The Daily: Cloud Outage Affects Exchanges, Okex Launches ICO Information Platform

In Saturday’s Daily, we look at a technical issue with Amazon’s cloud services network that has forced two major South Korean crypto exchanges to temporarily go offline. In other news, Malta-based digital asset exchange Okex has launched a platform offering information on initial coin offerings, and Estonia has issued licenses to a new cryptocurrency exchange called Serenity.
Also read: Bitpay Adds Another Stablecoin, Waves to Launch Exchange in Malta
Amazon Web Services Network Failure Hits South Korea
Upbit and Coinone, two leading South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges, have been forced to go offline Thursday morning due to an hour-long failure of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform in the country, Zdnet reported. The outage also affected a number of e-commerce hubs, with networks in Seoul taking the hardest hit. AWS confirmed the glitch in a statement quoted by The Next Web:

Between 3:19 p.m. and 4:43 p.m. PST we experienced increased error rates in the Asian-Pacific region.

AWS, whose cloud services are used by some of South Korea’s largest companies such as Samsung, Hyundai and Korean Air, has conducted an emergency inspection of its Asian network. According to media reports, the company has assured customers the issue has been resolved and that the system is already operating normally.
The two exchanges have been the only cryptocurrency platforms affected by the interruption in the centralized cloud services. Following the outage, Upbit apologized for not being able to warn users in advance and said it would be canceling some trades under certain conditions. Coinone informed its customers it would undergo maintenance.
Okex Sets up Information Center for ICOs
Malta-based cryptocurrency exchange Okex announced the launch of its Okex Project Info, a platform offering information about token issuers, their roadmaps, development progress, and third-party reviews. The company promised strict monitoring of the data provided by the teams of the reviewed ICO projects in order to ensure the accuracy and the unbiased nature of the published information. In an announcement, the exchange explained:

We created this platform with the mission of helping our customers to gain a better understanding of the projects before they make any trading decisions.

The digital asset trading platform also said that any teams that have not updated their project’s status for more than 30 days, will be removed from Okex Project Info. “We are doing so to promote transparency in the ecosystem, letting our users know what to expect in owning the tokens,” the exchange said in a blog post.
Startups conducting initial coin offerings are welcome to apply for listing on Okex Project Info via email. The project’s team will contact them to confirm all the details and guide them through the process.
Serenity Crypto Exchange Licensed in Estonia
New digital asset trading platform Serenity has obtained two licenses from the Estonian Financial Intelligence Unit. They will allow it to exchange digital and fiat currencies and also operate as a provider of wallet services in a crypto-friendly EU jurisdiction. The team behind the project announced its Serenity Escrow service in September of this year. The cryptocurrency exchange is scheduled to officially launch by the end of November. The company is currently integrating a system that will allow it to process fiat currency deposits.
Revolut Crowned Europe’s Allstar Company
U.K.-based digital bank Revolut has been proclaimed as Europe’s Allstar Company of 2018 during the latest annual Investor Allstars Awards ceremony, Wired reported. The fast-growing fintech startup, which raised $250 million earlier this year, recently announced it now has more than three million users. According to GP Bullhound, an investment company and co-organizer of the event, Revolut has become a leader of the European tech ecosystem. A recently released report reveals the fast-growing sector is now worth around €200 billion ($230 billion).
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