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A Canary Denounces Theft Of About 80000 Euros From A Bitcoin Account

The Court of Instruction number 2 of Santa Cruz de Tenerife has issued an order in which it orders the Group of Technological Crimes of the National Police to investigate the possible existence of a crime of computer fraud on the Bittrex cryptocurrency platform.

The events occurred after a man from Tenerife created an account in that entity, where he entered 1.3 bitcoins, which, according to the affected person’s environment, is currently equivalent to about 80,000 euros. The individual received a series of keys to access the aforementioned deposit.

However, one day, the now complainant tried to access the aforementioned account, but could not. And, once he was able to enter, 48 hours later, he detected that the money had literally disappeared. Given this circumstance, he contacted the representatives of the Bittrex platform, who attributed the fact to the actions of a cybercriminal.

In the aforementioned order, which is dated February 9, the magistrate agreed to initiate preliminary proceedings on the matter.

The judicial authority explains that, since there is not “sufficient data to know the identity of the author of the denounced events, it is agreed to officiate” to the aforementioned police group so that, based on the complaint presented and the documents provided, its agents determine , “If possible, a line of technological research that allows the author to be identified , requesting from this Court how many steps are necessary for this purpose.”

The head of the aforementioned court also requests that the Bittrex insurance company mediate in Tenerife be informed of the existence of the aforementioned procedure so that they can appear and make the allegations they consider appropriate, as well as to provide the insurance policy for guarantee civil liability.

An expert considers that one of the possible crimes that has affected a Tenerife citizen is that of article 282 of the Penal Code, by which “ manufacturers will be punished with imprisonment from six months to a year or a fine of 12 to 24 months or merchants who, in their advertising offers for products or services, make false claims or show uncertain characteristics about them, so that they may cause serious and manifest damage to consumers.

He believes that a crime against property can also be applied, such as misappropriation, fraud or others and in some of its forms included in article 27, 28 and 29 of the Penal Code.

The aforementioned expert hired by the complainant explains that “Bittrex allowed four access attempts before the theft , on May 26, 2020, from different IPs, with different locations and with different operating systems, all inconsistent with what was used by the user until that moment and Bittrex did nothing to prevent it. ”

These events occurred on three different days from France, Granada, Madrid and a town in Minnesota, in the United States.

According to the expert, the intruder allegedly used a different operating system than the owner of the account who lost the money, which “should have raised a red security flag for Bittrex.” It clarifies that the data match between victim and offender is “zero”, neither by number of IP addresses, nor city or region of access, nor service provider, nor operating system nor browsers used.

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