The Loudest and Boldest Crypto Crimes of All Times

The Loudest and Boldest Crypto Crimes of All Times

While the crypto industry provides a large surface for creators,companies and innovative technologies to develop and thrive on, it is also a good opportunity for scammers, hackers and thieves to get hold of big amounts of money or take down important sites.

Today we will discuss the people who managed to make it into the headlines of multiple news outlets due to their outrageous crimes.

1. Icelandic miners in China

This story seems unbelievable from the title. Basically, what happened is: a group of Icelanders stole a huge amount of mining equipment, including computers, video cards, CPU processors etc. The total cost of all the stolen things equaled to over 2 million dollars.

Some arrests were made, but a couple of criminals managed to escape to China where they unfolded their illegal mining activities. However, hapless miners did not take into account the fact that such intensive mining required a whole lot of electricity, and such an unusual level of electricity consumption drew attention of the Chinese police.

All the equipment was arrested, and at the moment the police from Iceland and China are negotiating on what to do with the criminals.

2. A young hacker from Cali

A couple of months ago, the American police took into custody a 20-year-old college student named Joel Ortiz. This young man managed to go things that people twice as old would never be able to do.

Ortiz hacked cell phones of over 40 different people using the technique called SIM-swapping. By doing so, he added over 5 million USD to his bank account.

Unfortunately (for him), this also brought him 28 charges in court and a not very bright future ahead.

3. An Indian government conspiracy

Here we come with a good old scam. But this one is no ordinary scam like the ones that appear on Twitter every once in a while. This scam involved the members of the ruling party of the Indian government and whopping $750 million.

According to an Indian Congressman, some of the people occupying the highest positions in the government were covering up a major scam involving Bitcoin. The whole scheme was so well-planned and complex, that it was pretty much impossible to solve this case.

The accused politicians obviously denied all the accusations, and both parties keep barking at each other until this day.

Here were three crypto crime cases, solved and unsolved, that stood out due to their unusual nature, amounts of money stolen and even brilliance of execution. Anyway, none of them really deserve admiration, because all of these criminals caused a lot of trouble. Hopefully, our today’s characters and all of their “colleagues” will be punished for what they did, and the crypto industry will become a bit cleaner.

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Elon Musk: Bitcoin Is Good, But Not For Tesla

Elon Musk has recently made a statement showing his attitude towards cryptocurrency and financial world as a whole. He supports Bitcoin, yet, it will not bring good for Tesla.

Elon Musk is a well-known technology entrepreneur and engineer with a fortune of $22.8 billion, he projects, like SpaceX, Tesla, PayPal, cover different areas of live, meanwhile they are competing to other companies at a high level. Musk is also a socially active person, he likes to post tweets sharing his thoughts about what is happening in the world. Though, sometimes it may bring consequences, like it was in July last year, when the SEC sent a request to Tesla regarding tweets of Elon Musk.

Furthermore, he freely expresses his attitude towards cryptocurrency. Once he even claimed how many Bitcoins he actually possessed. The Twitter community blowed up every time when Musk speaks about cryptocurrency. For instance, in October 2018, Elon posted a tweet about his love for anime and offered a subscriber to buy Bitcoins.

Twitter even blocked his account for a certain period of time to make sure he was the author. So, this time the world has gone mad, when Musk expressed his feelings about financial system and Bitcoin, in particular,  in the podcast “On the Road to Full Autonomy With Elon Musk.”

“Paper money is going away. Crypto is a far better way to transfer value than pieces of paper, that’s for sure,” he said. “Bitcoin’s structure is brilliant but I don’t think it would be a good use of Tesla’s resources to get involved in crypto.”

Furthermore, Musk added that Bitcoin has its pros and cons, yet, what he is really concerned about is crypto mining, to create one Bitcoin, people use high-powered computers to solve a complex math problem.

“We’re really just trying to accelerate the advance of sustainable energy, and I think one of the down sides of crypto is that computationally it’s quite energy intensive. There had to be some kind of constraints on the creation of crypto. But it’s very energy intensive to create slightly incremental Bitcoin, at this point.”

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, February 20: Bitcoin Is Growing Steadily

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency Rate

According to the Coin360 online platform, Bitcoin (BTC) added 1.1% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3958 per coin.

Cryptocurrencies are in a stable green zone:

Bitcoin Cash added 0.46% over the past 24 hours and costs $145 per coin;

Ripple increased by 0.53% and its cost is $0.33;

EOS raised by 12% and its price is $3.95;

Litecoin grew by 6.5% and its price is $50;

Cardano plus 1.8% and its cost is $0.046;

Stellar increased by 4.7% and costs $0.091;

IOTA added 1.7% and its value is $0.30;

Dash grew by 0.3% and its price is $87;

Monero became more expensive by 1.1% and costs $52.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum has lost 0.17%. The coin rate is $146 per coin.

The total market capitalization is $135 billion. Bitcoin’s share is 51.7% of the total. In monetary terms, this is $69 billion.

