As per a recent report by EtherDesk earlier, Zaif – one of the most popular digital exchange in Japan, was hacked this week, losing nearly $60 Mln in user funds due to a security breach.
Local publications along with Japan Times all reported that around 6.7 Bln yen was stolen by the anonymous cluster of hackers, 2.2 Bln yen from company funds while 4.5 Bln yen from user funds were lost.
Tech Bureau, the corporate behind Zaif, told its customers that each one of the investors affected by the hacking would be reimbursed in digital currencies, to cover their losses. As of this attack, Zaif reached a deed with the Tokyo-based financial markets analysis firm Fisco, that gave the corporate 5 Bln yen reciprocally for majority stake within the exchange.
Earlier in April last year, the Japan’s Financial Services Agency [FSA] enforced strict policies to regulate crypto exchanges in the country. As a view of its bigger initiative, FSA created a national licensing program that required crypto trading platforms to file a license to work within the country.
Recently, the FSA expressed that it’s determined to expand its crypto team handle an outsized quantity of applications that are expected to be filed by the tip of 2018. More than hundred firms filed their application requests for getting licenses to work as regulated digital asset exchanges within the country.
Subsequent to the $500 Mln security breach of Coincheck, that was triggered because of the poor security systems employed by the exchange, the govt. of Japan strong rules overseeing digital asset trading platforms. The breach of Zaif is anticipated to guide the govt. to implement stricter policies concerning security and internal management systems.
While the govt. of South Korea abstained from recognizing crypto and blockchain as a legit sector, the occurences of status hacking attacks left investors requiring investor protection, that the govt. coud’nt refuse to any more further.
The $60 Mln hacking attack of Zaif would be leading the Japanese Govt. to join forces additional actively with exchanges, leading government agencies to be concerned within the security and internal management systems of exchanges to make sure that the user funds stay safe.
In South Korea, the govt. is considering the imposition of a policy that would need the exchanges by law to get insurance in order that exchanges don’t require external capital, same as the case of Zaif, to cover investor funds.
The FSA has expressed before the Zaif hack that it’ll add a dozen more officers onto the crypto department of the agency. With around more than a hundred companies waiting on the roster to file applications with the FSA, the agency can possibly revise necessities for firms referring to security.