$142k withdrawn from WannaCry wallets

Someone has withdrawn all the money from the wallets of the virus-extortionist WannaCry
03 August 2017   1117
Bitcoin

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On May 12th, the WannaCry virus began to massively block Windows-based computers around the world. The data on the hard drive was encrypted, and the virus forced the users to transfer the ransom to WannaCry Bitcoin wallets for the data return.

British hospitals, computers of Russian departments and other companies have suffered from the virus. The damage from the attack was estimated at about one billion dollars.

Blockchain

Distributed database that is used to maintain a continuously growing list of records, called blocks

Now, three months after the attack, someone unknown withdrew all the money from WannaCry Bitcoin wallets within 15 minutes. Thus, 7 transactions worth $142,000 were recorded by Quartz's bot:

According to Quartz hypothesis, the money is likely to pass through a chain of other Bitcoin wallets in order to hide the final recipient.

Users Suspected RusGas of Scam

Reddit users have already accused RusGas of exit scam, since its behavior is much like  recent scam project Oyster Protocol
07 December 2018   95

The RusGas cryptocurrency project (RGS) demonstrates disturbing signs and releases new tokens in excess of the pre-set emission limit, Cryptovest reports. With an aggregate capitalization of $ 117, RGS trading volume for the last few days is $ 35,000. Events unfold against the backdrop of promises made by the project organizers about the upcoming restart.

Most of the RGS trade is focused on the Crex24 exchange, which has a daily  of $ 700,000. RusGas had a daily volume of several million dollars in its best days, which already then caused questions about the authenticity of this value.

According to CoinMarketCap, RGS emissions are limited to 10 billion tokens, but Etherscan indicates that currently 298 addresses contain 860 billion RGS. The rapid growth of emissions was recorded in recent days and hours. The largest wallet contains 99% of all tokens, which is probably the crex24 wallet. The developers themselves explain these movements to the next restart.

Reddit users have already accused RusGas of exit scam, since its behavior is much like  recent scam project Oyster Protocol(PRL), when the additional issue feature was used in a smart contract.

The likelihood of such an outcome is a characteristic feature of projects based on the Ethereum protocol, which allows additional emission of tokens through a smart contract at the discretion of its owner, not to mention other vulnerabilities that cost investors a lot of money.

RusGas is based on the idea of ​​using tokens and blockchains to optimize the Russian gas industry. Despite the dubiousness of the project’s mission, the data on the network indicates that in April of this year he managed to raise $ 2.2 million for ICO.