a newbie here, I am trying to understand how ethereum based CEX's work. Users create accounts/wallet addresses (not email-linked user accounts) on the exchange. Are those addresses actual ethereum accounts from the mainnet?

I am asking this because this exchange has about 1000 users, but when I type eth.accounts in geth console, it shows only one ethereum account, which I assume to be the exchange account. Shouldn't there be 1000 accounts? How does the exchange handle it when a user deposits/withdraws from the exchange to the external account in the mainnet?

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If you can send funds to it from mainnet, so it is an Ethereum account.

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