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    Letter purports to link cyber attack on OffshoreAlert’s website to British fraudster David Kennedy

    OffshoreAlert has received a bizarre 'Cease and Desist' letter that purports to link last week's prolonged cyber attack on our website to British investment fraudster David Kennedy, who was criminally convicted in England on May 3rd for his involvement in a £121 million investment fraud perpetrated by Cayman Islands-domiciled Axiom Legal Financing Fund, which collapsed after being exposed by OffshoreAlert in 2012.

    ‘Remove details of David Kennedy’s conviction or I will continue to disrupt your website’, writes ‘Hardpink Legal’

    Bizarre letter from "Kojo Menne Asamoah DBA Hardpink Legal" demanding the removal from OffshoreAlert's website of details of the fraud conviction of David Kennedy for his role in the £121 million scam perpetrated by Cayman Islands-domiciled Axiom Legal Financing Fund, which collapsed after being exposed by OffshoreAlert in 2012. Remarkably, the author - who used a throw-away email address and may have been using a pseudonym - essentially claimed responsibility for a cyber attack on OffshoreAlert's website last week, which began three days after Kennedy's criminal conviction in England on May 3rd, 2024, ending the letter with the threat that "Failure to comply with this demand will continue with disruption of your service provided [by] Rackspace and Armor via all means necessary."

    Greece: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (‘$39K Computer Fraud’)

    Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Greece - for a criminal investigation into "unknown subjects for computer fraud".

    Netherlands: Circle Internet Financial, LLC (‘€120K Crypto Theft’)

    Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Circle Internet Financial, LLC - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from the Netherlands - for a criminal investigation into "an unknown subject(s) for unlawful entry and/or access of a computer facility or automated information system (computer hacking) and aggravated theft".

    Hugo Soares v. BitPay Inc.: Complaint (‘Crypto Theft’)

    Complaint alleging negligence regarding the loss of 336.2008 Bitcoin to a hacker in Hugo Soares, of São Paulo, Brazil v. BitPay Inc., described as "a payment processor that specializes in enabling individuals and businesses to accept payments in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies", at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

    Mignon Guishard-Pole v. Coinbase Inc. et al: Complaint (’10 BTC Crypto Theft’)

    Complaint alleging negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract regarding the alleged theft of "10 BTC worth $488,260.90" in Mignon Eugenie Guishard-Pole, aged 70 v. Coinbase Inc. and Coinbase Global Inc., operators of "the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the United States", at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    San Marino: Meta Platforms Inc. (‘Hacking of Instagram Account’)

    Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Meta Platforms Inc. - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from San Marino - for use in a criminal investigation into "an unknown suspect for unauthorized access to a computer system and impersonation offenses".

    Lorne Tritt et al v. 3Commas Technologies OÜ: Class Action Complaint (‘Crypto Data Breach’)

    Class Action Complaint "by Plaintiffs on behalf of themselves and the thousands of similarly situated persons whose cryptocurrency account trading credentials were acquired and/or accessed by unauthorized persons in a data breach (or data breaches) that 3Commas admitted on December 28, 2022" in Lorne Tritt, Bruce Johnson, and Joseph Fishman v. 3Commas Technologies OÜ, described as an Estonia company that "claims to be the largest crypto trading bot platform", at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

    Bart Stephens v. Jane Doe et al: Complaint (‘$6.3M Crypto Theft’)

    Complaint by "a victim of attackers who stole over $6.3 million of his digital assets" in P. Bart Stephens, described as "the co-founder of a venture capital firm that invests in digital asset ventures" v. Jane Doe et al at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

    Robert Meany et al v. Atomic Wallet et al: First Amended Class Action Complaint (‘$100M Crypto Fraud’)

