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  • The US government seized $1 billion in bitcoin from dark web marketplace Silk Road

    11/09/2020 9:49:04 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    The Verge ^ | Nov 6, 2020, 5:59am EST | James Vincent
    Earlier this week, the bitcoin community was shocked when a digital wallet containing roughly $1 billion in bitcoin...was emptied by an unknown individual. The Department of Justice announced on Thursday that it had seized the wallet’s contents as part of a civil forfeiture case targeting the Silk Road. The government said it retrieved the roughly 70,000 bitcoins with the help of an unnamed hacker, whose identity is known to the government but who is simply referred to as “Individual X” in court documents. “Individual X” allegedly hacked the Silk Road’s payments system some time in 2012 or 2013. The government...
  • JPMorgan creates new unit for blockchain projects, says the technology is close to making money

    10/27/2020 6:31:42 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 4 replies
    CNBC ^ | 27 October 2020 | Hugh Son
    At JPMorgan Chase, the firm's digital currency JPM Coin is being used commercially for the first time this week by a large technology client to send payments around the world...JPMorgan’s move could provide a boost to the broader blockchain and cryptocurrency industries, whose proponents believe that mainstream adoption is nearing. Digital currencies popped last week after PayPal announced that users could soon buy, hold and sell crypto directly from their accounts.
  • Bet on POTUS Race with Bitcoin

    10/14/2020 3:44:45 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    FreeBitco.in ^ | 14/10/20 | eletheria5
    Incredibly, they place the odds at 61 to 34 in favor of Biden, but there are 65,614 bettors on Trump and only 36,511 bettors on Biden, and they still have the Dem primary candidates in the pool. If you haven't yet joined this site, send me in private your e-mail and I'll send you the necessary to join. Full disclosure, I'd get a cut for your referral.
  • CFTC Charges BitMEX Owners with Illegally Operating a Cryptocurrency Derivatives Trading Platform and Anti-Money Laundering Violations

    10/01/2020 11:07:07 AM PDT · by amorphous · 6 replies
    Washington, D.C. — The Commodity Futures Trading Commission today announced the filing of a civil enforcement action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York charging five entities and three individuals that own and operate the BitMEX trading platform with operating an unregistered trading platform and violating multiple CFTC regulations, including failing to implement required anti-money laundering procedures. This case is brought in connection with the Division of Enforcement’s Digital Asset and Bank Secrecy Act Task Forces. Among those charged are company owners Arthur Hayes, Ben Delo, and Samuel Reed, who operate BitMEX’s platform through a...
  • No Visits, No Parole: Ross Ulbricht Is More Alone Than Ever During COVID-19

    09/05/2020 5:24:02 PM PDT · by RandFan · 14 replies
    Coindesk ^ | June 2020 | Daniel Kuhn
    The coronavirus infection spreading across the United States prison system is throwing Ross Ulbricht’s confinement into sharp relief. Found guilty of seven charges including money laundering, conspiracy to traffic narcotics and computer hacking, the controversial founder of the Silk Road is currently serving a double life sentence plus 40 years, without the possibility of parole. As the pandemic worsens conditions for the nation’s large prison population, Ross spends 22 hours a day behind bars in Tucson, Ariz., where he’s currently being held. Outside visits are stopped so Ross’s mother, Lyn, and other loved ones, who work tirelessly for his release,...
  • How FBI tracked down the celebrity Twitter hackers (They used their home IP and drivers license!)

    08/02/2020 2:32:42 AM PDT · by RandFan · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 2nd | ANDREW COURT
    The FBI were able to track down three hackers who pulled off the largest Twitter breach in history because they were 'extremely sloppy' with how they moved their Bitcoin transactions around. Graham Ivan Clark, 17, of Tampa, Florida; Nima Fazeli, 22, of Orlando, Florida; and Mason Sheppard, 19, of Bognor Regis, U.K. have all be charged in relation to the hack, which took place on July 15. On that date, the men conspired to hijack Twitter accounts belonging to famous figures and companies - including Barack Obama, Kanye West and Uber - before they posted tweets asking for donations to...
  • Bitcoin surges over $10,000, could surpass $15,000, digital-currency experts say

