Le Trésor américain sanctionne le premier mélangeur de crypto

Les Etats Unis. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) a émis ses toutes premières sanctions contre un mélangeur crypto. Le service de mixage a été utilisé par le groupe Lazarus pour traiter les produits illicites du $620 million crypto heist of the online game Axie Infinity, said the Treasury Department.

Treasury Department Sanctions Crypto Mixer

Les Etats Unis. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced Friday that it has sanctioned crypto mixer Blender.io (Mixeur). According to the OFAC, this mixing service is used by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (RPDC) “to support its malicious cyber activities and money-laundering of stolen virtual currency.”

The announcement explains that on March 23, Groupe Lazare, a DPRK state-sponsored cyber hacking group, carried out the largest cryptocurrency heist to date, worth almost $620 million, of a blockchain project linked to the online game Axie Infinity. The OFAC added:

Blender was used in processing over $20.5 million of the illicit proceeds.

The OFAC sanctioned the Lazarus Group on Sept. 13, 2019, and “identified it as an agency, instrumentality, or controlled entity of the government of the DPRK,” the announcement adds. The designation is based on the group’s “relationship to the U.S.- and UN-designated Reconnaissance General Bureau, the DPRK’s premiere intelligence organization.”

Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian E. Nelson commented:

Today, for the first time ever, Treasury is sanctioning a virtual currency mixer.

The investigation by the OFAC also found that Blender facilitated money laundering for Russian-linked malign ransomware groups including Trickbot, Conti, Ryuk, Sodinokibi, and Gandcrab.

Les Etats Unis. Treasury Department clarified:

While most virtual currency activity is licit, it can be used for illicit activity, including sanctions evasion, through mixers, peer-to-peer exchangers, darknet markets, and exchanges.

“This includes the facilitation of heists, ransomware schemes, and other cybercrimes,” the Treasury noted.

The announcement details that as a result of the sanctions, all property and interests in property of Blender.io, in the U.S. or in the possession or control of U.S. persons, are blocked and must be reported to the OFAC. Le co-fondateur d'Axie Infinity déclare que le jeu Blockchain prévoit de lancer un échange décentralisé, any entities that are 50% owned or more by one or more blocked persons are also blocked, and all transactions by U.S. persons or within the U.S. involving designated or blocked persons are prohibited.

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Kévin Helms

Étudiant en économie autrichienne, Kevin a trouvé Bitcoin dans 2011 et a été un évangéliste depuis. Ses intérêts résident dans la sécurité Bitcoin, systèmes open source, les effets de réseau et l'intersection entre l'économie et la cryptographie.




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