Bithumb Makes Huge Announcement in regards to Regulatory Compliance 0 18

One of the major cryptocurrency exchanges from South Korea, Bithumb has made an announcement in regards to regulatory compliance. The exchange has announced that it is going to introduce a new regulatory requirement that every foreign user of Bithumb must adhere to.

The exchange has announced that it would be mandatory for the foreign users of the exchange to fully adhere to the Know Your Customer (KYC) policy process. The exchange has revealed that as per the new process for foreigners, they must complete a KYC verification that will be phones based.

The exchange has released clear instructions and notices that if any foreign user fails to comply with the new policy, they will be banned from using the exchange.

One of the local media sources Pulse has shared information in regards to the latest announcement made by Bithumb. According to the latest announcement, the users not from South Korea but using the exchange will be subject to go through the KYC verification for mobile.

The exchange has announced that the new implementation will not go into effect right away. However, they are planning to launch it within the running year. The officials have revealed that for now, they are deciding on the implementation of the new KYC policy. Once all the executives are unanimous on the implementation date, they will make an official announcement.

The exchange has announced that once the new policy has been introduced, foreign users will not be able to use the exchange’s platform unless they go through the verification process.

If the users do not go through the verification process or fail the mobile-based KYC verification process, they will not be allowed to use the platform.

The reason behind the implementation of stricter policies is the regulatory pressure on local cryptocurrency exchanges. As cases related to misuse of decentralization are constantly rising, leading to an abundance of money laundering cases, the regulators are growing stricter on local crypto exchanges.

The South Korean regulatory authorities are introduced stricter regulations related to Know-Your-Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) policies. Strict adherence to regulations is one of the major requirements that the exchanges would need to meet in order to be eligible to operate in the country.

Just recently, the Seoul Central Customs shared a report, where it revealed tracking down several money-laundering cases. The report was reportedly shared by the particular department on July 8, 2021. In the report, it was mentioned that they have tracked down a total of 33 people, involved in mass money-laundering activities.

The Seoul Central Customers revealed that a total of $1.48 billion have been laundered out of the country through cryptocurrencies to foreigners who are also users of the exchange.

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Absconding Directors of South African Crypto Fraud “Africrypt” Agree To Attend Court Hearing Virtually 0 15

After proceeding of trial against infamous Africrypt, it would be for the first time that the main accused will attend court hearing, although virtually. The Court, upon the request of Cajee brothers’ counsels has agreed to offer virtual hearing option and fixed the date of 19th & 20th October, 2021 for recording of their testimonies.

The Courts in every country have been insisted upon by legal experts to utilize innovation and technology for justice system. Litigants everywhere criticize that justice is delayed. Primarily in the Asian and African regions, often Courts are criticized for not being able to decide cases even after 5 to 10 years. Recording of evidence kept linger on because the witness are not available in the country. In the modern countries, usually the Courts have provided for virtual hearings, however, such option was hardly utilized by Asian and African regions.

However, due to pandemic, the courts, which never used virtual hearing option, are now conducting hearings virtually as well. The practice has finally made its way into the justice system of both these regions as well. This very option has recently been utilized in a high profile crypto fraud case of South Africa namely “Africrypt”.

According to the complaints of Africrypt, the firm Africrypt looted their money while the perpetrators fled with millions of dollars. They claimed that a crypto scam of “exit” nature was committed on them.

Meanwhile, when the founders/operators of Africrypt namely Amer and Raees Cajee were there, they said they claimed a hack occurred. But nobody believed and said that they were concocting a false story to hide their crime while the money was taken by them. However, the local authorities soon came to know that both brothers went into hiding. No one knew where they were taking shelter or why they opted to hide if they did not do anything wrong. But their counsels were representing them before the Court and told the Court that Cajee brothers were receiving life threatening warnings. They were threatened by certain people of dire consequences which may involve harming their family members as well. So they went into hiding, claimed their attorneys.

Now an opportunity has been offered by the South African court to Cajee brothers to plead their case virtually. It has been noticed in the press as well that the Cajee brothers have accepted Court’s offer of attending Court’s hearing virtually.

The virtual hearing date was fixed to take place in September. But the date was requested by Cajee brothers’ counsels to be fixed in the month of October for various reasons. The Court has accepted the request of the counsels and has re-fixed the case for 19th October, 2021. On the said date of hearing, it is anticipated that both the main accused with record their testimonies virtually.

60 Crypto Exchanges in South Korea to Shut Down their Services 0 13

This is the week of the deadline for crypto exchanges as well as wallet operators in South Korea to comply with the new regulatory requirements introduced in order to stay open. Up until now, only one exchange has been granted the license for continuing their operations in the country. It is expected that around 60 crypto exchanges will either shut down fully, or cut down on their services. According to the new ‘Act on the Reporting and Use of Special Financial Transaction Information (Special Act)’, all crypto exchanges in South Korea have to register with the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) in the country and get certification for Information Security Management System (ISMS).

The last day to be able to do is September 24th. Crypto exchanges that are unable to do either of these things will have to cease their operations fully. Local media reported that around 34 exchanges have not been granted ISMS certification, which means they will entirely shut down by the given date. Around 29 crypto exchanges do have ISMS certification, but only one of them has managed to register with the FIU successfully. This is part of the country’s top financial regulator, the Financial Services Commission (FSC). On Friday, the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) had had their first crypto business review meeting.

Their goal had been to check the report that was submitted by Dunamu Inc. that operates the largest crypto exchange in South Korea named Upbit. The report was accepted by the review committee, which made Upbit the first licensed crypto exchange operator. It was further revealed by the FIU that other than Upbit, there were four other exchanges that had also submitted a report, which included Coinone, Korbit, Korea Digital Exchange (Flybit) and Bithumb. Furthermore, a report was also submitted by Korea Digital Asset (KODA), which is a wallet operator.

The FSC had said back then that since there was only a week left till the deadline, virtual asset providers should file a report right away, if they haven’t already done so. Furthermore, registered crypto exchanges that are interested in offering trading in the Korean won are also required to partner with banks for providing users with accounts verified with their real names. Up until now, banking partnerships have only been secured by the country’s largest exchanges, such as Upbit, Korbit, Coinone and Bithumb. Banks are not willing to partner with smaller exchanges because they are concerned about risks like money laundering.

This means that of the 29 exchanges that have been ISMS-certified, only 25 of them will be crypto-only exchanges in case they register with the FIU successfully. By September 24th, they will have to cease offering trading services in Korean won and should have already notified their clients, as per the rules of the financial regulators. Huobi Korea, Hanbitco, Gdac and Gopax are four companies that said they were still working on securing partnerships with banks by the given deadline. This indicates that out of 63 exchanges, only the leading four will continue to operate normally in the country. 

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