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How data analytics led to ransomware-linked money laundering bust
The Binance cryptocurrency exchange has explained how advances in data analytics helped it track down a small grouping of money launderers involved with various cybercrimes, such as the notorious Clop ransomware scam.
Ukrainian police announced the arrest of people and the takedown of infrastructure related to the ‘Clop’ransomware operation earlier this month.
Binance’s statement confirms that those arrested were cashing out and darkode Market – http://business-loans.website/blogs/viewstory/125970 laundering funds, as opposed to being behind the creation of the ransomware.
The group – also referred to as FANCYCAT – had their fingers in numerous criminal scams including laundering money for dark web operators along with ransomware peddlers.
Follow the (digital) money
Analogous with drug dealers, the funds extracted from victims through criminal activity such as for instance ransomware must be disguised before they can be safely spent in actuality to get goods. That’s because any funds tied back to criminal activity can become the target of forfeiture orders.
Even if money is already in digital form there is a need to launder it, with abusing exchanges being among the main techniques in play.
“Blockchain analysis shows a network of money launderers living inside macro exchanges which deposit and withdraw to one another to wash the amount of money,” according to Binance, the Cayman Islands-domiciled crypto exchange.
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