Employees of the auditing company PwC, based on previously published by the U.S. Department of justice data concluded that using Russian crypto currency exchange WEX (until September 2017, known as BTC-e) partially laundered money members of the hacker group SamSam.
The Iranians are Faramarz Shahi, Sawandi (Faramarz Shahi Savandi) and Mohammed Mehdi Shah Mansuri (Shah Mohammad Mehdi Mansouri) for 34 months with the help of the virus-the extortioner SamSam could get more than $6 million worth of bitcoin and apply to individuals, companies and public institutions damage of more than $30 million In this case through the Russian court, according to estimates by PwC, was approximately $1.9 million in bitcoins.
As evidence of this in PwC gave information about the operators of the Iranian kryptomere, who in addition to popular services such as WebMoney and Perfect Money is proposed to conduct “exchange between codes and WEX USD”.
In the PwC report, which examines WEX and BTC-e as one company, said that after she had laundered about $4 billion in 2014-2017 – derived 95% of all received applications for extortion payments.
Recall that in October 2018 crypto currency exchange Binance in response to requests from traders, unsuccessfully trying to withdraw their funds from WEX, they froze the account, which through a chain of addresses, there were over 93 thousand of ETN (more than $18.2 million) from two cryptocell related to WEX.
In December of the same year Dmitry Hevchenko, who bought WEX, having her daughter, Daria, Chevchenko, expressed readiness to restart the site from the head office in Crimea to fight “with samuelem dollar” to do “platform for the financial support of the unrecognized republics,” and to find “treasures winnik”.
On November 26 in Greek prison winnick began a hunger strike for a “fair trial”, which must decide where to send the Russians: the issue of demand France, USA and Russia. In the United States winnick faces up to 20-55 years in prison and a fine of $12 million for laundering $4 billion, and in Russia – up to 6 years in prison for fraud. The other day he had to temporarily withdraw from the hunger strike, now he is “in a specialized hospital where there are qualified doctors” – however, even after the end of the maximum period for detention without charge cannot be released. According to analytical company Elliptic, it and BTC-e may be involved in the intervention in the US presidential election in 2016 by cryptocurrency officers of the Russian GRU.