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Grant West: Hacker ordered to pay back almost £1m in cryptocurrency

Grant West: Hacker ordered to pay back almost £1m in cryptocurrency

A hacker who carried out cyber attacks on dozens of firms including Sainsbury's and Uber while living at a caravan park in Kent has been ordered to pay back more than £900,000 in cryptocurrency he had stashed away.

23 AUGUST 2019

India to Educate High-Ranking Police Officers on Cryptocurrency

India to Educate High-Ranking Police Officers on Cryptocurrency

India’s national police academy has launched a cryptocurrency course for high-ranking officers of the Indian Police Service. Among the objectives of the course are the functioning and legal aspects of cryptocurrencies, as well as investigations of cases involving digital coins. The Indian police continue to regularly uncover crypto-related schemes as the government deliberates on the regulatory framework for cryptocurrency.

8 JULY 2019

Malta Needs to Up Its AML Game As Crypto Sector Grows, Says EU

Malta Needs to Up Its AML Game As Crypto Sector Grows, Says EU

Malta needs to increase its levels of anti-money laundering (AML) policing to match the growth in financial services, according to the EU.

6 JUNE 2019

Brazilian Police Arrest Suspect for Money Laundering With Bitcoin

Brazilian Police Arrest Suspect for Money Laundering With Bitcoin

Brazilian police have arrested a man for operating a clandestine drug laboratory and using the leading cryptocurrency bitcoin (BTC) to launder the proceeds, Cointelegraph Brasil reported on April 24.

25 APRIL 2019

South Korean Police Confiscate Server Allegedly Linked to Bithumb Hack

South Korean Police Confiscate Server Allegedly Linked to Bithumb Hack

Last month, the South Korean exchange Bithumb lost about $13 million worth of cryptocurrency to hackers. While it initially appeared unlikely that the funds would ever be recovered, a recent police raid conducted in South Korea is giving hope that some of the money may be returned.

17 APRIL 2019

Canadian Police Freezes Assets of FUEL Token Issuers due to Alleged $22 Million Fraud

Canadian Police Freezes Assets of FUEL Token Issuers due to Alleged $22 Million Fraud

Canadian police have frozen assets of the founders of blockchain consulting firm Vanbex, which raised $22 million in an alleged fraudulent initial coin offering (ICO). The development was reported in a court document released on March 14.

1 APRIL 2019

Canadian Police Asks for Public Assistance to Identify Bitcoin Fraudsters

Canadian Police Asks for Public Assistance to Identify Bitcoin Fraudsters

Canadian police are seeking information on individuals alleged to be involved in defrauding Bitcoin (BTC) ATMs (BTMs), according to an announcement published by the Toronto Police Service on March 13.

14 MARCH 2019

Irish Auctioneer to Sell off 315 BTC Seized by Belgian Police

Irish auctioneer Wilsons Auctions is to sell off 315 bitcoins seized by the Belgian government in a drug trafficking case that involved the dark net. The 24-hour online auction will start at noon on Feb. 28.

21 FEBRUARY 2019

Police Mistake Crypto Mining Rigs For Drug Den in Raid Gone Wrong

Police in Adelaide, Australia raided the home of Rob Butvila expecting to find a marijuana grow room, but instead they found an elaborate crypto mining set up, complete with a ventilation system to keep heat the miners generate at bay.

13 FEBRUARY 2019

Indian Police Warn Public Against Investing in Cryptocurrencies

The police of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir have issued a public statement, warning the public against investing in cryptocurrencies, local business news daily the Business Standard reported on Jan. 2.

3 JANUARY 2019

Police Arrest 8 Over Alleged $68 Million Crypto Pyramid Scheme in Japan

Police in Tokyo have arrested eight men alleged to have run a cryptocurrency pyramid scheme that collected 7.8 billion yen (almost $69 million) from thousands of victims across the country.

15 NOVEMBER 2018

Delaware Helps Catch British Hacker Holding Over $200k in Bitcoin

Recent news shows Delaware playing an important role in the capture of British hacker Grant West. U.K. Authorities caught West last year and recovered $700,000 worth of Bitcoin.

26 OCTOBER 2018

Thailand Police Arrest Prime Suspect of $24 Million Bitcoin Fraud Scheme

Prinya Jaravijit, who is the principal suspect in swindling Finnish national Aarni Otava Saarimma out of bitcoin worth 797 million baht (approximately US$24 million) was arrested at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport on October 11, according to the Bangkok Post.

12 OCTOBER 2018

New Zealand Police Issues Public Alert Against Bitcoin Investment Scam

New Zealand’s police department has urged the public to be vigilant of online investment schemes offering heightened returns with investments in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.

27 SEPTEMBER 2018

Japanese Police to Fund Crypto Criminal Tracking Tool

Japan's National Police Agency (NPA) is to fund development of new software to help track individuals behind illicit crypto transactions.

31 AUGUST 2018

Police Arrest Hackers Alleged in $87 Million Crypto Theft

Chinese police from multiple cities have arrested three individuals who allegedly stole bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies worth around $87 million.

20 AUGUST 2018

MIT crypto system shares police data without wrecking investigations

Law enforcement routinely secures orders requiring that tech companies hand over data, but the targets of those requests don't always know if they've been under the microscope -- especially if there were never charges in the first place.

10 AUGUST 2018

Police Force Confiscates 295 Bitcoins from Criminal in UK First

A British county police force has become the first in the country to seize and exchange bitcoins discovered during a criminal investigation.

20 JULY 2018

Police seize more than eur 4.5 million in cryptocurrencies in europe’s biggest ever LSD bust

The Spanish Guardia Civil and the Austrian Federal Police, supported by Europol, have dismantled a criminal network producing and distributing synthetic drugs worldwide, known as new psychoactive substances (NPS), on the Darknet. The criminal group was also involved in money laundering their share of the profits by selling cryptocurrencies, mainly Bitcoins. More than EUR 4 500 000 in Bitcoins, IOTA and lumen was seized by law enforcement authorities.

2 JULY 2018

London Police Seize £500,000 in Bitcoin from “Cyber Crime Wave” Hacker

Described by his sentencing judge as a “one man cybercrime wave”, British hacker Grant West caused hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damages through his activities stealing and selling personal and financial information on the dark web.

29 MAY 2018

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