The research team Bellingcat was able to track the transaction 0,026043 BTC dated 1 February 2016, which the special Prosecutor in the case of the Russian intervention in the elections of the President of the USA Robert Muller has linked with the activities of the Main intelligence Directorate of Russia (GRU) and the hacking of the servers of the National Committee of the US Democratic party.
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Representatives of the organization stressed that bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies involved in criminal schemes, but acknowledged that many users still use the technology as intended.
At the same time, the researchers added that bitcoin is not completely anonymous, and transactions can be tracked.
So, they set out to find the transaction contained in the text of the charges against 12 alleged GRU agent. For this Bellingcat has used the traditional Explorer units from the company Blockchain.
The first block mined 1 February 2016, is the #396049. In each subsequent block for that day, the researchers sought out a transaction using Ctrl-F.
It is noteworthy that they managed to find two transactions on the same amount in blocks #396060 #396123, but in the first it amounted to 0,02604322 BTC.
Address 1LQv8aKtQoiY5M5zkaG8RWL7LMwNzVaVqr sent two transactions: 0.026043 BTC on 1NZ4MSeYcDKFiPRt8h7VK6XMhShwzhCzcp and 4.54325747 BTC on 1AK79g9gpvZ8jn2C9MsWQpijMFA5JaTdqp.
The researchers also checked all of the blocks from 31 January and 2 February in the presence of similar issues but none found. Thus, concluded the Bellingcat, alleged GRU officers used the address 1LQv8aKtQoiY5M5zkaG8RWL7LMwNzVaVqr to Finance their activities.
We will remind, in October, the U.S. Department of justice accused the GRU of the Russian Federation in cyber attacks and other illegal actions using the cryptocurrency.