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Ethereum Developer’s Trial for Attendance at North Korea Blockchain Conference Set for September 2021

Ethereum Developer’s Trial for Attendance at North Korea Blockchain Conference Set for September 2021

Ethereum researcher Virgil Griffith has been accused by the US government of assisting North Korea in questionable affairs involving cryptocurrencies.

Blockchain-Based Driving Licenses in South Korea Hit One Million Drivers

Blockchain-Based Driving Licenses in South Korea Hit One Million Drivers

Blockchain-powered driving licenses were made available as an option in South Korea in May.

US Army Reveals That North Korea Has A Legion of 6,000 Hackers Working for the Nation

US Army Reveals That North Korea Has A Legion of 6,000 Hackers Working for the Nation

In a tactical report, the US Army unveiled that North Korea possessed government-based divisions assigned to cryptocurrency and crypto cybercrimes.

Bank of Korea Seeks a Consulting Partner to Accelerate CBDC Launch

Bank of Korea Seeks a Consulting Partner to Accelerate CBDC Launch

The Bank of Korea (BoK) is in search of a consulting partner to help develop the architecture for its Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC).

Jury Trial will Decide if Ethereum Dev Nigel Griffith Helped North Korea Evade Sanctions

Jury Trial will Decide if Ethereum Dev Nigel Griffith Helped North Korea Evade Sanctions

Ethereum developer Virgil Griffith has been accused by the US Department of Justice of aiding North Korea (DPRK) in evading sanctions and will now face trial by jury.

Ethereum Developer Indicted for Blockchain and Crypto Expertise Sharing in North Korea

Ethereum Developer Indicted for Blockchain and Crypto Expertise Sharing in North Korea

A judge has ruled that the U.S. Department of Justice has enough evidence to move to trial against Ethereum developer Virgil Griffith after he allegedly aided in the circumvention of U.S. Sanctions that have been placed on the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea.

North Korea Is Developing Own Crypto to Circumvent US Sanctions

North Korea Is Developing Own Crypto to Circumvent US Sanctions

North Korea has always been suspected for either indirectly or directly funding weapons or involved in some powerful projects of mass destruction using virtual currencies. The nation, recently, was accused of stealing cryptocurrencies worth $2 billion to facilitate the development of deadly weapons.

Top Banks in South Korea Select CenterPrime And Chainlink To Bring FX Rates Data to DeFi

Top Banks in South Korea Select CenterPrime And Chainlink To Bring FX Rates Data to DeFi

Top banks in South Korea have selected Chainlink and CenterPrime to bring a blockchain-enabled decentralized finance solution for foreign exchange rates.

OKEx to Shut Down Its Crypto Business Operations in South Korea by April

OKEx to Shut Down Its Crypto Business Operations in South Korea by April

OKEX intends to shut down its crypto branch in South Korea. According to sources familiar with the talks, the move is attributed to new anti-money laundering regulations in the country.

South Korea Sets Up Panel to Accelerate CBDC Launch

South Korea Sets Up Panel to Accelerate CBDC Launch

In a bid to keep up with global trends in the development of a Central Bank Digital Currency, South Korea launches a 6-man panel to review regulatory issues

Bank of Korea Acquires Samsung-Backed BankSign Blockchain Platform, Seeking to Deploy the Platform at Local Banks

Bank of Korea Acquires Samsung-Backed BankSign Blockchain Platform, Seeking to Deploy the Platform at Local Banks

Bank of Korea makes a huge step in acquiring Samsung-backed BankSign authentication certificate service. The central bank seeks to deploy the blockchain platform in local banks.

South Korea Intensifies Blockchain in Banking but Rules Out Digital Fiat Currency

South Korea Intensifies Blockchain in Banking but Rules Out Digital Fiat Currency

Wide application of blockchain technology is expected to affect people’s lives, business, education, governance, and other sectors. That is the reason, many countries explore and even deploy the huge potential of this technology. But the latest trend of the technology seems to have taken a new twist in South Korea. Now let’s find out why South Korea continues adopting blockchain in banking but rejects rolling out digital fiat currency.

S. Korean Regulators Oppose Busan's Regulatory Measures for Foreign Crypto Exchanges

S. Korean Regulators Oppose Busan's Regulatory Measures for Foreign Crypto Exchanges

South Korean financial authorities expressed their opposite stance against Busan City to provide special regulatory support for partners to establish digital asset exchanges.

Lazarus Group Circumvents Sanctions, Launders $12M Via Tornado Cash

Lazarus Group Circumvents Sanctions, Launders $12M Via Tornado Cash

North Korea's Lazarus Group has reportedly resumed laundering stolen cryptocurrency through Tornado Cash, circumventing international sanctions.

South Korean Watchdogs Request Interpol’s Red Notice against Do Kwon

South Korean Watchdogs Request Interpol’s Red Notice against Do Kwon

The controversy surrounding Do Kwon’s whereabouts continues to grow, given that South Korean prosecutors asked Interpol to issue a red notice against the Terraform Labs’ founder.

WeMade Dismisses Coin Over-Issuance Fraud Claims Amid Investigation

WeMade Dismisses Coin Over-Issuance Fraud Claims Amid Investigation

South Korean game developer WeMade counters fraud allegations by the Seoul Southern District Prosecutors, asserting compliance exemptions for its digital asset systems and Phoenix DEX amidst regulatory investigations.

South Korea Advances CBDC Pilot Project: Jeju, Busan, and Incheon Selected as Test Regions

South Korea Advances CBDC Pilot Project: Jeju, Busan, and Incheon Selected as Test Regions

South Korea selects Jeju, Busan, and Incheon for its CBDC pilot project, excluding Seoul. The Bank of Korea aims to test digital currency issuance and distribution.

South Korea's Digital Won Project Sees First Trial Stage Completed

South Korea's Digital Won Project Sees First Trial Stage Completed

The Bank of Korea (BOK) announced that it has completed the first stage of its Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) or Digital Won trials, according to its official press release.

South Korea’s Jeju Island Leverages Blockchain to Curb Depleted Electric Vehicle Batteries

South Korea’s Jeju Island Leverages Blockchain to Curb Depleted Electric Vehicle Batteries

Jeju Island’s government representatives have revealed that a blockchain-powered electric vehicle waste-battery distribution management system has been implemented based on a multi-year support. It will track the history of receipts of waste-batteries acquired at the Jeju Technopark Electric Vehicle Battery Industrialization Center that opened in June 2019.

FTX and Busan Reaches Deal to Accelerate Blockchain Businesses

FTX and Busan Reaches Deal to Accelerate Blockchain Businesses

The City of Busan and the cryptocurrency exchange FTX signed a business agreement to support the establishment of the Busan Digital Asset Exchange.

Korean Prosecutors Consulting if LUNA Classified "Security"

Korean Prosecutors Consulting if LUNA Classified "Security"

The probe into Terraform Labs by South Korean prosecutors is taking a whole new twist as watchdogs are making consultations on how best to classify the collapsed LUNA tokens - now known as Luna Classic (LUNC).

South Korea to Pump In a Whopping $12.8 Million into Blockchain Industry

South Korea to Pump In a Whopping $12.8 Million into Blockchain Industry

The adoption of blockchain technology is set to reach unprecedented levels in major countries, as recently announced by China’s President Xi Jinping. South Korea intends to follow suit based on the revelation made by the Ministry of Science and ICT that USD 12.8 million will be channeled to blockchain projects in 2020.

Bank of Korea Speeds up Digital Currency Research, States Central Banks are Driven towards DLT

Bank of Korea Speeds up Digital Currency Research, States Central Banks are Driven towards DLT

The Bank of Korea (BoK), South Korea’s central bank and monetary issuer, has released its research on the use of digital currencies and blockchain technology for the banking industry.

DeFi Hack Linked to North Korea

DeFi Hack Linked to North Korea

The $197 million DeFi hack on Euler Finance has been linked to North Korea after blockchain investigator Chainalysis identified that 100 ETH from the stolen funds was transferred to an address associated with North Korea-linked actors. While Chainalysis suspected the involvement of North Korea, it highlighted the possibility of misdirection by other hackers. Euler Labs CEO expressed disappointment in the hack, revealing that ten separate audits over two years assured its security.

Ex-Terraform Labs CFO Extradited to South Korea in Crypto Fraud Case

Ex-Terraform Labs CFO Extradited to South Korea in Crypto Fraud Case

Han Chang-joon, former Terraform Labs CFO, has been extradited to South Korea for charges of financial fraud in the crypto industry, marking a significant international effort to combat digital asset fraud.

Bithumb CEO Summoned by South Korean Authorities Following Police Raid on Offices

Bithumb CEO Summoned by South Korean Authorities Following Police Raid on Offices

The Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bithumb Holdings, Lee Jung-hoon has been summoned by the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency's Intelligent Crime Investigation Unit following the unit's incessant raid on the exchange.

Terraform Labs Staff Discloses LUNA's Potential Risk of Crash but Neglected: South Korean Authority

Terraform Labs Staff Discloses LUNA's Potential Risk of Crash but Neglected: South Korean Authority

The staff of embattled blockchain startup Terraform Labs have been called for questioning as part of an investigation being carried out by the Seoul Southern District Prosecutor’s Office’s joint financial and securities crime investigation team.

