Justice Department Creates New Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team

On October 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it would be creating a National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team to focus on the investigation and prosecution of criminal activity involving cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. The taskforce will work on cases related to financial crimes like money laundering and crimes where the proceeds from…

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How Law Enforcement Uses ANOM and Other Encrypted Devices

Anom, which was advertised as “designed by criminals for criminals,” was supposed to be the newest encrypted device service of the criminal underworld. What it turned out of be, however, was a device the FBI used to monitor, investigate, and understand criminal enterprises around the globe at a level never seen before. In an investigation…

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Money Laundering and “Cybercrime” Charges Brought Against QQAAZZ

The Department of Justice recently announced the unsealing of indictments in the Western District of Pennsylvania against 20 individuals for conspiring to launder money and commit computer fraud. The defendants located throughout 5 European countries allegedly laundered or attempted to launder tens of millions of dollars stolen from victims of cybercrime as members of the QQAAZZ organization. …

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What is a Geofence Warrant and is it Constitutional?

Based on a recent federal district court decision, “geofence search warrants” for Google location data are subject to being challenged as an unconstitutional violation of privacy. The judge in that case refused to grant the warrant because it was too broad and violated the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable government searches and seizures. What is…

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Operation Wire Wire is an aggressive move against federal computer crimes

This week, the Department of Justice announced in a press release that an international law enforcement operation, Operation Wire Wire, resulted in the arrest of 74 individuals, including 42 people in the United States. The government is accusing these people of committing “cyber-enabled fraud” by sending misleading emails to businesses and individuals that trick them…

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