US authorities on Thursday announced the halt of three major terrorist financing campaigns using cyberspace. As part of the operation, they gained control or intend do it over approximately three hundred bitcoin addresses used for financing terrorist organizations, writes The Block. We are talking about “Al-Qaeda” (banned in the Russian Federation), “Islamic State” (banned in the Russian Federation) and Hamas.
The US authorities announced the largest operation in history to seize cryptocurrency from terrorists
According to law enforcement officers, the latest operation “represents the largest ever seizure of cryptocurrency by the authorities in a terrorist context.” Analyst firm Chainalysis reported that it “returned over $ 1 million in cryptocurrency from terrorist financing campaigns and financial facilitators who ran unlicensed money transfer businesses.”.
“It should come as no surprise that our enemies are using modern technology, social media platforms and cryptocurrencies to carry out their malicious and violent programs,” said US Attorney General William Barr. “The Department of Justice is using all available resources to protect the lives and safety of American society from terrorist groups.”.
As part of the investigation, it was found that terrorists used the Telegram messenger, social networks, two websites, five accounts in unnamed financial institutions, twelve unnamed exchanges and personal addresses to attract funding and carry out their operations..
The operation involved the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service and the Immigration and Customs Police. As noted by Chainalysis in its blog, many addresses tracked by law enforcement officers belong to “various exchanges” of cryptocurrencies.
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