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The New York hacker charged more than $ 94 million for Bitcoin card fraud

May 28, 2020

Vitalii Antonenkoa new yorker was accused from supposedly Take part in a Bitcoins card fraud According to a statement by the U.S. Attorney General for the Massachusetts District on May 27 of $ 94 million. Now 20 years in prison and fined $ 500,000.

Antonenko was arrested at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport in March 2019 After he came from Ukraine with devices that “contained hundreds of thousands of stolen payment card numbers”.

According to the prosecutor, the suspect and his accomplices They used SQL injection attacks to extract payment card data from vulnerable networks and then sell it in “online crime markets”, probably related to the Darknet.

The New York hacker charged more than $ 94 million for Bitcoin card fraudThe New York hacker charged more than $ 94 million for Bitcoin card fraud

In June 2019 The defense requested a psychiatric examination of his client after he showed signs of instability and claim that he worked secretly for the CIA.

Bitcoin’s trail

According to reports Police caught up with Antonenko after examining two Bitcoin wallets (BTC) used for a total of $ 94 million in transactions, of which at least $ 140,000 were eventually transferred to the suspect’s private wallet address. From 2014, Antonenko regularly exchanged the bitcoins he received from these wallets for Fiat for an unidentified person, according to the complaint.

As Senior Special Agent Peter Gannon explained Antonenko sold bitcoins below the market price, which led him to suspect the New Yorker he washed his money.

The U.S. authorities have been actively investigating crypto transactions related to darknet markets. Earlier this month, the Financial Crime Enforcement Network rewarded various federal agencies for $ 22 million in cryptocurrency seizures from Darknet operators.