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Scam Operators Flourish on Huione Guarantee, Elliptic Research Reveals

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Huione Guarantee, an online marketplace operated by the Cambodian conglomerate Huione Group, has been involved in facilitating online scams in Southeast Asia.

The platform has facilitated transactions exceeding $11 billion, with a significant portion of these funds linked to money laundering and cyber scams, according to a recent research report by Elliptic.

Using blockchain analytics, the Elliptic research team was able to quantify the cryptocurrency transactions on the Huione Guarantee.

The transparency of the blockchain allowed for tracking and blocking these crypto transactions.

Huione Guarantee Primarily Operates in Chinese

The marketplace primarily operates in Chinese and involves numerous instant messaging app channels, each managed by separate merchants.

These merchants offer various services that are fundamental to the operation of cyber scams.

They engage in activities such as selling personal data, money laundering, and providing software and web development for scam websites.

Additionally, Huione Guarantee offers tools and equipment used in the imprisonment and torture of workers in scam compounds.

While the platform accepts payment methods like bank transfers and payment apps, it predominantly relies on Tether, a cryptocurrency that is easier to track compared to traditional fiat flows.

Elliptic’s investigation into Huione Guarantee led to the identification and labeling of hundreds of crypto addresses associated with the platform and its merchants.

This enables exchanges and other businesses to screen transactions and prevent the continued laundering of illicit funds.

It also provides an opportunity for law enforcement agencies to trace these payments and hold those responsible for the scams accountable.

In its 2024 report, Elliptic highlighted the growing use of artificial intelligence (AI) in illicit activities, including state-sponsored cyberattacks and deepfake scams.

Fraudulent schemes involving deepfake videos of prominent figures like Elon Musk and former Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong are reportedly on the rise.

The report also revealed discussions on dark web forums about using AI to reverse-engineer crypto wallet seed phrases and bypass authentication systems.

These emerging AI-related crypto crimes pose new challenges for security and law enforcement agencies in combating and preventing fraudulent activities.

Crypto Market Recovers Over Half of Stolen Funds in Q2

The cryptocurrency market has shown great resilience in the face of adversity, achieving a record recovery rate of 77% for stolen funds in the second quarter of 2024.

In Q2 2024, $347.4 million of the stolen crypto funds were successfully recovered or frozen out of the total $512.9 million lost, according to Hacken’s Web3 Security Report Q2 2024.

“For the second consecutive quarter, the silver lining amid the alarming rate of theft in crypto is the amount of funds recovered,” the report wrote.

It is worth noting that cryptocurrency scams have thrived on X, with analysts attributing a significant portion of all crypto scams to scammers on the platform.

Scam Sniffer, a web3 anti-scam company present on X, conducted an analysis revealing that nearly $50 million is lost each month due to account impersonation on X.com.

Just recently, Binance co-founder Yi He raised concerns about the proliferation of cryptocurrency scams on X, questioning whether Musk would take action to tackle the issue.

The post Scam Operators Flourish on Huione Guarantee, Elliptic Research Reveals appeared first on Cryptonews.

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