US Government Arrests a Blockchain Expert For the First Time

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Specifically whether that’s just sending eth or bitcoin, or whether that’s creating an actual crypto exchange. They say Virgil Griffith delivered a presentation in North Korea titled “Blockchain and Peace,” with Brandon Cavanaugh, a special agent with FBI, further claiming Griffith discussed how blockchain and crypto can be used by North Korea for money laundering and to evade sanctions. The United States government has announced a researcher at the Ethereum Foundation has been arrested ostensibly for delivering “a presentation and technical advice on using cryptocurrency and blockchain technology to evade sanctions” against North Korea. That raises considerable questions in regards to scientific collaboration and in regards to the politikization of science and technology. They do not provide much detail about facilitating the exchange of crypto between North and South Korea.

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The United States government has announced a researcher at the Ethereum Foundation has been arrested ostensibly for delivering “a presentation and technical advice on using cryptocurrency and blockchain technology to evade sanctions” against North Korea.

They say Virgil Griffith delivered a presentation in North Korea titled “Blockchain and Peace,” with Brandon Cavanaugh, a special agent with FBI, further claiming Griffith discussed how blockchain and crypto can be used by North Korea for money laundering and to evade sanctions.

Cavanaugh further claims Griffith began formulating plans to facilitate the exchange of crypto between North and South Korea with the US government claiming the movement of eth or bitcoin in and out of North Korea is contrary to sanctions.

FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William Sweeney said Griffith...

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