Billionare's Wife Kidnappers to Demand €9M Worth XMR

Anna-Elizabeth Falkievik Hagen was allegedly abducted from her home, although the law enforcement agencies found no sign of hacking
10 January 2019   784

In late October, the wife of one of the wealthiest entrepreneurs in Norway, Tom Hagen, was kidnapped. The kidnappers are demanding a ransom of € 9 million in Monero, according to Norway Today.

Anna-Elizabeth Falkievik Hagen, 68, was allegedly abducted from her home, although the law enforcement agencies found no sign of hacking. A note with a ransom request was also found there.

Note that Interpol and Europol are involved in the investigation of the case of Falkievik, and the fact of the abduction was kept secret for a long time for security reasons.

Today, January 9, the police confirmed that Falkievik was abducted, and communication with the criminals takes place exclusively through some kind of "electronic platform". In addition, in December, the kidnappers could not provide evidence that she was still alive.

Probably the Falkievik case is the first time in Norway when a ransom is demanded in a cryptocurrency equivalent. Nevertheless, the police recommended that the criminals be denied their claims.

Tom Hagen is the founder of Elkraft AS, a power supply company. His fortune is estimated at 1.7 billion NOK (€ 170 million).

Earlier, employees of the local prosecutor’s office in Kiev and the National Police of Ukraine detained two suspects accused of stealing a miner in March of this year and stealing $ 50,000.

Now they face up to 15 years of imprisonment for robbery committed by a group of individuals in a preliminary conspiracy, infiltration and theft in a particularly large scale.

OKEx Korea to Delist Anonymous Coins Due to FATF

Monero, ZCash, DASH, Horizen and Super Bitcoin won't be supported starting from 10th of October
16 September 2019   153

The Korean division of the OKEx cryptocurrency exchange has announced the delisting of five anonymous coins, as they violate FATF standards.

On October 10, the site will stop supporting Monero, ZCash, DASH, Horizen and Super Bitcoin.

Recall that the FATF obliged the bitcoin exchange and other cryptocurrency service providers (VASPs) to follow AML and CFT procedures similar to traditional financial companies.

VASPs must exchange the personal data of participants in transactions and information about the balance of their wallets.

OKEx Korea emphasized that anonymous cryptocurrencies will not allow the exchange to comply with these rules.