In the latest weekly update, Ari Redbord, head of legal and government affairs at TRM Labs, joined ISMG editors to discuss: how Hamas is using crypto to finance operations, the latest illicit activities by North Korean actors, and how the trial of FTX's Sam Bankman-Fried could impact the industry.
This week: A crackdown on Hamas' cryptocurrency accounts, more revelations from the trial of Sam Bankman-Fried, Voyager Capital settles with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission - while former CEO Stephen Ehrlich does not - and Elliptic says hackers have cumulatively laundered $7 billion to date.
This week, the FTX hacker moved more than $100 million of funds as the trial of the company's former CEO begins; crypto losses in the third quarter of this year were $685.5 million; and the DOJ said that China uses crypto to hide funds and identities in its illicit drug operations.
Contrary to the popular notion that ransomware hackers are sophisticated launderers of their stolen money, research shows they use straightforward mechanisms to transfer their bitcoin - allowing researchers to follow their money trail. Only a small number of them transacted with a crypto mixer.
This week, Mixin Network investigated a $200 million hack; Web3 lost $889 million to hacks, phishing scams and rug pulls during the third quarter; hackers stole $8 million from HTX; Binance sought to dismiss the SEC wash trading case; and Nansen and OpenSea suffered third-party security incidents.
This week, hackers stole $70 million from CoinEx, FTX resumed online claims, Balancer suffered a breach, Celsius creditors are targets of phishing, nearly $900,000 was stolen from Mark Cuban's hot wallet, Malta prepares for crypto regulation and Hong Kong cracked down on illicit crypto exchanges.
This week, Vitalik Buterin was the victim of a SIM swapping attack, North Korea likely orchestrated the $55 million CoinEx hack, OneCoin co-founder Karl Sebastian Greenwood was sentenced to 20 years in prison and former FTX executive Ryan Salame will reportedly plead guilty to criminal charges.
This week's roundup includes an update on the Tornado Cash case, a proposal for a law-abiding crypto mixer, August hack numbers, Stake's resumption of operations, Binance's delisting of privacy coins in Belgium and a court order against the CEO of Celsius.
This week, Cypher rolled out a futuristic compensation plan for victims, hackers exploited crypto users via a WinRAR bug and separately stole $900,000 from Balancer, the DEA lost $500K to a crypto scammer and the EU Data Act's smart contract provision raised questions.
Kroll is warning claimants in three major cryptocurrency bankruptcy cases that hackers obtained their personal data after the attacker convinced a mobile carrier to redirect an employee's phone number to their own device. Hackers appear to have already begun a phishing campaign.
In the latest weekly update, ISMG editors discuss the shifting dynamics of cyber insurance, why APAC is approaching privacy regulations around emerging technologies, and how U.S. authorities charged the co-founders of cryptocurrency mixer Tornado Cash with money laundering.
This week, charges were filed against Tornado Cash founders, the FBI found North Korean bitcoin wallets holding stolen cash, theft occurred in the Exactly and Harbor protocols, Venus Protocol liquidated a hacker's wallet, Terra paused operations, and Thailand threatened Meta over crypto scam ads.
A likely Russian toolkit dubbed Telekopye by security researchers lets thieves focus on honing their social engineering skills without having to worry about the technical side of online scamming. Users dub victims "Mammoths," leading security firm Eset to christen Telekopye customers "Neanderthals."
North Korea is on track to have a middling year of cryptocurrency theft despite Pyongyang's constant demand for ready cash. Hackers deployed by the totalitarian regime have stolen $200 million in cryptocurrency this year, far less than the country's banner year of cryptocurrency theft in 2022.
In the latest weekly update, ISMG editors discuss the White House's debut of a $20 million contest to exterminate bugs with AI, a New York man admitting to being behind the Bitfinex hack, and a new malware campaign that is targeting newbie cybercriminals in order to steal sensitive information.