Crypto Thief Indicted in New York’s First SIM Swapping Prosecution

Manhattan’s District Attorney (DA) announced the indictment of an individual for stealing identities and funds, including crypto, via a process known as SIM swapping. The announcement was made in an official press release from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office on Feb. 1. The defendant, Dawson Bakies, has been accused of…

CookieMiner Malware Tries to Hack Mac Users’ Cryptocurrency Exchange Accounts, Report

A new form of malware steals cookies from cryptocurrency exchanges and other data in an attempt to hack user accounts, cybersecurity research team Palo Alto Networks reported on Jan. 31. CookieMiner, a progression of OSX.DarthMiner, is a malware targets Mac users, stealing saved Google Chrome passwords, iPhone SMS messages and…

Singapore: Regulator Warns of Online Scam Claiming Gov’t Adoption of Crypto

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has warned the public against an alleged scam claiming that a cryptocurrency is officially adopted by the government, according to an official statement on Jan. 29. MAS, which is both Singapore’s central bank and the country’s financial regulator, writes that the fraudulent scheme is…

Research Reveals $1.7 Billion Obtained via Crypto Thefts and Scams in 2018

About $1.7 billion in cryptocurrency had been obtained via illicit means in 2018, according to research published by crypto analytics company CipherTrace on Jan. 29. Of that $1.7 billion, over $950 million was stolen from crypto exchanges, representing a 3.6 times increase over 2017. On the other hand, at least…

Malta’s Financial Watchdog Warns Global Investors Against ‘Bitcoin Revolution’ Scam

The Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) has issued a warning against an alleged global scam scheme known as “Bitcoin Revolution,” according to an official document published today, Jan. 25. According to the Maltese regulator, the alleged crypto scam represents a typical get-rich-quick scheme, and operates through the website the-bitcoinrevolution.org and…