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posted by mrpg on Sunday February 11 2018, @01:17PM   Printer-friendly
from the abunai dept.

Japanese authorities said on Monday they would investigate all cryptocurrency exchanges in the country for security gaps and ordered Coincheck to raise its standards after hackers stole $530 million of digital money from the Tokyo-based exchange.

The theft - one of the world's biggest cyberheists - highlights the vulnerabilities in trading an asset that policymakers are struggling to regulate, as well as the broader risks for Japan as it aims to leverage the fintech industry to stimulate economic growth.

The Financial Services Agency (FSA) on Monday ordered improvements to operations at Coincheck, which on Friday suspended trading in all cryptocurrencies except bitcoin after hackers stole 58 billion yen ($534 million) of NEM coins, among the most popular digital currencies in the world.

Coincheck said on Sunday it would repay about 90 percent, though it has yet to figure out how or when.

[...] Japan started to require cryptocurrency exchange operators to register with the government only in April 2017, allowing pre-existing operators such as Coincheck to continue offering services ahead of formal registration.

The FSA has registered 16 cryptocurrency exchanges so far, and another 16 are still awaiting clearance. Coincheck's application was made in September.

Reuters


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 11 2018, @02:49PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 11 2018, @02:49PM (#636355)

    ... and ordered Coincheck to raise its standards after hackers stole $530 million of digital money from the Tokyo-based exchange.

    Sounds a little late to me.

    • (Score: 1) by khallow on Sunday February 11 2018, @07:00PM

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday February 11 2018, @07:00PM (#636410) Journal

      Sounds a little late to me.

      For Coincheck.

      The FSA has registered 16 cryptocurrency exchanges so far, and another 16 are still awaiting clearance. Coincheck's application was made in September.

      They're not the only exchange.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 11 2018, @05:45PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 11 2018, @05:45PM (#636392)

    "highlights the vulnerabilities in trading an asset that policymakers are struggling to regulate"

    yeah, if we only had gov regulators come in with their windows and high tech security things would be so much safer. what a stupid whore. if you see this person typing this BS on their mac at starbucks, slap the shit out of them.

    • (Score: 2) by PartTimeZombie on Sunday February 11 2018, @11:10PM

      by PartTimeZombie (4827) on Sunday February 11 2018, @11:10PM (#636479)

      Windows and high tech security things are not the problem here. (Or not the only one).

      The real issue is that Goldman Sachs, HSBC, and all the other bankers have not figured out how to get their cut from crypto currencies yet, and until they do, unregulated = bad.

      Until the banks are getting a cut, then regulations are bad.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 12 2018, @12:17AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 12 2018, @12:17AM (#636506)

    Initially read the tiltle as

    Japan Rapes Coincheck, Orders Broader Checks After $530 Million Cryptocurrency Theft

    Or is it just me?

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