A Report Traces the Trail of Money, Runs Aground

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Investigation offers intriguing, but restricted snapshot…

A new report printed right now traces a bitcoin haul “earned” from a world-wide sextortion fraud, delivered by botnet, for the to start with time.

But the investigation — by United kingdom-based mostly protection business Sophos, and husband or wife CipherTrace — also casts a light on just how difficult it is to trace resources by a massively fluid ecosystem characterised by bitcoin wallets with short shelf lives, heavily obfuscated IP addresses and other strategies.

The fraud was delivered via a botnet that launched hundreds of thousands of spam e-mail to recipients around the globe in multiple languages.

(Sextortion is a kind of cyber criminal offense in which attackers accuse the receiver of their e-mail of going to a pornographic web-site, then threaten to share online video evidence with their close friends and spouse and children except the receiver pays. The

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