South Korea Enacts Legislation for Public Disclosure of Officials' Crypto Holdings

South Korea Enacts Legislation for Public Disclosure of Officials' Crypto Holdings

South Korea has introduced new legislation requiring public officials to disclose crypto assets, aiming to improve governance transparency and address conflicts of interest.

Binance Initiates Stake Reduction in South Korean Exchange Gopax to Comply with Regulatory Norms

Binance Initiates Stake Reduction in South Korean Exchange Gopax to Comply with Regulatory Norms

Binance plans to reduce its majority stake in South Korean crypto exchange Gopax to address regulatory compliance issues, following its acquisition in early 2023.

SEC Collaborates with South Korea in Probing Terraform Labs and Do Kwon

SEC Collaborates with South Korea in Probing Terraform Labs and Do Kwon

The US SEC has approved collaboration with South Korea to investigate Terraform Labs and co-founders Daniel Shin and Do Kwon. The investigation focuses on Chai Corporation's use of the Terra blockchain and its relationship statements with Terraform. Shin is charged with fraud, while Kwon faces investigations in both the US and South Korea.

South Korean Tax Specialists Advocate for Lowered Crypto Taxation

South Korean Tax Specialists Advocate for Lowered Crypto Taxation

Members of the Korean Tax Policy Association are calling on the government to consider applying a low-level tax on crypto transactions. The South Korean administration is contemplating taxing cryptocurrencies as part of its tax reform plan for 2021, but specialists feel it requires in-depth conceptualization.

Ripple (XRP) Launches Fund to Boost Innovation on XRP Ledger in Japan and Korea

Ripple (XRP) Launches Fund to Boost Innovation on XRP Ledger in Japan and Korea

Ripple (XRP) introduces XRPL Japan and Korea Fund to support blockchain innovation and community growth.

Cybersecurity Firm Kaspersky Warns of New Ransomware Devised by Notorious North Korean Ransomware Group

Cybersecurity Firm Kaspersky Warns of New Ransomware Devised by Notorious North Korean Ransomware Group

Multinational cybersecurity provider Kaspersky has announced that the notorious North Korean crypto criminal group, Lazarus, is planning on releasing a new ransomware.

South Korean Watchdog Uncovers 14 Fake Bank Accounts Used by Crypto Exchanges

South Korean Watchdog Uncovers 14 Fake Bank Accounts Used by Crypto Exchanges

The South Korea financial regulator has uncovered 14 fake accounts used by crypto exchanges.

South Korean Shared Workspace Company Turns to a Blockchain-Powered Real Estate Platform

South Korean Shared Workspace Company Turns to a Blockchain-Powered Real Estate Platform

Sparkplus, a South Korean office sharing company, has announced a partnership with tech startup Kasa Korea for a blockchain-enabled real estate funding platform. Through the strategic collaboration, Sparkplus seeks to revolutionize Seoul’s sharing economy through a decentralized network that would enable people without much money to collectively and indirectly fund real estate.

Bank of Korea Completes 2nd Phase of CBDC Simulation Test

Bank of Korea Completes 2nd Phase of CBDC Simulation Test

The Bank of Korea said that it has completed a 10-month CBDC simulation experiment research work on the 10-month central bank digital currency.

South Korea Passes Comprehensive Law Officially Legalizing Cryptocurrency Trading And Holding

South Korea Passes Comprehensive Law Officially Legalizing Cryptocurrency Trading And Holding

A day after India’s Supreme Court lifted the ban on cryptocurrencies, South Korea has followed in their footsteps as the nation’s National Assembly has amended the Act on Reporting and Use of Specific Financial Information. This move fully legalizes cryptocurrencies in South Korea.

S Korea's SK Telecom Acquires 35% Stake on Local Crypto Exchange Korbit

S Korea's SK Telecom Acquires 35% Stake on Local Crypto Exchange Korbit

SK Square, an investment company owned by South Korean wireless telecommunications company SK Telecom Co Ltd, has invested 90 billion won (about $75.4 million) in the crypto exchange platform Korbit.

The Story Behind Kakao and Klaytn's Blockchain Dominance in Korea

The Story Behind Kakao and Klaytn's Blockchain Dominance in Korea

During Hong Kong Fintech Week 2019 held on Nov. 4-8, Zachary Keats, the Director of Corporate Development at Klaytn and Ground X, shared his insights on blockchain adoption initiatives in Korea. Kakao, a South Korean internet company offering a platform of services including messaging, cab-hailing, and payments, has developed Klaytn, the blockchain business arm of the company.

South Korean Telecom Giant and City Government Teams Up to Launch Major Digital Currency

South Korean Telecom Giant and City Government Teams Up to Launch Major Digital Currency

KT, the largest telecom company in South Korea is planning to launch its blockchain-based digital currency in the second biggest city in the country, Busan.

Virgil Griffith Sentenced to 5-Year Jail for Helping Individuals in North Korea Evade Sanctions

Virgil Griffith Sentenced to 5-Year Jail for Helping Individuals in North Korea Evade Sanctions

An American citizen is sentenced to 63 months in jail by U.S. District Judge for allegedly helping individuals in the DPRK (North Korea) to evade sanctions imposed by the U.S.

South Korea's Crypto Tax Delayed Until Jan 2025

South Korea's Crypto Tax Delayed Until Jan 2025

Crypto tax on digital assets in South Korea will be further delayed by another two years, according to an announcement from an official of the Ministry of Economy and Finance tax policy.

South Korea's Top Remittance Payment Company Global Money Express Joins RippleNet to Expand Payments into Thailand

South Korea's Top Remittance Payment Company Global Money Express Joins RippleNet to Expand Payments into Thailand

Ripple has established a connection with Global Money Express, Korea’s top non-bank remittance payment company to link with Thailand’s Siam Business Bank.

Former South Korean Deputy Minister Yong-beom Kim Joins Blockchain Research Institute

Former South Korean Deputy Minister Yong-beom Kim Joins Blockchain Research Institute

Yong-beom Kim, former first deputy minister of the Ministry of Planning and Finance of South Korea, will join Hashed Open Research, a blockchain and digital technology research institute, as CEO.

South Korean Court Apprehends Crypto Assets of “Nth Room” Ringleader

South Korean Court Apprehends Crypto Assets of “Nth Room” Ringleader

A South Korean court has frozen 15 cryptocurrency wallets belonging to Cho Ju-bin, the orchestrator of the “Nth Rooms” scandal. It came to the limelight following a national outcry following the sexual exploitation of underage girls by Cho Ju-bin and his team who was named and paraded through the Korean streets to face the public in March.

Chinese Government to Consider Cross-Border East-Asian Stablecoin for Hong Kong Amid Implementing Controversial National Security Law

Chinese Government to Consider Cross-Border East-Asian Stablecoin for Hong Kong Amid Implementing Controversial National Security Law

Chinese officials to consider a cross-border stablecoin in Hong Kong, to facilitate a cross-border payment network between three Asian countries, and four currencies China, Japan, and South Korea. The world’s second-largest economy is aiming to build Hong Kong into an international financial center in the digital economy era. At China’s annual “Two Sessions,” also known as the National People’s Congress, China’s most important annual political event in Beijing, officials set the decision to impose new national security legislation on Hong Kong.

Blender is relaunched as Sinbad

Blender is relaunched as Sinbad

Elliptic, a crypto risk management organization, hypothesized that Blender renamed to Sinbad to "earn confidence from users" and escape fines.

South Koreans transacted $4.3 billion through illegal crypto exchanges

South Koreans transacted $4.3 billion through illegal crypto exchanges

In 2022, South Koreans transacted $4.3 billion through illegal crypto exchanges, comprising almost 70% of all illicit money traffic captured by officers. The transactions aimed to purchase foreign virtual assets to sell in the country later due to the South Korean regulatory regime isolating the local market.

South Korea Proposes 20% Capital Gains Tax on Cryptocurrency Commodities

South Korea Proposes 20% Capital Gains Tax on Cryptocurrency Commodities

South Korea’s parliament has put forward a bill that could see crypto profits taxed by up to 20% as members argue that cryptocurrencies are commodities.

Upbit Becomes the First Exchange to Register with FIU as September Deadline Looms

Upbit Becomes the First Exchange to Register with FIU as September Deadline Looms

Upbit has now registered with FIU as other exchanges move to follow this lead before the September 24 regulation deadline.

North Korean Hackers Breach JumpCloud, Signaling a Shift in Crypto-Heist Strategy

North Korean Hackers Breach JumpCloud, Signaling a Shift in Crypto-Heist Strategy

According to Reuters, JumpCloud, an American IT management company based in Louisville, Colorado, confirmed a system breach in late June 2023 by a North Korean government-backed hacking group .

