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US SEC Charges Convict and Associates for $30M Fraudulent ICO

News The United States Securities and Exchange Commision has charged a group of criminals, who raised over $30 million through a fraudulent initial coin offering (ICO). Per a Jan. 12 press release, the SEC charged convicted Boaz Manor, his business associate, and two companies, CG Blockchain Inc. ..

Singapore Crypto Consultant Kidnapped for $1 Million Ransom

News Singaporean Mark Cheng was recently kidnapped in Thailand and tortured for a $740,000 ransom in Bitcoin (BTC), the South China Morning Post and others report on Jan. 14. After transferring all his available funds of $46,000, he allegedly made a daring escape as his captors prepared to murder ..

US Lawmakers Urge FCC to Step Up Its Action Against SIM Swaps

News United States lawmakers have appealed to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to hold telecoms providers to account for failing to protect consumers against SIM swap attacks. SIM-swapping — alternatively known as a port-out scam — involves the theft of a cell phone number in order to h..

Blockchain Lock IoT-Solution Aims to Tackle Porch Pirates

News Internet of Things (IoT) software developer It’s Here announced the launch of a blockchain-enabled lock that purportedly prevents porch pirating. According to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Jan. 7, the solution — dubbed IoTLock — is comprised of a software system and mobile dece..

Interpol Collaborates With Cybersecurity Firm to Tackle Cryptojacking

News Interpol has collaborated with cybersecurity firm Trend Micro to reduce cryptojacking affecting MikroTik routers across South-East Asia, according to a Jan. 8 press release. Though the collaboration reduced the number of affected devices by 78 percent, this is unlikely to have made a signific..

North Korean Hacker Group Modifies Crypto-Stealing Malware

News The Lazarus hacker group, which is allegedly sponsored by the North Korean government, has deployed new viruses to steal cryptocurrency. Major cybersecurity firm Kaspersky reported on Jan. 8 that Lazarus has doubled down its efforts to infect both Mac and Windows users’ computers. The group h..

Directors of Alleged Crypto Pyramid Scheme Dunamiscoins Stand Trial

News Two directors of Dunamiscoins, an alleged cryptocurrency pyramid scheme in Uganda, appeared before court on Monday to face 65 counts tied to obtaining money by false pretense. Local news site The Observer reported on Jan. 8 that state prosecutors had logged over 4,000 complaints against Dunam..

CFTC Cannot Locate Man Responsible for Over $140 Million Crypto Ponzi

News The United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is having trouble locating Benjamin Reynolds, who is allegedly responsible for a cryptocurrency Ponzi scheme worth over $140 million. Financial news outlet FinanceFeeds reported on Jan. 6 that the CFTC has filed a motion with the N..

Most Significant Hacks of 2019 — New Record of Twelve in One Year

New Year Special Twelve major cryptocurrency exchange hacks occurred in 2019. Of these, 11 hacks resulted in the theft of cryptocurrency while one only involved stolen customer data. In total, $292,665,886 worth of cryptocurrency and 510,000 user logins were stolen from crypto exchanges in 2019. C..

US Citizen Indicted for Narcotics Distribution in Exchange for Bitcoin

News A United States citizen has been charged with heroin and methamphetamine distribution in exchange for Bitcoin (BTC). According to a Jan. 3 press release published by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, Joanna De Alba allegedly promoted and sold illegal narcotics o..

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