The Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) arrested terrorists that required bitcoin in return rather than blowing up buildings in the country’s capital.
Based on a post on SSU’s Facebook webpage, two 60-year-old guys posted a newspaper note on a apartment building in Kyiv threatening to blow up that building or a different one if they didn’t get 50 BTC for their bitcoin address.
To prove that they were severe, the alleged terrorists detonated a small bomb near a subway station on July 21 and called the police twice, reporting bombs were planted in different places in Kyiv, which those activities were associated with the explosion close to the subway station.
After assessing cell phone data and road camera footage, the SSU arrested two suspects.
“Despite their advanced age, they learned how various criminals have been using crypto and hoped to avoid punishment after getting money in a digital wallet,” composed Anton Herashchenko, deputy minister in the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs, on his Facebook page.
The bitcoin wallet speech on the danger note has just one incoming trade on record, getting 0.00012258 BTC on July 22 in an unknown address. Based on data in Crystal Blockchain trade tracing applications, the cash came into the pocket from the LocalBitcoins market via nine jumps through other speeches, including many trades to the Russian dark marketplace Hydra.
In December 2019, a string of bomb threats interrupted work at universities, courthouses, shopping malls and airports in Russia, together with anonymous terrorists claiming to be defrauded consumers of their defunct WEX exchange and demanding 120 BTC.
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