The cryptocurrency company based in Istanbul fell victim to criminals who stole Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies from its accounts totaling 13 million lire (about $ 2.47 million). This is reported by the local Daily Sabah.
The company, whose name was not disclosed, went to the police with a statement after it discovered that it had stolen large amounts of bitcoins, Ether and XRP.
A division of the Turkish police in the fight against cybercrime conducted an investigation, the results of which confirmed the fact of hacking two wallets belonging to the company. The police also managed to track the movement of stolen funds thanks to the records in the blockchain and identify the intruders. It is noteworthy that they coordinated their actions through the chat of the popular online game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG).
In the course of the special operation, police conducted searches at the place of residence of suspects to steal funds in several cities, arresting 24 people. During the time, cash was seized, and a stolen cryptocurrency worth 1.3 million lire ($ 247,000) was discovered, which was eventually returned to the company.
Six detainees by the court in Istanbul were left under arrest, the rest were released under judicial control.
Note that this is not the first such case in Turkey in recent months. So, in November last year, 11 people were detained in Istanbul on suspicion of theft of bitcoins worth more than $ 80,000.