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CipherTrace Shares Report on Blockchain Analysis that Helped US Seize $2M+ in DarkSide Ransom Paid by Colonial Pipeline

On June 7, 2021, the US Department of Justice announced that they had managed to seize 63.69 BTC (valued at around $2.5 million) of the 75 BTC ransom Colonial Pipeline was forced to pay to DarkSide. This ransom recovery is notably the very first undertaken… Read More

US Government Claws Back Crypto from Ransomware Scam as Feds Flex Growing Tech Muscle

The Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack caused incredible disruptions to the US economy costing businesses and consumers millions of dollars in lost productivity. As the price of gas rose, and people queued up at stations waiting on the dwindling supply due to the malfeasance, the perpetrators,… Read More

Former FBI Official Gurvais Grigg Comments on Why He Joined Blockchain Analysis Firm Chainalysis

Gurvais Grigg recently revealed why he joined blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis as its Global Public Sector CTO after working for over two decades at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), most recently as Assistant Director of the FBI Laboratory. In his new role, Grigg will… Read More

New Hampshire Residents being Indicted for Operating Illegal Virtual Currency Business, while Accepting “Church Donations”

Six New Hampshire residents are reportedly facing federal indictment because of an elaborate scheme that allowed people to exchange over $10 million for digital currencies like Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH). The US District Court indictment alleges that the co-conspirators had tricked or deceived financial… Read More

Crypto Advocate John McAfee Indicted for Fraud and Money Laundering. McAfee Allegedly Engaged in Crypto Pump and Dump Scams

John David McAfee, a well-known crypto proponent and founder of the McAfee antivirus firm, has been indicted in Federal court for fraud and money laundering. According to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, McAfee and Jimmy Gale Watson, Jr,… Read More

US Department of Justice Outlines Thefts Performed by North Korean Hackers, Involved Over $1.3 Billion of Money and Cryptocurrency

The US Department of Justice has announced an indictment of three North Korean hackers said to be involved with the Korean military regarding   to cyberattacks and financial including theft of money and cryptocurrency.  The indictment is an expansion of a 2018 case outlining similar nefarious… Read More

Hackers Broke Into US Department of Treasury, Emails Monitored for Months – Report

Russian hackers have apparently breached defenses at the US Department of Treasury monitoring emails for months, according to a report. Treasury was not alone, according to Reuters, the US Department of Commerce reportedly issued a statement on the breach to their systems: “We have asked… Read More

Department of Justice Publishes Cryptocurrency Enforcement Framework: “We see criminals using cryptocurrency to try to prevent us from following the money”

Attorney General William P. Barr announced today the publication of the “Cryptocurrency: An Enforcement Framework.” The publication was created by Barr’s Cyber-Digital Task Force. The document outlines the Department of Justice’s approach to crypto and its challenges. The Framework states: “… despite its relatively brief… Read More

Yieldstreet Responds to Report Pertaining to Alleged SEC/FBI Investigations, States They Have Done Nothing Wrong

Alternative investment platform YieldStreet has responded to queries regarding a recent report alleging that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), were investigating specific securities issued via the platform. Last week, it was reported that both the… Read More

SEC Files Civil Enforcement Action Against Brendan Ross, Former Direct Lending Investments CEO, Criminal Charges Filed by DOJ

Brendan Ross, the former CEO and founder of Direct Lending Investments (DLI), is the target of a Civil Enforcement Action filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) last week. Direct Lending Investments was once a prominent participant in the online lending industry in the… Read More

FBI and SEC Said to be Investigating YieldStreet: Report

YieldStreet, an accredited crowdfunding platform offering access to alternative securities offerings including real estate-based securities. Typically, YieldStreet looks to list short term investment opportunities, that are uncorrelated with traditional markets, that generate income for individual investors. YieldStreet may list securities tied to art, legal or… Read More

Digital Banking Adoption Could lead to More Cyber Attacks and Security Issues, FBI Warns

The US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has warned that there could be an increase in financial crime due to the rise of digital banking. The warning is a reminder from the FBI that mobile banking providers and financial institutions must protect their clients from… Read More

The FBI: Crypto Scams are Coming

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is out with an ominous note predicting a rise in cryptocurrency-related scams fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic. The FBI expects that the bad guys will take advantage of the FUD to steal your money and then launder it through the… Read More

US Department of Justice Charges Two Chinese Nationals with Laundering $100 Million in Cryptocurrency from South Korean Crypto Exchange Hack

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has charged two Chinese nationals with laundering more than $100 million in cryptocurrency as part of an exchange hack orchestrated by North Korean perpetrators, according to a release. The laundering allegedly took place between December 2017 and April 2019…. Read More

Another Alleged SIM-Swap Cryptocurrency Thief Indicted

A 23-year-old who allegedly used cryptocurrencies he stole from crypto executives and users to fund the purchase of houses, a Ferrari, a Rolex and the royalty rights to twenty songs was arrested in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, December 11th. Anthony Francis Faulk has been charged with one count of… Read More

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

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