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Compelled: South Korean Crypto Exchanges Amend Terms to Make Selves Liable for Losses

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Following a recommendation made last year in April by Korea’s Fair Trade Commission, five cryptocurrency exchanges in the country have updated their terms of service to state they can be liable for losses resulting from cyberattacks or system malfunctions, YonHap News reports.  The new language… Read More

Korean Marketplace Lender PeopleFund Raises $35 Million

PeopleFund, a South Korea based online lender, has raised $35 million as part of an extension of a Series B funding round which was announced in October 2018.  PeopleFund is a marketplace lending platform which means it accepts investments from both individuals and institutions. PeopleFund… Read More

Korean Government Convenes Emergency Meeting to Address Stirring Crypto Markets

Stating that they plan to “closely monitor market condition(s)… (and) strictly control…illegal acts such as fraud and (multilevel marketing),” officials from the Korean Department of Justice and the Financial Supervisory Commission held an emergency meeting May 28th to “examine…virtual currency market trend(s)” in the wake of price… Read More

Seoul Building Data-Surveilling “Smart City” Undergirded by Blockchain, AI

Seoul’s blockchain-enthused mayor, Park Won-soon, has announced at the Korean Future Forum his administration’s plans to turn Seoul into a data-accumulating “smart city” using a network of 50 ooo censors, blockchain databases and AI (artificial intelligence), Korean media outlet Queen reports. A cadre of business,… Read More

Asia Crypto-Law Round Up

Asia Business Law Journal (ABLJ) has published a comprehensive article on the current state of crypto law in Asia. Here, we provide a summary of the most salient point presented by ABLJ from each region. Philippines According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Global growth… Read More

Korean Crypto Exchanges Announces Listing Evaluation Partnership With CrossAngle

Korbit, CPDAX, and GOPAX, three cryptocurrency exchanges in South Korea, announced earlier this week their partnership with CrossAngle to enhance the reliability of their coin listings. According to the trio, CrossAngle has developed a data disclosure platform, Xangle to tackle these problems. Data gathered directly from… Read More

UN Agency International Telecommunication Union Partners with Korean Blockchain Firm ICONLOOP

International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a United Nations’ specialized agency for information and communication technologies, has signed an agreement to work with South Korean blockchain firm ICONLOOP. According to a release, the goal is to establish a high-level framework of cooperation in the area of the… Read More

New South Korean Task Force to Tackle 800% Reported Increase in Cryptocurrency Crime

The South Korean Supreme Prosecutors’ Office has created a task force dedicated to responding to a reported 800% increase in cryptocurrency crime complaints, South Korean news agency Naver reports. The task force, which will reportedly be, “packed…with professional investigators, prosecutors, and investigators as team heads,” was… Read More

Kakao Ventures Backs Blockchain based Payment Platform & Stablecoin Terra

Blockchain-based payment platform Terra has received an investment from VC Kakao Ventures – an independent subsidiary of South Korea’s internet firm, Kakao. The amount of the investment was not disclosed but was said to fund the expansion and mainstream usage of Terra’s blockchain payment solution… Read More

Korean Crypto Exchange Coinbin Declares Bankruptcy Following Alleged $26 Million Embezzlement

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Korean cryptocurrency trading platform Coinbin, which took over “Top Ten Korean …Exchange” Youbit last April after Youbit lost $15 million USD (17 billion won) in customer funds in a hack, has declared bankruptcy and ceased all trading on February 22nd, Business Korea reports. Coinbin CEO Park Chan-kyu… Read More

Hedera Hashgraph Announces Governing Council Members, Selects Deutsche Telekom, DLA Piper, Nomura Holdings and More

Speedy blockchain Hedera Hashgraph has announced the first members of the Hedera Hashgraph Governing Council. The group will guide changes to the software run by Hedera distributed nodes over time. Hedera says the initial Council members will be Deutsche Telekom, DLA Piper, Magazine Luiza, Nomura Holdings,… Read More

Bank of Korea Says Central Bank Cryptocurrency Would Cause Cash Shortages and Escalating Interest Rates

Bankers at Korea’s central bank, the Bank of Korea, have issued one of the most decisive warnings against the creation of a central bank-backed cryptocurrency so far, The Korea Times reports. International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde called last year for an “even-handed approach” to… Read More

Bitfury Jumps on Korean Company’s “Golden Goose” Publicly-Subsidized Cryptomine Venture in Paraguay

Bitfury, one of the world’s largest cryptomining  and “blockchain-services” firms has announced it is partnering with the Korea-based company Commons Foundation, “to open and operate Bitcoin transaction processing centers in Paraguay as part of the foundation’s “Golden Goose” initiative to expand cryptocurrency and blockchain innovation… Read More

Korean Government Upholds ICO Ban: “No Company Had Actual Service,” Tokens Dumped

Citing “high risk,” “insufficient disclosure,” “no actual service” and token dump price plunges of 68% immediately after privately sold coins are introduced onto public exchanges, the Korean Government has decided to uphold strict regulation (reportedly a ban) on ICOs (initial coin offerings). The government made the decision… Read More

Terra Unites with Fantom to Accelerate Mainstream Stablecoin Adoption

Terra, a project building the next-generation payment system based in Singapore and Korea,  has partnered with South Korean based Fantom, a DAG-based smart contract platform for real-time cryptocurrency payments, to accelerate the mainstream adoption of its stablecoin. Terra and its alliance of eCommerce partners will… Read More

“Airdrop” Awry: Korean Crypto Exchange Accidentally Sends $5.3 Million in Crypto to Users

A Korean exchange called Coinzest accidentally sent users $5.3 million in Bitcoin and Ethereum last week, Cryptonews reports. Coinzest was in the midst of conducting a promotional “airdrop” of a crypto token called WeGameTokens (WGT), but thanks to a “computer error,” the exchange sent users… Read More

Execs from Komid Crypto Exchange Convicted of Wash Trading in Korea. One Blames Finance Authorities for Not Stopping Him

Two executives from the Korean cryptocurrency Komid have been imprisoned for creating fake volume on the exchange in order to deceive investors, Korean media outlet Blockinpress reports. Komid Choi has reportedly been sentenced in Seoul to three year’s imprisonment for fraud and embezzlement, and an accomplice, Park… Read More

OurCrowd Signs Partnership Agreement with South Korea’s Hana Bank to Support Innovation Ecosystem

The global leader in equity crowdfunding, OurCrowd, has signed a new investment partnership agreement with South Korea’s KEB Hana Bank. The move by OurCrowd is further indication of its growing relationship with institutional investors and its significant foothold in Asia. In a release, OurCrowd said… Read More

Majority of Korean Crypto Exchanges Fail Security Check

Investigators from the Korean Ministry of Science, Technology and Information and the Korea Internet Development Agency (KISA) have found “weak” security at 31 0f approximately 38 crypto exchanges studied, ZDNet reports. Investigators deployed an 85-point security checklist to participating exchanges and found that, “14 exchanges… Read More

70-80% of South Korean Cryptocurrency Mines Close As Costs Exceed Prices

At the top of markets in December 2017, mining an Ether, the native cryptocurrency of the Ethereum network, cost about 240,000 Korean won ($213 USD), and that Ether could be sold for 2.3 million won ($2093 USD). At that time, South Korea was the third… Read More

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