Hacks und Vergeltung in der Kryptosphäre
Binance experts found the suspects in the KyberSwap platform hack on Thursday in a couple of days. The information was passed on to the team and law enforcement agencies.
Looks like hackers are having a hard time. Cryptomixers are closed due to sanctions, and even the Darknet is no longer as free as it used to be.
A successful burglary does not guarantee that you will be able to get out of the water dry and successfully escape with the stolen money.
In support of this, next we will tell the story of the most high-profile arrest of 2022 with the confiscation of $ 3.6 billion bitcoins.
Well, some statistics.
Until August 2022, hackers stole over $1.9 billion in cryptocurrencies when hacking crypto projects. According to Chainalysis, this figure is up 60% year on year.
How the $36 billion Bitfinex hack ended
On August 2, 2016, the cryptosphere was shocked by the news of the theft of 119,756 bitcoins. At that time, they pulled on $ 70 million. After 6 years, the matter moved forward.
In New York, a couple of suspects were arrested who had been in the public eye all these years - led a luxurious lifestyle, recorded rap, conducted Tik-Tok.
We are talking about a 34-year-old citizen of Russia and the United States, Ilya Lichtenstein, and his wife, 31-year-old American Heather Morgan. At the time of their arrest, 94,000 BTC were seized from them, which, at the rate of February 17, amounted to $3.6 billion.
During the search, they confiscated:
- $40,000 in cash;
- a couple dozen disposable phones;
- hardware cryptocurrency wallets;
- several cache books with cut storages for USB flash drives.
In the cloud storage of Liechtenstein, crypto addresses were found that were directly related to the hacking of the exchange. It was he who was responsible for money laundering.
The bitcoins spent (about 10% of the amount stolen) were transferred to other addresses in over 2,000 transactions to cover up the tracks. This information was announced in 2021 by two analytical companies - Whale Alert and BTCparsers, and was confirmed in 2022 during a search.
So far, the couple is under investigation. The confiscated BTC upon its completion will be transferred to Bitfinex. So, even the possession of such a huge amount and attempts to confuse the traces does not mean 100% security of hackers.
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