Computer Hacking

Netherlands: MetaMask (‘Crypto Theft’)

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from cryptocurrency wallet operator MetaMask - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from the Netherlands - for a criminal investigation into "unknown subjects for theft and unauthorized access to a computer".

LCX AG v. John Does: TRO Motion (‘$8M Crypto Theft’)

Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order regarding the alleged theft of $8 million of virtual assets in LCX AG, described as "a virtual asset service provider in Liechtenstein" v. John Does at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

LCX AG v. John Does: Complaint (‘$8M Crypto Theft’)

Complaint alleging "the unauthorized access to and theft of nearly $8 million worth of various virtual assets" in LCX AG, described as "a virtual asset service provider in Liechtenstein" v. John Does at the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

ChainSwap Ltd. v. Digital Wallet Owners et al: Judgment (‘Crypto Theft Freezing Injunction’)

Judgment regarding the continuation of a freezing injunction against parties suspected of stealing digital assets in ChainSwap Limited, described as a British Virgin Islands company that "provides a service that allows cryptocurrency tokens to be transferred between different blockchains, known as a cross-chain bridge" v. The Owner of Digital Wallet 0X941A9E3B91E1CC015702B897C512D265FAE88A9, The Owner of Digital Wallet 0XEDA5066780DE29D00DFB54581A707EF6F52D8113, The Owner of Digital Wallet 0XB63F0D8B9AA0C4E68D5630F54BFEFC6CF2C2AD19, The Owner of Digital Wallet 0X196593ADE7CC7EDF18981C7A7DBC2E96000004FB, The Owner of Email Address trumanbroughton@gmail.com, and Other Persons Unknown at the British Virgin Islands High Court.

LTC (BVI) Ltd. v. BraunHagey & Borden LLP: Complaint (‘$2.8M Spoofing Loss’)

Complaint alleging a law firm's negligence caused a client to transfer $2.8 million to an "imposter" who had "spoofed" an email address in LTC (BVI) Ltd., of the British Virgin Islands, described as "an investor and investment manager" v. BraunHagey & Borden LLP, a law firm in California, at the Superior Court of the State of California, County of San Francisco.

Christian Sarcuni et al v. bZx DAO et al: Class Action Complaint (‘$55M Crypto Theft’)

Class Action Complaint alleging negligence regarding the theft by hacking of cryptocurrency worth $55 million in Christian Sarcuni, of Italy; Pedro Cunha, of Portugal; Alexander Lloyd, a citizen of Canada and the United Kingdom; Skliar Viktor, of Ukraine; Marc Simon, of France; Pilici Rustam, of Moldova; Daniel Lu, of China; Clément Ométek, of France; Edison Ho, a citizen of China residing in Hong Kong; Kiro Aleksandrov, of Bulgaria; Jonas Wernecke, of Germany; Paolo Leite, of Brazil; Miras Issakhov, of Kazakhstan, and Daniele Penna, of Italy v. bZx DAO, described as "a purported Decentralized Autonomous Organization that is a general partnership" based in San Diego, California; Kyle Kistner, of San Diego, California; Tom Bean, of Alpharetta, Georgia; Hashed International LLC, of Wyoming; AGE Crypto GP LLC, of Nevada; Ooki DAO, described as "a purported Decentralized Autonomous Organization that is a general partnership" based in San Diego, California; Leveragebox LLC, of Delaware, and bZeroX LLC, of Delaware, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

USA v. Diogo Coelho: Extradition Affidavit

Affidavit in Support of Request for Extradition of Diogo Santos Coelho from the United Kingdom to the United States to face charges of fraud and identity theft involving "RaidForums", whose "website served as a platform where members could solicit for sale, sell, and purchase contraband", in USA v. Diogo Santos Coelho, described as a citizen and resident of Portugal, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

USA v. Diogo Coelho: Second Superseding Indictment

Second Superseding Indictment alleging fraud and identity theft involving "RaidForums", whose "website served as a platform where members could solicit for sale, sell, and purchase contraband," in USA v. Diogo Santos Coelho, described as a citizen and resident of Portugal, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

USA v. $1M in Name of Evegnii Polianin: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint regarding funds allegedly traceable to ransomware attacks in USA v. $1 million seized from a Binance account in the name of Evegnii Polianin at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Farhad Azima v. JPMorgan Chase: Discovery Application (‘Azima v. RAKIA et al’)

