Hacked Cryptocurrency Exchange Bithumb Reopens Deposits and Withdrawals

  • Bithumb has recently announced it's going to reopen deposits and withdrawals for 10 cryptocurrencies.
  • The exchange froze these after being hacked in June.

Hacked South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb has recently revealed that, following a security breach that led to a loss of over $30 million, it’s going to reopen deposits and withdrawals on its platform today, August 4.

The exchange’s announcement was originally made via Twitter. Through a blog post, the company detailed that only 10 cryptocurrencies – bitcoin, ethereum, Ripple’s XRP, ethereum classic, qtum, litecoin, bitcoin cash, monero, zcash and mithril – were approved for deposits and withdrawals for now.

This means that, on its platform, 25 cryptocurrencies will remain suspended because of security concerns. The company’s post reads (roughly translated):

Some cryptocurrencies with a significant price difference of about 10 percent between Bithumb market and standard market will be opted out for this customer's asset. When services return to normal, rapid changes in price are expected. Therefore resuming normal services for such cryptocurrencies will be put on hold for the time being.

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The crypto exchange further added that its users will need to create new deposit addresses if they want to add funds to their accounts, and that uncredited deposits made while its services were suspended will be returned.

Bithumb’s Security Breach

As CryptoGlobe covered the cryptocurrency exchange was hacked in June, and lost over $30 million as hackers took 2,016 BTC, 2,219 ETH, 692 BCH, and 5.2 million XRP, along with various other cryptos.

Once the breach was discovered, Bithumb quickly froze transaction services and hastily moved all of its funds stored in hot wallets to cold storage, to prevent further damage. It then went through maintenance periods and security reviews, which affected its reputation.

Since then, the exchange revealed it managed to recover $14 million, and noted it will compensate losses through a coupon-based plan. After the breach, the Korea Blockchain Association (KBA) inspected the firm’s operations, and certified it as one of the 12 crypto exchanges that passed the check, out of 23 in South Korea.

Other exchanges that passed the check were OKEx, Huobi Korea, Korbit, and Upbit. The market particularly welcomed Bithumb’s recovery, however, as it was the country’s largest exchange by trading volume before the security breach.

As covered, the exchange has started its global expansion plan as it applied for a license with Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FCA) and with Thailand’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Kraken OTC Head Says It’s Too Early to Call Bitcoin a 'Safe Haven' Asset

Michael LaVere
  • Kraken head of OTC trading Nelson Minier says it's too early to call bitcoin a "safe haven" asset.
  • Compares the current atmosphere of crypto trading to how Wall Street used to be. 

Nelson Minier, head of over-the-counter (OTC) trading at crypto exchange Kraken, says that it is too early to call bitcoin a “safe haven” asset, despite the cryptocurrency gaining popularity in that regard. 

Too Early for Save Haven Status

In an interview with Nasdaq TradeTalks, Minier compared the current state of bitcoin and crypto-assets trading to how Wall Street used to operate in the past. 

According to Minier, 

Wall Street ain't what it used to be. The first 15 years I was on Wall Street, it was fun. I was very fortunate. I started in the CDS market which feels a lot like crypto. Here you have a lot of financial innovation, a lot of trading. It feels very much like that...there's a lot of energy and enthusiasm about this progress and where it's going.

Bitcoin has been gaining popularity as a so-called “safe haven” asset. According to the growing belief among analysts and investors, BTC is an attractive alternative to fiat and the traditional stock markets as a hedge against economic downturn. 

However, Minier believes it’s too early to label bitcoin as a safe haven, given the high price volatility. 

He continued, 

So, I’m not so sure that it’s a safe haven asset yet, but I do think that it’s starting to act like one. I think that people are starting to portfolio manage, are starting to come in slowly. And when the market is getting shaky you saw Bitcoin rise, I mean, you wouldn’t see that before, it was trading like a risky asset.

Despite calling bitcoin's safe haven status premature, Minier admitted that “we're heading that way for sure.”