Shinhan bank Opens Door to Corporate Crypto Accounts, Paving the Way for Institutional Adoption

Shinhan bank Opens Door to Corporate Crypto Accounts, Paving the Way for Institutional Adoption

As the first domestic lender on South Korean soil, Shinhan Bank has rolled out real-name corporate accounts to enable transactions from cash to crypto based on its partnership with cryptocurrency exchange Korbit.

Korea's Financial Services Commission Officials Mandated to Declare their Crypto Holdings

Korea's Financial Services Commission Officials Mandated to Declare their Crypto Holdings

Korea's Financial Services Commission employees are to report their digital currency holdings by May 7, as there have been concerns about insider information.

South Korea Probes OKX for Unregistered Operations

South Korea Probes OKX for Unregistered Operations

South Korean financial authorities are investigating OKX, a cryptocurrency exchange, for potentially operating without proper registration, following allegations from the Digital Asset Exchange Association.

ApeCoin Experiences Sharp Price Surge on South Korean Exchange

ApeCoin Experiences Sharp Price Surge on South Korean Exchange

Yuga Labs' ERC-20 token ApeCoin (APE) experienced a brief surge in price on the South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Upbit, with prices reaching $90.00 per token before a sell-off reduced most of the gains. The spike was attributed to retail frenzy and trading restrictions on the exchange.

US Intelligence Reveals Extent of North Korea’s “Hidden Cobra” Crypto-Dependent Cyber Crimes

US Intelligence Reveals Extent of North Korea’s “Hidden Cobra” Crypto-Dependent Cyber Crimes

US Intelligence Reveals Extent of North Korea’s “Hidden Cobra” Crypto-Dependent Cyber Crimes

Prosecutors Raid Crypto Exchanges amid Terra Probe: Report

Prosecutors Raid Crypto Exchanges amid Terra Probe: Report

South Korean regulators have reportedly raided entities that are connected with Terraform Labs as another effort in the ongoing investigation of the case.

Korea’s Jeju Island Introduces Blockchain-Fueled COVID-19 App for Tourism

Korea’s Jeju Island Introduces Blockchain-Fueled COVID-19 App for Tourism

To recover from COVID-19 tourism losses, South Korea has introduced a blockchain-powered digital app for visitors of Jeju Island to ensure safe travels.

Solana Launches $100m Web3.0 Fund for South Korean Startups

Solana Launches $100m Web3.0 Fund for South Korean Startups

Layer-1 blockchain protocol Solana has launched a $100 million fund to back startups in the South Korea Web3.0 ecosystem through its subsidiaries Solana Ventures and Solana Foundation.

South Korean Gaming Giant Wemade Faces $41 Million Tax Bill for Crypto Operations

South Korean Gaming Giant Wemade Faces $41 Million Tax Bill for Crypto Operations

South Korean gaming firm Wemade faces a $41 million tax bill for its crypto operations, highlighting the complexities of regulatory compliance in the blockchain gaming industry.

LG's Affiliate and Kakao’s Subsidiary Agree to a Strategic Partnership to Foster Blockchain Technology

LG's Affiliate and Kakao’s Subsidiary Agree to a Strategic Partnership to Foster Blockchain Technology

For diversity in the application of blockchain, LG’s IT solutions affiliate, LG CNS, and Kakao’s blockchain subsidiary, Ground X are in partnership

North Korea Stole Over $1 Billion in Crypto in 2022

North Korea Stole Over $1 Billion in Crypto in 2022

According to a UN study, North Korea stole more bitcoin in 2022 than ever before and targeted multinational aerospace and military industries.

Bank of Korea Prepares for 2024 Public Trial of Its Central Bank Digital Currency

Bank of Korea Prepares for 2024 Public Trial of Its Central Bank Digital Currency

The Bank of Korea, South Korea's central bank, is setting the stage for its first public trial of a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) in 2024.

Seoul Prosecutors Reveal Terra's Do Kwon is Hiding in Europe

Seoul Prosecutors Reveal Terra's Do Kwon is Hiding in Europe

South Korean prosecutors believe Do Kwon is currently residing in Europe

South Korean Hospitals to Usher in New Healthcare Era Using Blockchain Technology, AI and Big Data

South Korean Hospitals to Usher in New Healthcare Era Using Blockchain Technology, AI and Big Data

South Korean hospitals intend to set the ball rolling in ushering in a new healthcare era using industry 4.0 technology like blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), and big data.

South Korean University to Present NFT Certificates for Graduates

South Korean University to Present NFT Certificates for Graduates

Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), a top private university in Suwon, South Korea, seeks to present NFT certificates to three excellent graduates at the graduation ceremony.

Binance's Market Dominance Challenged as OKX and Upbit Gain Ground

Binance's Market Dominance Challenged as OKX and Upbit Gain Ground

The 2023 CEX Market Report shows Binance's dominance diminishing as OKX and Upbit gain market share. Factors like on-chain data, user growth, and social media presence contribute to the evolving CEX landscape.

South Korea's Banking Association Cautions Against Growing Altcoin Influence

South Korea's Banking Association Cautions Against Growing Altcoin Influence

The Korea Federation of Banks wants its members to keep track of altcoins that trade on crypto exchanges.

South Korean Police Raid Bithumb Crypto Exchange For Second Time in BXA Token Fraud Case

South Korean Police Raid Bithumb Crypto Exchange For Second Time in BXA Token Fraud Case

Bithumb, the largest crypto exchange in Korea has been raided for a second time in five days by the South Korean police.

LG Electronics Expands Business in terms of Blockchain Technology & Crypto

LG Electronics Expands Business in terms of Blockchain Technology & Crypto

As part of its expansion plan beyond home appliances, South Korean tech giant LG Electronics intends to add blockchain, cryptocurrency, and medical devices as new sectors in its corporate charter.

S. Korean Artist Management Firm Hybe Eyes Expansion into NFTs

S. Korean Artist Management Firm Hybe Eyes Expansion into NFTs

Hybe, one of S. Korea's top K-pop management agencies, is planning to expand its marketplace for NFTs by collaborating with celebrities not managed by the firm.

South Korean Political Parties Woo Voters with Crypto-Friendly Policies

South Korean Political Parties Woo Voters with Crypto-Friendly Policies

South Korea's major political parties unveil crypto incentives, with the Democratic Party eyeing ETF liberalization and the People's Power Party proposing a tax delay on digital assets.

South Korea's FSC to Submit Two Crypto-Related Acts to National Assembly

South Korea's FSC to Submit Two Crypto-Related Acts to National Assembly

According to Newsis on July 13, the People's Power Party and the Financial Services Commission of South Korea are planning to submit amendments to the Electronic Securities Act and the Capital Market Act to the National Assembly within this month.

South Korea to Introduce 10%-50% Gift Tax on Crypto Airdrops

South Korea to Introduce 10%-50% Gift Tax on Crypto Airdrops

Users who receive crypto airdrops in South Korea could be taxed at 10%-50%. The virtual asset gains tax will start taking effect in 2025.

South Korea Contemplates Imposing 20% Tax on Cryptocurrency Proceeds

South Korea Contemplates Imposing 20% Tax on Cryptocurrency Proceeds

The South Korean administration might consider categorizing proceeds from cryptocurrency transactions as other income that is subjected to 20% tax, such as prize-winning or lottery.

Analyst Honored for Exposing South Korean Dark Web Crypto Child Pornography and Blackmail Site

Analyst Honored for Exposing South Korean Dark Web Crypto Child Pornography and Blackmail Site

Criminal analyst, Kim Reece, has been named as a finalist for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal for her role in the takedown of the South Korean ‘Nth Room’ child pornography chat rooms hosting the content of Welcome to Video blackmail sex and exploitation site.

South Korea to Introduce Blockchain-Powered COVID-19 “Vaccine Passports”

South Korea to Introduce Blockchain-Powered COVID-19 “Vaccine Passports”

In order to revive cross-border travel and keep infection risks under control, the South Korean government seeks to issue blockchain-backed COVID-19 “vaccine passports” to immunized citizens.

Concerns Arise as North Korea’s Financial Services Commission Unsure of Its Cryptocurrency Mandate

Concerns Arise as North Korea’s Financial Services Commission Unsure of Its Cryptocurrency Mandate

The Financial Services Commission of North Korea, which is supposed to be in charge of the supervision of cryptocurrencies, asked which ministry is responsible.

South Korea Plans to Suspend Crypto Taxation Until 2023

South Korea Plans to Suspend Crypto Taxation Until 2023

Crypto investors in South Korea might have a sigh of relief because the government intends to delay imposing crypto taxation until 2023.

Court Upholds OFAC's Designation of Tornado Cash Under IEEPA

Court Upholds OFAC's Designation of Tornado Cash Under IEEPA

The US District Court upheld the OFAC's designation of Tornado Cash under the IEEPA, rejecting plaintiffs' claims of overreach and First Amendment violations, highlighting legal challenges for privacy-oriented blockchain entities.

Prosecutors Investigate Do Kwon with Ponzi Fraud Charges amid Terraform Labs Dissolvement

Prosecutors Investigate Do Kwon with Ponzi Fraud Charges amid Terraform Labs Dissolvement

South Korean Prosecutors are investigating Do Kwon if they will file Ponzi fraud charges against him following the Terra crash.

