The U.S. Attorney General has seized a domain name on COVID-19 fraudulent after its owner tried to sell it in exchange for Bitcoin (BTC).
The measure complies with Attorney General William Barr’s request that the department issue Priority too Detection and tracing of illegal activities related to the coronavirus pandemic.
A court order from the U.S. Department of Justice. claims that the owner of coronaprevention.org offered the domain for sale “in a hacker forum”. the day after President Donald Trump declared a national emergency in response to COVID-19.
The ad advertised the domain as an effective means of selling “high-demand products.”and rates the website with a reward.
The fraudster is trying to send domain COVID-19 for USD 500
An affidavit in the order of Michael Johnson, a special agent from Homeland Security Investigationsor HSI since 2003 Claims that an HSI representative posted the domain owner on the forum on April 13.
The HSI agent He pretended to sell fake corona virus test kits, which the website owner called “genius.”They added that they intended to sell fraudulent evidence, but “could not raise enough money to buy them in bulk on Alibaba.”
The owner requested $ 500 in BTC for the domainand the HSI agent made a partial payment on April 20.
As such Johnson states that there is a likely reason that the domain owner “washed money instruments, caused money laundering, and sponsored and instigated money laundering.”.
The domain was withdrawn and forwarded to the Ministry of Justice’s confiscation notice.
Sellers in the dark internet use the COVID-19
The coronavirus pandemic has caused vendors in the dark web markets to publish a long list of fraudulent articles related to COVID-19.
Along with antidotes and counterfeit vaccines, surgical masks, hand disinfectants and even toilet paper They are sold in many Darknet markets at an exorbitant price.
In As an extreme example, a provider was identified who allegedly offers blood and saliva samples infected with COVID-19.
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