An arm of the popular cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase recently settled an ongoing legal battle with a man who lost 80 Bitcoins (BTC) in an email phishing attack. Coinbase UK is the United Kingdom arm which had reached an undisclosed settlement with the person who lost a substantial amount of Bitcoin (BTC).
The latest cryptocurrency news on this topic were brought by the legal news site Law360 which reported that Coinbase UK reached the settlement with Liam Robertson, exiting a London-launched litigation after Roberston was a victim to hackers stealing the Bitcoins which amounted to $815,744 in the attack.
The reports also show that Robertson lost his Bitcoin in a spear phishing attack. His work-related email account was hacked and 60 of the stolen Bitcoins were diverted to a digital wallet held by Coinbase UK, while another 20 were sent to local exchanges. Robertson then received a Bankers Trust order to reveal the identity of the wallet holder and see whether it was the same person who made the transfer.
Robertson hired attorneys for this case. However, they were featured on many best cryptocurrency news sites for stating that the case could help victims of fraud reclaim stolen cryptocurrency only by classifying the Bitcoin as a specific asset or sum of money. As Law360 also reported in July, a court ordered Coinbase UK to not dissipate or transfer stolen cryptocurrencies, which could potentially open the door for courts across the UK to treat Bitcoin as a property.
In May this year, the UK government led Jurisdiction Taskforce launched a public consultation that will determine the status of crypto assets under English private law. The taskforce at the time said that the uncertain legal status of cryptocurrency in the UK is a major deterrent for potential investors. As Law360 reported, the courts are still waiting for a determination by the official task force.
According to the blockchain security company CipherTrace, outright thefts, scams and other types of misappropriation of funds from cryptocurrency holders and trading platforms have resulted in more than $4.3 billion in losses throughout the past year.
Meanwhile, the latest Bitcoin and altcoin news show that the market is still vulnerable but stable over the past couple of days.
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“Therefore, these should be registered with the Commission and necessary disclosures need to be made for the protection of the investing public," the draft notes.In February this year, CEZA announced a new set of rules governing digital asset token offerings, designed to regulate the industry and protect investors against acquisition of utility and security tokens.
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US Treasury Sanctioned Major North Korean Hacker Groups For Cyberattacks
“Treasury is taking action against North Korean hacking groups that have been perpetrating cyber attacks to support illicit weapon and missile programs. [...] We will continue to enforce existing U.S. and UN sanctions against North Korea and work with the international community to improve cybersecurity of financial networks.”In August this year, many best cryptocurrency news sites talked about the US Treasury and its attempts to sanction hacker groups. The news also reported that the United Nations claimed that North Korea had netted around $2 billion by hacking banks and cryptocurrency exchanges. The UN Security Council North Korea Sanctions Committee also came up with a statement, saying that these hackers formed an essential part of the government's funding, reporting the following:
“Democratic People’s Republic of Korea cyber actors, many operating under the direction of the Reconnaissance General Bureau, raise money for its WMD (weapons of mass destruction) programs, with total proceeds to date estimated at up to two billion US dollars.”On September 1 this year, we also reported that the North Korea official state media denied allegations of massive theft by North Korean agents. The KCNA cited a statement from the National Coordination Committee of the DRPK which accused the US and other hostile forces of spreading slanderous rumors. The statement read:
“Such a fabrication by the hostile forces is nothing but a sort of a nasty game aimed at tarnishing the image of our Republic and finding justification for sanctions and pressure campaign against the DPRK.”The statement also added that the UN is "re-enacting the same old trick as the fascist propagandists of Hitler used to use."
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“Such a fabrication by the hostile forces is nothing but a sort of a nasty game aimed at tarnishing the image of our Republic and finding justification for sanctions and pressure campaign against the DPRK."The United Nations report that was issued last month stated that Pyongyang had launched ‘’widespread and increasingly’’ sophisticated online attacks on crypto exchanges and banks. North Korea accused to have stolen more than $2 billion in order to a weapon of mass destruction programs and the report added that the intelligence agency of the country the Reconnaissance General Bureau had supervised the said cyber attacks. North Korea’s denial came only two weeks after the country criticized the US and South Korea for making too many military threats against the communist state. Last August, Pentagon tested the ground-launched missile for the first time since the United States retraced from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. On the other hand, North Korea has carried out a missile as well and weapons tests since Donald Trump met with the leader of the country indicating that the summits have not reached a resolution. The concerns for the US are the ways North Korea receives its funds to fund the missile programs despite being subjected to heavy sanctions. The UN also believes North Korea initiated more than 3 attacks across 17 countries with a particular focus on bitcoin which flows across nations via financial pipelines as we can read in the latest cryptocurrency news reports. The additional evidence that was gathered by cybersecurity company FireEye provided the same data. As per the cyber investigation company stated that the criminal outfit is known as ‘’Lazarus Group’’ has spied the affected banks and exchanges if not hacked them:
"North Korea works through small “front” companies some owned by private foreign trading partners to move currency and bartered goods.’’
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