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Has A Student Attempted To Hack The West Virginia Voting Blockchain?

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Has A Student Attempted To Hack The West Virginia Voting Blockchain?

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating whether a student at the University of Michigan attempted to hack the West Virginia’s voting app.

United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, Mike Stuart, wrote that the FBI is investigating the “unsuccessful attempted intrusion” by an outside party to gain access to the Voatz app, a mobile app that was used to collect ballots from overseas and military voters in the 2018 election. Stuart said that during the West Virginia’s 2018 election cycle his office was alerted by West Virginia’s Secretary of State, Mac Warner, who identified activity that may have been an attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Voatz voting app. The blockchain-based application uses a multitude of security layers for identity verification, such as facial recognition, thumbprints, and voter-verified ballot receipts. Warner said:

“Every safeguard designed for the system was very successful and worked as designed: to gain as much information as possible, and protect the sanctity of the voters’ identities and ballots. Although the details of the investigation cannot be disclosed, we can say that no votes were altered, impacted, viewed or in any way tampered with.”

Warner added that there is no evidence “that even a single vote was changed in the 2018 election,” adding:

“Because of our hard work and our investments, all of our systems worked according to plan, and more robust security measures and protocols are being deployed ahead of 2020.”

Warner’s office communicated to the FBI that the activity of the attempt came from IP addresses linked to the University of Michigan. The FBI is now looking into a person or persons who might have tried to hack the voting app as part of a course on election security.

It was previously reported that Warner’s office communicated to the FBI that the activity of the attempt came from IP addresses linked to the University of Michigan. The FBI is now looking into a person or persons who might have tried to hack the voting app as part of a course on election security.

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Singapore Man – In Custody For Using Stolen Cloud Computing Power To Mine Cryptocurrency

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Singapore Man - In Custody For Using Stolen Cloud Computing Power To Mine Cryptocurrency

A Singaporean man faces a 34-year jail sentence after being charged for running a cryptocurrency mining operation using stolen identity data to gain access to cloud computing services.

Ho Jun Jia, also known as Matthew Ho, was charged under an indictment of 14 counts, allegedly for mining digital assets using stolen Amazon Web Servies (AWS) and Google Cloud computing power. Ho paid for these services using a credit card and identity data stolen from multiple victims in California and Texas. The indictment explained:

“HO used victims’ personal and stolen credit card information, along with phony email addresses, which he created, designed to spoof the authentic email account of identity-theft victims, to open accounts and to obtain access to cloud computing services.”

The indictment added that HO used his access to these computing services to mine cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and ether, which was sold and exchanged for fiat currency through online vendor websites. While the indictment didn’t disclose the amount of money made through these operations, it claimed that Ho consumed more than $5 million in unpaid cloud computing services.

Indeed, a U.S. Department of Justice press release said that for a brief period during the few months Ho’s scheme was active, it was one of AWS’s largest consumers of data by volume. The charges in the indictment remain allegations and the case is still being investigated by the Seattle office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. HO faces a total of 34 years in prison – up to 20 years for wire fraud, up to 10 years for access device fraud, and aggravated identity theft all to run consecutively.

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Hacker Gives Back Ethereum Domains They Got In Auction Bug

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Hacker Gives Back Ethereum Domains They Got In Auction Bug

The hacker who stole 17 Ethereum domain names during the Ethereum Name Service’s (ENS) auction decided to return them all.

On Oct. 4, digital-collectibles marketplace OpenSea said that all of the stolen ENS names were returned successfully and that bidding on domain names will restart again in the coming weeks. In the beginning of September, the ENS bidding process was exploited by a hacker who managed to steal 17 domain names for lower bids than other users placed. OpenSea, who ran the auction, explained that a bug distributed ENS domains to participants who did not hold the highest bid. The stolen domain names, which included apple.eth, defi.eth, wallet.eth, and pay.eth were all blacklisted and the hacker was promised an attractive offer for returning the domain names. OpenSea said:

“We appreciate the work you’ve done exposing vulnerabilities in the auction system. […] To compensate for the work you’ve done to expose these vulnerabilities, we’re prepared to offer you 25% of the winning bid price of each name you return. We’ll also refund your purchase price.”

One domain, coffeshop.eth, has already received a bid of 100 wrapped Ether (WETH), worth around $14,000 at press time.

Australian citizen Katherine Nguyen pleaded guilty to stealing $450,000 in XRP in January 2018. She hacked into the email account of a man with the same last name and proceeded to steal all of his XRP, before unlocking his account two days later. Cybercrime Squad Commander Arthur Katsogiannis said at the time:

“It’s a very significant crime and it’s the first we know of its type in Australia where an individual has been arrested and charged for the technology-enabled theft of cryptocurrency.”

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Commodity Futures Trading Commission Charges Person With $7 Million Fraud

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Commodity Futures Trading Commission Charges Person With $7 Million Fraud

The United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) charged a United States resident with a $7 million Bitcoin (BTC)-related fraud. In an official news release published on Sept. 30, the regulator revealed that Jon Barry Thompson of Easton, Pennsylvania, is charged with “knowingly or recklessly making false representations to customers in connection with the purported purchase of Bitcoins worth over $7 million.”

The official document alleges that — contrary to his claims — neither Thompson nor a company with which he was affiliated had possession or control over the Bitcoins that he pledged to deliver to two clients. The agency claims that after receiving the clients’ funds, Thompson sent virtually all of the money to some third parties. The purported BTC was not delivered to the clients while their funds were not safeguarded as promised. 

Thompson is further accused of having lied to the customers about the location of the Bitcoins, the reasons the transaction was not completed, and the status of their funds. The case was brought before the court in connection with the CFTC’s Division of Enforcement Virtual Currencies Task Force. The agency seeks restitution, disgorgement, civil monetary penalties, permanent trading and registration bans, and a permanent injunction against all further violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and the CFTC’s regulations.

CFTC Director of Enforcement James McDonald issued a statement about the case, noting that:

“Rooting out misconduct involving crypto assets is essential to furthering the responsible development of this nascent space. The CFTC will continue to work to hold fraudsters accountable, and where appropriate, operate in parallel with our criminal law enforcement colleagues.”

A recent controversy involving the CFTC was sparked by LedgerX’s claim that the agency’s former chairman, Christopher Giancarlo, obstructed the approval of its amended Derivatives Clearing Organization registration because of personal bias against LedgerX CEO Paul Chou.

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