Listed terrorist organization asks for Bitcoin

According to an article in CCN today, a person who may be a supporter of HAMAS, a listed terrorist organization, allegedly took to social media – in particular Twitter – to solicit financial support with Bitcoin. The Twitter account is still operational even though, if the story is accurate, the tweet constitutes an attempt at [...]

World’s first bi-national government issued digital currency launched in Middle East

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates announced yesterday in Abu Dhabi that they have created and launched a joint new bi-national digital currency. The name of the coin has not been released, not the type, not the amount issued, nor its price per coin. According to the governments of both nations, the new Saudi [...]

Dark Overlord hacks into US law firm systems and obtains 9/11 files

According to news media, the hacking group Dark Overlord has hacked the systems of a large law firm in the US and obtained privileged and confidential records that were published online at Pastebin. The files are allegedly encrypted and the group is seeking payment in Bitcoin, failing which they will make all the documents available. [...]

FinCEN issues money laundering advisory for Iran’s use of Bitcoin and digital currencies

FinCEN has issued an advisory for Iran that specifically is targeted for digital currency exchanges, banks and foreign banks so that the latter can understand their obligations under the correspondent banking system. The advisory is interesting because it is one of first instances of an attempt to provide guidance to foreign banks in respect of the [...]

Oxymonster sentenced to 20 years for money laundering and dark net drug sales

A foreign national from France, known on the dark net as OxyMonster, was sentenced to 20 years jail in the US for selling drugs such as fentanyl, online, and laundering the proceeds of crime. Gal Vallerius, 36, pleaded guilty to drug distribution and money laundering in Miami in June for selling cocaine, methamphetamine, fentanyl, oxycodone and [...]

ICOs & tokens increasingly attracting FBI criminal attention

According to this interview with FBI’s Financial Crimes Section Chief on CNBC, the FBI is seeing an increase in the number of complaints and cases opened involving digital currencies and crime. In particular, the FBI said that it is mostly ICOs and associated investment fraud schemes involving Bitcoin that are on the raise for investigations [...]

7 Russian foreign nationals indicted in US for alleged money laundering and hacking of Canadian / US agencies

The Department of Justice announced the indictment of 7 Russian foreign nationals in Pennsylvania for their roles in an alleged hacking of anti-doping sports agencies, including one in Canada called the Canadian Centre for Ethics and Sports. According to the indictment, the indicted persons hacked into computers for several years to allegedly influence sports doping [...]

New York AG releases integrity report on digital currency exchanges

The New York Office of the Attorney General (the “OAG“) released a report yesterday on the integrity of digital currency exchanges. It sought the voluntary participation of exchanges including Bitstamp, Coinbase, Binance, Huobi, Bitfinex, Kraken, Bittrex, Gemini and Poloniex, among others. The OAG noted that Binance and Kraken declined to participate, citing the fact that [...]

CEO of the exchange OKCoin allegedly stalked by several customers demanding back investments in digital currencies

According to Caixin, China’s most influential media company, the founder and CEO of  the Chinese digital currency exchange OKCoin, Mingxing Xu, 徐明星, was stalked and chased to a hotel in Shanghai by angry customers of his exchange. Later that day, he was taken to the Shanghai police station and detained overnight and part of the next [...]

Did Canada just seize enough carfentanil from an alleged drug dealer that could have been used to kill hundreds of millions of people?

Last fall, the police in Ontario arrested a person named Maisum Ansari who lives in the suburbs of Toronto, who had in his home approximately 42 kilograms of carfentanil, or a substance containing carfentanil. 42 kilograms of carfentanil is a massive amount and likely the largest seizure by law enforcement in the history of seizures of carfentanil. [...]