Third Largest Crypto Exchange Huobi Opens Deposits for New ‘Stablecoin Solution’ HUSD

Singapore-headquartered cryptocurrency exchange Huobi announced the creation of what it calls a “stablecoin solution” in a blog post Friday, Oct. 19.

Set to go live from Friday, the project, known as HUSD, will consist of Huobi’s own stablecoin asset which investors can use as an go-between to interact with four USD-backed stablecoins currently listed on the exchange.

Specifically, Huobi will accept and store Paxos Standard (PAX), True USD (TUSD), USD Coin (USDC) and Gemini Dollars (GUSD), giving users a balance in HUSD as a kind of aggregator of all four.

According to Huobi’s post, users can then cash out the same stablecoin they deposited or select from any of the other three.

HUSD will also be tradeable against other cryptocurrencies, beginning with controversial stablecoin Tether (USDT), followed by Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH).

Commenting on the project, Huobi said it would expand it to cover other stablecoins in future.

“We will keep a close watch on new stablecoins that appear on the market and optimize the HUSD standards,” executives wrote:

“We look forward to more stablecoins being involved in the HUSD system.”

Huobi announced the listing of the above four USD-backed stablecoins earlier this week, following a similar move by OKEx.

Huobi is currently the third largest crypto exchange globally by daily trading volumes, seeing about $416 million in trades on the day to press time.

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Operator of Hacked Crypto Exchange Zaif Gets Third Warning From Japan's Watchdog

Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) has issued a third business improvement order to the owner of hacked crypto exchange Zaif, Tech Bureau. The news was reported by Cointelegraph Japan today, September 25.

As previously reported, as a result of a security breach on the Zaif exchange September 14, hackers succeeded in stealing 6.7 billion yen ($59.7 million) worth of crypto assets belonging to both users and to the exchange itself. The Financial Services Agency had already ordered Tech Bureau to make business improvements first in March, and subsequently in June this year.

The FSA considers that Tech Bureau’s investigation into the causes of the recent hack – as well as its response to customers – have been inadequate. While the firm reportedly announced it was in talks with Fisco Group to receive financial support of 5 billion yen on Friday, September 21, the FSA says it did not receive a concrete report on the matter from the firm directly.

The FSA’s newly-issued business improvement order specifies the following contents as necessary measures that are to be urgently addressed:

“(1) Determination of the facts and causes of the hacking incident (including clarification of the attribution of responsibility) and [the] formulation and execution of measures to prevent [its] recurrence

(2) Prevention of [the] expansion of customer damage

(3) Response to customer damage

(4) Review and implement concrete and effective improvement plans based on the hacking incident, [as well as the] contents of [two prior business improvement orders] from 8 March and 22 June [this year]

(5) Submit written reports pertaining to (1) and (4) above by Thursday, September 27.”

According to CT Japan, FSA staff are continuing to undertake on-site inspections of Tech Bureau. Based on their findings, the agency will reportedly potentially issue more stringent measures such as a business suspension order and/or cancellation of the exchange’s registration.

Earlier this summer, the FSA published the results of its on-site inspections of cryptocurrency exchange operators, deciding on the basis of its findings to apply more rigorous oversight into new applications from exchanges hoping to receive an official operating license. According to the agency, there are currently “hundreds” of companies awaiting its review.

In the wake of January’s industry record-breaking $532 million hack of crypto exchange Coincheck, the year has seen the agency unfold a series of increasingly exacting measures for domestic operators.

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China: World’s Third-Largest Bank Issues Farmland Mortgage Loan on a Blockchain


In a significant breakthrough to deepen the reform of mortgage loans, the Agricultural Bank of China (ABC) revealed that it has issued a farmland loan worth $300,000 on the blockchain in a trial.

The bank, as reported by a local news source, used a segment of agriculture land as collateral to issue the mortgage loan in one of its Guizhou province branches. It also distributed the details of the loan across other node partners, including various commercial banks, Guizhou’s Land and Resources Bureau, and – surprisingly – the local branch of the People’s Bank of China.

In a broader sense, ABC’s new blockchain solution – reportedly called E-Blockchain Loan – will be ideal to resolve the complexity of the loan process. The bank recognized that the current loan approval process involves intermediaries at every step. Most institutional banks still take weeks, or even months, before approving a potential borrower. Disintermediation could save thousands of dollars for ABC and other involved parties by eliminating costs incurred from legal fees to underwriting costs.

The bank stated that their E-Blockchain Loan system would also make it easier to streamline borrowers’ data across the banking system. It will allow the lending institutions to verify their potential borrowers, individually to check if they use the same portion of land to receive loans from different banks.

Another benefit of sharing data across multiple node partners is tamper-proofing. As each server hosts a copy of mortgage data, it would be difficult for hackers to find a single point of failure and organize an attack.

As for the borrowers, especially the farmers in China, E-Blockchain Loan system would offer quick and easy access to farmland mortgage loans. The farmers would be able to access the loaning facilities online while avoiding long queues at brick-and-mortar bank branches.

ABC confirmed that it would expand its blockchain solution to other branches after testing the output of the initial test runs. Furthermore, the banking giant plans to incorporate other loanable assets, including real estate, soon.

At the same time, the real challenge would lie in making technologically advanced systems like blockchain simpler to adopt and understand at users’ end.

HyperChain’s Involvement in ABC’s Blockchain System

HyperChain, a Hangzhou-based blockchain startup, is reported to have actively provided technical support to ABC’s blockchain project. Since June, the company has been announcing a partnership with ABC on various fronts, including a consortium blockchain system that features state-complied smart contracts, nodes’ modification and data restoration as crucial modules.

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