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BTC Criminal Is Selling 26 Mln Users’ Personal Data for Bitcoin on Dark Web

  • Yuri Molchan
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    ⚙️🔓👀Crypto hacker, famous under a name “Gnosticplayers” wishes to sell details of 26 mln customers of six globally operating companies on dark web – for Bitcoin


BTC Criminal Is Selling 26 Mln Users’ Personal Data for Bitcoin on Dark Web
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This is the fourth time the cyber criminal Gnosticplayers is selling stolen personal data on Dark Web, requiring Bitcoin in exchange. This personal data includes IP addresses, usernames, email address, passwords along with settings that users put up on each of the six platforms.

1.5 BTC is the price for the data of nearly 30 mln users

The companies whose customers are suffering from the hacker are from various lines of business – a game dev firm (GameSalad), a book shop from Brazil, an Indonesian e-commerce platform (Bukalapak) and even YouthManual.com, a company that helps students with job hunting.

The hacker has put up the details for sale on Dream – a popular trading platform on Dark Web. This is one of the numerous marketplaces that promptly appeared after the FBI closed down the famous Silk Road.


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Price list

For the data of 1.5 mln users from GameSalad in particular, the hacker wants 0.078 BTC. The data of the Estante Virtual book shop users (5.45 mln of them) will be sold for 0.262 BTC.

Prices for data of other companies’ users include 0.157 BTC (users of the Coubic firm), 0.2618 BTC (LifeBear user-data), 0.3407 BTC (Bukalapak users). The user-data of the latter exceeds in the amount the details stolen from customers of other companies.

Gnosticplayers also hit the YouthManual.com, the student career service, and is selling the data for 0.144 BTC.

A hacker of principle

This is the fourth successional round of Gnosticplayers stealing and selling personal user-data. In February s/he offered for sale personal details of more than 840 mln users.

Since February this year, the hacker has stolen customer data from 32 companies around the world, explaining it by low levels of security in those companies and saying that he gets upset that nobody seems to be interested in data security, as reported by zdnet.com.

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Mammoth-size trades

CoinMetrics claims that ‘a single committed trader’ concocted a plan to push the BTC price, and he successfully managed to do that by picking the time of the day when the global liquidity is at its lowest level.


(Source: CoinMetrics.io)

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The report also suggests that the trader started to execute his plan on HitBTC (500,000 USDT were traded for Bitcoin prior to the price movement). After that, large trades were observed on Coinbase and Bitfinex.      

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Focusing on the future

Meanwhile, as reported by U.Today, another theory states that the rapid price surge was triggered by the expiration of the CME futures contracts and heavy spot and over-the-counter buying. One expert went as far as claiming that a simple April joke about the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) could do the trick.

While no one is quite sure about what could have triggered the short-living rally, there is even a bigger disconnect when it comes to Bitcoin price predictions. While some share their bullish predictions for 2019, another report states that it could take 22 years for Bitcoin in order to match its current ATH of $20,000.

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