Application by Farhad Azima to take discovery from JPMorgan Chase & Co. “for use in connection with a case pending in the High Court of Justice of England and Wales styled Farhad Azima -v- (1) RAKIA (2) David Neil Gerrard (3) Dechert LLP and (4) James Edward Deniston Buchanan”, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Farhad Azima v. Citibank: Discovery Application (‘Azima v. RAKIA et al’)

Application by Farhad Azima to take discovery from Citibank NA "for use in connection with a case pending in the High Court of Justice of England and Wales styled Farhad Azima -v- (1) RAKIA (2) David Neil Gerrard (3) Dechert LLP and (4) James Edward Deniston Buchanan", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Farhad Azima v. Insight Analysis and Research LLC et al: Discovery Application (‘Azima v. RAKIA et al’)

Application by Farhad Azima to take discovery from Insight Analysis and Research LLC and SDC-Gadot LLC "for use in connection with a case pending in the High Court of Justice of England and Wales (the “UK Court”) styled Farhad Azima -v- (1) RAKIA (2) David Neil Gerrard (3) Dechert LLP and (4) James Edward Deniston Buchanan", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Farhad Azima v. Bank of America: Discovery Application (‘Azima v. RAKIA et al’)

Application by Farhad Azima to take discovery from Bank of America NA for use in legal proceedings "currently pending in the High Court of Justice of England and Wales styled Farhad Azima -v- (1) RAKIA (2) David Neil Gerrard (3) Dechert LLP and (4) James Edward Deniston Buchanan", filed at the U. S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

USA v. Diogo Coelho: First Superseding Indictment

First Superseding Indictment alleging fraud and identity theft involving "RaidForums", whose "website served as a platform where members could solicit for sale, sell, and purchase contraband," in USA v. Diogo Santos Coelho, described as a citizen and resident of Portugal, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

USA v. Ilya Lichtenstein et al: Criminal Complaint (‘$4.5B Stolen Crypto’)

Criminal Complaint alleging conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiring to defraud the United States involving Bitcoin currently "valued at over $4.5 billion" that was allegedly stolen in a 2016 hack of Bitfinex, a cryptocurrency exchange operated by a British Virgin Islands-domiciled firm in USA v. Ilya Lichtenstein, described as "a Russian-U.S. national residing in New York", and his wife, Heather Rhiannon Morgan.

Steven Kowalski v. Binance Holdings Ltd. et al: Brandon Ng & Cookie Choi’s Motion for Attorney’s Fees and Costs

Motion for Attorney's Fees and Costs by Brandon Ng and Cookie Choi after a Temporary Asset Freeze Order against them was dismissed in a case in which they have been accused of stealing Bitcoin worth $80 million in Steven Paul Kowalski, a citizen of Australia residing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates v. Binance Holdings Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; BAM Trading Services Inc., d.b.a. Binance US, of Delaware; Binance Asia Services Pte Ltd., of Singapore; Payward Inc., d.b.a. Kraken; Payward Ventures Inc., of Delaware; Brandon Chun Yin Ng, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Texas; Hiu Lam Cookie Choi, described as a citizen of Hong Kong residing in Texas; Wai Kit Lo and Lee Kei Lau, described as citizens and residents of Hong Kong; Nurlan Neqmat Ogly Guliev and Oksana Aleksandrovna Dolgopolova, described as citizens and residents of Russia, at the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Roger Zierenberg v. John Doe: Complaint (‘$434K Crypto Theft’)

Complaint alleging the loss of "$434,586 worth of cryptocurrency in a digital hacking theft" of his account at the Coinbase cryptocurrency exchange in Roger Zierenberg, a resident of Moorpark, California v. John Doe at the U. S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Walter Clark v. CMEgro.top et al: Complaint (‘$346K Crypto Theft’)

Complaint alleging the loss of "$346,000 worth of cryptocurrency in a digital hacking theft" in Walter Clark, of Empire, California v. CMEgro.top, described as a cryptocurrency exchange and "an unknown entity", and John Does at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.

