Bitfinex Bị Hack


Though law enforcement agencies are increasingly keen to lớn recover stolen cryptocurrency, the rewards on offer khổng lồ cybercriminals outweigh the risks.

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More than $3.6bn worth of Bitcoin stolen during a hachồng on the Bitfinex cryptocurrency exchange has been seized by the US Department of Justice in what has been described as the largest ever confiscation of its kind. Though this is a victory for the DoJ và its newly formed cryptocurrency enforcement team, tracking stolen cryptocurrencies remains fiendishly difficult & expensive sầu. Experts say this case represents the US government going after quichồng wins rather than making significant progress to traông chồng those at the heart of illegal cryptocurrency trading.


Funds stolen in the 2016 haông xã on crypto exchange Bitfinex were seized by the US department of justice this week. (Photo lớn Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Two people, Ilya Lichtenstein, 34, and his wife Heather Morgan, 31, were arrested by the DoJ on Tuesday morning for an “alleged conspiracy khổng lồ launder cryptocurrency”. The DoJ says the couple were conspiring to move sầu 119,754 Bitcoin, worth more than $4bn at the time of writing. The cryptocurrency had been stolen during a haông chồng of the Hong Kong-based crypto-trading platsize Bitfinex in năm 2016, & so far $3.6bn of it has been reclaimed by agents.

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Lichtenstein và Morgan are charged with conspiracy to lớn commit money laundering, which carries a maximum sentence of đôi mươi years in prison, and conspiracy to lớn defraud the United States, which carries a maximum sentence of five sầu years.

The successful reclamation of funds comes just months after the launch of the National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team (NCET) by the DoJ. The team was assembled lớn draw on the department’s cyber & money laundering expertise and “lớn strengthen our capađô thị khổng lồ dismantle the financial entities that enable criminal actors khổng lồ flourish,” according lớn deputy attorney general Lisa Monaco.

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Pooling the cryplớn tracking talent of the DoJ together in one team shows how seriously the US Government is taking the retrieval of illicit or stolen cryptocurrencies, explains Sayed Rahman, serious fraud & asphối tracing speciamenu at law firm Rahman Ravelli. “It is clear that law enforcement in the US are taking significant steps to lớn khuyến mãi with cryptocurrency fraud, which is further reinforced by the NCET,” he says. “The DOJ appears khổng lồ be focusing on cryptocurrency exchanges, with the NCET phối lớn target abuse on cryptocurrency platforms in order lớn boost user confidence.”

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What happened in the Binfinex hack?

The hacker who infiltrated Binfinex’s systems in năm nhâm thìn initiated more than 2,000 unauthorised transactions at the time of the haông chồng, which transferred the illicit Bitcoin lớn a digital wallet that was allegedly under Lichtenstein’s control.