In our latest crypto news, we see another crypto theft after the 20-year old Joel Ortiz managed to scam more than 40 victims through SIM swapping and gathered $5 million in crypto. Ortiz pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years in prison after accepting a plea deal.
Ortiz accepted the plea deal even last week and will be officially sentenced on March 14. He is officially the first individual convicted for SIM swapping. One of the investigators who worked on the case said:
“We think justice has been served. And hopefully, this is a strong message to that community.’’
It seems like SIM swapping is one of the popular tools for obtaining crypto funds from individuals and it is extremely popular with criminals. Using this method, hackers call telecom companies as a target for their company and claim that their SIM card had been lost so they ask for the number to be given for a new card. The criminals can also be doing this to obtain social security number or addresses.
Once the telecom companies transfer the information to a new SIM, the hackers bypass the two-step authentication measures by using the phone as a recovery method.
2018 was a year where some of the largest crypto crimes happened such as when a nuclear engineer in Russia was arrested after he used the supercomputers to mine Bitcoin, or in Thailand where three siblings got arrested after obtaining $24 million in crypto from by scamming a Finnish investor.
Crypto And Forex Scams Got Away With $34 Million In 2018: UK Report
“Scammers can be very convincing so always do your own research into any firm you are considering investing with, to make sure that they are the real deal.”The report is a viral topic in the latest cryptocurrency news - mostly because the FCA stated that scammers use social media to find potential investors. According to the regulator, crypto and forex scams like these often use pictures of celebrities with fake endorsements alongside images of luxury goods such as cars and watches. In 2018, the initial coin offering (ICOs) advisory firm Statis Group released a study in which it found that more than 80% of ICOs in 2017 were scams. The associated losses for that year, as the study showed, totaled around $1.34 billion. In the latest altcoin news, we can also see that new evidence surfaced, suggesting that purported Bitcoin (BTC) exchange Goxtrade is a Bitcoin scam. As the evidence shows, Goxtrade reportedly used the real names and photos of unaffiliated parties including the blockchain figure Amber Baldet to fill their website staff page and its absent from the UK's registry of companies and businesses. All in all, the number of crypto and forex scams is increasing and there must be certain regulation to prevent these billions which are lost on a yearly basis.
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“Please also understand that the hackers may still control certain user accounts and may use those to influence prices in the meantime. We will monitor the situation closely. But we believe with withdrawals disabled, there isn’t much incentive for hackers to influence markets.”Right now, Zhao believes that the Bitcoin scam won't have a big incentive to influence markets. As he added, he is working on conducting a Twitter AMA to field questions from the community. The Binance Bitcoin scam has triggered the exchange to use a Secure Asset Fund for Users (SAFU) which will help and cover the incident. The altcoin news show that there is no risk for other altcoins to be stolen. As a reminder, Binance created the fund in July 2018 as a type of emergency insurance for cases like these.
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“CoinPayments admits that their wallet was involved but denied that it is connected to ISIS,” the blockchain intelligence firm told Globes. “It’s possible that the company is not aware of the usage of their wallets, perhaps because ISIS uses straw companies [to] transfer the money.”For all of you wondering why ISIS used Bitcoin and not any altcoin (which would been featured in our coming altcoin news), the truth is that ISIS-linked Bitcoin wallets exist and WhiteStream has been following them for the past two years. In fact, the company maximized its focus on one specific Bitcoin wallet which was receiving donations actively over different periods. In that manner, WhiteStream found that ISIS used Bitcoin from a wallet address listed on the ISIS fundraising website. According to Levy, the transactions were passively traced back to CoinPayments while the company did not know that they were actually facilitating the ISIS Bitcoin funding campaign. As Levy said:
“Our assumption is that the terrorist organization probably possesses many bitcoin addresses through CoinPayments, with every donation sent to a different address,” Levy told Globes. “On the day before the Sri Lanka terror attacks, we identified two relatively big transactions at this address with bitcoins worth about $9,800.”In February, Whitestream had named CoinPayments for facilitating Bitcoin-enabled donation campaigns for Hamas which is a Palestine-based Sunni-Islamist fundamentalist group.
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