South Korea Cracks Down on Cryptocurrency, Credit Card Purchases Banned

South Korea Cracks Down on Cryptocurrency, Credit Card Purchases Banned

South Korea intensifies crypto regulations in 2023, targeting illicit flows and tightening credit card use for crypto purchases.

South Korea's Crypto Protection Law Advances in Assembly

South Korea's Crypto Protection Law Advances in Assembly

In a landmark move for South Korea's cryptocurrency sector, the Cryptocurrency User Protection Act (also known as the Cryptocurrency Investor Protection Law) has successfully passed through the Legal Affairs Committee, marking a momentous milestone in the legislative process for digital assets.

S. Korean Presidential Candidates to go Head to Head in Crypto Policies

S. Korean Presidential Candidates to go Head to Head in Crypto Policies

As South Korea's presidential elections draw to a close, crypto is turning into a political battleground with both candidates set to showcase a number of crypto-related policies.

Binance CEO reportedly made a secret visit to South Korea

Binance CEO reportedly made a secret visit to South Korea

Binance CEO Richard Teng reportedly made a secret visit to South Korea to negotiate with financial authorities regarding the "Gopax" issue. The details and outcome of the negotiations are currently unknown.

South Korea Seeks Tech Partner to Build the Pilot Program for CBDC

South Korea Seeks Tech Partner to Build the Pilot Program for CBDC

South Korea's central bank on Monday said it would choose a technology supplier to build a pilot platform for a digital currency, moving a step closer to creating a central bank-backed digital currency.

North Korea Targets Crypto Exchanges to Fund Missile Programs: UN Report Reveals

North Korea Targets Crypto Exchanges to Fund Missile Programs: UN Report Reveals

North Korea has stolen more than $50 million in cryptocurrency between 2020 and mid-2021 to fund the country's missile programmes, an excerpt from a United Nations report stated.

3 Reasons Behind the Recent Crypto Market Crash—Why Bitcoin Price Dropped $600

3 Reasons Behind the Recent Crypto Market Crash—Why Bitcoin Price Dropped $600

The Bitcoin price started to plunge in coincidence with our report of the Korean police raiding Korea’s largest cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb for fraud. 

North Korean Hackers Allegedly Behind $35 Million Cryptocurrency Heist

North Korean Hackers Allegedly Behind $35 Million Cryptocurrency Heist

North Korean cybercriminals are the prime suspects in a recent cryptocurrency heist involving the theft of a substantial $35 million. Cybersecurity analysts shared this assessment with CNN on Tuesday, pointing to telltale signs in the tactics and techniques used in the attack.

South Korea Is Looking to Put Trade Finance on the Blockchain

South Korea Is Looking to Put Trade Finance on the Blockchain

The South Korean government wants all trade to be on the blockchain, Coindesk reports.

Binance Acquires Majority Stake in Gopax

Binance Acquires Majority Stake in Gopax

Binance returned to South Korea with a controlling ownership in ailing exchange Gopax.

China Leads Pan-Asian Digital Currency Project to Compete with Facebook's Libra

China Leads Pan-Asian Digital Currency Project to Compete with Facebook's Libra

Led by China, four Asian countries are in the early stages of developing a joint digital currency. The currency will help keep the Dollar and Libra in check

South Korea Tightens Regulations on Crypto Mixers Amid Money Laundering Concerns

South Korea Tightens Regulations on Crypto Mixers Amid Money Laundering Concerns

South Korea's Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) is set to introduce new regulations targeting digital asset mixers, mirroring similar moves by the US. These measures aim to curb the use of crypto mixers for illegal money laundering.

North Korea's Cyber Onslaught on Cryptocurrency: A $3 Billion Digital Heist

North Korea's Cyber Onslaught on Cryptocurrency: A $3 Billion Digital Heist

North Korea has escalated cyber attacks on cryptocurrency since 2017, stealing over $3 billion and stealing $1.7 billion in 2022, posing a serious threat to the country's economy and military budget.

Solana and ROK Capital launched a $20 Million Fund to Promote the Ecosystem Expansion in South Korea

Solana and ROK Capital launched a $20 Million Fund to Promote the Ecosystem Expansion in South Korea

The Solana Foundation has cooperated with ROK Capital to jointly launch a $20 million fund, aiming to further expand Solana's blockchain ecosystem in South Korea.

South Korea Arrests 3 Suspects in $3.4 Billion worth Crypto-related Probe

South Korea Arrests 3 Suspects in $3.4 Billion worth Crypto-related Probe

South Korean prosecutors on Thursday arrested three people in a probe of $3.4 billion worth of foreign-exchange transactions for possible connections to illegal crypto-related crimes.

South Korea Top Four Crypto Exchanges Launch Joint Venture To Abide By AML Regulations

South Korea Top Four Crypto Exchanges Launch Joint Venture To Abide By AML Regulations

The heads of Bithumb, Korbit, Coinone, and Upbit signed a memorandum to form a company with a system, which will enable them to adhere to anti-money laundering regulations.

South Korea’s Financial Watchdog to Stamp Out Illegal Crypto Activities

South Korea’s Financial Watchdog to Stamp Out Illegal Crypto Activities

South Korea’s financial watchdog, the Financial Supervisory Service and the Finance Ministry, has teamed up with various financial authorities to crack down on illegal crypto activities.

Italy and South Korea's Central Banks Forge a Path in CBDC Development

Italy and South Korea's Central Banks Forge a Path in CBDC Development

The Bank of Italy and the Bank of Korea have signed an MOU to collaborate on the development of Digital Currencies (CBDCs), a significant development in the digital currency sector.

LG Electronics to Roll Out Crypto Wallet

LG Electronics to Roll Out Crypto Wallet

As part of plans to expand its business scope to include platforms and software, South Korean tech giant LG Electronics is launching a crypto wallet application dubbed “Wallypto.”

South Korea Plans to Postpone Cryptocurrency Tax Rule to January 2022

South Korea Plans to Postpone Cryptocurrency Tax Rule to January 2022

South Korea is planning to delay the implementation of its crypto income tax rules to January 2022, extending it from its previous time frame of October 2021.

US Seizes $500K in Crypto Paid as Ransom to North Korean Hackers

US Seizes $500K in Crypto Paid as Ransom to North Korean Hackers

The U.S. Justice Department has revealed seizing crypto funds worth $500,000 used to pay ransom to North Korean hackers after the FBI filed a sealed seizure warrant in May.

South Korea’s Financial Services Commission to Ban Privacy Coins from Exchanges

South Korea’s Financial Services Commission to Ban Privacy Coins from Exchanges

South Korea’s Financial Services Commission (FSC) will ban privacy-centric digital assets or “dark coins” from exchanges as they present a high money laundering risk.

Do Kwon's Fate Remains Uncertain, Prosecutors Completed 'Search and Seizure' Raid

Do Kwon's Fate Remains Uncertain, Prosecutors Completed 'Search and Seizure' Raid

Do Kwon is still under the lens of South Korean regulators as investigations into Terraform Labs and the collapse of the firm’s first tokens, LUNA and UST.

South Korean Car Dealer Launches NFTs to Reduce Paperwork Costs

South Korean Car Dealer Launches NFTs to Reduce Paperwork Costs

Han Sung Motor, a South Korean imported car dealer, has rolled out non-fungible tokens (NFTs) to offer customers a secure and convenient experience because they can check car details using their smartphones.

South Korea seizes $104M from Terra's co-founder on unjust earnings.

South Korea seizes $104M from Terra's co-founder on unjust earnings.

South Korean authorities froze approximately $104.4 million (140 billion won) from co-founder Shin Hyun-seong based on suspicion of unfair profits. The decision to freeze Shin's asset worth over $104 million was approved by the Seoul Southern District Court. The claim related to Shin's involvement in selling pre-issued Terra tokens to unwary investors.

Report on Kwon's Escape to Dubai in Sept is True: Korean Prosecutors

Report on Kwon's Escape to Dubai in Sept is True: Korean Prosecutors

Prosecutors in Seoul have said that a report about crypto fugitive Do Kwon's departure from Singapore to Dubai in September is true. They added that his travel to Dubai is likely a stopover to another destination.

Klaytn Adds Huobi to Growing Blockchain Governance Council

Klaytn Adds Huobi to Growing Blockchain Governance Council

Klaytn has announced that Huobi has signed on as the latest member of its Governance Council for South Korean internet giant Kakao’s public blockchain project.

South Korea Crypto Sector Face Headwind over Stricter Legal Regulations Challenges ahead

South Korea Crypto Sector Face Headwind over Stricter Legal Regulations Challenges ahead

Crypto sectors and retail investors face a tough time as the finical regulators in South Korea are about implementing tougher and stricter administrative measurements to supervise the crypto industry.

Huobi Korea Wants To Separate And Change Name

Huobi Korea Wants To Separate And Change Name

Recently, the firm cut off 20% of its employees and disclosed a $6 million outflow. Reports say Huobi Korean chairman Cho Kook-bong will buy Li's stake.

