The office for foreign assets control of the United States (OFAC) launched a full-scale campaign against the two Iranian “intermediaries” that distribute malware. Law enforcement agencies have published the addresses of the wallets to the suspects and warned cryptocommunist that all who will send the cryptocurrency for these purses, also face sanctions.
Cryptocurrency wallet instead of fingerprints
The names of the crooks — Horadada Ali and Mohammad Ghorbanian. According to today’s press release the U.S. Treasury Department, the criminals had helped in the exchange of crypto-currencies to Iranian Rial obtained from the “Iranian hackers”. The latter, in turn, participated in cyberattacks SamSam.
“Horadada and Ghorbanian provided financial, material or technological support for hacker attacks SamSam.”
Experts OFAC identified the Bitcoin address the suspects, later they were released. As it turned out, through their wallets was about 7000 bitcoins with transactions with 40 of the largest exchanges. Even with the current price of the cryptocurrency is more than $ 25 million.
The U.S. Department of justice suspects Horadada and Ghorbanian in the attack on 200 networks in the US, the UK and Canada in 2015. The user of one of the hospitals in Indiana were forced to pay a ransom to the scammers that their databases again.
Why this news caused such a stir in cryptocommunist? The U.S. authorities first imposed sanctions on the wallet address with cryptocurrencies. Besides, today, OFAC first tried to associate addresses to individual.
As traditional Bank accounts, these cryptococal should help to identify the transactions that were used in criminal activities. The information obtained will be used to search for any relations involved in these addresses.
Besides, today the cryptocurrency Horadada and Ghorbanian officially recognized by the OFAC property subject to seizure. Representatives of the office for foreign assets control of the U.S. also promised to stop all Iran’s attempts to use the digital assets in order to evade sanctions.