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29 September 2020

US ramps up enforcement actions against global crypto scams

US ramps up enforcement actions against global crypto scams

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The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control announced it has imposed sanctions on two Russian nationals who used a sophistication phishing campaign to steal at least $16.8 million from the customers of three virtual currency exchanges in 2017 and 2018 — including two based in the United States.

The pair, Danil Potekhin and Dmitrii Karasavidi, created multiple websites impersonating legitimate crypto exchanges to steal the login information for unsuspecting victims, before using accounts verified with stolen identities to move the crypto assets through various intermediaries and execute pump and dump schemes targeting altcoins with low market capitalization.

Department of Justice announced that two hackers had been arrested in Malaysia in connection with computer hacking campaigns that targeted more than 100 companies, universities, governments, and non-profit organizations internationally.

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