Distributed database that is used to maintain a continuously growing list of records, called blocks.
Law enforcement agencies of Greece detained a Russian, wanted by the US authorities on suspicion of laundering $ 4 billion through transactions with bitcoins. This is reported by The Associated Press referring to the statement of the Greek police.
The suspect was detained in the morning of July 25 in one of the hotels. His name is not called, it is known only that he is 38 years old. During the detention from the hotel room in which he lived, electronic equipment was seized.
What was the scheme of money laundering is not specified.
The charge for money laundering to a man was filed in 2011. According to the Greek authorities, the detainee is headed by a criminal group that owns one of the world's largest cybercrime sites. The name of the site is not specified.
Also, an interesting coincidence arise. Popular cryptocurrency exchange is anavailable for more than 24 hours now.
Unplanned maintenance in data center, possible problems with access to btc-e #btce
— BTC-E (@btcecom) July 25, 2017
At the moment, btc-e.nz is available, but there is only a stab with Twitter.
Is the first decentralized peer-to-peer payment network that is powered by its users with no central authority or middlemen
Reddit users, that are writting under #btce, suggest that the exchange could be closed or be hacked. It is also possible that fraudsters have access to funds in bitcoin-purses.
Indirectly, this version is confirmed by Twitter users who reported that unknown hackers withdrew $ 169M from the exchange.
— Liveuamap (@Liveuamap) July 25, 2017
One Twitter user even created a "timeline".
— Blockchair (@Blockchair) July 25, 2017
Does these two situations connected? Well, time will show.