Incoming South Korean President to Boost Crypto Adoption by Zero-Taxing Gains

Incoming South Korean President to Boost Crypto Adoption by Zero-Taxing Gains

Upon taking office in May, South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol vowed to zero tax crypto trading gains not exceeding 50 million won, approximately $40,000 similar to stock gains.

South Korean Banks Earns More Than Double Revenue from Crypto Transactions in Q2

South Korean Banks Earns More Than Double Revenue from Crypto Transactions in Q2

Despite heavy fluctuations in the cryptocurrency market in the second quarter of this year, South Korean banks enjoyed a sharp increase in revenue from crypto transaction fees.

Interpol Issues Red Notice for Terra's Kwon

Interpol Issues Red Notice for Terra's Kwon

Terraform Labs co-founder has been issued with a red notice from Interpol, prosecutors in South Korea claim, according to a report from Bloomberg.

Terraform Labs CEO Sent $7 Billion to Law Firm Before Ecosystem Collapse

Terraform Labs CEO Sent $7 Billion to Law Firm Before Ecosystem Collapse

South Korean prosecutors confirmed that Terraform Labs CEO Do Kwon sent $7 billion to a top South Korean law firm, Kim & Chang, right before the collapse of the Terra ecosystem. The prosecutors believe that Kwon's decision to send the funds was a deliberate move that allegedly reaffirmed his awareness of the impending collapse and anticipated legal problems. The information is expected to help in the ongoing fraud case against Kwon and his associates.

Banks Are Increasingly Starting to Offer Cryptocurrency Services in 2020

Banks Are Increasingly Starting to Offer Cryptocurrency Services in 2020

Banks have increased their interest in cryptocurrencies. Many of them have decided to join the cryptocurrency market, either by offering investments in cryptocurrency or by exploiting the capabilities of blockchain technology, which is already used in various areas with financial services.

South Korea’s Leading Crypto Exchanges Aid Police in Hunting "Nth Rooms" Blackmail Porn Members

South Korea’s Leading Crypto Exchanges Aid Police in Hunting "Nth Rooms" Blackmail Porn Members

The four primary crypto exchanges in South Korea, namely Coinone, Korbit, Bithumb, and Upbit, have reportedly offered to help police investigate the sexual exploitation of underage girls in the “Nth Rooms” scandal that has sparked a national outcry.

Democratic Party of Korea Pushes for Reconsideration of Spot Bitcoin ETFs

Democratic Party of Korea Pushes for Reconsideration of Spot Bitcoin ETFs

The Democratic Party of Korea plans to request the Financial Services Commission to review its stance on the legal status of spot Bitcoin ETFs, following opposition to its previous statement.

South Korea May Reconsider Stance on Bitcoin ETFs

South Korea May Reconsider Stance on Bitcoin ETFs

South Korea's Presidential Office has urged the Financial Services Commission to reconsider its stance on Bitcoin ETFs, indicating a potential shift in the country's cryptocurrency regulation, following initial warnings against U.S.-based spot Bitcoin ETFs.

US Files Lawsuit to Recover Cryptocurrency Accounts Linked to North Korean Hacking Operation

US Files Lawsuit to Recover Cryptocurrency Accounts Linked to North Korean Hacking Operation

The US Department of Justice has filed a suit against North Korean state-sponsored cyber hackers for allegedly perpetrating two major cryptocurrency heists.

Crypto Staking in South Korea: Balancing Innovation and Regulation

Crypto Staking in South Korea: Balancing Innovation and Regulation

Balancing innovation and regulation in South Korea's crypto industry, with regulators concerned about staking's potential risks to consumers and market stability.

Exclusive: How is Blockchain Disrupting the Music Industry Globally?

Exclusive: How is Blockchain Disrupting the Music Industry Globally?

With the widespread of blockchain technology used in different industries in the past decade, Sean Jong from K-Tune in Korea explains how blockchain can address the current pain points in the traditional music industry. He also explains the role of blockchain in royalty distribution and copyright infringement!

South Korean Companies Adopt NFT Strategy to Attract the Younger Generation

South Korean Companies Adopt NFT Strategy to Attract the Younger Generation

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have been endeared in the South Korean market as companies treat NFTs as one of the favourable marketing tools.

South Korean Advocates for Institutionalization of Cryptocurrencies via Bitcoin Derivatives

South Korean Advocates for Institutionalization of Cryptocurrencies via Bitcoin Derivatives

A South Korean commission dubbed the 4th Industrial Revolution Commission has proposed that the government ought to permit financial institutions to establish cryptocurrency-based products, such as Bitcoin derivatives as they will be instrumental in the long-term institutionalization of cryptocurrencies.

Korean Businesses Come Together to Form Massive Blockchain Council Similar to Libra's

Korean Businesses Come Together to Form Massive Blockchain Council Similar to Libra's

Korea’s internet giant Kakao is bringing crypto and blockchain adoption to the Asian markets. A huge consortium of financial giants and big brands has joined together to form a Governance Council relating to all matters blockchain.

South Korea Declares Andong City as Blockchain Free-Trade Zone to Boost Medical Hemp Production

South Korea Declares Andong City as Blockchain Free-Trade Zone to Boost Medical Hemp Production

The South Korean government has designated Andong City as a free trade zone for hemp production, leveraging a blockchain network.

FBI Monitors North Korea's Lazarus Group in Major Cryptocurrency Heist

FBI Monitors North Korea's Lazarus Group in Major Cryptocurrency Heist

The FBI is monitoring cryptocurrency theft by DPRK's TraderTraitor-affiliated actors, including Lazarus Group and APT38. The agency suspects the DPRK might liquidate over $40 million worth of bitcoin. The FBI advises companies to scrutinize blockchain data and remain cautious about transactions associated with these addresses.

South Korean Police Raid Bithumb Crypto Exchange Headquarters On Fraud Allegations

South Korean Police Raid Bithumb Crypto Exchange Headquarters On Fraud Allegations

South Korean Police have raided the headquarters of Bithumb cryptocurrency exchange as part of an investigation into fraud.

Over 2.2M Crypto Accounts Set to Trade With Restrictions in South Korea as Exchange’s Deadline Looms

Over 2.2M Crypto Accounts Set to Trade With Restrictions in South Korea as Exchange’s Deadline Looms

As the South Korea crypto registration deadline looms, over 2 million accounts will be subject to restrictions in trading on multiple exchanges.

South Korea Intensifies Measures Against Unlicensed Crypto Exchanges

South Korea Intensifies Measures Against Unlicensed Crypto Exchanges

South Korea's financial regulators are urging public disclosure of unlicensed crypto exchanges, as part of their efforts to regulate the digital asset market and safeguard investors.

South Korea Sees Surge in New Blockchain Platforms for Trading of Unlisted Stocks

South Korea Sees Surge in New Blockchain Platforms for Trading of Unlisted Stocks

South Korea’s progressive-thinking and liberal attitude on blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies got another boost on May 11. Industry sources revealed the upcoming launch of two new blockchain-based exchanges to bolster the financial trading of unlisted equities.

South Korean Bank, KB Kookmin, Shares Blockchain Strategy

South Korean Bank, KB Kookmin, Shares Blockchain Strategy

KB Kookmin, a major South Korean bank, is planning to adopt blockchain technology into its internal processes.

Crypto Lending Firm Delio Faces Regulatory Sanctions for Compliance Failures in South Korea

Crypto Lending Firm Delio Faces Regulatory Sanctions for Compliance Failures in South Korea

South Korean crypto asset management firm Delio has been fined KRW 1.896 billion and suspended for three months by the Financial Services Commission's Financial Intelligence Unit due to non-compliance with financial transaction laws.

Kimchi premium refers to when the price of BTC cheaper

Kimchi premium refers to when the price of BTC cheaper

CryptoQuant data shows that South Korea's Kimchi premium has fallen again, fluctuating between -0.24 and 0.01 between Feb. 17 and 19.

South Korea Targets Crypto Major Shareholders with Proposed Financial Law Amendment

South Korea Targets Crypto Major Shareholders with Proposed Financial Law Amendment

South Korea is taking steps to scrutinize the criminal records of major shareholders in cryptocurrency businesses. A proposed amendment to the Special Financial Information Law aims to bring the crypto market under a regulatory framework similar to traditional finance. If passed, the law would require existing crypto businesses to report details about their major shareholders within three months.

South Korea's National Tax Service Advances on Cryptocurrency Oversight with Integrated Management System

South Korea's National Tax Service Advances on Cryptocurrency Oversight with Integrated Management System

South Korea's National Tax Service is set to complete the 'Integrated Cryptocurrency Management System' by 2025, aiming to enhance tax compliance and prevent illicit activities.

Police Search of South Korean Coinbit Crypto Exchange Finds 99% Trade Volume Manipulation

Police Search of South Korean Coinbit Crypto Exchange Finds 99% Trade Volume Manipulation

Coinbit, the third-largest crypto exchange in South Korea, has found itself in trouble with the authorities for alleged arbitrage manipulation of the transaction volume.

