The arrest of 11 suspects has now been confirmed by the Cybercrime Department of the Turkish National Police. According to the Turkish Corps who carried out the operations claims that the victims hacked several crypto accounts and made away with Bitcoin with $80,000. The news confirms what earlier reported was on Friday, Nov. 2. By Hürriyet, a major Turkish newspaper.
According to the newspaper, 14 individual reported Turkish local prosecutor authorities of the suspicious funds’ transfer of funds from their bitcoin accounts. After the report from the complainant, the Istanbul police immediately to an action to uncover the truth about the claims. The investigation unveiled the group of hackers compromised users email, passwords and managed to access crypto wallets’ accounts data.
On Nov. 4, special unit cybercrime agents jointly made a crackdown with special operations department Harekat police to arrest and detain the 11 suspects, at a different location in Istanbul. Ten of the suspects were taken into custody while one suspect was reported to have been released until further instigation is completed. However, the police also reported a further offense of two hackers for trying to fake identity cards, devices used in the crime such as 18 phone numbers, 22 memory sticks, SIM cards among other items.
According to Turkish prosecutors, the suspects moved the stolen bitcoin to a different account in an attempt to conceal the evidence then converted all the stolen Bitcoin into fiat which was approximated to be 437,000 Turkish liras. The police agents track the suspects who attempted to withdraw the stolen Bitcoin from ATMs or banks from the evidence of multiple by CCTV cameras.