Steven Kowalski v. Binance Holdings Ltd. et al: Freeze Application

Application for a Temporary Injunction in Steven Paul Kowalski, a citizen of Australia residing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates v. Binance Holdings Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; BAM Trading Services Inc., d.b.a. Binance US, of Delaware; Binance Asia Services Pte Ltd., of Singapore; Payward Inc., d.b.a. Kraken; Payward Ventures Inc., of Delaware; Brandon Chun Yin Ng, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Texas; Hiu Lam Cookie Choi, described as a citizen of Hong Kong residing in Texas; Wai Kit Lo and Lee Kei Lau, described as citizens and residents of Hong Kong; Nurlan Neqmat Ogly Guliev and Oksana Aleksandrovna Dolgopolova, described as citizens and residents of Russia, at the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Steven Kowalski v. Binance Holdings Ltd. et al: Complaint

Complaint in Steven Paul Kowalski, a citizen of Australia residing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates v. Binance Holdings Ltd., of the Cayman Islands; BAM Trading Services Inc., d.b.a. Binance US, of Delaware; Binance Asia Services Pte Ltd., of Singapore; Payward Inc., d.b.a. Kraken; Payward Ventures Inc., of Delaware; Brandon Chun Yin Ng, described as a citizen of the United States residing in Texas; Hiu Lam Cookie Choi, described as a citizen of Hong Kong residing in Texas; Wai Kit Lo and Lee Kei Lau, described as citizens and residents of Hong Kong; Nurlan Neqmat Ogly Guliev and Oksana Aleksandrovna Dolgopolova, described as citizens and residents of Russia, at the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit, in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida.

4 New Square Ltd. et al v. Person or Persons Unknown: Injunction Order

Injunction Order regarding "a cyber-attack on the Applicants on or about 12 June 2021 and/or who has threatened to disclose the information thereby obtained" in 4 New Square Limited, a law firm based in London, and The Members of 4 New Square v. Person or Persons Unknown at the High Court of Justice for England and Wales.

GBM Global Holding Company Ltd. v. Unidentified Individuals: Petition

Emergency Petition for a Temporary Restraining Order involving cryptocurrency and "an illegal attack by a malicious actor that has recently been carrying out block re-organisation attacks" on a network called Bitcoin Satoshi Vision in GBM Global Holding Company Limited, of the Cayman Islands v. Unidentified Individuals at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

SingularDTV GmbH v. John Doe: Complaint

Complaint alleging fraud and computer hacking in SingularDTV GmbH, described as a New York-based Swiss company "that uses blockchain technology to create a decentralized distribution ecosystem for the entertainment and film industries" v. John Doe at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Switzerland: Fifth Third Bank

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Fifth Third Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Switzerland - for a criminal investigation into "unknown subject(s) for fraud, computer fraud, unauthorized obtaining of data, and damage to data".

USA v. Diogo Coelho: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment alleging fraud and identity theft involving "RaidForums", whose "website served as a platform where members could solicit for sale, sell, and purchase contraband", in USA v. Diogo Santos Coelho, described as a citizen and resident of Portugal, at the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC v. Does: Complaint

Complaint alleging hackers "misappropriated from Plaintiff's computer systems and databases extremely sensitive and confidential personal data relating to certain former employees of Credit Suisse" in Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, of Delaware, described as "a U.S. subsidiary of Credit Suisse Group AG, a global wealth manager and investment bank with operations in over 50 countries and approximately 50,000 employees worldwide" v. Does at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC v. Does: Motion for Discovery from Google LLC

Credit Suisse's Ex Parte Motion for Emergency Order to take discovery from Google LLC "in its effort to thwart the on-going multi-national disclosure of proprietary and highly confidential former employee data" in Credit Suisse Securities USA LLC v. Does at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

USA v. Tetiana Lukianiuk: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. "All Funds Previously Seized From Binance Holdings Limited", a cryptocurrency exchange domiciled in the Cayman Islands, in an account that "is registered to a 20-year-old Ukrainian national named Tetiana Lukianiuk" and is associated with an alleged extortion scheme against three unidentified U.S.-based companies involving ransomware known as NetWalker, filed at the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Ghada Oueiss v. Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz et al: Complaint

Complaint alleging an "unlawful hack and leak operation against Ms. Oueiss ... spearheaded by the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and their co-conspirators in the U.S. and elsewhere" in Ghada Oueiss, described as "an international journalist who has a significant presence in the U.S. and abroad, both as a journalist for Al Jazeera Media Network and as a frequent contributor to U.S. news agencies, such as The Washington Post" v. Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz, Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, DarkMatter, Faisal al Bannai, Saudi 24 TV, a broadcast television station owned by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Al Arabiya, a broadcast television station owned by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Abdulaziz Foundation, d.b.a. MiSK Foundation; Saud Al Qahtani, Bader Al-Asaker, Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission, Tarek Abou Zeinab, Turki Al-Owerde, Faisal Al Menaia, Awwad Al Otaibi, Sharon Collins, Christanne Schey, Hussam Al-Jundi, and Annette Smith, at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. KuCoin: Forfeiture Complaint (Mark Shin)

