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U.S. Judge ordered the largest Ever Forfeiture of 29,655 Bitcoins seized from Silk Road

U.S. Judge ordered the largest Ever Forfeiture of 29,655 Bitcoins seized from Silk Road
Jan 20, 2014
In last October, the Feds told they would probably just  liquidate the bitcoins  seized from the online black market Silk Road, once they were legally free to do so. Finally the United States District Judge  J. Paul Oetken   signed off  on the forfeiture order for the Bitcoins, clearing the government to sell the assets. Last September, the FBI had seized  29,655 Bitcoins from the online black market Silk Road after its alleged 29-year-old mastermind, Ross William Ulbricht , aka ' Dread Pirate Roberts ' was arrested and charged with possessing controlled substances and committing or conspiring to commit computer hacking offenses, among other charges. This new ruling represents the largest-ever forfeiture of Bitcoins . The assets include the Silk Road hidden website and 29,655 Bitcoins , worth more than $28 Million according to current exchange rates. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: "With today's forfeiture of $28 million worth of Bitcoins fr

Dutch Police arrested TorRAT Malware Gang for stealing over Million Dollar

Dutch Police arrested TorRAT Malware Gang for stealing over Million Dollar
Oct 28, 2013
The TorRAT malware was first appeared in 2012 as spying tool only. But from August 2012, Bitcoin Mining feature was added and it became a powerful hacking tool that was commonly associated with attacks on Financial institutions. ab This year TorRat Malware targeted two out of three major Banks in the Netherlands and the  criminals stole over Million Dollars from user' Banking Accounts. The Dutch  police has arrested four men from Alkmaar, Haarlem, Woubrugge and Roden on last Monday, who are suspected of involvement in the large scale digital fraud and money laundering case using TorRat Malware. Using Spear Phishing techniques, gang  targeted the victims to access their computers and the Financial accounts. The gang used anonymous VPN services, Bitcoins, TorMail and the Tor network itself to remain anonymous. Malware is also capable of manipulating the information during online banking , can secretly add new payment orders and also able to modify existing

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FBI Seized 144,000 Bitcoins worth $28.5 Million From Silk Road Bust

FBI Seized 144,000 Bitcoins worth $28.5 Million From Silk Road Bust
Oct 27, 2013
The world's favorite crypto-currency has made rounds in the headlines this week. The FBI had managed to seize 144,000 Bitcoins  worth some $28.5 million at current exchange rates from Silk Road's founder, that's the largest ever seizure of the cryptocurrency . Bitcoin is an open-source, decentralised, digital currency, whose production is designed to simulate the mining of a commodity, like gold. These Bitcoins belonged to Ross Ulbricht , the 29-year-old who allegedly created and managed the Silk Road , the popular anonymous drug-selling site. In March, 7000 of 10,000 items on Silk Road were drugs. Earlier this month Ulbricht was arrested and the website was taken offline by the Department of Justice and charged with engaging in a drug trafficking and money laundering conspiracy as well as computer hacking and attempted murder-for-hire. The Bitcoin address now known as DPR Seized Coins finished receiving the mass of cryptocurrency and Authorities are also

Underground Drugs Market website 'Silk Road' Founder Arrested by FBI

Underground Drugs Market website 'Silk Road' Founder Arrested by FBI
Oct 02, 2013
The FBI had seized a website called ' Silk Road ', that was considered one of the most popular Underground places on the Internet for buying drugs and other illicit goods and services. They arrested the site's alleged founder,  Ross William Ulbricht, known as " Dread Pirate Roberts ," in San Francisco, who reportedly had  26,000 Bitcoins worth $3.6 million. The FBI used information from Comcast in the investigation and collaborated with US Customs and Border Patrol, the Internal Revenue Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security. Ross Ulbricht Ross William Ulbricht, a 29-year-old graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Materials Science and Engineering  charged with one count each of narcotics trafficking conspiracy, computer hacking conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy, according to the filing. ' Silk Road '  website, which had operated since early 2011, also offered tut

Criminals rapidly migrating to new digital Currency 'Perfect Money' after Liberty Reserve takedown

Criminals rapidly migrating to new digital Currency 'Perfect Money' after Liberty Reserve takedown
Aug 12, 2013
There are so many ways to move money anonymously on the Internet and US Justice Department has declared war on currencies widely used by cyber criminals . Just after the Law Enforcement in 17 countries shuts down ' Liberty Reserve ', a $6 billion digital money laundering operation, now the criminals is switching to another online currency called " Perfect Money ".  Perfect Money, another private digital currency that has emerged to meet the demand of Criminals and hackers, those buying and selling kit anonymously and being used by people selling stolen credit cards in Internet hacker forums recently. Fraudsters are rapidly migrating to Perfect Money and  it allows users to transfer money anonymously by purchasing and exchanging the proprietary currency for dollars, euros and gold. These virtual currencies are often linked to bitcoin because it has also been used by criminals. It was thought Bitcoin would be a handy replacement for Liberty Reser

California issued cease and desist order against Bitcoin Foundation

California issued cease and desist order against Bitcoin Foundation
Jun 24, 2013
The Bitcoin Foundation has received a cease-and-desist letter from the California Department of Financial Institutions, which oversees banks, credit unions, and other financial organizations operating in the state. Jon Matonis, who is a board member at the Foundation, revealed the letter on Forbes. The agency charges Bitcoin Foundation with allegedly " engaging in the business of money transmission without a license or proper authorization ." If they found to be in violation of the California Financial Code, the foundation could be fined up to $2,500 a day per violation, in addition to criminal prosecution. Convictions under the federal statute are punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Bitcoin doesn't have any kind of central regulatory authority, and trading takes place through Mt. Gox or other exchange floors. So, California's decision to send a money transmitter warning to the Bitcoin Foundation is a Washington, D.C., nonprofit, makes no sense

Liberty Reserve founder arrested for money laundering, service closed down

Liberty Reserve founder arrested for money laundering, service closed down
May 26, 2013
Liberty Reserve , a payment processor similar to Paypal was down on Saturday after the founder of Liberty Reserve, Arthur Budovsky Belanchuk , 39, on Friday was reportedly arrested in Spain by Costa Rican authorities after his they raided suspect´s home and offices in San José and Heredia. Mr. Belanchuk, a Costa Rican citizen of Ukrainian origin, was under investigation since 2011 after authorities flagged his firm for money laundering . Investigators say that Budovsky's businesses in Costa Rica , including Liberty Reserve , were used to launder money for child pornography websites and drug trafficking. Liberty Reserve is a largely unregulated money transfer business that allows customers to open accounts using little more than a valid email address, and this relative anonymity has attracted a huge number of customers from underground economies, particularly cyber crime . It allowing users to nearly anonymously open accounts with limited documentation of identity. Dep
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