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Bithumb to launch South Korea's first anti-money laundering center: Report

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Mon, 24 Jun 2019, 08:02 am UTC

South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb has announced that it will launch the country’s first ever money laundering prevention center, the Korea JoongAng Daily reports.

According to the news outlet, the prevention center, which will employ 30 people, will strictly implement the Know Your Customer (KYC) procedure and enhance suspicious transaction reports (STR) and fraud detection systems (FDS). Any fraud-related problems and mediating issues will also be tackled.

As a leading cryptocurrency exchange, we have decided to open up a money laundering prevention center to not only set a standard for the industry but also to preemptively act on strengthening the money laundering prevention trend around the world,” a Bithumb spokesperson said, adding that the company plans to promote transparency in the exchange ecosystem.

The center, which represents an upgrade to its existing fraud prevention initiatives, will reportedly leverage big data to detect potential money laundering plans. Authorities can regularly check Bithumb exchange accounts linked to banks under real names to see if they are complying with the cryptocurrency guidelines.

The center will start its business in July. In addition, Bithumb has reportedly established a hotline with other local major cryptocurrency exchanges in Korea.

The news comes after the company, along with other major Korean cryptocurrency exchanges, reportedly updated its terms of services to state that they will be held accountable for user losses in the case cyber-attacks or system malfunctions, following new recommendations from the country’s antitrust watchdog.

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