A 23-year-old woman has been arrested by the Sydney police for stealing $65,000 worth cryptocurrencies from a 56-year-old man.
Brisbane Times reported that the woman hacked the victim’s email account in January 2018. She used the two-step verification feature by changing the password and verifying it with her mobile number. She then sent 100,00 XRP to her account in China from the crypto accounts connected to the email account. The XRP were converted into Bitcoins and transferred to multiple e-wallets. The victim was able to acquire his account after two days, however, the woman had drained all his funds by that time.
Arthur Katsogiannis, Cybercrime Squad commander, said, “It’s a very significant crime and it’s the first we know of its type in Australia where an individual has been arrested and charged for the technology-enabled theft of cryptocurrency.”
Katsogiannis said that even though this crime is the first of its kind, it will become a norm in the coming years. He added that such incidents will prove to be dangerous for investors interested in cryptocurrencies.
news.com.au reported that the Public Order and Riot Squad (PORS) caught the woman at her parent’s house in Ebbing and seized all of her electronic devices. The woman is set to appear at Burwood Local Court on November 19.
Crypto Crimes Continue to Haunt Authorities
Last month, Oklahoma police arrested men for allegedly stealing $14 million really worth CMCT tokens from blockchain-primarily based IT company Crowd machine. The men were given hold of the sufferer’s SIM card and replaced it with a fakeone to use the previous to get admission to the crypto pockets.
In September 2018, eastern crypto change Zaif lost 6.7 billion yen ($60 million) worth cryptocurrenciesstored in hot wallets. This hack bore a resemblance to crypto exchange Coincheck’s hacking incident earlier this year. The alternatemisplaced $530 million worth NEM stored in hot wallets, while the price range saved in bloodless wallets remained safe. Following the hack, the monetary services employer (FSA) of Japan despatched business development orders to 6crypto exchanges consisting of Zaif.
Japan’s National Police Agency (NPA) recently published a report which explained that 158 crypto crimes were reported in the first half of 2018 alone. The agency added that 60% of these cases occurred due to the use of similar account and password details in various online accounts. With a total of 60 billion yen (approximately $534 million) stolen this year, XRP and BTC are considered the most targeted cryptocurrencies.
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