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Re: Crypto Crime

Posted: Sat Jul 30, 2022
by tdtwedt
Apple and Google come under scrutiny for scammy crypto apps

From Elon Musk Twitter impersonators to dubious Discord chats, cryptocurrency and non-fungible token (NFT) scammers have stolen billions of dollars from investors over the last few years. But now, politicians and law enforcement are turning their attention to Apple and Google — companies that operate huge app stores — and how they review fraudulent crypto apps.

In letters to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Thursday, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) asked that the companies explain their processes in reviewing and approving crypto trading and wallet apps for download on their app stores. Brown’s inquiry follows a recently released FBI report warning that 244 investors have been scammed out of $42.7 million from fraudulent cryptocurrency apps claiming to be credible investment platforms in under a year.


https://www.theverge.com/2022/7/28/2328 ... ors-senate

Re: Crypto Crime

Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2022
by tdtwedt

Re: Crypto Crime

Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2022
by tdtwedt

Re: Crypto Crime

Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2022
by tdtwedt
Binance Says It Lost 90% Of Customers, 'Billions In Revenue' Due To KYC Compliance

“Binance is exponentially larger than its competitors. If you use real math, the numbers [of illicit activity] are the same industry-wide,” said Gambaryan.


https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/news/bi ... 4401f04752

Re: Crypto Crime

Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2022
by tdtwedt
SEC Charges Eleven Individuals in $300 Million Crypto Pyramid Scheme

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged 11 individuals for their roles in creating and promoting Forsage, a fraudulent crypto pyramid and Ponzi scheme that raised more than $300 million from millions of retail investors worldwide, including in the United States.

"As the complaint alleges, Forsage is a fraudulent pyramid scheme launched on a massive scale and aggressively marketed to investors," said Carolyn Welshhans, Acting Chief of the SEC’s Crypto Assets and Cyber Unit. "Fraudsters cannot circumvent the federal securities laws by focusing their schemes on smart contracts and blockchains."


https://www.sec.gov/news/press-release/2022-134

Re: Crypto Crime

Posted: Wed Aug 03, 2022
by tdtwedt
Robinhood’s crypto division fined $30 million by New York financial regulator

Robinhood’s crypto division was fined $30 million for “significant failures” in areas of anti-money laundering and cybersecurity regulations.

NYDFS alleged that Robinhood Crypto’s anti-money laundering and cybersecurity program was inadequately staffed and did not have sufficient resources to address risks.

This is the first crypto-sector enforcement by the New York State Department of Financial Services


https://www.cnbc.com/2022/08/02/robinho ... lator.html

Re: Crypto Crime

Posted: Wed Aug 03, 2022
by tdtwedt

Re: Crypto Crime

Posted: Wed Aug 03, 2022
by tdtwedt

Re: Crypto Crime

Posted: Thu Aug 04, 2022
by tdtwedt

Re: Crypto Crime

Posted: Fri Aug 05, 2022
by tdtwedt
Every U.S. Crypto Exchange (And Binance) Is Being Investigated By The SEC, Says Senator Lummis Staffer

Widely circulated reports that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is investigating $20 billion crypto exchange Coinbase are just the tip of the iceberg, according to a staffer from U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis’ (R-Wy) office. The staffer says every U.S. crypto exchange—and the largest crypto exchange in the world, Binance—are in various stages of being investigated. There are more than 40 U.S. cryptocurrency exchanges, according to crypto data site, CoinGecko. The SEC has not responded to multiple requests for comment.


https://archive.ph/I3VfG#selection-3109.0-3109.538

Re: Crypto Crime

Posted: Fri Aug 05, 2022
by tdtwedt
Master of Anons: How a Crypto Developer Faked a DeFi Ecosystem

The Macalinao brothers used a web of bogus identities to create the illusion of a dev community, juicing value on the Saber protocol and Solana blockchain.


https://www.coindesk.com/layer2/2022/08 ... ecosystem/

Re: Crypto Crime

Posted: Sat Aug 06, 2022
by tdtwedt
Alleged Russian Cryptocurrency Money Launderer Extradited to United States

The alleged operator of the illicit cryptocurrency exchange BTC-e was extradited yesterday from Greece to the United States to face charges in the Northern District of California.

