The US accused two Russians of stealing $ 16.8 million from users of cryptocurrency exchanges
Office for the Control of Foreign assets (OFAC) Ministry of Finance USA on Wednesday filed charges against two Russians. According to OFAC, they are embezzled over $ 16.8 million in cryptocurrency assets, defrauding clients of three exchanges.
According to the press release, Danil Potekhin and Dmitry Karasavidi were group members, in 2017 and 2018 years attacking clients cryptocurrency services, two of which were American and one international. Their names are not specified.
“Faces, who ruled this fraudulently appropriated funds US citizens, businesses and others by deceiving them and stealing virtual currency with their accounts, – stated Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin. – The Ministry of Finance will continue to use by their authority to prosecute cybercriminals and remain committed to the safe application of emerging technologies in the financial sector. “.
According to OFAC, Potekhin registered domains similar to the addresses of these exchanges. Unsuspecting visitors to these sites entered their login information, which then used for stealing their assets.
The fraudsters are believed to have practiced various methods of withdrawing the stolen funds, in Tom including moving them on exchange accounts, registered with the help of stolen documents, and also organized manipulation schemes the market, in which virtual currency was quickly bought for raising its rate and demand, after what was sold at increased prices.
The result accusatory conclusion was the inclusion in the sanctions lists of addresses in blockchains bitcoin, Ethereum, Monero, Litecoin, Zcash, Dash, Bitcoin Gold and Ethereum Classic, attributed to Potekhin and Karasavidi. This is presumably the first time a Monero address has been sanctioned..