Korean Blockchain Games Are Becoming More Mainstream in Global Markets

Korean Blockchain Games Are Becoming More Mainstream in Global Markets

The latest Game “Crypto Legends” and “Knights Story” developed by Weneepl and Biscuit gaming have been released into the markets with a large demand happening all across the world. In Korea due to market rulings and regulations, the games are not in full availability in Korea, but booming abroad.

South Korea Invests in Metaverse Fund for Economic Growth

South Korea Invests in Metaverse Fund for Economic Growth

The South Korean government has invested 24 billion Korean won ($18.1 million) in a fund dedicated to driving metaverse initiatives in the country, with a total fund of more than 40 billion Korean won ($30.2 million). The Metaverse Fund will support the mergers and acquisitions of various firms in the metaverse ecosystem and help domestic metaverse-related companies compete with global players, as the government sees the metaverse as a new economic growth engine.

South Korean VC Firm Hashed Lost Up to $3.6B to LUNA Crash: CEO

South Korean VC Firm Hashed Lost Up to $3.6B to LUNA Crash: CEO

Simon Seojoon Kim, the CEO of South Korean venture capital firm, Hashed has revealed the firm lost up to $3.6 billion when Terra collapsed back in May.

N.Korea's Crypto Hacks Up by least 7 times in 2021, Nearly $400M Stolen: Chainalysis

N.Korea's Crypto Hacks Up by least 7 times in 2021, Nearly $400M Stolen: Chainalysis

North Korean hacks on the cryptocurrency platforms jumped to at least seven times, extracting nearly $400 million worth of digital assets over the last year, blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis said.

World Vision Accepts Donations in Crypto in South Korea

World Vision Accepts Donations in Crypto in South Korea

World Vision has announced the acceptance of donations in cryptocurrencies, enabling the institution to become the first NGO to accept virtual assets in South Korea.

EY-Led Consortium Submits Bid To Help Develop South Korea's CBDC

EY-Led Consortium Submits Bid To Help Develop South Korea's CBDC

A consortium led by Ernst & Young has made the first and only bid to construct the business model for the Bank of Korea’s Central Bank Digital Currency project.

More Troubles for Do Kwon as S. Korea Levies $78M Tax Evasion Fine

More Troubles for Do Kwon as S. Korea Levies $78M Tax Evasion Fine

Terraform Labs is currently being charged with tax evasion fraud by the South Korean National Tax Service, a move that complicates matters for the startup that is trying to salvage its collapsed ecosystem

UN Investigates North Korea on Cyberattacks Funding WMD

UN Investigates North Korea on Cyberattacks Funding WMD

The U.N. experts are currently investigating 35 cases in 17 countries where North Koreas were using cyberattacks to raise money for the military objective.

NEAR Protocol Partners with ZEP to Enhance Metaverse User Onboarding

NEAR Protocol Partners with ZEP to Enhance Metaverse User Onboarding

NEAR Protocol and South Korea's ZEP are partnering to improve user onboarding and enhance Web3 capabilities, using NEAR's blockchain network and ZEP's metaverse platform.

Korea's Educated Jobless Individuals are Building their Blockchain Expertise

Korea's Educated Jobless Individuals are Building their Blockchain Expertise

Korea’s surging ahead with its blockchain and crypto aspirations. Weeks after the government announced a $400 million blockchain fund, a prominent university added blockchain curriculum to its coursework.

Hackers Launder $27 Million in Stolen Ethereum From North Korean

Hackers Launder $27 Million in Stolen Ethereum From North Korean

North Korean exploiters laundering June 2022 Harmony Bridge assault funding.

South Korean Regulators to Harden Punishments for Crypto Fraud Practices

South Korean Regulators to Harden Punishments for Crypto Fraud Practices

South Korean legislature is mulling plans to tighten its grip on crypto fraud practices

South Korean Court Denies Arrest Warrant for Terraform Labs Co-Founder

South Korean Court Denies Arrest Warrant for Terraform Labs Co-Founder

A South Korean court denied a request for an arrest warrant for Terraform Labs co-founder, Shin Hyun-Seong, citing unconfirmed allegations and the unlikelihood of Shin being a flight risk. Shin currently faces multiple fraud charges and is accused of hiding risks associated with investing in Terraform Labs' in-house tokens. The recent arrest of Terraform Labs' other co-founder, Do Kwon, has led to extradition requests from both the United States and South Korea.

Bitcoin SV (BSV) Surpasses $100

Bitcoin SV (BSV) Surpasses $100

Bitcoin SV (BSV) has surpassed $100 due to strong technical indicators and market activity, especially in South Korea, influenced by market sentiment, technical analysis, and trading volume dynamics.

A British National Charged With Aiding North Korea in Violating US sanctions

A British National Charged With Aiding North Korea in Violating US sanctions

Despite the DoJ's crypto financial sanctions targeting Russia, local authorities helped their American colleagues.

S. Korea's Democratic Party Backs Support for Crypto, Metaverse

S. Korea's Democratic Party Backs Support for Crypto, Metaverse

Song Young-gil, leader of the ruling Democratic Party, stated that the South Korean government should stop the crackdown on the crypto sector and start nurturing it instead.

South Korean Crypto Exchange Fraudsters Sentenced

South Korean Crypto Exchange Fraudsters Sentenced

Six V Global crypto-exchange scam executives received eight-year jail sentences in South Korea. V Global reportedly duped 50,000 investors of $1.5 billion (2 trillion won) in a Ponzi-like scheme. Three executives have not been jailed since they claim innocent and can defend themselves in court.

South Korea's Stance on Virtual Currency Investment and ETFs in 2024

South Korea's Stance on Virtual Currency Investment and ETFs in 2024

South Korea reaffirms its prohibition of local financial institutions from owning, buying, or investing in cryptocurrencies and businesses offering crypto, including a strict ban on cryptocurrency exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

South Korean Prosecutors Arrest Key Do Kwon's Aid

South Korean Prosecutors Arrest Key Do Kwon's Aid

South Korean prosecutors in charge of the Terraform Labs case have arrested a major employee of the embattled blockchain startup named ‘Yoo’.

S. Korean Exchanges to be Held Accountable for LUNA Crash

S. Korean Exchanges to be Held Accountable for LUNA Crash

According to the latest reports from local media platform Newspim, the top cryptocurrency exchanges are now likely to be held accountable for failing to implement measures to protect investors from the crash.

ADB Launches Blockchain Project for Cross-Border Securities Transactions in APAC

ADB Launches Blockchain Project for Cross-Border Securities Transactions in APAC

Asian Development Bank (ADB) is going to initiate a blockchain-powered project to connect securities depositories and central banks in the APAC region.

North Korea Notorious Lazarus Group Moves 27.371 Bitcoins

North Korea Notorious Lazarus Group Moves 27.371 Bitcoins

North Korean Lazarus Group's recent Bitcoin transactions, involving over $1.2 million, raise speculations about their next cyber moves and highlight ongoing security challenges in the cryptocurrency sector.

South Korean Court Clears Former Terraform Labs CEO of Security Violations

South Korean Court Clears Former Terraform Labs CEO of Security Violations

A South Korean court dismissed charges of security violations against former Terraform Labs CEO Hyun-seong Shin, ruling that LUNA is not a security under the country's Capital Markets Act. The court rejected the prosecution's appeal for confiscation of Shin's properties and arrest, and stated that Luna is not a financial investment product regulated by the act. However, the prosecution has appealed to the Supreme Court against the verdict of the lower district court.

South Korean Officials Confirm They Sent Team to Serbia to Find Do Kwon

South Korean Officials Confirm They Sent Team to Serbia to Find Do Kwon

South Korean authorities have increased their search for Do Kwon and deployed state officials to Serbia.

Bank of Korea Initiates CBDC Pilot Plan on Samsung Galaxy Smartphones

Bank of Korea Initiates CBDC Pilot Plan on Samsung Galaxy Smartphones

Samsung Electronics will participate in South Korea’s Central Bank Digital Currency pilot project. The electronics tech giant will help to determine whether CBDC transactions could be conducted on smartphones without the availability of an internet connection.

South Korea Regulator Probes Crypto Staking Services

South Korea Regulator Probes Crypto Staking Services

South Korea's Financial Supervisory Service checks exchanges' crypto staking services for legality.

South Korean Kookmin Bank to Launch the First Crypto Fund

South Korean Kookmin Bank to Launch the First Crypto Fund

The largest banking financial institution in South Korea- Kookmin Bank has announced its plans to launch the nation’s first crypto fund, a move targeted at retail investors.

Kimchi premium refers to when the price of BTC cheaper

Kimchi premium refers to when the price of BTC cheaper

CryptoQuant data shows that South Korea's Kimchi premium has fallen again, fluctuating between -0.24 and 0.01 between Feb. 17 and 19.

Coronavirus Tracking and Surveillance May Have Consequences for the Protection of Personal Data Privacy

Coronavirus Tracking and Surveillance May Have Consequences for the Protection of Personal Data Privacy

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently stated that the coronavirus pandemic is “accelerating,” as 20% of the world’s population goes into lockdown in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus. People are told to stay at home as the world is entering a critical week, with over 381,761 cases confirmed around the world at the time of reporting.

