Category: Theft

Bitgo Obtains $100M Insurance Policy to Cover Crypto Assets

Cryptocurrency wallet service provider Bitgo has secured a $100 million policy through Lloyd’s insurance to cover crypto assets that are completely under the company’s control, such as those held in its business wallet and custody offerings. The policy covers issues like insider theft by employees, loss or damage of private keys and hacks. Also read: Survey […]

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Crypto-Stealing SIM Swapper Pleads Guilty, Gets 10 Years in Prison

Joel Ortiz, a college student who allegedly stole cryptocurrency worth over $5 million, has pleaded guilty and accepted a 10-year prison sentence. Ortiz was arrested last year and accused of hijacking the phone numbers of around 40 people. He is now the first person to be sentenced for the crime, commonly known as SIM swapping. […]

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Italian Court Orders Bitgrail Founder to Refund $170M of ‘Missing’ Cryptocurrency

Italian Court Orders Bitgrail Founder Firano to Refund $170M of 'Missing' CryptocurrencyAn Italian court has ruled that Francesco Firano, founder of defunct cryptocurrency exchange Bitgrail, was at fault for the disappearance of $170 million worth of the nano digital currency on his exchange last year. Firano, who called himself “The Bomber,” is now “required to return as much of the assets to his customers as possible.” Also […]

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Civil Forfeiture Is State-Sanctioned Theft

Civil Forfeiture Is State-Sanctioned TheftEver since 1929, the FBI has shared annual crime statistics via the Uniform Crime Reporting Program. Each year, it breaks down criminal activity into such categories as homicide, weapons, human trafficking, and hate crime. One category that is noticeably absent from the report is civil asset forfeiture. In the eyes of the law, this is […]

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Chatter Report: Luke Says Segwit Harmful to BTC, Baker Explains Stablecoin Regulation

Luke Says Segwit Harmful to BTC, Baker Comments on Stablecoin RegulationIn today’s roundup of crypto chatter, Luke Dash Jr. voices concerns that segwit is bad for BTC because it leads to centralization. Also, Brad Mills shares his insight after using Cointext. Lastly, Lawson Baker, Blake Moore and Andreas Brekken discuss how regulation affects stablecoins. Also read: Bitcoin and Market-Related Headlines Dominated Crypto News Coverage in […]

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Bitcoin History Part 7: The First Major Hack

Hacks and heists have been a threat for as long as bitcoin has been worth stealing. By 2011, as Bitcoin was easing into its second year of life and its first bubble, early cryptocurrency exchanges were bringing liquidity and price discovery to the nascent ecosystem. At the same time, they were providing an outlet for […]

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Wendy McElroy: Avoiding Fraud by Going Crypto-Anarchist

Avoiding Fraud By Going Crypto-AnarchistThe Satoshi Revolution: A Revolution of Rising Expectations Section 5: Saving the World Through Anarchism Chapter 11, Part 8 Avoiding Fraud By Going Crypto-Anarchist A transfer on the blockchain is a simplistic peer-to-peer contract, which memorializes the terms for those involved and is seen to be valid by the surrounding community through transparency. It is […]

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Wendy McElroy: How the Blockchain Provides Private Justice

How the Blockchain Provides Private JusticeThe Satoshi Revolution: A Revolution of Rising Expectations Section 5: Saving the World Through Anarchism Chapter 11, Part 6 How the Blockchain Provides Private Justice The key to…an anarcho-capitalist court system is found in the concept of a “personal judiciary”. [Acting as your own judge.]…The courts’ purpose is to enable men to settle disputes so […]

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Turkish Police Detain 11 Suspects in Bitcoin Theft Case

Turkish Police Detain 11 Suspects in Bitcoin Theft CaseThe cybercrime unit of the Turkish police has detained 11 people suspected of hacking into emails, user accounts and cryptocurrency wallets. The operation was launched after law enforcement received a number of complaints from victims who lost digital cash.   Also read: Church Mining Cryptocurrency to Pay Higher Electricity Rates               Hackers Steal $80,000 Worth of […]

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Regulations Roundup: Shenzhen Court Recognizes Bitcoin, Coinbase Lawsuit Dismissed

Regulations Roundup: Shenzhen Court Recognizes Bitcoin, Motion to Dismiss Coinbase Case GrantedIn recent regulatory news, a Shenzhen court has ruled in favor of protecting an “equity transfer agreement” involving bitcoin, the judge presiding over a class action lawsuit against Coinbase has granted a motion to dismiss, and an Australian woman has been arrested for stealing 100,000 XRP following a 10-month investigation. Also Read: Regulations Roundup: SEC Considers […]

