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FBI Investigating Attempted Breach of Blockchain Election App Voatz

West Virginia’s Secretary of State, Mac Warner, disclosed in a speech and press release October 2nd that someone tried to hack into a blockchain-based voting system provided to the state by a company called Voatz. The system was being trialed as a means of allowing… Read More

BitFunder and WeExchange CEO, Jon Montroll, Sentenced to 14 Months for Fraud and Obstruction of Justice

Jon Montroll, operator of two online crypto investment schemes, WeExchange Australia and BitFunder, has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for fraud and obstruction of justice. Montroll, 38, of Saginaw, Texas, has also been ordered to pay restitution of $167, 480 USD and will… Read More

Man Behind “BBB” Binary Options and “ATM Coin” Cryptocurrency Frauds Sentenced to 7 Years

A judge in the state of New York has sentenced Blake Kantor (also known as “Bill Gordon”), 44, to 86 months’ (~7 years’) imprisonment and three years’ supervised release for defrauding 700 people in a binary options and cryptocurrency scheme. Kantor pleaded guilty to charges… Read More

FBI Seeking Information from Investors Harmed in Collapse of QuadrigaCX

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking information from investors who lost money when the Canadian cryptocurrency trading platform QuadrigaCX fell apart late last year. Individuals with questions or concerns about the failed exchange or who believe they were a victim in the… Read More

Federal Authorities Charge Two Individuals with Providing “Shadow Banking” Services to Cryptocurrency Exchanges, Including Bitfinex

“Processed hundreds of millions of dollars of unregulated transactions on behalf of numerous cryptocurrency exchanges.” The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has arrested American citizen Reginald Fowler, 60. The US Attorney for the Southern District of New York has charged him with bank fraud, conspiracy… Read More

$4.5 Million in Cryptocurrencies Seized and 61 Arrested in International Dark Net Opioid Market Crackdown

61 people have been arrested and 50 Darknet accounts shut down following a joint operation against Dark Net opioid markets executed by J-CODE, the Joint Criminal Opioid and Darknet Enforcement team. According to an FBI press release, the arrests were made as part of Operation… Read More

1Broker Settles SEC/CFTC Case “Without Admitting or Denying Factual Allegations”

1Broker, a Marshall Islands-registered company with a CEO based in Austria, has announced it has settled lawsuits filed against it by the US Securities regulators, the SEC and CFTC: “We are pleased to let you know that we settled the two lawsuits without admitting or… Read More

Cleveland FBI Seeking Information from Investors Harmed by Billion Dollar Bitconnect Crypto Scam

The FBI is seeking information from “potential victims” of Bitconnect, a cryptocurrency Ponzi that bilked investors across the globe out of billions of dollars. People with information they wish to submit to the FBI can do so via a special online form set up by… Read More

FBI: More Crypto Tokens, More Scams. Buyer Beware

Netherlands-based payments news outlet The Paypers has published an interview with an unnamed investigator from the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), America’s domestic intelligence and security agency, in which the agent suggested a direct correlation between the number of ERC-20 tokens in circulation and the number of… Read More

Oakland Man Accused of Using Bitcoins on Dark Net to Purchase Chemical Weapon for Use in Domestic Violence

Oakland, California resident Sandford Bemi Faison is being held on charges alleging he tried to buy a toxic chemical on the Dark Net in order to poison his estranged spouse, The Los Angeles Times reports. The intended victim is also the mother of the accused’s two… Read More

Lawyer: Greek Justice System Violating Rights of Accused Bitcoin Launderer Alexander Vinnik

The legal rights of a man at the centre of an international tug-of-war have been violated by the Greek justice system, a lawyer for accused BTC-e administrator Alexander Vinnik argued in court this week. “You have violated the rights of Alexander Vinnik, who hasn’t received… Read More

FBI Investigating “Call of Duty” Players Suspected of Stealing $3.3 Million in Cryptocurrency

A man in Bloomington, Indiana claims he was coerced into cooperating with a group of “Call of Duty” players that “cryptojacked” (stole) $3.3 million dollars of cryptocurrency from various victims, Chicago Sun Times reports. Though no charges have yet been laid, unsealed court documents show… Read More

Darknet Drug Market Admin “Oxymonster” Sentenced to 20 Years, Forfeits $700 000 in Crypto

Gal Vallerius, a dual French-Israeli citizen from the Brittany region of France, was sentenced to 20 years in prison earlier this month after pleading guilty to, “conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances and conspiracy to launder money,” court documents indicate. Mr Vallerius,… Read More

SEC & CFTC Join in Charging Austria Based Dealer Using Bitcoin for Swaps for Violating US Law

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced an enforcement action today against an Austria based international securities dealer with providing securities swaps funded by Bitcoin. The SEC charges Patrick Brunner, CEO of 1pool Ltd. a/k/a 1Broker – registered in the Marshall Islands, with violations of US… Read More

Blockchain Analysis Spending by US Government Agencies Has Tripled in 2018

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Government agencies in the US have more than tripled the amount of money they are allotting to private firms doing forensics on blockchains like Bitcoin, says weekly newsletter for institutions, diar. The biggest spender by far is the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which is “accounting… Read More

Accused Silk Road Conspirator Pleads Not Guilty in New York

A 29-year-old Irish citizen accused of helping run the Dark Net marketplace Silk Road under the pseudonym “Libertas” has pleaded not guilty in a New York courtroom to three charges stemming from the accusation, Irish publication The Times reports. Gary Davis arrived in New York… Read More

Plans to Let Accused Electronic Arts Hacker Pay Bail in Crypto Hit Snag

A judge’s plan to allow a young man accused of hacking a popular online video game system to post $750 000 bail in cryptocurrency have hit a snag, Market Watch reports. Martin Marsich, 25, was arrested at San Francisco Airport August 8th while reportedly on… Read More

FBI Warns Creepy Voyeur Scams on the Rise

People with loose security online habits who also enjoy an occasional foray onto incriminating websites might want to keep some bitcoin on hand in case exposé hackers come calling. An August 7th public service announcement from the FBI says the agency is seeing an uptick… Read More

Young Man Accused of Hacking Electronic Arts Ordered to Post Bail in Cryptocurrency

A young man accused of hacking popular Bay Area computer gaming company Electronic Arts (EA) has been forced by a California Judge to post $750 00 worth of cryptocurrency as bail. Martin Marsich, 25, was arrested at San Francisco Airport August 8th while en route… Read More

Not So Fast, Crypto-Using Druggies. Its the FBI!

The FBI, that agency with the Ken Doll guys in the suits in all the movies, you should know, is keeping an eye on 130 illegal situations involving cryptocurrencies, Bloomberg reports. “But how big is the problem!?” you ask. Well…OK… it’s basically sliver-sized, says Supervisory… Read More

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