Forfeiture Complaint regarding cryptocurrency held in wallets at KuCoin cryptocurrency exchange in Singapore that are associated with "an attack" on the Switzerland-domiciled, South Korea-based "Icon Foundation blockchain" allegedly by "Mark Minsuk Shin and potentially his father, Joongsoo (Jason) Shin" after which allegedly swindled cryptocurrency was traced to exchanges in the Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the USA, filed at the U. S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

USA v. Yuriy Andrienko et al: Criminal Indictment

Indictment against six "officers" of a Russian "military intelligence agency" alleging a computer hacking and fraudulent scheme "to undermine, retaliate against, or otherwise destabilize: (1) Ukraine; (2) the country of Georgia; (3) France's elections; ( 4) efforts to hold Russia accountable for its use of a weapons-grade nerve agent on foreign soil; and (5) the 2018 Winter Olympics after a Russian government-sponsored doping effort led to Russian athletes being unable to participate under the Russian flag" in USA v. Yuriy Sergeyevich Andrienko, Sergey Vladimirovich Detistov, Pavel Valeryevichfrolov, Anatoliy Sergeyevich Kovalev, Artem Valeryevich Ochichenko, and Petr Nikolayevich Pliskinat the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

USA v. Danil Potekhin et al: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint in USA v. Cryptocurrency and Cash allegedly derived from "a large scale, sophisticated 'phishing' campaign" by Russian nationals Danil Potekhin and Dimitrii Karasavidi that targeted cryptocurrency exchanges, including Poloniex, based in San Francisco, domiciled in Delaware; Binance, based in Hong Kong, domiciled in the Cayman Islands, and Gemini Trust Company LLC, based in New York, at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Turkey: Google LLC

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Google LLC regarding the email account for zamanakarsi07@gmail.com - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Turkey - for a criminal investigation into "an unknown suspect(s) for a computer intrustion offense".

USA v. 280 Virtual Currency Accounts: Forfeiture Complaint

Forfeiture Complaint regarding the alleged laundering by Chinese cryptocurrency traders of proceeds from hacks of, and thefts from, virtual currency exchanges, mostly in South Korea, by "North Korea actors" in USA v. 280 Virtual Currency Accounts at the U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

USA v. Egor Kriuchkov: Criminal Complaint

Criminal Complaint alleging conspiracy to introduce malware into a Nevada company's computer network in USA v. Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, a citizen of Russia, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Nevada.

Africa Growth Corporation v. Republic of Angola: Complaint

Complaint regarding "an egregious series of computer hacking activities committed by Angola over an eighteen-month period, resulting in the interception and conversion of AFGC's attorney-client communications from AFGC's computer server located in the United States" in Africa Growth Corporation, of Nevada v. Republic of Angola at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

USA v. Vitalii Antonenko: Criminal Indictment

Criminal Indictment regarding "a website that offered for sale the personally identifiable information of hundreds of millions of consumers throughout the United States and around the world" in USA v. Vitalii Antonenko, described as a citizen of Ukraine residing in New York, at the U. S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority v. Farhad Azima: Judgment

Approved Judgment regarding allegations of fraud in Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority v. Farhad Azima, described as "a US businessman based in Kansas City, Missouri who has been involved in the aviation industry for many years", at the High Court of Justice, Business and Property Courts of England and Wales.

US crypto investor sues 18-year-old for allegedly stealing $24M (when he was 15)

In a lawsuit, Los Angeles-based blockchain investor Michael Terpin has alleged that he lost "nearly $24 million of cryptocurrency" in a hack whose "evil mastermind" was "a then 15-year-old high school student" in New York who "boasted" of stealing "over $100 million worth of cryptocurrency through scores of hacks".

Michael Terpin v. Ellis Pinsky: Complaint

Complaint alleging the loss of "nearly $24 million worth of cryptocurrency as a result of a hack" by "a then 15-year-old high school student in coordination with and with the active participation of other individuals, including several other minors" in Michael Terpin, of Los Angeles County, California v. Ellis Pinsky at the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Kosovo: Marijan Komani et al

Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Security Pacific National Bank and American Express - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Kosovo - for a criminal investigation into "Marijan Komani, Velizar Marusic, Atnan Qovanaj, and others, for participation in an organized criminal group, issuing false checks, computer intrusion, and money laundering".
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