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“Big Bitcoin Heist” Suspect Arrested in Amsterdam, Claims Unlawful Imprisonment

Sindri Thor Stefansson, the alleged mastermind behind the “Big Bitcoin Heist” who fled a low-security Icelandic prison and hopped on a flight to Sweden last week, has been found. But according to Stefansson, he never should have been detained in the first place and was being held based on “police suspicion.” He was reportedly arrested in Amsterdam amid an The post “Bi...
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Coinsecure Prepares Customers’ Claims Process For Stolen Bitcoin

Indian cryptocurrency exchange Coinsecure has advised users on its website that it has been working with authorities since last week’s theft of 438 bitcoins and has asked for patience as it prepares the claims process. The company’s legal team is reviewing contracts and preparing the claims form for users to peruse. The exchange has been The post Coinsecure Prepares Customers’ Claims Process...
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‘Big Bitcoin Heist’ Suspect Escapes Prison in Iceland, Flees to Sweden

Sindri Thor Stefansson, the suspected architect behind Iceland’s “Big Bitcoin Heist”, has escaped an Iceland prison and reportedly fled for Sweden. Stefansson is one of a group of suspects in a crippling heist in which 600 computers worth millions of dollars and used for mining bitcoin and altcoins were stolen. The theft, which local media called The post ‘Big Bitcoin Heist...
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Crypto Scammers Face 21 Years in Prison, Warns Philippines Regulator

In a notice, the Philippines’ Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has sternly warned promoters of 14 cryptocurrency investment schemes against soliciting domestic investors. In an advisory published on Wednesday, the Phillipines SEC urged the public to be wary of fourteen unregistered online investment schemes promising “unrealistic” high-earning returns by claiming to invest in cryptocurrenc...
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Coinsecure Offers 10% Bounty on $3 Million Theft, Customer Refunds in Rupees Not Bitcoin

Indian cryptocurrency exchange Coinsecure has reiterated its intention to refund customers after last week’s $3(+) million theft. A significant majority of the stolen funds could be paid in Indian fiat rupees instead of bitcoin – if the siphoned bitcoins aren’t recovered. In a notice posted on its website over the weekend, Delhi-based crypto exchange Coinsecure The post Coinsecure Offers 10% Bount...
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Australian Authorities Charge Woman Over Darkweb Bitcoin Drug Buys

Australian federal authorities have pinned multiple charges on a 32-year-old Brisbane woman for purchasing illicit drugs from the United Kingdom, using bitcoin. ‘People shouldn’t assume the dark web is invisible to Australian agencies’ warned Australian Border Force (ABF) Queensland regional commander Terry Price while announcing details of a joint-investigation with the Australian Federal Police ...
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Sex Marketplace ‘Backpage’ Used Bitcoin For Money Laundering: DOJ

The classified sex-advertising website Backpage.com used cryptocurrency exchanges to launder millions of dollars in bitcoin. That’s what the U.S. Department of Justice alleged in a bombshell 93-page federal indictment which accused the online sex marketplace of money-laundering, conspiracy, and facilitating prostitution. The Department of Justice shut down the website last week amid findings...
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Indian Exchange Coinsecure Claims Insider Job in $3 Million Bitcoin Theft

Indian bitcoin exchange Coinsecure has disclosed a theft of 438 bitcoins, valued at over  $3 million at press time, from its wallet in what is the country’s biggest cryptocurrency theft to date. Delhi-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinsecure has accused its own CSO of stealing the coins from the company’s wallet in an FIR (First Information Report) The post Indian Exchange Coinsecure Claims Inside...
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Cybersecurity Report: Cryptojacking Remains an Acute Threat in 2018

Cybercrime ran rampant last year, and the cryptocurrency market was no exception, as evidenced by hacks involving bitcoin ransoms and the pervasive use of cryptojacking. Cryptojacking involves using someone’s CPUs to secretly mine cryptocurrency without that person’s permission. And according to a report by the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) and the National Cyber Security Cent...
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Russian Police Crackdown on Illegal Cryptocurrency Mining Farm

Police in Russia have developed a case against two organizers of a cryptocurrency mining farm in Orenburg, according to Irina Volk of the Ministry of the Interior of the Russian Federation, RIA56, a Russian news source, reported. More than 6,000 pieces of computer equipment were discovered at the former plant of the RTI which police The post Russian Police Crackdown on Illegal Cryptocurrency Minin...
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