Bithumb, the largest cryptocurrency exchange in South Korea (by transaction volume). They have resumed signing up new clients, local news agency Yonhap reports.
The exchange, had some bank troubles. But they have reached an agreement with one of the country’s major financial institutions – NH Nonghyup Bank. The deal comes in effect on August 30, upon which time Bithumb will start signing up new clients.
“We decided to keep the investor assets separate, and we will not accept interest or deposit,” a representative of the bank told Yonhap.
Due to the report, the payment of interest to Bithumb was the main contention between the exchange and the bank. In addition, Bithumb has agreed to encourage its clients to reveal their true identity and open accounts in their names. Anyway is required by users of crypto exchanges in the country.
Bithumb temporarily suspended this service in the beginning of August after failing to renew its contract with NH Nonghyup Bank. The measure affected only new clients, while existing ones were able to continue their regular activities on the platform.
According to reports at the time. NH Nonghyup Bank decided not to extend its agreement with the exchange. They are quoting problems with client protection on the part of Bithumb. Platform representatives responded by saying they were working with the bank to iron out their differences and eventually sign a new agreement or renew the old one.
Bithumb is among the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in South Korea, where crypto trading is extremely popular. It vies for the top position with Upbit.
This past June, Bithumb fell victim to a hacker attack. They lost the equivalent of $31 million of digital assets at that time. Later, about half of the stolen amount was recovered.