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16 hours ago by rhyndes
July 2017: Russian national and bitcoin exchange charged in 21-count indictment for operating alleged international money laundering scheme and allegedly laundering funds from hack of Mt. Gox • USAO-NDCA | Department of Justice
July 2017:
<p>A grand jury in the Northern District of California has indicted a Russian national and an organization he allegedly operated, BTC-e, for operating an unlicensed money service business, money laundering, and related crimes…

…“Mr. Vinnik is alleged to have committed and facilitated a wide range of crimes that go far beyond the lack of regulation of the bitcoin exchange he operated.  Through his actions, it is alleged that he stole identities, facilitated drug trafficking, and helped to launder criminal proceeds from syndicates around the world,” said Chief Don Fort, IRS Criminal Investigation.  “Exchanges like this are not only illegal, but they are a breeding ground for stolen identity refund fraud schemes and other types of tax fraud.  When there is no regulation and criminals are left unchecked, this scenario is all too common. The takedown of this large virtual currency exchange should send a strong message to cyber-criminals and other unregulated exchanges across the globe.”

“BTC-e was noted for its role in numerous ransomware and other cyber-criminal activity; its take-down is a significant accomplishment, and should serve as a reminder of our global reach in combating transnational cyber crime,” said Special Agent in Charge of the USSS Criminal Investigative Division Michael D’Ambrosio. “We are grateful for the efforts of our law enforcement partners in achieving this significant result.”

"The arrest of Alexander Vinnik is the result of a multi-national effort and clearly displays the benefits of global cooperation among US and international law enforcement,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Hess. </p>


OK, so that was more than a year ago. But you can bet that if there's money laundering on one bitcoin exchange, then given how many there are around, it will be happening on others. Which brings us to…
bitcoin  russia  crime  moneylaundering 
17 hours ago by charlesarthur
Netherlands in a ‘cyberwar’ with Russia, says defence minister — World — The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper – Nigeria and World News
The Netherlands is in a ‘cyberwar’ with Russia, Defence Minister Ank Bijleveld told Dutch television Sunday, speaking in the wake of an alleged hacking attempt by four Russians in The Hague. “What happened is really dangerous,” Bijleveld told Dutch broadcaster NPO, referring to the incident, which happened in April outside the headquarters of the Organisation […]
cyberwar  espionage  deception  hacking  politics  russia 
yesterday by basemaly
Ukraine Is Dangerously Close to a Religious War - Bloomberg
To avoid bloodshed, all sides will have to act wisely.
russia  ukraine  war  religion 
yesterday by pankkake
US's take on powerful russians
it's kind of odd having the US prepare what's basically a Russian rich list
russia  oc 
2 days ago by perspectivelute
Daring Fireball: Senator Ron Wyden: U.S. Senate, Staff Targeted by State-Backed Hackers
Frank Bajak and Raphael Satter
Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said in a Wednesday letter to Senate leaders that his office discovered that “at least one major technology company” has warned an unspecified number of senators and aides that their personal email accounts were “targeted by foreign government hackers.” Similar methods were employed by Russian military agents who leaked the contents of private email inboxes to influence the 2016 elections.
Wyden did not specify the timing of the notifications, but a Senate staffer said they occurred “in the last few weeks or months.” The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly.
But the senator said the Office of the Sergeant at Arms , which oversees Senate security, informed legislators and staffers that it has no authority to help secure personal, rather than official, accounts.
I’m going to guess the “major technology company” is Google, simply because Gmail is the leading email provider. If you ever wonder why Ron Wyden seems almost amazingly well-informed on very technical computer security matters, keep in mind that Christopher Soghoian is on his staff as a senior advisor.
gov2.0  politics  google  gmail  daring_fireball  congress  russia  hack  security  privacy 
3 days ago by rgl7194
A military expert explains why social media is the new battlefield - The Verge
"LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media is a look at the role social media plays in modern conflict."
social_media  interview  book  facebook  twitter  war  russia  dopost 
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