    First Amended Class Action Complaint alleging that "As a result of Defendants' negligent, fraudulent, and unlawful conduct, countless Atomic Wallet user wallets around the world were hacked by North Korean hackers, resulting in the loss of over $100,000,000.00 USD worth of cryptocurrency related assets on or about June 3, 2023" in Robert Meany, Graham Dickinson, John Briscoe, Todd Gammon, Michael Fisk, Paul Unruh, Jovan Silva Delgado, Gregory Loberg, Vincent D'Amelio, Carter Ruess, Daniel Werter, Jeffrey Rogers, Erik Nelson, Landon Grubb, Sam Breazeale, Brenda Abbley, Dereck Ernest, Eric Jensen, Douglas Edwards, Dustin Falk, and Daniel Hayes v. Atomic Protocol Systems OÜ, d.b.a. Atomic Wallet, of Estonia; Evercode Infinite, d.b.a. Evercode Lab, of Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Konstantin Gladyshev, a.k.a. Konstantin Gladych; Ilia Brusov, a.k.a. Ilya Berezovsky, a.k.a. Ilya Bere, and Pavel Sokolov, a.k.a. Paul Sokolov, described as citizens and residents of Russia, at the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

    Germany: PayPal Holdings, Inc. (‘University Cyber Attack’)

    Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Germany - for a criminal investigation into "an unknown perpetrator(s) for computer sabotage" perpetrated against a German university.

    Estonia: ConsenSys Software Inc. (‘Crypto Fraud’)

    Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from ConsenSys Software Inc. - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Estonia - for use in a criminal investigation into an "unknown perpetrator(s)" for the alleged theft of crypto from a citizen of Estonia.

    Robert Meany et al v. Atomic Wallet et al: Class Action Complaint (‘$100M Crypto Theft’)

    Class Action Complaint alleging "negligent and unlawful conduct in connection with its cryptocurrency exchange platform, Atomic Wallet ... resulting in the loss of over $100,000,000.00 (100 million) USD worth of cryptocurrency related assets" in Robert Meany and Graham Dickinson v. Atomic Wallet, described as a crypto platform headquartered in Estonia, and Konstantin Gladych, described as a citizen of Estonia, at the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

    Oussama El Omari v. Dechert LLP et al: Complaint (‘Hacking’)

    Complaint alleging hacking in Oussama El Omari, a former director of Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone Authority, in the United Arab Emirates v. Dechert LLP, a law firm; Nicholas Paul del Rosso, described as a private investigator, and Vital Management Services Inc. at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    Germany: ‘Conti Ransomware’ Investigation

    USA's Petition to disclose "Grand Jury Materials" regarding a criminal investigation into "Conti ransomware" to the "General Public Prosecutor's Office Frankfurt am Main" in Germany, filed at the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

    Scott Crabtree et al v. Aon Insurance Managers (Bermuda) Ltd.: Complaint (‘$2.9M Dividends Scam’)

    Complaint "to recover dividends owned by Plaintiffs that were entrusted to the control and/or custody of Aon for distribution to Plaintiffs located in the United States" but, instead, were allegedly transferred to "accounts controlled by ... Hackers" in Scott A. Crabtree, A. Joseph Wilkins Jr., Timothy Pohanka, The Pohanka Grandchildren's IRR Trust, and The Geoffrey P. Pohanka 2004 Family Trust v. Aon Insurance Managers (Bermuda) Ltd., of Bermuda, and John Does at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

    Cameron Findlay v. Nicholas Del Rosso et al: Discovery Application (England)

    Application by Cameron Findlay, described as "a citizen of the United Kingdom" who "was the subject of a sustained electronic hacking attempt", to take discovery from Vital Management Services Inc., described as "a company that purports to provide investigative services, located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina", and Nicholas Del Rosso, described as "the president, owner, and sole employee of Vital", for use in legal proceedings in England "against the law firm Dechert LLP and a former Dechert partner, Neil Gerrard", filed at the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.

