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Drug Enforcement Administration Awards 130K Contract to Chainalysis

June G. Bauer

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The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has awarded Chainalysis with a $134,000 USD contract for a one year license to use their platform track cryptocurrencies used in drug related activities in Dark Web.

Cyber criminals are using Dark Web to hide their tracks when performing illegal activities like drug trafficking. Bitcoin and Monero cryptocurrencies are the preferred mode of payment for purchases on the dark web as they are hard to trace.

Authorities have deployed a wide array of different techniques to identify and ultimately convict dark web drug dealers, child pornographers, and more in the past several years.

Chainalysis has charting capabilities that have been used to show investigators how Bitcoin transactions are conducted and how they can be used as a tool to identify targets, the Bitcoin Exchanges they are using , and how to subpoena the exchanges for personally identifying information and bank information of targets . The identification of the wallets allows investigators to identify the level of trafficking conducted by the target , as well as the assets that can be seized when a search warrant takes placeChainalysis is currently being used to track targets in Canada , China , United Kingdom ,and within the United States.

Chainalysis has provided the authorities with cryptocurrency analytical tool used to help identify drug traffickers and trace their assets. This tool will be used by analysts in OSI and OSS to support field investigat i ons that involve the use of cryptocurrency . It will enhance other tools and techniques being currently used in OSS and OSI by helping to deanonyrnize the target and identify cryptocurrency exchanges the person is using.

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Bitcoin Demand Surges in Lebanon

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Demand for bitcoin is jumping in Lebanon after the country is facing one the worst financial crisis since the 1975-90 civil war. According to Saida Online (a popular Lebanese news portal), many Lebanese have investors also considered BTC as a store of value and a hedge against the aggressive expansionary monetary policies adopted by the central bank of Lebanon.

Protests that have swept Lebanon since Oct. 17 have added to pressures in the financial system, deepening a hard currency crunch that has left many importers unable to bring in goods, forced up prices and increased fears of financial collapse. The protests, fueled by rage against a ruling class seen as looting Lebanon, have slowed an already weak economy. Many businesses have shed jobs or slashed salaries and moved workers onto part time.

The crisis has shaken confidence in a banking system that has been a cornerstone of Lebanon’s post-war stability. Several Lebanese banks have imposed new caps on interest rates on deposits and pay savers half the interest due on foreign currency holdings in Lebanese pounds.

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are not fully legalized in Lebanon, yet many investors in Lebanon are currently trading bitcoin through Whatsapp and Telegram groups.

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BitClub Network Founders Are Charged in $722 Million Cryptocurrency Ponzi Scheme

June G. Bauer

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The creators of BitClub Network website were charged with helping to run a $722 million cryptocurrency fraud that amounted to a “high-tech Ponzi scheme,” U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito in New Jersey said in a statement.

The BitClub Network claimed that users can earn daily profits from a so called shared mining pools. The website owners have created a referral program so they can trick more users to join their Ponzi scheme.

What they allegedly did amounts to little more than a modern, high-tech Ponzi scheme that defrauded victims of hundreds of millions of dollars. Working with our law enforcement partners here and across the country, we will ensure that these scammers are held to account for their crimes.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito said
A screenshot from Bitclub’s website

From its inception in 2014, BitClub Network was never about sharing crypto mining profits. The alleged scammers created false figures meant to demonstrate BitClub’s earnings from its bitcoin mining pool to its investors between April 2014 and December 2019.

The wire fraud conspiracy charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, and a fine of up to $250,000. The conspiracy to sell unregistered securities charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.    

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Video: Roger Ver: Bitcoin Cash Can Go Up a Thousand Times

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Roger Ver, founder of bitcoin.com, who’s known as “Bitcoin Jesus,” joins CNBC’s “Power Lunch” team to talk about the cryptocurrency markets, the price of Bitcoin and more.

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