Prizm Cryptocurrency Developer Losses 300 Bitcoin in Robbery Attack
The rise of cryptocurrency related crime in the global society would eventually cause negative impacts on the development of these digital currencies. In a recent report, Moscow police announced that Yuri Mayorov, the creator of the PRIZM cryptocurrency was kidnapped and robbed of his bitcoin.
According to a Forklog report on Monday, Feb. 26, Mayorov was attacked by four assailants, then kidnapped and beaten. He lost $20,000, 300BTC, and three Iphones.
The attack occurred in Moscow. Yuri was reportedly withdrawing a few dollars for a future trip to India when he was intercepted by the four assailants who forced him into a van. The men took the US dollars, which Mayorov just collected, the iPhones, and his laptop with access to his crypto wallet with 300 BTC, worth a little over $3 mln today. When he was released in an unknown place, he was forced to drink a pill with a glass of vodka.
The Moscow police are making efforts to apprehend the attackers. It is however, yet to be disclosed if Yuri’s wallet have been drained of his alleged bitcoin holdings.
Kidnappings and robbery attacks on cryptocurrency investors are increasingly common in Russia and Ukraine. Last week, an investor in Moscow was facially mutilated by a group of attackers as he was forced to transfer his bitcoin holdings. Another crypto-investor, a youtube blogger, was reportedly attacked at his home in St. Petersburg and robbed of his cryptocurrency holdings in mid-January.
The re-occurrence of these crimes are expected in the near future, cryptocurrency investors are advised to employ shrewdness in their dealings with unknown persons and should avoid disclosing cryptocurrency holdings.
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