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Crypto Exchange Worker Who Stole From Users Detained In Ukraine

12:38 11/02/2019
Crypto Exchange Worker Who Stole From Users Detained In Ukraine

Ukrainian cyber police arrested a 35-year-old Kiev Oblast resident who stole cryptocurrencies worth more than $26,000 from users of a British crypto exchange, as reported on the department’s website.


The detainee worked in technical support of a British exchange, the name of which was not disclosed. Misusing his official position and access to clients' accounts, the fraudster has been stealing bitcoins and altcoins for several months.


The scammer intentionally chose accounts of users who were inactive for a long time, or who had not passed the authentication procedure. Then he created backup addresses in the wallets or changed existing ones, which allowed him to further recover passwords and withdraw cryptos.


The man spent the stolen funds on virtual slot machines. Ukrainian police found digital evidence that confirms the illegal actions of the hacker.


Preliminarily, the scammer is accused of unauthorized interference in computers and automated systems. In addition, investigators may charge him on suspicion of stealing funds according to the Criminal Code of Ukraine.


Сyber police officers started to audit a number of crypto exchangers, through which the fraudster converted and withdrew the stolen assets. Also, the policemen are searching for victims of the scam.


At the end of the last year, the Ukrainian cyber police detained a hacker who spread a stealer malware to collect billing information. Infected devices transmitted passwords, logins, and data on crypto wallets to the fraudster.


Previously, a British hacker was charged with stealing cryptocurrencies worth $11 million.

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