blockchain Platform Secures Licence From Financial Regulator

The Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange (GBX) has secured a license from the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC), according to a company blog post Nov. 22. The GBX was established in July of this year by the Gibraltar Stock Exchange (GSX). The platform first announced its blockchain trading platform in November 2017, aiming to “become the world’s first nationally regulated digital asset marketplace and ecosystem.” “As from 21st November 2018, the GBX will operate as a fully licenced provider of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), regulated by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission under…