Agency loses $55K in address poisoning scam

America Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) — the company tasked with implementing the nation’s drug legal guidelines — misplaced $55,000 in seized Tether (USDT) earlier this yr by the hands of a scammer.

Forbes reported on Aug. 24 that in Might, the company seized over $500,000 value of USDT from two Binance accounts it suspected of laundering cash from drug gross sales as a part of a multi-year investigation.

The funds had been put in DEA-controlled Trezor crypto wallets and saved securely, in response to a search warrant seen by Forbes. As a part of normal forfeiture processing the DEA despatched a check quantity of simply over $45 value of USDT to the U.S. Marshals Service.

An on-chain sleuth picked up on the transaction after which rapidly arrange a crypto pockets with the identical first 5 and final 4 characters of the Marshals account — a scam tactic often known as “deal with poisoning.”

The scammer airdropped a token to the DEA’s pockets in order that the spoofed deal with will seem as a latest transaction, and thus tricking the proprietor into unintentionally transferring funds to the mistaken deal with.

The tactic labored in opposition to the DEA agent, who despatched over $55,000 to the scammer.

By the point the Marshals observed and alerted the DEA who in flip requested Tether to freeze the funds it was too late.

The USDT had already been swapped for Ether (ETH) and Bitcoin (BTC) after which shifted to different crypto wallets.

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The DEA alongside the FBI is investigating the incident and is but to search out whose behind the assault. All they’ve discovered to this point are two Binance accounts that paid for the attacker pockets gasoline charges which used two Gmail e mail addresses to enroll.

It is hoped Google has some data that can be utilized to nab the proprietor of the Gmail accounts.

The DEA didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

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