    07/27/2020 3:52:25 PM PDT · by JHL · 33 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 7/27/2020 | Mark DeCambre
    Bitcoin prices were taking flight on Monday, pushing the digital currency to the highest level in about two months and ending the long dormancy of the world’s No. 1 virtual asset. Bitcoin, the largest and most influential cryptocurrency, shot past the key $10,000 resistance marker—all eyes are now on the critical $10,500 level,” wrote Nigel Green, chief executive and founder of deVere Group, a financial firm, advising some $12 billion. Bitcoin’s BTCUSD, 3.73% recent rally to $10,237 took it to around its highest level since June 1 based on spot prices. Bitcoin futures BTC.1, 3.81% trading on CME Group were...
  • O.C. Man Admits Operating Unlicensed ATM Network that Laundered Millions of Dollars of Bitcoin and Cash for Criminals’ Benefit

    07/23/2020 3:26:21 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 10 replies
    justice.gov ^ | July 22, 2020 | U.S. Attorney’s Office Central District of California
    LOS ANGELES – A Yorba Linda man has agreed to plead guilty to federal criminal charges that he operated an illegal virtual-currency money services business that exchanged up to $25 million – including on behalf of criminals – through in-person transactions and a network of Bitcoin ATM-type kiosks.          Kais Mohammad, 36, a.k.a. “Superman29,” was charged in a three-count criminal information filed today in United States District Court. In a plea agreement also filed today, Mohammad agreed to plead guilty to one count of operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, one count of money laundering, and one count of failure...
  • Bitcoin Meets Banking As U.S. Bank Regulator Permits Cryptocurrency Custody

    07/23/2020 7:05:16 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | 07/22/20 | Hailey Lennon
    The relationship between banks and cryptocurrency in the United States has been as complicated as the concept of “money” itself. But today’s interpretive letter from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) may be changing all of that. The OCC serves to charter, regulate and supervise national banks. Today’s OCC letter clarifies that national banks have the authority to provide fiat bank accounts and cryptocurrency custodial services to cryptocurrency businesses. This clarification from the OCC may open the doors for larger financial institutions to be more comfortable providing traditional bank accounts to cryptocurrency companies, as well as actually provide...
  • Lawmakers zero in on Twitter following massive hack

    07/16/2020 8:26:50 PM PDT · by RandFan · 15 replies
    The Hil ^ | July 16 | BY MAGGIE MILLER
    The sweeping hack of verified Twitter accounts Wednesday night was one of the largest security lapses in the platform’s history and led to thousands of users being partially locked out for hours. But the social media giant, and its users, may have gotten off easy. Now lawmakers and top officials are mulling how to ensure Twitter is not hacked by groups with more malicious intentions and how to protect other potential cyber targets from the same fate. The conversation has taken on a particular urgency as geopolitical tensions increase during the COVID-19 pandemic with only months left until a presidential...
  • Twitter’s shadowban confirmed; The Twitter hack revealed the social media giant’s secret toolkit

    07/16/2020 9:16:33 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    thecritic.co.uk ^ | 16 July, 2020 | By David Scullion
    Last night Twitter suffered the largest security breach in its 14-year-history. Barack Obama, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and billionaires Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates were among many prominent US figures targeted by hackers. Their accounts all tweeted a link to a Bitcoin account where the hackers promised followers they would pay back double whatever was sent to it. The Bitcoin accounts, which can be watched live by anyone, were shown to be in receipt of over a hundred thousand dollars before the tweets were taken down. Twitter have said it was a “co-ordinated” attack targeting its employees...
  • Joe Biden and Barack Obama’s Twitter Accounts HACKED… Along With Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Kanye West and MORE

    07/15/2020 3:49:49 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 39 replies
    GP ^ | 07/15/20 | Cassandra Fairbanks
    The Twitter account belonging to former Vice President Joe Biden was hacked on Wednesday, the account belonging to former President Barack Obama was hacked shortly after. Many other massive figures and accounts were also hacked, including Jeff Bezos, Kanye West, Mike Bloomberg, Elon Musk, Uber, Warren Buffet, Apple and Bill Gates.The tweet was live on Biden’s page for less than two minutes.“I am giving back to my community due to Covid-19!” said the tweet from Obama’s account, which has since been deleted. “All Bitcoin sent to my address below will be sent back doubled. If you send $1,000, I...
  • High-profile Twitter accounts getting hacked by Bitcoin scam

