Major Korean Bank Clamps Down on Accounts Linked to Crypto Exchanges
One of South Korea’s biggest banks is planning to intensify regulations on accounts linked to crypto exchanges, BEI News reported on July 1.
The “special measures” Shinhan Bank are proposing would reportedly involve dedicating staff to analyzing account transactions.
It is believed the bank is hoping to distance itself from claims that it is helping financial criminals, amid a rise in the number of fraud cases involving exchanges.
Later in July, the bank is also hoping to launch an artificial intelligence monitoring system that uses deep learning to identify fraudulent transactions more quickly and accurately.
BEI News quoted a Shinhan Bank spokesperson as saying:
"We have set up a comprehensive plan for the elimination of telecommunication and financial fraud... We will continue to implement preventive measures so that customers will not be harmed in the future."
The clampdown comes as crypto exchanges continue to fall victim to hacks — including the South Korean platform Bithumb.
Bithumb has suffered several major hacks. In March, more than three million eos (worth $17.5 million at press time) was stolen from a hot wallet.
A bigger attack last summer saw $17 million stolen across 11 cryptocurrencies, predominantly bitcoin (BTC) and ether (ETH).