- The crypto mixer based in 2017 was shut down by nationwide authorities led by the European Union Company For Regulation Enforcement Cooperation (Europol).
- Authorities seized $46 million in Bitcoin and seven terabytes of information from the crypto tumbler.
- One other crypto mixer, Twister Money, was sanctioned by the usTreasury again in August 2022.
Crypto mixing platform ChipMixer was closed by the European Union Company For Regulation Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) on suspicions that the service aided darkish net markets, ransomware teams, illicit items trafficking, procurement of kid sexual exploitation materials, and stolen crypto property.
Authorities from Belgium, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, and the U.S. collaborated to close down the crypto tumbler which has operated since round 2017. 1,909 Bitcoin (BTC) value an estimated $46 million was seized after authorities knocked down ChipMixer’s infrastructure. Europol additionally confiscated 4 servers and 7 terabytes of information from the platform.
Europol’s assertion on the matter alleged that ChipMixer operated an unlicensed cryptocurrency mixer and laundered 152,000 BTC value a staggering $3.8 billion per Bitcoin’s market value on Wednesday.
Authorities additionally hinted that ChipMixer might have been used to launder “a number of the crypto property stolen after the chapter of a big crypto alternate in 2022”. The crypto alternate was not named in Europol’s assertion.
ChipMixer was supposedly a haven for ransomware attackers trying to obscure their stolen digital asset, Europol added.
Ransomware actors resembling Zeppelin, SunCrypt, Mamba, Dharma or Lockbit have additionally used this service to launder ransom funds they’ve acquired.
Feds Goal Crypto Mixers
ChipMixer is one other crypto mixer on the U.S. radar. In August 2022, the U.S. Treasury sanctioned common crypto tumbler Twister Money. Twister Money was sanctioned on the idea that North Korean cyber-terrorists consistently leveraged the Ethereum-based protocol for cash laundering operations.
Twister Money developer Alexey Pertsev was arrested within the Netherlands shortly after the sanction. Pertseve remained in detention at press time after a decide dominated towards bail situations for the crypto developer.