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China Raises Alarm Over Corrupt Officials Exploiting Cold Storage Cryptocurrency for Illicit Cross-Border Transactions

Ruholamin Haqshanas
Last updated: | 2 min read
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Official Chinese media sources have raised concerns regarding the exploitation of cryptocurrencies by corrupt officials for illicit activities. 

The use of cold storage methods for cryptocurrencies, in particular, has become a cause for alarm as it allows these individuals to discreetly transfer assets out of the country. 

Cold storage refers to the practice of keeping cryptocurrency addresses and private keys offline, typically on hard drives or network disks, to reduce the risk of online theft and hacking.

The development highlights the broader challenge faced by governments worldwide in regulating and monitoring the use of digital currencies. 

Cryptocurrencies, known for their decentralized and anonymous nature, can be susceptible to abuse for unlawful activities such as money laundering and illegal fund transfers. 

Cold Storage Can Allow Movement of Funds Wihtout Oversight

The use of cold storage by corrupt officials is particularly troubling as it enables the covert movement of significant sums without the usual oversight associated with traditional financial transactions. 

This method of transferring cryptocurrencies out of the country for transactions and redemption makes it difficult for authorities to trace and recover these assets.

For the global cryptocurrency market, developments like these serve as a reminder of the intricate relationship between digital currencies and regulatory frameworks. 

While cryptocurrencies offer numerous benefits, such as financial inclusivity and innovation, they also pose significant challenges in terms of regulation and oversight.

In response to these findings, the Chinese government has initiated a comprehensive strategy to tackle this new form of corruption. 

Measures include enhanced surveillance of cryptocurrency transactions, stricter enforcement of existing anti-money laundering laws, and collaborations with international law enforcement agencies. 

The government is also considering new regulations specifically targeting the use of cold storage in illicit financial activities.

China to Verify Identities of its Residents through Blockchain

Last month, China unveiled plans to use blockchain technology for the verification of real-name identities of its vast population of 1.4 billion people. 

The announcement came from the Blockchain-based Service Network (BSN), China’s national-level blockchain initiative.

The initiative, named RealDID, was spearheaded by China’s Ministry of Public Security in collaboration with BSN. 

The launch of the RealDID service will enable users to register and log in to websites anonymously using decentralized identity (DID) addresses and private keys. 

This approach ensures that personal information remains disconnected from business data and transactions.

In October, Chinese state media reported that the country’s top six social media platforms, including WeChat, Sina Weibo, Douyin, Kuaishou, Bilibili, and Xiaohongshu, would require content creators with over 500,000 or 1 million followers to publicly display their real names or the names of their financial backers. 

More recently, the Chinese central government revealed plans to create a strategic document to guide the development of China’s Web3 ecosystem. 

As reported, the document will support the growth of Web3 technologies such as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and decentralized applications (DApps), with a focus on other key areas like cross-chain interoperability, privacy computing, and smart contracts.