The BBC did a research on Wex, an online exchange platform managed by Bitcoin and more cryptocurrencies. The service has stopped running 2018. THE research focused on how this was done and discovered that some services security of Russia were related to the closure of the platform.
One of the co-founders of the platform said that was forced to surrender information on customer digital wallets on the FSB 2018 service. This information provided access in users' walletsso the service could get them cryptocurrencies worth 450 million dollars (at that time).
Wex started operating 2017 as a successor to BTC-e. BTC-e was another exchange platform that closed it FBI after being associated with money laundering. According to surveys, about $ 4 billions (illegally) were shipped around the world via this platform.
One of them hacking groups, which had used BTC-e for them deceitful its purpose was Fancy Bear. The Russian espionage team has been linked to the attack on the Democratic Party of Russia USA before the 2016 Presidential Election. On the other hand, some sources report that the later Wex platform was used by leading military figures from the Donetsk People's Republic.
The BBC owns some audio documentaries, including discussions on the Wex platform. In these sounds Konstantin Malofeev, a Russian billionaire, accused by the US of financing Russian forces against eastern Ukraine. In the recordings we hear Malofeev say that the Wex platform should come under the control of the FSB.
Russian founder of BTC-e / Wex, Alexey Bilyuchenko, admitted to the BBC that he had been transferred to the FSB offices in Moscow and delivered the details of Wex's digital customer wallets.
Three months later, Wex reduced customer withdrawals and eventually closed at the end of 2018. A few months ago, the platform's general manager was found in Italy and arrested.
One of Wex's most famous clients, who lost his money in this case, is the founder of Telegram, Pavel Durov.
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