Student Gets 10-Year Jail Term for SIM-Swap Crypto Thefts Worth $7.5 Million

Student Gets 10-Year Jail Term for SIM-Swap Crypto Thefts Worth $7.5 Million

A 21-year-old student from the U.S. who stole over $7.5 million in cryptocurrency via SIM-swapping hacks has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. The Santa Clara County’s District Attorney’s Office announced Monday that the thief, Joel Ortiz, had hacked the cellphones of at least 40 individuals. Ortiz was a “prolific” SIM swapper, the Attorney’s Office said, adding that in one crime in May 2018, he stole more than $5.
U.S. District Judge Turns Back SEC Request Regarding ICO

U.S. District Judge Turns Back SEC Request Regarding ICO

A new development has arisen in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) efforts to regulate ICOs: a District Judge has turned back a request for an injunction. According to a recent legal briefing, San Diego District Judge Gonzalo Curiel has been presiding over a case between the SEC and the startup company Blockvest.
Ripple Files to Move Securities Lawsuit from State to Federal Court

Ripple Files to Move Securities Lawsuit from State to Federal Court

Ripple’s legal team in their ongoing securities suit is attempting a new tack: to have the claim proceed at the federal level. In a move that legal commentator Jake Chervinsky described as “seriously crafty,” Ripple has filed a formal notice-of-removal motion to have their most recent securities suit, Zakinov et al v.
Bitcoiner Faces Charges After Selling BTC to an Undercover Cop

Bitcoiner Faces Charges After Selling BTC to an Undercover Cop

On February 9, 2018, officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security, arrested Morgan Rockcoons (aka “Morgan Rockwell” or “Metaballo”), CEO at Bitcoin, Inc.
Bitcoiner Faces Charges After Selling BTC to an Undercover Cop

Bitcoiner Faces Charges After Selling BTC to an Undercover Cop

On February 9, 2018, officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security, arrested Morgan Rockcoons (aka “Morgan Rockwell” or “Metaballo”), CEO at Bitcoin, Inc.