Cryptocurrencies do not play a special role in lawsuits – US Secret Service
Cryptocurrencies are not very important to the prosecution when considering a lawsuit.
Despite the absence of a separate category for cryptocrimes, their quantity every year everyone more.
Cryptocurrencies, rather, are only part of the crime, and not him basis.
About this Hill said in an interview with Forbes.
Hill also explained that responsibility Secret Service USA focused not only protecting the president, but also investigating crimes against the US financial system, including hacker attacks on computer systems and cryptocurrency-related crimes.
“The service has a unique history of success in countering the criminal use of digital currencies. We investigated and closed two main centralized digital currency, which supported widespread criminal activities: e-Gold Ltd. (in 2007 year) and Liberty Reserve (in 2013), ”Hill said.
No separate category
Also, the cyber policy adviser emphasized that crimes related to cryptocurrencies are not classified in the US criminal justice under a separate category..
“Cryptocurrencies are, rather, part of the crime. They are may be used as a criminal instrument (for example, for money laundering) or may become the target of a crime (for example, for theft), ”added Hill.
This is why criminal offenses are usually classified as money laundering of money“Or” theft, “not” cryptocrime, “Hill notes.
When this, According to Hill, in court proceedings for the prosecution, the mention of cryptocurrencies often does not play a special role, since the crime itself is where more important in sentencing.
Despite the fact that for law enforcement agencies the mention of virtual assets in a crime does not play a special role, crimes related to digital currencies, located in a special account with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Recently, for example, a whole group of scammers created a series of advertisements with the help of which they sold for bitcoins invitations to an event featuring Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk.
Then the scammers managed to fraudulently earn over $ 40 thousand.
IN Of Russia the situation around cryptocurrencies yet more ambiguous. In early July Petrogradsky district the court of St. Petersburg rejected the petition of the injured citizen Sh., who demanded compensation for the stolen 99.70 MTC, citing the fact that cryptocurrency is not is an an official asset and not can be protected by law, like other material values.
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