    USA v. 3.9M Paxos Tokens: Forfeiture Complaint (‘$160M Theft From UK-Based Crypto Trader Wintermute’)

    Complaint for the Forfeiture of 3,972,017 Paxos Standard Tokens seized from Paxos Trust Company that are associated with "the unauthorized procurement and transfer of approximately $160 million in digital assets from the virtual currency wallet of Wintermute, LLC", described as "a UK-based proprietary trading firm that specializes in algorithmic trading of digital assets", filed at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

    Liechtenstein: Fifth Third Bank et al (‘$2.6M Trust Hacking Fraud’)

    Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Fifth Third Bank and JPMorgan Chase Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Liechtenstein - for a criminal investigation into "unknown subject(s)" for allegedly hacking into "the email accounts of the protector of a trust and his attorney" and stealing $2.6 million.

    RAKIA v. Farhad Azima: Judgment (‘RAKIA Hacking & Fraud’)

    Judgment granting an application by Farhad Azima for permission to bring an additional counterclaim against the original claimant (RAKIA) on the grounds that it had obtained a judgment by fraud in Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority, described as "the sovereign wealth fund of the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, part of the United Arab Emirates" v. Farhad Azima, described as "a US-based businessman, principally involved in the aviation industry"; David Neil Gerrard, Dechert LLP, and James Edward Dennison Buchanan at the High Court of Justice for England and Wales.

    Jay Solomon v. Dechert LLP et al: Complaint (‘Fraud, Extortion & Hacking’)

    Complaint "for the damages the Plaintiff has suffered as a result of the Defendants’ conspiracy, racketeering, mail and wire fraud, personal injury, tortious interference with Plaintiff’s business relationships, entitlements and resultant damages and related torts, which includes Defendants conspiring with others, illegal hacking, kidnapping, perjury, witness tampering, obstruction of justice, extortion, money laundering and theft of highly confidential information, documents, and materials" in Jonathan 'Jay' Solomon, who "was a chief foreign affairs correspondent for The Wall Street Journal" v. Dechert LLP, "a global law firm"; David Neil Gerrard, of England, who was "co-head of Dechert's White Collar Compliance and Investigations practice"; David Graham Hughes, of England, "a lawyer and former Dechert partner"; Nicholas Del Rosso, Vital Management Services Inc., Amit Forlit, of Israel; Israel Insight Analysis, SDC-Gadot LLC, Amir Handjani, Andrew Frank, and KARV Communications Inc. at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

    Farhad Azima et al v. Dechert LLP et al: Complaint (‘Racketeering’)

    Complaint alleging "a sophisticated and organized group of individuals and entities led by Neil Gerrard engaged in a global campaign against perceived enemies of Ras Al Khaimah, a client of Dechert LLP" in Farhad Azima, described as "a successful entrepreneur" who has "founded and built numerous successful companies over the course of almost 50 years, including serving as chairman and CEO of multiple airlines"; ALG Transportation Inc., Main 3260 LLC, FFV W39 LLC, and FFV Development LLC v. Dechert LLP, David Neil Gerrard, David Graham Hughes, Nicholas del Rosso, Vital Management Services Inc., Amit Forlit, Insight Analysis and Research LLC, SDC-Gadot LLC, Amir Handjani, Andrew Frank, and KARV Communications at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    Cyprus: Western Union et al (‘Computer Fraud Investigation’)

    Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Western Union and Money Gram - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Cyprus - for a criminal investigation into "unknown subject(s) for computer fraud, obtaining goods by false pretenses, and money laundering" regarding an alleged scheme in which some of the proceeds were sent to individuals in England and the United States.

