NFT theft news: Since July 2021, scammers have stolen about $100 million in schemes around non-exchangeable tokens (NFTs). That’s the conclusion reached by Elliptic analysts who counted public announcements about the scams.
The researchers concluded that each successful NFT scheme, on average, generates $300,000 in revenue. Most NFT thefts were recorded in July 2022 (4,600) even despite the onset of a bearish trend, Elliptic noted.
In May a record NFT was stolen in the dollar equivalent of $24 million. However, the experts point out that the figure in reality is higher, because only public reports of fraud were used for the calculations.
Elliptic also found that since 2017, NFT marketplaces have helped launder more than $8 million from sources associated with illegal activity. Exactly which marketplaces are in question is not specified.
In addition, analysts also linked the Tornado Cash sanctions mixer to the NFT marketplace. The research firm claims that $137.6 million in assets were laundered through the mixer, which also came into contact with NFT marketplaces.
As Elliptic admits, the mixer’s popularity in this regard all but waned after the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) put Tornado Cash on its sanctions list in early August.
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China has uncovered a money laundering scheme involving the digital yuan. How does money laundering work?
Chinese authorities have uncovered a 200 million yuan (~$28 million) money-laundering scheme where criminals used the digital yuan. Local newspaper Renmin Jibao writes about it. How does money laundering work?
It is reported that the criminals were detained in Fujian province. According to law enforcement authorities, the criminal group, led by Lai Moumou and Zheng Moumou, provided illegal services for the settlement of money to support gambling businesses. It is also noted that the group formed entire cells throughout China and worked on money laundering.
This is the second reported case of the digital yuan appearing in illegal activities. Earlier, the editorial board wrote that the People’s Bank of China decided to amend the digital yuan model after authorities uncovered an eleven-person criminal cell that used the digital state currency to launder money.
According to local media reports, the scammers used phishing to obtain the digital state currency, which they later ran through banks and payment systems. The amount of the fraud was not disclosed. However, it remains unclear whether the incident was the reason for the digital currency changes.
Work on the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) or DCEP, as representatives of the financial regulator themselves call the project, has been underway since 2014. In this case, the head of the Chinese Central Bank Yi Gang, noted that the financial institution has no clear timetable for the launch of the digital yuan. The banker drew attention to the fact that information about the pilot release of the digital asset and related initiatives should not be equated with the official release of the virtual yuan.
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FBI tracked Colonial Pipeline hackers through Chainalysis
Recently, Colonial Pipeline has been hacked again. But the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) could identify Colonial Pipeline hackers through analytics firm Chainalysis. It is reported by Bloomberg, citing representatives of the firm.
It is not clear how exactly the FBI could identify the attackers. It is alleged that Chainalysis collects a large amount of data from the blockchain and also relies on off-network information received from customers. The analytics firm uses machine learning and statistical analysis to figure out where and to whom cryptocurrency might be sent.
In May 2021, a group of hackers called DarkSide hacked and shut down the Colonial Pipeline, one of the largest oil pipelines in the United States, causing a fuel shortage on the East Coast. As a ransom, the hackers demanded that 75 BTC be transferred to an anonymous wallet. Colonial Pipeline hackers then apologized.
Earlier in September, analysts at Group-IB found that the number of cryptocurrency-related fraud sites rose to 2,000 in the first half of 2022, a 335% increase over the entire 2021. At the same time, just over 60% of all fraudulent crypto-sites are registered through Russian providers.
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Is Kraken a good crypto exchange? Kraken has no plans to change its listing due to SEC complaints
Cryptocurrency exchange Kraken is not going to remove from its listing tokens that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) compares to securities. Cryptocurrency exchange Kraken CEO Dave Ripley told Reuters.
Is Kraken a good crypto exchange?
Recall, earlier media revealed that the U.S. exchange regulator has organized an investigation into the actions of cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase to list tokens. The reason for launching the investigation was the SEC’s suspicions that Coinbase opened American users’ access to transactions with cryptocurrencies, which can be classified as securities.
However, despite the investigation, the exchange regulator did not sue Coinbase, which has already surprised Ripple, which has long been in litigation with the SEC over the altcoin XRP.
The SEC sued Ripple back in late 2020. The regulator argues that XRP falls under the definition of securities, but the California-based startup disagrees. While the verdict on the lawsuit between the SEC and Ripple probably won’t appear until late 2022, Coinbase was one of the first cryptocurrency exchanges to remove XRP from its listing.
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