Forbes published an article about a new industry that has cropped up that promise victims of crypto scams to spend more money in order to recover their already-lost sums, with scant evidence that they regularly work as advertised. Multiple U.S. financial and law enforcement agencies generally tell scam victims to treat these services with a healthy dose of skepticism. That’s because even if one of these companies is involved, law enforcement still has to do its own independent investigation — for which victims aren’t charged. Plus, no private company has the authority to compel the freezing, much less the seizure, of crypto assets held at an exchange. [Read more at Forbes]
Over 13 million ($3.5 million) ALGO has reportedly been stolen between 19th to 21th of February, over 12 accounts have been affected. Most of the stolen ALGO was transferred to the ChangeNow, a non-custodial crypto exchange that operates without extending know-your-customer (KYC) to all its users. However, the ChangeNOW team has implemented anti-money laundering (AML) mechanisms designed to detect fraud and filter suspicious transactions, and had halted $1.5 million of suspicious ALGO and USDC transactions on the Algorand blockchain and stopped the malicious actors from accessing the stolen funds any further. [Read more at AlgoDaddy]
There may be a connection with MyAlgo web-based non-custodial wallets, which recently reported a targeted attack carried out against a group of high-profile MyAlgo accounts. MyAlgo wallets keep users’ encrypted private keys on their local devices, accessed using passwords and mnemonic phrases. However, being a web-based wallet, it is vulnerable to phishing attacks. According to MyAlgo, it appears that the attacked users all had significant funds in their accounts and were using mnemonic wallets with the key stored in the browser. None were using hardware wallets. The firm is strongly advising all users to withdraw any funds from mnemonic wallets that were stored in MyAlgo.
- I’ll be providing a (probably virtual) update on global central bank digital currency (CBDC) developments at the Digital Euro Association Digital Euro Conference on March 31 in Frankfurt. [Register here]
- I’ll be moderating a panel on “what happens when the lights go out…different schemes for offline functionality” at the in-person Digital Currency Conference (DCC) in Mexico City on May 18. [Register here]
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