An Ohio man has pleaded guilty to operating an illegal bitcoin "mixer" service to launder more than $300 million in cryptocurrency for users of darknet marketplaces, according to the Justice Department. Larry Dean Harmon faces up to a 20-year federal prison sentence.
The London High Court has ordered the cryptocurrency exchange Binance to attempt to identify and freeze accounts belonging to the attackers who allegedly stole about $2.6 million from U.K.-based Fetch.ai.
Ukrainian police have shuttered several allegedly illegal cryptocurrency exchanges throughout the country that were processing about $1.1 million in virtual currencies each month. Officials say the exchange allegedly appeared to facilitate money laundering and had connections to Russia.
The hacker behind the $612 million breach of the blockchain-based Poly Network system has reportedly returned all stolen assets. Security experts have highlighted a critical vulnerability and a need for further DeFi security regulations.
Cybercriminals have developed a blockchain analytics tool on the darknet that could help a gang launder illegally obtained bitcoin, and they are actively marketing it, according to the cryptocurrency analytics firm Elliptic. The tool, however, is rated as not entirely effective.
A hacker breached the blockchain-based Poly Network platform to steal more than $600 million in cryptocurrency, the platform announced Tuesday. But Wednesday, it appeared the hacker had returned some of the stolen assets.
PayPal plans to hire more than 100 cryptocurrency experts, including those with expertise in compliance and anti-money laundering, as the online payments service expands its digital money transferring service and adds a "super app" wallet.
The world is now focused on ransomware, perhaps more so than any previous cybersecurity threat in history. But if the viability of ransomware as a criminal business model should decline, expect those attackers to quickly embrace something else, such as illicitly mining for cryptocurrency.
Cyberattackers are using malware dubbed "Crackonosh" to disable many antivirus programs, paving the way for installation of the XMRig cryptominer, according to Avast. So far, this approach has generated more than $2 million in monero for the attackers over the last seven months, the security firm reports.
Two brothers who run Africrypt, a currency exchange service based in Johannesburg, South Africa, have been accused by law firm Hanekom Attorneys, acting on behalf of investors, of 'vanishing' along with $3.6 billion in cryptocurrency investments.
The White House has written to business leaders, urging them to prioritize having robust ransomware defenses in place. The move comes as the Biden administration pursues multiple strategies to combat ransomware and digital extortion, including ordering a new task force to coordinate all federal investigations.
Cryptocurrency is gaining traction worldwide. But is it ready to displace the U.S. dollar as the world's reserve currency? Kathy Wang and Kenneth Geers of Very Good Security bring this topic to the RSA Conference stage and share exclusive insights in this panel discussion.