    Bruce Yuille v. Uphold HQ Inc.: Complaint (‘100 Bitcoin Crypto Theft’)

    Complaint alleging negligence and intentional misrepresentation regarding the theft of approximately 100 Bitcoin worth $5 million in Bruce Yuille, described as "a 77-year-old individual consumer who lives in Clarkston, Oakland County, Michigan" v. Uphold HQ Inc., described as a New York-based "a cryptocurrency exchange and digital money platform with more than 1.7 million customers globally and nearly $6 billion in transactions since its inception", at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

    George Kattula v. Coinbase Global Inc. et al: Class Action Complaint

    Class Action Complaint "on behalf of all Coinbase "wallet" and account holders who have had their accounts breached and incurred losses arising from the unauthorized transfer of assets – including the unauthorized transfer of "crypto" securities listed on Coinbase’s platform without a registration statement, without Coinbase having registered as a broker or dealer, and without Coinbase having registered as a securities exchange" in George Kattula v. Coinbase Global Inc. and Coinbase Inc., described as the operators of "the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the United States", at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

    SEC sues 18 entities for alleged $1.3M ‘hacking and securities fraud scheme’

    The U.S. SEC has filed a complaint against 18 individuals and entities in or from Canada, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Nevis, United Kingdom, and United States for their alleged participation in a 'hacking and securities fraud scheme', with some of the conduct allegedly concealed through offshore accounts in the Bahamas, Belize, Switzerland, and U.K.

    SEC v. Rahim Mohamed et al: Complaint (‘Hacking & Securities Fraud’)

    Complaint alleging hacking and securities fraud in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Rahim Mohamed, described as a citizen of Canada residing in Canada and the Cayman Islands; Davies Wong, described as a citizen and resident of Canada; Glenn B. Laken, described as a resident of Chicago, Illinois; Richard C. S. Tang, described as a citizen and resident of Canada; Zoltan Nagy, described as a citizen and resident of Canada; Jeffrey D. Cox, a citizen and resident of Canada; Phillip G. Sewell, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in Canada; Breanne M. Wong, described as a citizen and resident of Canada; Christophe Merani, described as a resident of Illinois, USA; Anna Tang, described as a citizen and resident of Canada; Robert W. Seeley, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in the Dominican Republic; Richard B. Smith, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in the Dominican Republic; Christopher R. Smith, described as a citizen of the United Kingdom residing in the Dominican Republic; H.E. Capital SA, described as a Nevis-domiciled company based in the Dominican Republic; Pop Holdings Ltd., described as a Nevis-domiciled company based in the Dominican Republic; Maximum Ventures Holdings LLC, Harmony Ridge Corp., and Avatele Group LLC, as Defendants, and 9224-3708 Quebec Inc., a.k.a. Distributions Bano, and Jason Black, as Relief Defendants, at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

    Farhad Azima v. Global Impact Services et al: Discovery Application (England)

    Application by Farhad Azima to take discovery from Global Impact Services, Eitan Arusy, and Truist Financial Corporation for use in legal proceedings in England and Wales styled as "Farhad Azima -v- (1) RAKIA (2) David Neil Gerrard (3) Dechert LLP and (4) James Edward Deniston Buchanan" in which Azima "seeks to hold a group of overseas defendants responsible for the unlawful hacking of Petitioner’s electronic data", filed at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

    USA v. Dmitry Ukrainskiy: Criminal Indictment

    Criminal Indictment alleging the defendant was "a member of a criminal conspiracy that used malicious software and other mechanisms to take control of bank accounts of unsuspecting victims and misappropriate funds from those accounts" in USA v. Dmitry Ukrainskiy, described as "a Russian national residing in Thailand", at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

    Portugal: Wells Fargo Bank (‘Malicious Software Fraud’)

    Application for the appointment of a Commissioner to collect evidence from Wells Fargo Bank - pursuant to a request for judicial assistance from Portugal - for a criminal investigation into an "unknown subject" for suspected fraud.

    Daniel Hindin v. Coinbase, Inc.: Discovery Application (Singapore)

    Application by Daniel Hindin to take discovery from Coinbase, Inc., described as "a digital asset exchange", for use in legal proceedings in Singapore involving the alleged theft of Bitcoin, filed at the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

    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.