EOS Foundation Signs MoU with Busan City to Boost Blockchain Investments

EOS Foundation Signs MoU with Busan City to Boost Blockchain Investments

Following its recent partnership with crypto exchanges such as Binance, FTX, and Huobi to help develop the blockchain infrastructure in the city and the country, Busan, a city in South Korea, has now signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with not-for-profit organization, EOS Network Foundation.

New Crypto Fraud Scheme In South Korea: What Rules Are in Place to Stop False Advertising?

New Crypto Fraud Scheme In South Korea: What Rules Are in Place to Stop False Advertising?

The Ponzi scheme disguised as a crypto platform managed to acquire over $380 million USD for the CEO and other company staff. Corner Up was promising estimated returns of up to 200% to investors for each investment made.

South Korea to Delay 20% Capital Gains Tax on Digital Asset Investments until Jan 2025

South Korea to Delay 20% Capital Gains Tax on Digital Asset Investments until Jan 2025

Before levying income taxes on virtual assets, South Korean lawmakers have called for the government to prepare for effective implementation of new rules.

Asia Crucial to Web3 Gaming Industry

Asia Crucial to Web3 Gaming Industry

A report by DappRadar highlighted the importance of Asia in the Web3 gaming industry, due to the region's majority share of gamers and gaming revenue, as well as its high interest in blockchain technology. While China prohibits gaming companies from integrating blockchain technology, Japan and South Korea are leading the way in adopting blockchain technology in gaming.

Vietnam Favored by Korean Blockchain Companies

Vietnam Favored by Korean Blockchain Companies

Vietnam has emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the worldwide blockchain spectrum. As a result, Korean blockchain firms are seeking to setup base in this nation for the benefits rendered.

South Korea's Police Agency Requests INTERPOL's Assistance for Extradition of Terra's Do Kwon

South Korea's Police Agency Requests INTERPOL's Assistance for Extradition of Terra's Do Kwon

South Korea intensifies efforts to extradite Terraform Labs CEO Do Kwon by seeking INTERPOL's cooperation after a Montenegrin court rejects U.S. extradition.

Binance Aids US Law Enforcement in Seizing $4.4 Million Linked to North Korean Cybercrimes

Binance Aids US Law Enforcement in Seizing $4.4 Million Linked to North Korean Cybercrimes

Leading cryptocurrency exchange Binance has assisted US law enforcement in seizing $4.4 million and freezing accounts associated with North Korean organized crime.

2 Europeans Charged in Connection to Virgil Griffith's North Korea Case

2 Europeans Charged in Connection to Virgil Griffith's North Korea Case

The two Europeans were allegedly collaborating with Virgil Griffith, a cryptocurrency researcher who was recently sentenced to prison for providing cryptocurrency and blockchain technology services to North Korea, Reuters reported.

Messaging Giant LINE is Developing a Platform for CBDC

Messaging Giant LINE is Developing a Platform for CBDC

Japanese messaging giant Line is developing a platform to aid Asian central banks in their pursuit of central bank digital currencies (CBDC).

Kookmin Bank, South Korea’s Largest Bank Will Offer Cryptocurrency Custody

Kookmin Bank, South Korea’s Largest Bank Will Offer Cryptocurrency Custody

Kookmin Bank, the largest commercial bank in South Korea, will start offering Bitcoin custody services through a new partnership with crypto trading firm Cumberland Korea and blockchain venture fund Hashed.

Former Bithumb Chairman Lee Jung-Hoon Acquitted in $100M Fraud Case

Former Bithumb Chairman Lee Jung-Hoon Acquitted in $100M Fraud Case

Lee Jung-Hoon, former chairman of Bithumb, has been acquitted in a $100 million fraud case related to the non-listing of the BXA token, highlighting challenges in crypto industry legal cases.

Crypto Fugitive Kwon Denies Hiding from Authorities

Crypto Fugitive Kwon Denies Hiding from Authorities

Do Kwon tweeted "yeah as I said I'm making zero effort to hide. I go on walks and malls, no way none of CT hasn't run into me the past couple weeks," denying running away from the authorities.

South Korea’s Largest Bank Reveals Crypto Custody Service Filing and Potentially Even More Crypto Services to Come

South Korea’s Largest Bank Reveals Crypto Custody Service Filing and Potentially Even More Crypto Services to Come

The largest bank in South Korea, KB Kookmin Bank has revealed its filing of a trademark application for KB Digital Asset Custody (KBDAC), its crypto custody service.

South Korea Establishes Guidance for Regulating Digital Assets as Securities

South Korea Establishes Guidance for Regulating Digital Assets as Securities

The step prepares for security token legalisation in the nation.

Cross-Chain Crime Hits $7B: North Korean Ties Unveiled

Cross-Chain Crime Hits $7B: North Korean Ties Unveiled

The recent revelation by Elliptic highlights a troubling surge in cross-chain crime, now amounting to $7 billion, with North Korean affiliated Lazarus Group playing a significant role. These findings from the 2023 edition of 'The State of Cross-chain Crime' report, outstrip previous forecasts, underscoring an urgent call for bolstered security measures and refined blockchain analytics to confront the escalating menace.

Breaking: CoinsPaid, AtomicWallet, and Alphapo Incidents All Connected to North Korea's Lazarus Group

Breaking: CoinsPaid, AtomicWallet, and Alphapo Incidents All Connected to North Korea's Lazarus Group

MistTrack links CoinsPaid, AtomicWallet, and Alphapo incidents to North Korea's Lazarus Group. The hacks, totaling over $183M, highlight the need for robust crypto security.

One in Four South Korean College Students Has Invested in Cryptocurrencies

One in Four South Korean College Students Has Invested in Cryptocurrencies

A study shows 23.6% of South Korean college students are investing in cryptocurrencies.

South Korean Crypto Exchanges Reveal 'Compensation Reserve Funds'; Upbit Leads with KRW 20 Billion

South Korean Crypto Exchanges Reveal 'Compensation Reserve Funds'; Upbit Leads with KRW 20 Billion

The disclosure of 'Compensation Reserve Funds' by South Korean crypto exchanges, led by Upbit with KRW 20 billion, reflects the country's broader regulatory strides aimed at ensuring user protection, transaction transparency, and market discipline. This move aligns with the new regulatory framework set to be implemented in 2024, spotlighting the government's agenda to foster a robust infrastructure for digital assets, with the reserve fund mandate forming a cornerstone of this initiative.

South Korea Authorities Investigate Crypto Hacking and Illicit Trading on Exchanges

South Korea Authorities Investigate Crypto Hacking and Illicit Trading on Exchanges

South Korea authorities are investigating cryptocurrencies hacking and illicit trading, focusing on cracking down on such practices, raising concerns about potential consequences for those involved.

Crypto.com Aims at Expansion in South Korea amid Crypto Meltdown

Crypto.com Aims at Expansion in South Korea amid Crypto Meltdown

Singapore-based crypto exchange Crypto.com has been on an expansion drive, with its latest bet being in South Korea.

Woori Financial Group To Provide Cryptocurrency Custody Services

Woori Financial Group To Provide Cryptocurrency Custody Services

South Korean Woori Financial Group has announced that it will establish a digital asset custody joint venture with Korean blockchain developing company Coinplug.

South Korea’s Crypto Market Gears up to Legitimacy, With Banks Eyeing a Share of the Cake

South Korea’s Crypto Market Gears up to Legitimacy, With Banks Eyeing a Share of the Cake

With the incoming South Korean President, Yoon Suk-yeol, pledging the easing of crypto regulations, the market is on a solid path to being significantly legitimized.

Haru Invest Executives Arrested in $826 Million Crypto Embezzlement Case

Haru Invest Executives Arrested in $826 Million Crypto Embezzlement Case

South Korean prosecutors have detained three Haru Invest executives for allegedly embezzling $826 million worth of cryptocurrencies from 16,000 users, highlighting regulatory scrutiny over crypto lending practices.

South Korea will Impose a 20% Tax on Capital Gains from Cryptocurrencies Next Year

South Korea will Impose a 20% Tax on Capital Gains from Cryptocurrencies Next Year

The South Korean administration is not relenting on its quest to levy a 20% income tax on capital gains from crypto transactions in 2022 despite growing investor concerns for the taxation plan to be delayed.

South Korean Investors Making more than $2,260 from Crypto to be Slapped with a 20% Tax in 2022

South Korean Investors Making more than $2,260 from Crypto to be Slapped with a 20% Tax in 2022

The South Korean Ministry of Economy and Finance has announced that investors making at least 2.5 million won, or approximately US$2,260 from crypto trading, will be subjected to a 20% tax from 2022.

South Korea to Provide Blockchain-based Digital Identities to Citizens by 2024

South Korea to Provide Blockchain-based Digital Identities to Citizens by 2024

South Korea plans to provide citizens' digital identities encrypted by blockchain with smartphones in 2024 to facilitate its economic development.

