Huawei NFTs, Toyota’s hackathon, North Korea vs. Blockchain: Asia Express

Huawei NFTs, Toyota’s hackathon, North Korea vs. Blockchain: Asia Express

Asia Express Huawei files trademark applications for its NFTs, Toyota sponsors Astar Network’s hackathon to find a DAO solution for its employees, North Korea steals $1.65 billion from DeFi protocols. by Zhiyuan Sun 5 min February 2, 2023 Share Tweet Share Share Our weekly roundup of news from East Asia curates the industry’s most important

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Huawei submits hallmark applications for its NFTs, Toyota sponsors Astar Network’s hackathon to discover a DAO option for its staff members, North Korea takes $1.65 billion from DeFi procedures.

by Zhiyuan Sun
5 minutes
February 2, 2023





Our weekly roundup of news from East Asia curates the market’s essential advancements.

Huawei relocates to hallmark its NFTs

According to a Jan. 28 report by Sina News, Chinese telecom huge Huawei has actually just recently declared 8 hallmarks associated to its Huawei “YunYunBao” nonfungible tokens (NFT) series. The hallmarks consist of digital antiques in the clinical instruments, furnishings, education, precious jewelry, marketing and telecom sectors. Last April, Huawei revealed its YunYunBao NFTs, including characters motivated by its name cloud service. Huawei NFTs are minted on its exclusive Huawei Petal Chain, which the telecom giant states has more than 1,000 nodes and can manage over 50,000 deals per second.

A Huawei cloud NFT. Source: Huawei

Toyota sponsors blockchain hackathon

In a Feb. 1 Medium post, Sota Watanabe, the creator of Japanese blockchain Astar Network, revealed that Astar had actually gotten a sponsorship from Japanese auto maker Toyota for its newest Web3 hackathon. Astar is presently a parachain constructed on the Polkadot blockchain.

According to Watanabe, over $100,000 in rewards will be dispersed to jobs that establish “intra-company DAO [Decentralized Autonomous Organization] assistance tools for this hackathon which Toyota workers might really utilize in the future.” The hackathon will range from Feb. 14 to March 25.

The Toyota hackathon reward structure. Source: Hakuhodo

“Needless to state, Toyota is the biggest business in Japan and among the world’s prominent global business,” Watanabe composed. “We are really delighted to be hosting the Web3 Hackathon on Astar with Toyota. Throughout the occasion, we intend to establish the very first PoC DAO tool for Toyota’s staff members. If a great tool is produced, Toyota workers will connect day-to-day with items on Astar Network.”

North Korea ravages crypto

On Feb. 2, blockchain forensic analytics company Chainalysis exposed that North Korean hackers took an approximated $1.65 billion out of the $3.8 billion funds siphoned from decentralized financing (DeFi) procedures in 2022. For context, North Korean-related entities just took $299.5 million in 2020 and $428.8 million in 2021. The company likewise cautioned that regardless of the United States Treasury Department enforcing sanctions on cryptocurrency mixer Tornado Cash on Aug. 8, North Korean hackers have actually progressively relied on other digital property mixers, such as Sinbad, to wash taken funds. Chainalysis stated:

“North Korea-linked hackers tend to send out much of what they take to other DeFi procedures, not since these procedures work for cash laundering– they’re really rather bad for cash laundering offered their increased openness compared to central services– however rather since DeFi hacks typically lead to cybercriminals getting big amounts of illiquid tokens that aren’t noted at central exchanges. The hackers for that reason should rely on other DeFi procedures, normally DEXes, to switch for more liquid properties.”

On Jan. 29, decentralized financing expert Zachxbt declared he had actually traced another 17,278 Ether (ETH)– worth around $27.18 million — washed by North Korean hackers in the after-effects of the $100 million Harmony Bridge hack last June. According to Zachxbt, the funds were then relocated to 14 wallet addresses spread out throughout 4 exchanges. On Jan. 24, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation verified that North Korea’s Lazarus Group was the mastermind behind the attack.

North Korean hacking activities have actually seen a sharp increase as part of the nation’s desperate push to “make” foreign currency reserves in the middle of sanctions. Source: Chainalysis

No Binance metaverse in the meantime

In an ask-me-anything session on Jan. 14, Changpeng Zhao, CEO of cryptocurrency exchange Binance, stated that the company “is more available to simply buying other virtual truth or metaverse video games,” as the company is not a game-builder and does not have a video game structure group.

“Nobody truly understands what metaverse indicates. Everyone has a various principle of it,” the crypto executive stated, according to a records released on Jan. 27.

Rather, Zhao states that Binance will focus its “next huge item” on launching numerous proofs-of-reserves and proofs-of-solvencies to increase its openness. The exchange has actually set an objective of 1 billion users passing Know Your Customer confirmation for the brand-new year.

Huobi rejects information sharing claims

Digital property business owner Justin Sun has actually reacted to accusations that his exchange Huobi supplied customer details to Chinese tax authorities. The TRON creator tweeted that Huobi “does not share any customer info to tax authorities unless it follows global judicial help treatment.”

Formerly, Sun applauded the intro of a brand-new 20% Chinese cryptocurrency earnings tax as “a clear sign that the Chinese federal government views cryptocurrencies as a genuine kind of wealth and wishes to guarantee its correct tax.”

Based in the Seychelles, Huobi has a substantial number of personnel working in mainland China, who apparently revolted versus the company’s rigid brand-new labor policies early this month.

Huobi creator’s brand-new endeavors

After offering his whole stake in Huobi to Sun’s About Capital last October, Chinese business person Lin Li has actually committed his time to handling Hong Kong blockchain financial investment holdings firm New Huo Technology. On Jan. 30, New Huo released a staking technical assistance service, called “Sinohope Staking,” that will initially serve the Cosmos neighborhood prior to broadening into Ethereum, EOS and ChainLink.

According to designers, Sinohope Staking will supply “multi-node release, real-time tracking of node operation procedure, 7 * 24h online assistance, 3-layer wallet structure and numerous signature innovations” for users thinking about staking their properties on public blockchains. New Huo states it will assist customers established their stake nodes and monitor their operations “without managing or holding any customers’ properties,” and declares customers will keep “100%” of their staked cryptocurrencies throughout the procedure.

Bitzlato apparently bold regardless of sanctions

The co-founder of Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency exchange Bitzlato states the platform will resume after being closed down by United States authorities last month.

In a Jan. 31 YouTube interview, Russian nationwide Anton Shurenko stated that the exchange would open later on at an undefined time and declared approximately 50% of funds kept in taken hot wallets would be offered for withdrawal at that time. In addition, the expected creator declared he had no concept why his business was singled out.

On Jan. 18, Bitzlato was closed down after an examination by police authorities, consisting of the U.S. Department of Justice, exposed that the exchange enforced lax Know Your Customer guidelines and supposedly washed over $700 million worth of illegal funds through crypto-fiat deals. Shurenko’s fellow co-founder, Anatoly Legkodymov, was apprehended in Miami around the very same day. After discoveries that Binance was among the leading counterparties to Bitzlato, the exchange froze a variety of accounts associated with the entity.

According to current reports, Spanish cops have actually apprehended 3 executives from the company, particularly the CEO, a sales executive and the marketing director.

In spite of its prestige, numerous users in the crypto neighborhood state they’ve never ever become aware of Bitzlato prior to the event. Source: Twitter


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Zhiyuan Sun

Zhiyuan sun is a reporter at Cointelegraph concentrating on technology-related news. He has a number of years of experience composing for significant monetary media outlets such as The Motley Fool, and Seeking Alpha.

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