The Fiscal Intelligence and Investigation (FIOD) has, together with the Public prosecution service (OM) “one of the biggest” witwasmachines for cryptovaluta taken offline.
The FIOD writes on his website that it is going to Bestmixer.io, one of the three largest online mixers’ for the cryptovaluta bitcoin, bitcoin cash and litecoin. This kind of mixers are online services which the origin or destination of a cryptovaluta can conceal.
In the Netherlands, and Luxembourg were the six servers were dismantled and seized. According to the FIOD is Bestmixer.io mainly used “for criminal money flows to conceal and launder”.
The service started in may 2018 and has since been a turnover of at least us $ 200 million (179 million euro) have been met.
The research was done in collaboration with the Digital Intrusion Team (DIGIT) of the police. Also Europol and the authorities in Luxembourg, France and Latvia, helped.
The examination of the Financial Advanced Cyber Team (FACT) of the FIOD was in June of 2018 started under the guidance of the Functional public prosecutor.
‘Significant step against money laundering’
The FIOD is called the action against Bestmixer.io “a major and important step in the fight against criminal geldstormen in general and virtual criminal financial flows in particular”.
Cryptovaluta be many on the darkweb and in criminal circles as a means of payment. According to the FIOD, the total turnover of marketplaces on the darkweb about 800 million dollars.