An amazing coincidence

“On Friday, London-based blockchain analytics firm Elliptic said it had identified the bitcoin wallet used by DarkSide to collect ransom payments from its victims… Elliptic said DarkSide and its affiliates bagged at least $90 million in bitcoin ransom payments, originating from 47 distinct cryptocurrency wallets.”

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51 Responses to An amazing coincidence

  1. Roger says:

    A threat to repeat the hack, just for starters.

  2. Snoopy says:

    Vlad has promised that his pipeline will be carbon negative.

  3. Lee says:

    Why were there sanctions on a Russian pipeline in the first place?

  4. Mother Lode says:

    Vlad has promised that his pipeline will be carbon negative.

    Well, jut having closed down one pipeline (in the US) then opening up his own is a nett zero in itself.

  5. notafan says:

    Nothing Joe does is in American’s best interests.

    It’s what they voted for.

  6. Tom says:

    What does Vladimir Putin have on President Biden??

    Nothing now that he has agreed to the bribe.

    He’s just another revenue opportunity for the corrupt Washington influence machine, which the Biden family has just taken over from the Clintons.

  7. Speedbox says:

    Elliptic said it had identified the bitcoin wallet used by DarkSide to collect ransom payments….

    Big deal. Bitcoin origin/destination wallets are not ‘secret’ but that info doesn’t identify the owner(s) of the wallet. And, if Darkside think the wallet address is now compromised, an entirely new wallet address can be created in minutes.

  8. Gyro Cadiz says:

    Vlad has the tapes Epstein made of Sloppy Joe on his trips to his peddoparadise, of course.

    What, you thought Sloppy Joe’s nickname came from him being a drooling retard?

    Comrade….

  9. C.L. says:

    All of those wallets have indeed been abandoned.

  10. C.L. says:

    I love how the media carefully maintain the fiction that DarkSide is a rogue private outfit … in Russia. They do this so as not to admit that 1) under Biden, the US was hit by Russian cyber-terrorists; and 2) Biden surrendered to the Kremlin in a manner that would have been denounced (by them) as suspicious and impeachable a few years ago.

    Note what Biden was coached to say:

    Biden says ‘no evidence’ Russia involved in US pipeline hack but Putin should act.

    “So far there is no evidence based on, from our intelligence people, that Russia is involved, though there is evidence that the actors, ransomware, is in Russia. They have some responsibility to deal with this,” he said.

  11. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Anyone in the MSM writing anything about “Russian collusion”?
    Surely after their efforts over the last five years they are keen to.

  12. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV) says:

    Nothing Joe does is in American’s best interests.

    biden’s only challenge is hiding his kleptocracy from his base

  13. John of Mel says:

    It’s what they voted for.

    Who did?

  14. Terry Andrews says:

    Can everybody stop saying Biden did something or other. Biden does nothing but drool in the basement. The Democrat mafia decide what happens.

  15. Graham says:

    Biden has surrendered to Russia over the pipeline, but it is also what the Germans want. The EU has no spine when it comes to Russia. I think you will find that Biden is going to be a far easier push over for Russia than Trump ever was. I expect that Putin will test the waters soon by grabbing a bit more of Ukraine, and if that goes well the sky is the limit for him for any of the former USSR. No doubt Iran and China will be closely watching developments also and will soon flex their own muscles. Biden is gullible on the Iran nuclear deal so Iran should get what it wants soon. The rot set in under Obama. Biden will be many times worse. Kamala does not have a clue. We will be needing those Pyne class submarines a lot sooner than we think.

  16. miltonf says:

    As long as the old thief can sniff a few greenbacks …

  17. Terry says:

    ‘biden’s only challenge is hiding his kleptocracy from his base

    A feat of such skill and daring as his base wander like blindfolded zombies, fingers in their ears, moaning “Trump, Truummpp, Truuummmppp…”.

  18. Richard says:

    I held that a number of . . . things can be 150. . . 15000 times as much of the problem with piping the gas and we going to have to learn to drumphanitedment.

    Joe Biden 2021.

  19. Slim Cognito says:

    Big deal. Bitcoin origin/destination wallets are not ‘secret’ but that info doesn’t identify the owner(s) of the wallet. And, if Darkside think the wallet address is now compromised, an entirely new wallet address can be created in minutes.

