Compromised Crypto Exchange Coincheck Reopens New Account Signups & Limited Trading

  • Previously hacked exchange, Coincheck, has reopened new account signups, however, strict KYC checks are required.
  • Only bitcoin (BTC), ethereum classic (ETC), bitcoin cash (BCH), and litecoin (LTC) deposits and trading are allowed at present.

Monex Group, a Japanese brokerage firm that acquired previously hacked digital asset exchange, Coincheck, (in April) announced that the crypto trading platform has reopened new account signups.

Users will also be allowed to engage in limited trading starting from Tuesday (October 30th).

Monex Group’s announcement further noted that users may purchase and deposit a select few cryptocurrencies on Coincheck. These include bitcoin (BTC), bitcoin cash (BCH), ethereum classic (ETC), and litecoin (LTC).

Recovering From Damaging Hack

When Monex acquired Coincheck for $33.5 million in April, bitcoin had been the only digital currency that users were allowed to trade on the hacked platform. As covered, Coincheck accounts for most of Monex Group’s crypto-related business.

However, the operational costs associated with managing Coincheck after the acquisition have resulted in losses of about $7.5 million. According to the Monex Group, the exchange has not been profitable because of the damage caused when it was hacked in January. At present, Monex Group has 1,025 employees and around 15 percent of them are focused on the crypto segment of its business

Due to the security breach, which resulted in $534 million in NEM tokens being stolen, Monex’s management team has had to spend considerable time, money, and effort in order to improve Coincheck’s internal security infrastructure. 

This is also a requirement as Japan’s financial regulator, the Financial Service Agency (FSA), has increased its scrutiny of local digital asset exchanges due to several local exchanges being hacked.

Other Cryptocurrencies May Be Added Later

In its announcement, the Monex Group also noted that in the future, it may allow Coincheck users to trade ethereum (ETH), ripple (XRP), nem (XEM), lisk (LSK), and factom (FCT). However, the exchange will only add more coins “if the services are confirmed safe and become ready to be offered”, the notice stated.

Users currently looking to open an account on the Coincheck trading platform will have to submit identity documents in order to pass know-your-customer (KYC) checks. This is strictly enforced by Japan’s self-regulatory body, the Virtual Currency Association (JVCEA) - which was recently authorized by the FSA to create and enforce regulatory policies as they would apply to local digital asset exchanges.

Switzerland's Largest Online Retailer is Now Accepting Cryptocurrency Payments

Digitec-Galaxus, Switzerland’s largest online retail company, has reportedly decided to start accepting bitcoin (BTC) payments.

Digitec and Galaxus customers can now pay for goods and services with bitcoin and a few other major cryptocurrencies. In addition to BTC, users can make payments in XRP, ETH, Litecoin (LTC), Tron (TRX), OmiseGo (OMG), and NEO.

Digitec and Galaxus’ online retail outlets will also be taking payments in Bitcoin “Satoshi Vision” SV (BSV), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), and Binance Coin (BNB). Commenting on the Swiss retailer’s decision to start accepting cryptos, Oliver Herren, the co-founder and CEO of Digitec, remarked: 

Cryptocurrencies are fascinating and could become a relevant means of payment in e-commerce. We would like to support this development. We wanted to do that for a long time.

Coinify Will Help Convert Crypto Transfers To Swiss Francs

Herren added that Digitec decided to take cryptocurrencies as payment because people may have invested in them and they may want to use them. “Or because you cannot turn them into real money [since] your bank does not accept it. Or maybe just because you ...  like to try new things,” Herren said.

According to Switzerland’s e-commerce giant, it wants to encourage millennials, who may be heavily invested in the blockchain space, to start using cryptocurrencies for practical purposes such as paying for everyday goods and services. Price volatility of cryptocurrencies may not be an issue as Digitec and Galaxus will immediately convert crypto payments to Swiss francs using Coinify’s services, a third-party payment processor.

At present, crypto payments are only available for Switzerland-based users, however the company has said that it might allow customers in other areas to pay with crypto if their initial effort is successful.

Danish Food Takeaway Outlet Accepts Bitcoin Payments For Its 1500 Restaurants

In December 2018, Hungry.dk, one of the largest online food portals in Denmark, started accepting Bitcoin again. The food takeaway company handles orders from more than 1,500 restaurants in Denmark and had been accepting BTC payments since 2014. However, it had decided to stop taking crypto payments in late 2017 due to very long transaction processing times.

A representative from Hungry.dk noted (last year): 

We have accepted Bitcoins as a payment method for quite some time. We decided to remove the feature temporarily last year though because the average transaction time took too long, and the experience wasn’t the best.