    07/15/2020 2:43:05 PM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 31 replies
    High-profile Twitter accounts continue to be hacked, including Uber and Apple. It's unknown who's responsible.
  • Lobbyist Abramoff Charged in Cryptocurrency Fraud Case

    06/26/2020 6:09:47 PM PDT · by Coronal · 2 replies
    US News ^ | June 25, 2020 | Olga Rodriguez
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jack Abramoff, a once-powerful lobbyist who spent time in federal prison for fraud and corruption, has been charged in a San Francisco court in an investor fraud case involving cryptocurrency and lobbying disclosure, federal authorities announced Thursday. U.S. Attorney David Anderson said Abramoff, 61, of Silver Spring, Maryland, has agreed to plead guilty to criminal conspiracy charges and a criminal violation of the Lobbying Disclosure Act in the case involving a cryptocurrency called AML BitCoin. Anderson said the charges were the first brought since Congress in 2007 amended the act to address lobbying abuses and undisclosed...
  • Reality Winner: Woman charged with top-secret leak denied bond

    06/08/2017 5:19:22 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 87 replies
    AP/Foxnews ^ | June 8, 2017 | AP/Foxnews
    AUGUSTA, Ga. – A judge has ruled that a woman charged with leaking secrets to a reporter will remain jailed until her trial after prosecutors argued that she might possess more stolen intelligence and could try to flee the country. Winner worked for a U.S. government contractor in Augusta. She is a former Air Force linguist who speaks Farsi and Arabic. Prosecutors don't think Winner is a jihadist or terrorist sympathizer, they say that before she left the military, she inserted an external hard drive into a top-secret computer there. They say they don't know what happened to it or...
  • Hundreds Charged Worldwide In Takedown Of Largest Child Pornography Website

    04/27/2020 12:33:12 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 23 replies
    DC Dirty Laundry ^ | April 27, 2020 | Dino Porrazzo
    South Korean national and hundreds of others charged worldwide in the takedown of the largest darknet child pornography website funded by bitcoin Dozens of minor victims who were being actively abused by site users rescued WASHINGTON – Jong Woo Son, 23, a South Korean national, was indicted by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia for his operation of Welcome To Video, the largest child sexual exploitation market by volume of content. The nine-count indictment was unsealed today along with a parallel civil forfeiture action. Son has also been charged and convicted in South Korea and is currently...
  • Internet email scam is making the rounds.

    04/20/2020 10:53:32 AM PDT · by know.your.why · 74 replies
    me | 4/20/20 | self
    Just sharing a disturbing anonymous email that was in my inbox this morning. The email tells me to send $2000 in bitcoin to a bitcoin address or they will send camera porn of me (I dont have a camera) to my friends, coworkers, and relatives. If you get this same scam you can report it at. https://www.bitcoinabuse.com/
  • Craig Wright Victorious in Kleiman Case After Signing with Satoshi’s Key

    04/01/2020 8:54:19 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 6 replies
    Financemagnates ^ | 1 Aprin 2020 | Rachel McIntosh
    Wright was able to send a transaction from one of the Bitcoin wallets associated with Satoshi, verifying his claims. Australian computer scientist and entrepreneur Dr. Craig Wright has been granted a victory in the Kleiman v. Wright case after he was able to provably send a transaction from one of the Bitcoin wallets known to belong to Bitcoin creator ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’, thereby verifying his claims that he is, in fact, the undisputed creator of BTC.
  • Oil Is Now More Volatile Than Bitcoin

    02/25/2020 3:46:13 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 17 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 02-25-2020 | Alex
    You know that the oil markets have truly gone to the dogs when they are suddenly riskier than one of the world’s most volatile commodities: bitcoin.
  • Warren Buffett: Cryptocurrency ‘has no value’ – ‘I don’t own any and never will’

    02/24/2020 7:42:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 85 replies
    CNBC ^ | February 24, 2020 | Jessica Bursztynsky
    Berkshire Hathaway CEO and Chairman Warren Buffett on Monday reaffirmed his aversion to cryptocurrencies. “Cryptocurrencies basically have no value and they don’t produce anything,” he told CNBC’s Becky Quick in a Squawk Box interview. “In terms of value: Zero.” “I don’t have any cryptocurrency and I never will,” he added. Buffett joined CNBC to discuss the markets just days after he released his annual shareholder letter.