South Korean exchanges Coinone, Corbit, Upbit, and Bithumb have joined in implementing heightened levels of anti-money laundering (AML) security in view of high-level hacks over time.
Despite the country’s high level of regulation, requiring companies offering cryptocurrency products to implement AML security, hackers have proven to find ways of infiltrating some exchanges’ safeguards.
The four exchanges will focus on activities such as voice phishing, pyramid schemes, and other illegal trading activities. A new system will ensure a register of suspicious wallets which may be used for illegal activity.
South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported that these four exchanges “…are now able to instantly check any wrongful transactions made at other exchanges and take necessary measures, such as blocking their own related accounts. The cooperative step against money laundering via cryptocurrencies is expected to boost the soundness of the industry and to better protect consumers.”
South Korea enjoys a cryptocurrency system similar to Japan where exchanges cooperate for the betterment of the industry. This was illustrated at the end of 2018 where seven exchanges combined to sign an accord for the “Agreement for the creation of a sound cryptocurrency ecosystem”.
The exchanges, Upbit, Bithumb, Korbit, Coinone, Gopax, Coinplug (Cpdax), and Hanbitco, stated the accord’s aim was to not only to create a healthy ecosystem but also to prevent crime and protect investors by creating a sound ecosystem and preventing money laundering.
Financial Services Commission (FSC) head of financial innovation, Kwon Dae-Young, has declared that the aims of the government are always the same regarding cryptocurrency, maintaining that the integrity of the space is vital:
“We are trying to institutionalize [cryptocurrency exchanges] but before we do, we have to answer the question of how to deal with the damage and tears of many virtual currency investors. We must see if any of the projects that can help the people in their daily lives have been presented. Trust and authenticity are important.”
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