NYC Hacker Charged Over $94 Million Bitcoin-for-Cards Scheme

NYC Hacker Charged Over $94 Million Bitcoin-for-Cards Scheme
Vitalii Antonenko is facing up to 20 years in jail for selling sensitive data after the prosecution traced his Bitcoin wallet.

New York City occupant Vitalii Antonenko was charged for purportedly taking an interest in a $94 million Bitcoins-for-cards plot, as indicated by a May 27 articulation from the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts. He is currently looking as long as 20 years in prison and $500,000 in fines. 

Antonenko was captured in March 2019 at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport after he showed up there from Ukraine conveying gadgets "that held a huge number of taken installment card numbers". 

As indicated by the indictment, the suspect and his co-schemers utilized SQL infusion assaults to extricate installment card information from powerless systems, and afterward sold it on "online criminal commercial centers", likely alluding to the darknet. 

In June 2019, the barrier mentioned a mental assessment of their customer after he began giving indications of flimsiness and asserted he was subtly working for the CIA. 

Bitcoin trail 

The police purportedly found Antonenko in the wake of investigating two Bitcoin (BTC) wallets that were utilized in exchanges totaling $94 million, with at any rate $140,000 worth of that total being in the end moved to the presume's private wallet address. Beginning in 2014, Antonenko would normally trade Bitcoins he got from those wallets to fiat by means of a unidentified individual, the grievance peruses. 

As expressed by Senior Special Agent Peter Gannon, Antonenko was selling Bitcoins underneath the market value, which drove him to speculate that the NYC inhabitant was laundering his cash. 

U.S. specialists have effectively been investigating darknet markets-related crypto exchanges. Prior this month, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network granted a few government offices for seizing $22 million worth of cryptographic money from the darkenet administrators.