South Korean Movie Industry Embraces NFTs by Offering Merchandise and Collectible Tickets

South Korean Movie Industry Embraces NFTs by Offering Merchandise and Collectible Tickets

To attract more viewers, the Korean movie industry has gone a notch higher by incorporating non-fungible tokens (NFTs) as a marketing tool.

South Korean Regulators Order Seizing 3313 BTC Linked to Do Kwon

South Korean Regulators Order Seizing 3313 BTC Linked to Do Kwon

The South Korean regulators have issued a directive to KuCoin and OKX to freeze the total of 3,313 Bitcoins worth approximately $67 million linked to Do Kwon.

South Korea Strengthens the Supervision of Crypto Exchanges,Nearly Two-thirds of Exchanges Forced to Close with $2.6B in Losses

South Korea Strengthens the Supervision of Crypto Exchanges,Nearly Two-thirds of Exchanges Forced to Close with $2.6B in Losses

Financial Times reported the South Korean Financial Services Commission (FSC) has begun to tighten the supervision of local and overseas cryptocurrency trading platforms in South Korea, resetting a new deadline on September 24.

Crypto.com Appoints Former Visa Country Manager Patrick Yoon in Charge of South Korea Operations

Crypto.com Appoints Former Visa Country Manager Patrick Yoon in Charge of South Korea Operations

Cryptocurrency exchange Crypto.com appointed Patrick Yoon, former Visa country manager, as the general manager of the South Korea region to be in charge of the market in South Korea and Mongolia.

Korean Prosecution Investigates Cypto Coin WEMIX Issuer WeMade and Hyperism Simultaneously

Korean Prosecution Investigates Cypto Coin WEMIX Issuer WeMade and Hyperism Simultaneously

The Korean prosecution has simultaneously raided WeMade, the issuer of the cryptocurrency WEMIX, and Hyperism, the asset management company responsible for WEMIX's market making. This incident comes right after South Korea’s parliament passed the Virtual Asset Protection Act, which aims to crack down on illegal illegal trading practices such as market price manipulation and insider trading.

South Korea probes crypto exchanges for local tokens

South Korea probes crypto exchanges for local tokens

Korean Financial Intelligence Unit (KoFIU) launched a probe into crypto exchanges in relation to listing their in-house, self-issued tokens. While Korean crypto exchanges are barred from issuing native tokens, KoFIU's probe into the same is to ensure regulatory adherence for investor's safety. Initial investigations revealed that all crypto exchanges performed lawful operations across South Korea.

South Korea May Have to Postpone Crypto Taxation, Lawmaker Declares

South Korea May Have to Postpone Crypto Taxation, Lawmaker Declares

A push from one of the South Korean top lawmakers may stir the postponement of the crypto taxation billed to commence on January 1, local media reported.

South Korea Authorities Seize $47M in Crypto from Tax Evaders

South Korea Authorities Seize $47M in Crypto from Tax Evaders

South Korean authorities have made the largest crypto seizures in the country's history. $47 million in digital currencies have been confiscated.

Bithumb Designates Velo Protocol's VELO as Investment Cautionary Cryptocurrency

Bithumb Designates Velo Protocol's VELO as Investment Cautionary Cryptocurrency

Bithumb designates Velo Protocol's VELO a cautionary cryptocurrency over transparency concerns, halting deposits starting 2/22. Bithumb to reevaluate status in March.

North Korean Crypto Thefts in 2023: A $700 Million Cyber Menace

North Korean Crypto Thefts in 2023: A $700 Million Cyber Menace

North Korean groups were linked to 33% of 2023's crypto thefts, stealing up to $700M. Their methods evolved, involving crypto mixers and converting assets to Tether or Tron, highlighting the ongoing cyber threat from DPRK.

Former Tmon CEO faces arrest for taking bribes to promote Terra Classic

Former Tmon CEO faces arrest for taking bribes to promote Terra Classic

According to South Korean authorities, advertising raised the price of Terra Classic token LUNC.

South Korea’s Central Bank Launches Central Bank Digital Currency Pilot Program in Case of Future Necessity

South Korea’s Central Bank Launches Central Bank Digital Currency Pilot Program in Case of Future Necessity

South Korea’s central bank recently announced that it has launched a pilot program assessing the issuance of a central bank digital currency (CBDC). The Bank of Korea has stated that there are no immediate plans to launch a CBDC, however, the pilot program will allow the central bank to be prepared in the future if the changing market conditions require its issuance.

South Korea Postpones Proposed 20% Crypto Tax until 2025

South Korea Postpones Proposed 20% Crypto Tax until 2025

South Korean lawmakers have once again postponed the implementation of the crypto tax law until 2025.

South Korean Stakeholders Opposes the Proposed "Know-the-Sender" Rule

South Korean Stakeholders Opposes the Proposed "Know-the-Sender" Rule

Some stakeholders are pushing back against the proposed Know-the-Sender (KTS) rule that the South Korean parliament is looking to pass into law.

South Korea Embraces Blockchain: New Digital Asset Act, K-Culture Tokenization, and More

South Korea Embraces Blockchain: New Digital Asset Act, K-Culture Tokenization, and More

South Korea passes the Digital Asset Basic Act, Shinhan Financial Group invests in digital asset custody, and K-culture goes blockchain.

S. Korea Presidential Campaigns Support Crypto as Young Investors see Growth

S. Korea Presidential Campaigns Support Crypto as Young Investors see Growth

South Korea’s presidential campaigns have all supported cryptocurrencies as there is a growing number of young crypto investors in the country.

Samsung Securities Files Paperwork to Launch A Crypto Exchange

Samsung Securities Files Paperwork to Launch A Crypto Exchange

Samsung Securities is one of the seven major South Korean securities companies planning to establish cryptocurrency exchanges in the first six months of next year.

16 Crypto Platforms Including KuCoin Serving Illegally in South Korea: Regulator

16 Crypto Platforms Including KuCoin Serving Illegally in South Korea: Regulator

The Korea Financial Intelligence Unit has released warnings against the 16 overseas crypto trading platforms, which it said are not authorized to offer any financial services in the nation.

South Korea’s Presidential Nominee to Raise Campaign Funds by Using NFT

South Korea’s Presidential Nominee to Raise Campaign Funds by Using NFT

The campaign office of Lee Jae-myung, a South Korean Presidential aspirant, has announced the plans to raise funds through a blockchain-based digital platform with plans to issue a Non-Fungible Token (NFT) to donors afterwards.

South Korea and U.S. Set for High-Level Crypto Regulatory Talks in January

South Korea and U.S. Set for High-Level Crypto Regulatory Talks in January

South Korea's FSS Chief, Lee Bok-hyun, is set to meet with SEC Chair Gary Gensler in January to discuss cryptocurrency market regulation in light of global market changes.

South Korea Grants Central Bank More Power Over Crypto

South Korea Grants Central Bank More Power Over Crypto

The Bank of Korea (BoK) has been given more power to investigate cryptocurrency service providers, including the ability to request transaction data from crypto exchanges. The move comes amid ongoing discussions on virtual asset legislation in South Korea, with the Financial Services Commission (FSC) holding the final say on the regulation of the digital asset sector. The two institutions have been at odds for several years over crypto regulations.

South Korea’s CBDC Pilot to Enter into Distribution Phase Next Year

South Korea’s CBDC Pilot to Enter into Distribution Phase Next Year

South Korea’s central bank is looking to start the testing of the distribution of its central bank digital currency (CBDC) next year.

South Korea Launches “Emergency” Inspection of Crypto Exchanges Following Terra Crash

South Korea Launches “Emergency” Inspection of Crypto Exchanges Following Terra Crash

To boost investor protection following the recent collapse of LUNA and TerraUSD (UST) tokens, financial authorities in South Korea have beefed up crypto exchange inspections.

BSN Has Partnered with MetaverseSociety to Launch the South Korean BSN Portal Operator in November

BSN Has Partnered with MetaverseSociety to Launch the South Korean BSN Portal Operator in November

BSNbase has partnered with the South Korean MetaverseSociety to launch the BSN portal operator in November, supporting Korean developers to quickly and efficiently build and operate blocks through its localized BSN platform Chain application.

Blockchain-Powered App to Seamlessly Assist Patients Request Medical Care and Insurance Cover

Blockchain-Powered App to Seamlessly Assist Patients Request Medical Care and Insurance Cover

Seoul Medical Center is set to launch a blockchain-enabled medical information mobile app dubbed Seoul Care this month. This app will help patients plan medical treatments, look up prescription details, and check test results using their smartphones.

Major Korean Exchanges Delisting Litecoin Subject to New Privacy Feature Concerns

Major Korean Exchanges Delisting Litecoin Subject to New Privacy Feature Concerns

Five major South Korean crypto exchanges issued investors’ advisories concerning Litecoin. These exchanges said they are committed to preventing money laundering and crime through technology.

Top Four South Korean Banks Announce Plans to Provide Cryptocurrency Custodial Services

Top Four South Korean Banks Announce Plans to Provide Cryptocurrency Custodial Services

Two of South Korea’s top banks have recently announced that they were looking into providing cryptocurrency custodial services to their clients.

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