Yesterday, the U.S. Department of justice accused the 12 Russians in a Federal crime associated with the election of President in 2016. It is noteworthy that to Finance its activities, the suspects used the cryptocurrency. This writes Cointelegraph.
Bitcoin and Russian hackers
According to the published document of the Department, the citizens of the two divisions of the foreign intelligence GRU used Bitcoin for funding of hacker attacks on a network of computers of the US Democratic Party. The suspects are also accused of disrupting the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton and the attack on technology companies in the country.
The chief judge of the district of Columbia claims that the Russians used the crypt for the purchase of accounts and servers, which later gained access to private networks using phishing attacks. Thereafter, the defendants collected thousands of stolen emails and documents to publish them on DCLeaks.com. As declare the authorities, Russian citizens were posing as American activists.
The report of the Ministry of justice does not imply that the actions of the criminals “have changed the counting of votes or influenced the results of the presidential elections of 2016”.
The indictment consists of 11 separate pieces, including accusations of money laundering 95 000 dollars via a cryptocurrency. Representatives of the Ministry of justice clarified that mining crypto-currencies, which paid for a domain DCLeaks.com also financed hacker attack.
We will remind, it not the first criminal case linking the Department and cryptocurrencies. In late may, the U.S. Department of justice is beginning an investigation of price manipulation on the stock market.
I hope this attitude of the authorities to cryptocurrencies will become tougher.
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