Rosenstein's Revelation Of Bitcoin Funding In Russian Hacking Sparks Firestorm

Rosenstein’s Revelation Of Bitcoin Funding In Russian Hacking Sparks Firestorm

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Rosenstein's Revelation Of Bitcoin Funding In Russian Hacking Sparks Firestorm

  • U.S. deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein's revelation that 12 Russian military intelligence agents used bitcoin to fund hacking efforts
  • targeting Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016 has sparked firestorm on social media and in US political circles.

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Rosenstein's Revelation Of Bitcoin Funding In Russian Hacking Sparks Firestorm

Crypto At A Glance U.S. deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein's revelation that 12 Russian military intelligence agents used bitcoin to fund hacking efforts targeting Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016 has sparked firestorm on social media and in US political circles.

A grand jury in the District of Columbia on Friday indicted dozen members of Russian Federation intelligence agency GRU for hacking the computer networks of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic National Committee, and the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, and released that information on the internet under the names "DCLeaks" and "Guccifer 2.0."

Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein revealed that the hackers laundered the equivalent of more than $95,000 through mining bitcoin and other means intended to obscure the origin of the funds. This funding structure supported their efforts to buy key accounts, servers, and domains.

He cited that the same bitcoin mining operation that funded the registration payment for DCLeaks.com also funded the servers and domains used in the spear phishing campaign.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver took to Twitter to argue that "the crypto industry needs to step their game up."

"The stunning revelation that Russian intelligence officials used #cryptocurrency to conceal their attacks on our democracy in 2016 means it's time for Congress to study ways in which we can responsibly regulate this new form of currency," he tweeted.

 

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