Armed robbers steal $1.8 million worth of cryptocurrency

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The Manhattan District Attorney has charged a man with robbery and kidnapping after he swiped a digital wallet containing a fortune in ethereum cryptocurrency. Louis Meza and an associate allegedly held up the victim at gunpoint after luring him into a vehicle, then stole his keys, wallet and cellphone. Meza used the keys to enter the victim’s apartment and make off with his digital wallet. Shortly afterwards, he transferred $1.8 million in “ether” cryptocurrency to his own wallet. According to the DA’s press release, Meza knew the victim and knew he had a large amount of ethereum. After meeting the victim on the evening of November 4th, “Meza insisted on ordering a car service for the victim, who entered a minivan after parting ways with Meza, ” the DA stated. The perpetrator was also charged with computer tampering, criminal possession of stolen property, and computer trespass. The DA notes that the crime is a vivid illustration that hacking isn’t the only way crooks can get their hands on your Bitcoins and other crypto-cash. “This case demonstrates the increasingly common intersection between cyber and violent crime, ” said NY County District Attorney Cyrus Vance. “We can expect this type of crime to become increasingly common as cryptocurrency values surge upward.” Via: Coindesk Source: New York County District Attorney

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