    This is the good thing about blockchain. Now the wallet address is known, any payments going out are also recorded as well as the destination wallet. They can’t move it without it being seen by anyone who cares to look. Yes, the personal details of the wallet owner aren’t known but the trail can be followed.

  20. Richard says:

    This is the good thing about blockchain. Now the wallet address is known, any payments going out are also recorded as well as the destination wallet. They can’t move it without it being seen by anyone who cares to look. Yes, the personal details of the wallet owner aren’t known but the trail can be followed.

    I wouldn’t see this as a ‘good thing’ if I owned bitcoin.

  21. Infidel Tiger King says:

    John Schindler
    @20committee
    ·
    11h
    Unbelievable.

    An appalling surrender to the Kremlin because we must not upset Berlin, whose political class has been bought by Moscow.

    Bummer for our NATO allies east of Germany, eh?

    Trump was better on NS2 than Biden. Think about that.

    Schindler is an anti-Trump loon and this is his view.

    The Biden Admin is the most dangerous enemy regime the west has ever faced.

  22. Boambee John says:

    notafan says:
    May 19, 2021 at 1:46 pm
    Nothing Joe does is in American’s best interests.

    It’s what they voted for.

    Contrary to the Big Lie regularly repeated here by the ostrich (head up bum) and munty (the fat fascist fool), the evidence that “they” voted for this is limited.

  23. Xenophon says:

    I’d like to know what’s going on here. Just a few months ago many here were defenders of that filth in Moscow all if a sudden Putin is a bad guy? What gives???

  24. Mitchell Porter says:

    Lee says:
    May 19, 2021 at 1:12 pm
    Why were there sanctions on a Russian pipeline in the first place?

    I would also ask: would the sanctions make any difference anyway?

  25. Strayan Drongo says:

    Xenophon I think the difference is that previously the left were trying to make out any time Putin was mentioned he is the worst person in the world and Trump’s mate, which was always nonsense when the left are all so close with the CCP

  26. Lee says:

    Contrary to the Big Lie regularly repeated here by the ostrich (head up bum) …

    Kruell or Numbers?

    I’d like to know what’s going on here. Just a few months ago many here were defenders of that filth in Moscow all if a sudden Putin is a bad guy?

    Speaking for myself I have never defended him.
    I don’t recall too many here who were.

  27. Terry Pedersen says:

    “a source familiar”

    Lol.

  28. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “I’d like to know what’s going on here. Just a few months ago many here were defenders of that filth in Moscow all if a sudden Putin is a bad guy? What gives???”

    Really….”many here“…..LOL….I doubt that very much…..care to post a link or do you just post ad hom generalisations to suit your narrative?

  29. Mother Lode says:

    I don’t like Putin. If anyone thinks he is turning Russia into a last bulwark of western ideals against corrosive progressive militancy as I have seen here on occasion, I would counter he is posturing as a strategy for the present that he will pivot from as soon as it benefits him and his kleptocrat mates. (Kleptocurrency?)

    But he has discovered that while the old Russia could not defeat the West, the West can defeat the West. Progressives hate their countries. From a distance he stirs up discord.

    When he said he looked forward to dealing with Trump I could not see it as anything other than him trying to tarnish Trump’s image amongst his followers, and if it delivered him a Hilderbeest Presidency he would have played her like a moron. A guilty moron on whom he had dirt.

    But he is smart. He totally outclassed preening peacock Obama. Biden does not stand a hope in hell, but more to the point Biden’s puppeteers who have risen to position in the dim light and low gravity of Democrat party politicking are also outclassed with absolutely no idea how to take on an opponent you cannot stab in the back or appeal to a higher figure to bring to heel.

  30. Boambee John says:

    Lee says:
    May 19, 2021 at 4:32 pm
    Contrary to the Big Lie regularly repeated here by the ostrich (head up bum) …

    Kruell or Numbers?

    Numbers. Kruell is Felicia.

  31. Lee says:

    Ah, I see.
    Thanks, John.

  32. Nob says:

    Lee says:
    May 19, 2021 at 1:12 pm
    Why were there sanctions on a Russian pipeline in the first place

    Sanctions against Russia from the EU, Australia and America started in 2014 after they invaded Crimea and Eastern Ukraine and shot down the Malaysian Airlines plane on one of the most used Europe-Australia routes especially connecting to Melbourne.