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African Cryptocurrency Exchanges Forced to Step up Security

African Digital Currency Exchanges Step up Security to Safeguard Investor FundsCryptocurrency exchanges in some of Africa’s biggest bitcoin markets have been forced to rethink their security to thwart persistent attacks from hackers, a trend that has troubled trading platforms all around the world. Also read: Cointext Launches Bitcoin Cash SMS Wallet in Argentina and Turkey The Worst Yet to Come for African Exchanges Exchanges in the […]

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Wendy McElroy: Crypto-Idealism Is the Future That Crypto-Statists Need to Defame

Crypto-Idealism Is the Future That Crypto-Statists Need to DefameThe Satoshi Revolution: A Revolution of Rising Expectations Section 4: State Versus Society Chapter 10, Part 5 Crypto-Idealism is the Future that Crypto-Statists Need to Defame by Wendy McElroy [A]ll those who used their knowledge in a bid to enact social change saw cryptography as a tool to enhance individual privacy and to shift power […]

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Japanese Regulators Urgently Respond to Zaif’s Hack

Japanese Regulators Urgently Respond to Zaif's HackFollowing the hack of Zaif, one of Japan’s regulated crypto exchanges, the country’s financial regulator immediately responded, launching an emergency inspection of the exchange and a survey of all other crypto exchanges. Finance Minister Taro Aso has also commented on the situation. In addition, the recently established self-regulatory body has asked all exchanges to inspect […]

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Japanese Regulated Exchange Zaif Hacked – Nearly 6000 BTC Stolen

Japanese Regulated Exchange Zaif Hacked – Nearly 6000 BTC StolenJapanese government-approved cryptocurrency exchange Zaif has confirmed that it has been hacked. After a preliminary investigation, the exchange says at least 5,966 BTC have been stolen, with an estimated total damage of $60 million. Some of the stolen coins belong to the exchange but the majority belong to customers. Also read: 160 Crypto Exchanges Seek to […]

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Student Faces Charges for Stealing $5 Million in Crypto via “SIM Jacking”

Student Faces Charges for Stealing $5 Million in Crypto via "SIM Jacking"Motherboard has reportedly obtained court documents pertaining to the arrest of Joel Ortiz, a 20-year-old from Boston, who is accused of stealing $5 million USD in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Mr. Ortiz and his currently unidentified accomplices stole crypto from roughly 40 victims through a hacking technique known as “SIM jacking.” Also Read: Archaeologists Argue Micronesian […]

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Regulations Round-Up: Holland Targets Electricity Theft, MI Republican Wants More Oversight

In recent regulatory news, Dutch police have reported an increase in electricity fraud associated with crypto mining, a Michigan Republican member of the House Financial Services Committee has urged Congress to make the development of clear guidelines overseeing the cryptocurrency industry a top priority, and digital currency advocacy group, Chamber of Digital Commerce, has published […]

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Wendy McElroy: Does Your Money Serve the State or You?

Does Your Money Serve the State or You?The Satoshi Revolution: A Revolution of Rising Expectations Section 4: State Versus Society Chapter 9, Part 4 Does Your Money Serve the State or You? The State, in short, subjects people, whereas Society associates them voluntarily. – Felix Morley Two simple litmus tests determine whether money serves the state (organized force) or whether it serves […]

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Bithumb Reveals 11 Cryptocurrencies Lost and Plan to Compensate Customers

Bithumb Reveals 11 Cryptocurrencies Lost and Plan to Compensate CustomersSouth Korean crypto exchange Bithumb has announced the 11 cryptocurrencies stolen in last week’s theft and the amount of each coin missing. A compensation plan has also been unveiled for the equivalent value of the lost coins in an undetermined cryptocurrency. Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space Only Half As Much Crypto […]

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Coinsecure Exchange Reveals Compensation Plan With a Catch

Coinsecure Exchange Reveals Compensation Plan With a CatchThe Delhi-based cryptocurrency trading platform Coinsecure has officially announced its claims process for customers who were affected by the culprit who stole 438 BTC from exchange this past April. The firm plans to compensate Coinsecure users with Indian rupee as long as they sign an agreement that releases the company from any future liability. Also […]

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Bithumb Lowers Theft Estimate – Will Fully Repay Customers Despite Deficient Insurance

Bithumb Lowers Theft Estimate - Will Fully Repay Customers Despite Deficient InsuranceSouth Korean exchange Bithumb has lowered its theft estimate from the original amount after undergoing some of the recovery process. The exchange promises to fully repay customers using its own fund even though its insurance is unlikely to cover the loss. Also read: Yahoo! Japan Confirms Entrance Into the Crypto Space Theft Amount Reduced South Korea’s […]

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