South Korean Crypto Exchanges Update Terms of Service
Exciting times for South Korean bitcoin and altcoin investors as five local exchanges including Bithumb have revised their terms of service to make it possible for traders to get duly compensated should there be an unforeseen circumstance that leads to loss of funds, even if the security breach is not as a result of negligence on the part of the exchange, reports The Korea Herald on June 17, 2019.
Korean Exchanges Complying with Regulation
With the new terms of service, users of these exchanges will now get full refunds whenever there is a security breach, cyberattacks or even a system failure that may lead to massive loss of customers’ funds.
Reportedly, Bithumb and the four other unnamed exchanges had previously stated categorically in their respective terms and conditions of service that they may not be held liable for losses on the part of their investors if there is no “willful or gross negligence” on their part.
However, the agency reportedly mandated the startups to alter the clauses to offer more consumer protection.
As reported by BTCmanager earlier in December 2018, Bithumb won a court case against Ahn Park, one of its clients who sued it for lax security measures that made it possible for a hacker to gain access to his account, stealing cryptoassets worth of $355,000.
More Work to Be Done
While hacks and heists have become quite synonymous with the cryptocurrency markets, South Koreans are one of the market participants hit the most by these ugly incidents.
After announcing huge financial losses of nearly $200 million during the bitcoin price crash of 2018, this year has not been entirely rosy for Bithumb either, as the firm suffered a massive hack that gifted the crypto thieves millions of dollars worth of EOS and XRP altcoins.
It’s worth noting that Korean authorities, as well as exchanges, are working hard trying to find a permanent solution to the issue of hacks and crypto fraud.
In March 2019, reports emerged that Seoul prosecutors had launched a task force to take up the responsibility of fighting cryptocurrency-linked crimes while also protecting investors against bitcoin scam schemes.