Europol Arrests Criminals Using Crypto for Money Laundering

The suspects deposited more than 8 million euros in cash using 174 bank accounts
11 April 2018   373

Europol, the law enforcement agency of the European Union formed to handle criminal intelligence and combat serious international organised crime and terrorism through cooperation between competent authorities of EU Member States, has carried out a special operation and eventually caught a group of criminals involved in money laundering using cryptocurrency. The crime ring of 11 people laundered more than 8 million euros from drug trafficking.

Europol has coordinated a Tulipan Blanca operation which was performed by Spanish Guardia Civil along with Finnish authorities and Homeland Security Investigation of US. Members of a crime ring, based in Spain, were laundering money made from selling drugs by using credit cards and cryptocurrencies, and then sending money back to Colombian drug dealers.

Tulipan blanca operation by EuropolTulipan blanca operation by Europol

According to the Europol press release the criminals linked credit cards to the bank accounts, and then some of the criminals travelled to Colombia with credit cards and made several cash withdrawals from the bank accounts.

They [criminals] picked up the illicit proceeds in cash, which were then split into small quantities to be deposited into hundreds of third bank accounts – a criminal method known as smurfing.
 

Europol Press Release

As a result, 11 individuals were arrested and 137 more are currently under investigation. Reportedly suspects deposited more than 8 million euros in cash using 174 bank accounts.

Europol reported that it has organised special training courses to assist law enforcement officers in identifying the use of cryptocurrencies by organised crime networks.

Change.org to Mine for Charity

According to the calculations, if 10k computers will run the minning screensaver for 12 hours a day, the charity fund will receive $10k monthly
18 July 2018   97

Social platform for petitions Change.org announced the launch of a screensaver that mines Monero on users' computers. All tokens will be transferred to the charity fund of Change.org. This is reported by Coindesk.

This initiative was launched in partnership with the marketing agency Tracelocke Brazil.

Representatives of Change.org report that the screensaver will consume resources only when users do not use the computer. According to their calculations, if 10 thousand computers will run the screensaver for 12 hours a day, the charity fund will be transferred $ 10 thousand monthly.

At the moment the program is available only for Windows users and the platform did not report on the release plans for the version for macOS.

Note that at the end of April, a similar action was launched by the Australian unit of the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund; (UNICEF). The website "Page of Hope" mines Monero cryptocurrency.