South Korean Intelligence Service Suspects North Korea of Attack on Coindesk

South Korean Intelligence Service Suspects North Korea of Attack on Coindesk

The National Intelligence Agency of South Korea reported that hackers seized cryptocurrency assets of citizens in the amount of several tens of millions of dollars on the orders of the DPRK authorities. This has been informed by Reuters referring to the statement of a member of the South Korean parliamentary committee for intelligence Kim Byung-kee.

“North Korea sent emails that could hack into cryptocurrency exchanges and their customers’ private information and stole (cryptocurrency) worth billions of won,” said Kim Byung-kee, a member of South Korea’s parliamentary intelligence committee.

South Korean experts believe that the DPRK may be involved in the hacking of the Coincheck exchange which had about 533 million dollars in NEM tokens stolen .

The attack on Coincheck is very similar to the hacking of the Youbit platform. We remind you that in December of last year the exchange declared itself bankrupt after more than 17% of its assets were stolen.

So far, these are only assumptions and the intelligence service has no exact evidence. However, experts believe that North Korea is more and more often coming up with new methods of illegal production of cryptocurrency.

South Korean authorities are trying to control the national cryptocurrency market in every possible way, believing that in this way it will be possible in the future to avoid a number of global problems.

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Cryptocurrency Prices: The Rating Is in the Red Zone

Cryptocurrency Prices: The Rating Is in the Red Zone

According to the trading portal Coinmarketcap.com, Bitcoin (BTC) fell by 2.27% in the last 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $8122.

The prices of cryptocurrencies are jumping again. Only yesterday they were growing, but today the rating is showing red numbers again. Ripple decreased by 3.27%, Monero lost 6.31%, Stellar fell by 5.10%, the price of EOS is also in the red zone – it dropped by 2.76%.

Ethereum is showing a fall by 2.95%. Its value at the time of writing is $682 per coin.

The total market capitalization is $370 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 37.3% of the total amount. It is $138 billion in monetary terms.

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The Japanese bank MUFG Will Launch Its Own Cryptocurrency

The Japanese bank MUFG Will Launch Its Own Cryptocurrency

After loud statements by Buffett and Gates concerning cryptocurrency, it seemed that at least the state institutions of countries would refuse from it, but a Japanese bank Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group still decided to acquire its own cryptocurrency, MUFG Coin, in 2019.

“Regarding the speculation (in) media reports, these reports are not based on any announcement by MUFG, and the details have not been decided,” the bank’s spokesman said in an emailed statement to Reuters. “However we can only say that it’s true that MUFG is conducting demonstration experiments on the ‘Coin’ within the company utilizing a blockchain technology.”

According to NHK Japan, the digital currency MUFG Coin will be tested for suitability in several regions of the country. 100,000 people who are associated with the company will be able to participate.

Representatives of the bank will provide an opportunity for users to use the cryptocurrency as a means to pay for goods and services in shops and institutions. The bank’s digital currency can be transferred to the accounts of those who participate in the project. If the idea is successful, then MUFG will be the first Japanese bank that has its own digital currency.

The MUFG coin can be used exclusively in Japan. In the world market it can be traded in pairs at non-financial currency exchanges instead of USTD (Tether cryptocurrency, tied to the dollar).

Those people who have downloaded and installed an application that automatically converts deposits into MUFG Coin will be able to take part in the test of the new currency. The cost of one coin is equal to one yen.

We remind you that the management of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group announced its intention to launch a  cryptocurrency exchange with the national currency, as well as a service with split Bitcoin-accounts.

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