    I had just signed a contract with a Russian oil company when the invasion happened and sanctions came in and already sent the first load of rental equipment ( i.e temporary import will be returned at end of job) so it’s been a PITA since getting export licences and proving that our equipment wasn’t “dual use” (i.e could be used for military purposes) which is ascertained by customs codes which are incredibly broad and thus tools used in drilling or mining can come into that category.

    So cost us a shit load, not so much staying in the right side of the law which we do scrupulously to the best of our knowledge, but more in proving to suspicious parties that we were on the right side of the law. Which means a shit load in lawyers fees. The kind that charge in 6 minute increments for “reviewing an email” (i.e reading it). Most of all you don’t want to get on the wrong side of the US State Department who are scarier than any totalitarian regime when they’re not being comically incompetent. Which means that small independent businesses have more to fear than big corporations.

    So we’ve had some weird incidents, like an EU bank returning one of our invoice payments back to the Russian company without telling us. The Russian company told us, “er, your bank just sent our payment back”. We asked the bank why, and more importantly, why they didn’t tell us and they just went, “oh, we’ve decided not to accept any money from Russia to safeguard our reputation for probity etc and we’re not obliged to tell you.”

    We couldn’t help pointing out that the same week they’d just written off €60m that they’d lent to a dodgy Irish property developer who’d ripped off loads of people and it was all over the papers. But, they’re big and we’re small so the reply was *shrug*.

    So in 2014, Russia had reacted with some ostentatious sanctions against USA, EU and Australia, which didn’t amount to much since Russia doesn’t export anything of value apart from gas and they can’t afford to cut that off to the EU.
    They banned imports of Australian beef, but avoided mentioning the much greater imports of Australian lamb and mutton which would have pissed off the Russian population of they banned then. E.g a steak restaurant in eastern Russia used to have a sign saying “all our beef from USA Australia and NZ”. After sanctions it was just “NZ”. The supermarket delis had no more French and Italian cheese but Russian copy versions (a bit like Australian supermarkets in that respect).

    So now we’re looking at the details of the new sanctions and our Russian client has asked us what we’re going to do if new US sanctions prevent us supplying equipment, to which we replied, “comply with the sanctions”.

    Long story short, they act insouciant but the sanctions do worry them.

  33. Lee says:

    Thanks, Nob.

  34. Nob says:

    It was obvious to me over the years of doing business in Russia, and as it’s no doubt assumed by Cats, that despite their mockery, Trump worried them more than Biden since Trump was less unpredictable and liable to take firm and sudden consequential action like (e.g) taking out the Iranian guy.

    The other thing that’s going on is the Magnitsky act which targets foreign assets of Russians connected to Putin which really puts the shits up them.

    Having said all that, despite Putin and his mates being murdering corrupt back-to-fronts, life for ordinary Russians has improved enormously over the last twenty years. More law and order and the little stuff that nobody thinks worthy of comment like roads and rubbish and traffic has all got better. Life ain’t so bad as long as you don’t challenge the hierarchy.

  35. Nob says:

    Lee,
    Russians are never going to do anything that looks like backing down or showing weakness. They’ll always retaliate in some way even if it’s really ineffective.

    (Typo n previous post, I meant trump was less predictable, not “unpredictable” as I had written)

  36. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV) says:

    This is the good thing about blockchain. Now the wallet address is known, any payments going out are also recorded as well as the destination wallet. They can’t move it without it being seen by anyone who cares to look. Yes, the personal details of the wallet owner aren’t known but the trail can be followed.

    the coin will turn to champagne and real estate within the year

  37. m0nty says:

    Trump talked a big game on NS2 but never actually did anything about it, in keeping with his Squint Hard foreign policy. He had four years to stop it and all he did was whine and try to get other sanctions against Russia lifted.

    Having said that, there is not much more that he or Biden can do. Germany wants cheap gas from Russia instead of America, it’s not worth invading over, you can’t talk Merkel around. Move on to things you can have an effect on.

  38. C.L. says:

    Very interesting, Nob.
    Thank you for posting that.
    The various expertise-s of Cats is impressive.

  39. Nob says:

    May 19, 2021 at 7:10 pm
    Trump talked a big game … all he did was whine and try to get other sanctions against Russia lifted

    Not true – none of the US sanctions after 2014 were lifted by Trump and he approved many of the additions to the Magnitsky act during his term, or more typically of Trump , he delegated it to people who he knew would approve them.

