Three U.S. financial agencies have conducted a series of "policy sprints" around cryptocurrency assets and related regulatory gaps, and plan to amend existing guidance and regulations to address security and market risks, the Board of Governors for the Federal Reserve said this week.
More than $12 billion has been lost in decentralized finance, or DeFi, applications in 2021 - $10.8 billion of which is attributed to fraud and theft, a 600% increase from 2020, according to a new report from blockchain analytics firm Elliptic.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of how cybercriminals are turning to cryptomixing services to conceal the proceeds of ransomware activities from law enforcement officials. Also featured: Criminals exploit a misconfigured FBI server and the future of zero trust.
Cryptocurrency-using criminals continue to rely on services designed to launder their virtual currency to give them "clean coins" that are tougher for law enforcement to trace. Experts say such services are widely marketed on cybercrime forums, and sometimes provided directly to ransomware groups' affiliates.
Ari Redbord of TRM Labs, who has had an extensive career in law enforcement, points out that 2020 was a pivotal year for putting cybersecurity on the agenda throughout the government. He discusses securing cryptocurrecy, the blockchain and other elements of the "digital battlefield."
Four editors at ISMG discuss important cybersecurity issues, including law enforcement agencies' crackdown on ransomware operations, how banks are building their technology stacks to counter card fraud and whether the "work from anywhere" model is beneficial for employees in the long term.
U.S. SEC Commissioner Caroline Crenshaw urges DeFi developers to approach the financial regulator in an effort to bring projects in line with existing securities laws. Though praising the DeFi's innovative nature, the commissioner says it lacks transparency and is hindered by on-chain pseudonymity.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury has blacklisted cryptocurrency exchange Chatex, along with a network of entities the department says support it, for allegedly facilitating ransomware-related financial transactions. This action effectively bars Americans from doing business with the company.
The U.S. deputy attorney general said this week that the nation is ramping up efforts to cripple ransomware operations and other cybercrime through arrests and seizures of ransom payments. The Biden administration has called ransomware a threat to national security and an economic threat.
International law enforcement officials on Tuesday announced that some 150 suspects have been arrested globally for buying or selling illegal goods, following a 10-month sting operation, code name "Operation DarkHunTOR," targeting the dark web.
Following an outage of the REvil - aka Sodinokibi - ransomware operation due to coordinated law enforcement efforts involving the U.S. and foreign partners, the operators behind DarkSide ransomware have moved bitcoin worth almost $7 million to multiple new wallets, making it more difficult to track.
In the latest weekly update, four ISMG editors discuss: a federal judge imposing the maximum sentences on a hacker who pleaded guilty to conspiracy and aggravated identity theft, regulators getting tougher on cryptocurrency lending platforms and the return to in-person roundtables.