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CryptoMining.Farm Scam: 30 Victims Lost $1.34 Million

Thirty people have filed complaints to Thailand’s Technology Crime Suppression Division stating that they were victims of crypto mining scam, they allegedly lost 42 million baht ($1.34 million). The police thinks that the amount of victims can be bigger.

According to the victims’ words, the leaders of the scam convinced them to invest money into CryptoMining.Farm, a blockchain-mining website. One anonymous victim said to the Bangkok Post that one of the leaders promised investor an impossibly high return – 70% a year.

The victims signed contracts when they entered the website, the documents said that a customer may withdraw money at any time he/she wanted without any additional condition. However, the situation has changed since August. The victim stated that:

“From August the owner began imposing conditions for withdrawing the money. Then at the start of this month, the site announced it would start paying back investors in 84 installments which would take over seven years to complete. The payments were supposed to be made in foreign currencies [which] is not permitted by Thai laws.”

After a preliminary investigation, the police is sure that not 30, but 140 people became victims of the scam. Moreover, it can be related to a big scandal which happened in August 2018, when a popular Thai actor and his siblings stole about 797 million baht ($25.5 million).

According to the Bangkok Post, the company has two official offices in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, which may make the victims think that the company’s operations are legal.

Thailand treats digital money with caution and tries to regulate it. The Thai Ministry of Finance even issued a document last year where all the country’s cryptocurrency activities were regulated, including the taxation of participants of crypto market.

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, February 19: EOS Has Increased By More Than 20%, BTC Approaches At $4000

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency Rate

According to the Coingecko online platform, Bitcoin (BTC) added 4.1% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3896 per coin.

Cryptocurrencies are growing rapidly:

Bitcoin Cash added 11% over the past 24 hours and costs $145 per coin;

Ripple increased by 8% and costs $0.33;

EOS raised by 21% and its price is $3.57;

Litecoin grew by 6% and its value is $47;

Cardano plus  7% and costs $0.046;

Stellar fell by  9% and its price is $0.087;

IOTA added 7% and its cost is $0.30;

Dash raised by  8% and its price is $87;

Monero became more expensive by 5% and costs $51.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum has added 5.6%. The coin rate is $146 per coin.

The total market capitalization is $132 billion. Bitcoin’s share is 51.8% of the total. In monetary terms, it is $68 billion.

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The List of Bitcoin Mainstream Trends Which Will Dominate in 2019

Bitcoin is one of the most famous cryptocurrencies in the world. It is actually the first one, thus, no matter what might be, it has already gone down in history. Even though the cryptocurrency may not be that popular right now, due to various reason, some changes are already inevitable, hence, let us just check on trends which will become a part of everyday life in 2019.

1. Bitcoin ATMs

The number of Bitcoin ATMs is growing rapidly. It is a kiosk which allows a person to buy/sell Bitcoins in cash or by credit card. They actually look like an ordinary terminal, yet, it is connected not to bank account, but to Bitcoin exchange. The number of Bitcoin ATMs in the world accounts for 4292 at the time of writing.

Source: www.statista.com

Such ATMs will definitely encourage people to use cryptocurrency, since now it becomes more understandable for ordinary people. If people get accustomed to use Bitcoin ATMs, then crypto will see a bright future.

2. Central banks and Bitcoin

Some people do not want to get involved in crypto as it lacks regulation, including bank regulation. However, in 2019, one of Bitcoin trends may become partnership between central banks and cryptocurrency.

Several banks have already introduced systems how to work with crypto. Bank of America, for example, has officially patented a system for saving crypto actives for significant corporations. Moreover, this week, one of the biggest American banks, JPMorgan Chase & Co, has announced that it developed its own digital coin – JPM Coin.

Perhaps, such implementations will bring positive effect on the relationships between crypto and financial institutions.

3. Bitcoin in smartphones

Since the beginning of the third millennium, a cell phone has become an integral part of our everyday life. By using a smartphone we can do almost everything that is connected to our work, study, leisure, or hobby. Financial transactions, including crypto operations, are no exception.

On May, 2018, Huawei Technologies Corporation provided users of its smartphones with the opportunity to use Bitcoin wallet BTC.com. At the end of the past year, HTC company released the smartphone Exodus, powered by blockchain. A person can only purchase the phone with digital currencies.

It is too early to say whether these phones will be successful and useful or not, yet still it is very important that world is trying to meet the needs of everyone.

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, February 15: Cryptocurrencies “Stand Still”

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the online platform Coingecko, Bitcoin (BTC) remained stable over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3604 per coin.

For the most part, cryptocurrencies did not change in price throughout the day:

Bitcoin Cash lost 0.99% over the past 24 hours and costs $121 per coin;

Ripple dropped by 0.03 and costs $0.30;

EOS added 2.3%, and its price is $2.85;

Litecoin grew by 0.18%, and its value is $42;

Cardano gained 0.27%, and its cost is $0.040;

Stellar added 2.66% and costs $0.078;

IOTA grew by 0.87%, and its cost is $0.27;

Dash lost 0.6, and its price is $79;

Monero fell by 0.06% and costs $47.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum remained stable. The exchange rate of the coin is $122.

The total market capitalization is $120 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 52.7% of the total volume. In monetary terms, it is $63 billion.

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