    All the time during his term, Congress was tightening sanctions on Russia.

    He did listen to submissions of some Russian individuals who approached him but there’s no evidence that it ever went any further than asking a few questions about their cases. As befitted a man who was sending out stream-of-consciousness of tweets every morning, these were seldom more than musing out loud.

  40. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Trump talked a big game on NS2 but never actually did anything about it

    That’s very strange M0nty. Do you live in a different universe from the rest of us or something?

    Nord Stream 2: Trump approves sanctions on Russia gas pipeline (BBC, 2019)

    President Donald Trump has signed a law that will impose sanctions on any firm that helps Russia’s state-owned gas company, Gazprom, finish a pipeline into the European Union. … Congress voted through the measures as part of a defence bill last week and the legislation, which described the pipeline as a “tool of coercion”, was signed off by Mr Trump on Friday.

    How odd!

  41. m0nty says:

    And that law was never enforced. Typical Trump, no follow through.

  42. m0nty says:

    He did listen to submissions of some Russian individuals who approached him but there’s no evidence that it ever went any further than asking a few questions about their cases.

    Yep, that was Trump all over. Crooked as a two bob watch, lazier than JC obeying traffic laws.

  43. Boambee John says:

    Yep, that was Trump all over. Crooked as a two bob watch, lazier than JC obeying traffic laws.

    This from the fat fascist fool who thinks that the sun glows out of Shrillary’s fundament, and that the administration of the Clinton whatever it is called Foundation is as pure as the driven snow.

    Unlike a stopped clock that is correct twice a day, munty is like a calendar stopped on 29 February, he is correct once every four years (perhaps).

  44. FlyingPigs says:

    m0nty says:
    May 19, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    love your work.

    where can I be signed up for payment?

  45. Nob says:

    m0nty says:
    May 19, 2021 at 8:36 pm
    He did listen to submissions of some Russian individuals who approached him but there’s no evidence that it ever went any further than asking a few questions about their cases.

    Yep, that was Trump all over. Crooked as a two bob watch, lazier than JC obeying traffic laws.

    That’s TDS all over.

    Going nuts over things he said while ignoring what actually happened.

  46. Nob says:

    m0nty says:
    May 19, 2021 at 8:31 pm
    And that law was never enforced. Typical Trump, no follow through.

    This is simply untrue.

    USA has been fairly consistent on anti-Russian sanctions since 2014 and continued during Trump’s administration.

    At the time of the Nordstream sanctions that Trump signed off on, the anti-Trump line was that he was applying sanctions because he had interests in selling US gas to Europe. Now you’re telling us that he didn’t apply sanctions.

    The main effect of sanctions is deterrence, as I’ve also described from my own experiences in my earlier post. Enforcement doesn’t actually happen that often – despite what anti capitalist extremists would have you believe, companies are generally very anxious to avoid illegal behaviour.

    However, Trump’s administration started the enforcement action against the pipe laying ship, which Biden continued.

    Overall, Biden has been nowhere near as firm as Trump.

    Feb: Biden relaxes sanctions

    May: Biden continues to refrain from applying sanctions

    I’m somewhat sceptical of these sanctions anyway, but that’s another story.

  47. Crossie says:

    What does Vladimir Putin have on President Biden??

    For a start Putin has a functioning brain.

  48. Up The Workers! says:

    Question:
    “What does Vladimir Putin have on President Biden?”

    Answer:

    About 10%, I believe, is his going rate (just ask the Crack-Head, his business manager).

  49. Speedbox says:

    Nob – thanks for your insight.

    Having said all that, despite Putin and his mates being murdering corrupt back-to-fronts, life for ordinary Russians has improved enormously over the last twenty years. More law and order and the little stuff that nobody thinks worthy of comment like roads and rubbish and traffic has all got better. Life ain’t so bad as long as you don’t challenge the hierarchy.

    This. 99% accurate. (Moscow traffic can be a bitch) 🙂

  50. rickw says:

    That’s very strange M0nty. Do you live in a different universe from the rest of us or something?

    Yes.

  51. Nob says:

    (Moscow traffic can be a bitch)

    It’s a very tame bitch these days.

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