FBI: Gamers participated in the kidnapping of cryptocurrencies for $3.3 million
According to the newspaper Chicago Sun— Times, the FBI suspects two players in Call of Duty that they helped steal more than $3 million in the cryptocurrency.
It all started with the fact that a gamer has applied to the Federal Bureau of investigation with the complaint that he began to receive threats from the hackers. The criminals demanded to help in the theft of cryptocurrency, threatening in case of refusal to make him a target of the SWAT. Have in mind that the hackers threatened to contact the special police unit, the Russian analogue of SWAT, and to announce that the crime has occurred. After that broke into the house would be the assault group. Starting the investigation, the FBI traced a group of hackers that managed to steal at least $3.3 million in the cryptocurrency.
Citing FBI sources, the newspaper writes:
Members of the hacker group gave the gamer names, phone numbers and other personal data of the victims. He admitted that he had helped them to access phones more than 100 people, owners of cryptocurrencies, after hackers managed to steal from their accounts digital assets.
Hackers have been doing for several years. During this time they managed to kidnap a certain number of “reputation token” (REP) from the platform of the predictions of the Augur, where people mostly do it in cryptocurrency. In December 2016, the company that created Augur, asked the FBI. The value of the stolen at that stage of the tokens made up of $805 000.
Chicago Sun— Times quoted FBI containing the recorded conversation of a gamer from Bloomington with another suspect player from Dolton, Il:
January 31, 2017, he said on the chat the other suspect that trying to “scrape” the remains of the victim, which the group has kidnapped investment in Augur. Another suspect said to him: “LOL, Hakam the entire planet”.
The suspect claims that only worked with Augur and the FBI:
Personally, I have never profited from hacking.
He also told the reporter that helped to crack less than 100 phones that appear in the FSB.
August 1 this year, the staff of the Federal Bureau of investigation broke into the home of one of the suspects in Dolton and seized computers and mobile phones. Investigators believe that the hackers transferred in their wallets at least $3.3 million in various cryptocurrencies.
The case will be considered by the Prosecutor of the Federal district court in San Francisco. While the FBI did not name names of suspects.
According to the materials of the CSO