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LocalBitcoins Trader ‘Bitcoin Maven’ Sentenced to Prison for Money Laundering

LocalBitcoins trader Theresa Lynn Tetley, better known as the “Bitcoin Maven,” has been sentenced to 12 months and a day in prison, a $20,000 fine, and three years supervision after release for laundering bitcoin as proceeds of narcotics sales and for her role in running an illegal bitcoin-for-cash exchange, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for The post LocalBitcoins Trader ‘Bitcoin M...
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Greek Court Agrees to Extradite Alleged Bitcoin Fraudster BTC-e Admin to France

Alexander Vinnik, a one-time admin of bitcoin platform BTC-e who was arrested in Greece last year on an international warrant for cybercrime, has been ordered by a Greek court to be extradited to France. The United States and Russia have also sought extraditions of Vinnik. Vinnik’s lawyer, Ilias Spyrliadis, said Vinnik is appealing the court’s The post Greek Court Agrees to Extradite Alleged Bitco...
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Russian Agents Who Hacked DNC Emails Thought Bitcoin Would Keep Them Anonymous

Twelve officers of the Russian military received a charge of money laundering for attempting to use bitcoin to hide their role in influencing the 2016 U.S. presidential election. It all goes back to July 2016 when the Democratic National Committee (DNC) announced it had been hacked by two Russian hacking groups, going by the names The post Russian Agents Who Hacked DNC Emails Thought Bitcoin Would...
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New Bitcoin Scam Targets Embarrassed Porn Viewers

A new scam has begun targeting porn viewers in an attempt to blackmail victims and extort $1,900 — and they only take bitcoin. Via malware, the scammers claim to have compromising footage of viewers taken from the would-be victim’s webcam while pornographic videos were playing. The scam email sent to victims begins by revealing to them The post New Bitcoin Scam Targets Embarrassed Porn...
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Trump Task Force to Fight Financial Crimes Includes Cryptocurrencies

President Donald Trump has ordered the U.S. Attorney General to develop a Department of Justice task force on market integrity and consumer fraud that would include crimes involving cryptocurrencies. The executive order specifically mentions digital currency as an area to be investigated and, where necessary, prosecuted. The task force replaces the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task The post Trump T...
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World Cup: Chinese Police Crack Down on $1.5 Billion Bitcoin Gambling Ring

Chinese police in the city of Guangdong have arrested hundreds of individuals involved in online gambling platforms that facilitated betting with $1.5 billion in cryptocurrencies including bitcoin. A sweeping law enforcement operation involving 21 public security authorities in Guangdong has cracked down on organized football gambling during the ongoing football World Cup, resulting in the The pos...
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Rogue Security Analyst Tries to Sell Top-Secret iPhone Malware for $50 Million in Cryptocurrency

A lead programmer working for NSO Group, the Israeli cybersecurity firm behind the notorious Pegasus iPhone malware has been arrested after a failed attempt to illegally sell the top-secret spyware to an unauthorized party via the dark web in exchange for $50 million worth of cryptocurrency. A report from the Times of Israel states that the 38-year-old The post Rogue Security Analyst Tries to Sell...
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Traders of Alleged $1.4 Million Illegal Stock Sale of Blockchain Firm Settle with SEC

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has reached a settlement with two men charged with profiting from illegal sales of stock related to a company claiming to be involved in blockchain technology. In pressing those charges earlier this month, the SEC claimed attorney T.J. Jesky and his law firm’s business manager Mark F.DeStefano made The post Traders of Alleged $1.4 Million Illegal S...
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Chinese Police Arrest Malware Developers Who Hacked $2 Million in Crypto

The developers are responsible for hacking millions of computers to hack a total of $2 million in cryptocurrencies. Computers were initially infected with a mining program and a mining monitoring software — whenever the latter detected CPU utilization below 50%, the former would silently start mining in the background. The cycle was repeated endlessly, with The post Chinese Police Arrest Mal...
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Decentralized Crypto Exchange Bancor Hacked, $12M in Ether Stolen

In a statement, Bancor, a decentralized exchange, stated that a vulnerability was exploited to steal 24,984 ETH (approx $12 million), $1 million worth of NPXS and $10 million worth of BNT. In a tweet earlier today, Bancor stated that it has identified a security breach and will investigate into the issue. It assured that no The post Decentralized Crypto Exchange Bancor Hacked, $12M in Ether Stolen...
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