“After more than five years of litigation, Russian national Alexander Vinnik was extradited to the United States yesterday to be held accountable for operating BTC-e, a criminal cryptocurrency exchange, which laundered more than $4 billion of criminal proceeds,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “This extradition demonstrates the Department’s commitment to investigating and dismantling illicit cyber activity and would not have been possible without the relentless work of the Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs. The Justice Department thanks the Government of Greece, particularly the Ministry of Justice, for all their efforts in securing the defendant’s transfer to the United States.”


https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/alleged- ... ted-states

Re: Crypto Crime

Posted: Sat Aug 06, 2022
by tdtwedt

Re: Crypto Crime

Posted: Mon Aug 08, 2022
by tdtwedt
Coinbase Slapped With Two Separate Class-Action Suits

Crypto exchange Coinbase got slapped with two separate class-action lawsuits this week, less than two weeks after the announcement that the company was reportedly under SEC investigation.

On Friday, Decrypt reported that two separate law firms filed the cases and said Coinbase investors suffered losses because of the bankruptcy clause in its SEC filing, as well as recent reports from the SEC probe that found the company was offering trading services that should've been registered as securities.


https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets ... e1bb33bfb0

Re: Crypto Crime

Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2022
by tdtwedt
Crypto mixing service Tornado Cash blacklisted by Treasury Department for alleged use in laundering

The Treasury Department has sanctioned the popular cryptocurrency mixing service Tornado Cash for allegedly helping launder over $7 billion of virtual currency.

The decision means that Americans are banned from using the service.

Similar sanctions were imposed in May 2022 on another popular service, Blender.io.


https://www.cnbc.com/2022/08/08/crypto- ... ment-.html

Re: Crypto Crime

Posted: Wed Aug 10, 2022
by tdtwedt
US sanctions Tornado Cash — and crypto shrieks in horror

Just as nobody should have been surprised by the sanctions, nobody should have been surprised by the bad takes on the sanctions from the cryptocurrency world.

The bad takes were all variations of the fundamental fallacy of cryptocurrency: that you can code your way around the rules of society.


https://davidgerard.co.uk/blockchain/20 ... in-horror/

Re: Crypto Crime

Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2022
by tdtwedt

Re: Crypto Crime

Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2022
by tdtwedt
Crypto criminals laundered $540 million by using a service called RenBridge

RenBridge has been used to launder at least $540 million in crime-related crypto cash since 2020, according to new research from blockchain analytics firm Elliptic.

Cross-chain bridges are used to send digital assets across blockchains, bypassing a centralized service that can trace transactions.

“They’re effectively ungoverned, and so very vulnerable to hacks, or to being used in crimes like money laundering,” said David Carlisle, Elliptic’s vice president of policy and regulatory affairs.


https://www.cnbc.com/2022/08/10/crypto- ... -says.html

Re: Crypto Crime

Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2022
by tdtwedt
Coinbase Faces SEC Probe Over Crypto Yield, Staking Products

Publicly traded crypto exchange Coinbase is under investigation by U.S. securities regulators over its token listing processes as well as its staking programs and yield-generating products, the company disclosed in its most recent quarterly report.

The disclosure underscores the heat Coinbase faces as a vocal (and closely regulated) U.S. crypto business. It is under pressure on multiple fronts, including its belief that certain tokens are not securities and therefore exempt from SEC purview. The SEC has taken a different stance in its ongoing case against an ex-Coinbase employee accused of insider trading.


https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets ... r-AA10wQbq

Re: Crypto Crime

Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2022
by tdtwedt
Mark Cuban and Voyager chief ran crypto ‘Ponzi scheme,’ lawsuit claims

A new lawsuit claims Mark Cuban played a pivotal role in shilling now-defunct Voyager Digital’s unregistered securities, duping investors in a ‘Ponzi scheme’ that lost them billions.

In a proposed securities class action filed on Wednesday, a host of plaintiffs say Voyager Digital chief Stephen Ehrlich and Cuban facilitated and furthered the firm’s “false and misleading promises of reaping large profits in the cryptocurrency market.”

It claims Voyager’s Earn Program Accounts, or EPAs, were unregistered securities the company continued to flog even after seven states banned its sale. Cuban and Ehrlich repeatedly made inflated and false statements about the safety associated with investing in Voyager in order to avoid bankruptcy, according to plaintiffs.


https://protos.com/mark-cuban-and-voyag ... it-claims/