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Germany and the United States liquidated a large “mixer” of cryptocurrencies ChipMixer

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According to the European Union’s Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, better known as Europol, on March 15, the agency confiscated the assets of cryptocurrency “mixer” ChipMixer for its alleged involvement in money laundering activities.

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The authorities shut down the infrastructure of this site, gaining access to 4 servers and 7 terabytes of data (including users and their operations).

Later, the “mixer” was formally charged with laundering 152,000 BTC (that’s over $45 million in fiat equivalent at the current exchange rate).

According to prosecutors, a total of about $3.8 billion of “black” money “passed” through the platform associated with darknet markets, ransomware, illegal circulation of goods and services, intimate materials and the theft of cryptocurrency.

Germany and the United States liquidated a large

The total seized assets include more than 1,900 BTC worth 44.2 million euros ($46 million). Decentralized finance analyst ZachXBT previously claimed that hackers of the collapsed cryptocurrency exchange FTX laundered 360 BTC ($5.9 million) using ChipMixer after a $372 million exploit.

“ChipMixer, an unlicensed cryptocurrency mixer created in mid-2017, specialized in mixing or obfuscating the trails associated with virtual currency assets. The ChipMixer software concealed the trail of funds on the blockchain, making it attractive to cybercriminals seeking to launder illicit proceeds of crime,” law enforcement officials said in a statement.

Funds invested in ChipMixer were turned into “chips” or small tokens of equivalent value, which were then mixed together to anonymize the original fund footprint.

Ransomware actors such as Zeppelin, SunCrypt, Mamba, Dharma or Lockbit have used this service to launder the ransom they received.

It can be noted that this is a major success for the power structures of the countries. However, this does not mean that cybercriminals will use other mixers to launder the funds received through illegal means.

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Ryzen 7 8845H, 32GB RAM and 3K screen for $780. Lenovo ThinkBook 14+ 2024 and ThinkBook 16+ 2024 presented

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Ryzen 7 8845H 32GB RAM and 3K screen for 780

Lenovo introduced a new generation of ThinkBook 14+ and ThinkBook 16+ laptops in China. The 2024 models are built on the 8-core Ryzen 7 8845H processor, which reaches a frequency of 5.1 GHz.

Ryzen 7 8845H, 32GB RAM and 3K screen for $780.  Lenovo ThinkBook 14+ 2024 and ThinkBook 16+ 2024 presented

Both models are equipped with 85 Wh batteries, LPDDR5X memory, two M.2 2280 slots for SSD, USB4, HDMI, RJ-45 ports. The differences are in size and screens: the younger model is equipped with 2.5K and 3K displays with a frame rate of 90 and 120 Hz, respectively, while the older model is equipped only with a 2.5K screen with a frame rate of 120 Hz.

Configurations and prices look like this:

ThinkBook 14+:

  • Ryzen 7 8845H, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, 2.5K 90Hz screen – $695;
  • Ryzen 7 8845H, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD, 3K 120 Hz screen – $735;
  • Ryzen 7 8845H, 32 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD, 3K 120 Hz screen – $780.

ThinkBook 16+:

  • Ryzen 7 8845H, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, 2.5K 120Hz screen – $750;
  • Ryzen 7 8845H, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, 2.5K 120Hz screen – $790.
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Nvidia rose by $250 billion in one day, Jensen Huang is now the 21st richest person in the world

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Nvidia posted the largest one-day gain of all time in Wall Street history: Nvidia’s market capitalization added $250 billion in one day, surpassing $1.9 trillion. Amid strong quarterly and annual reports, the company’s shares rose 15% to $774.18.

Nvidia rose by $250 billion in one day, Jensen Huang is now the 21st richest person in the world

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Nvidia’s growth is driven by growing demand for GPUs, with the world’s largest high-tech companies (including Open AI, Microsoft, Google) rushing to expand their computing capabilities to train artificial intelligence. Nvidia currently controls approximately 80% of the AI ​​GPU market.

As Nvidia’s capitalization grows, its leader also becomes richer. During the day, Jensen Huang’s fortune increased by $8.5 billion to $68.1 billion. And this allowed him to take 21st place in the ranking of the richest people on the planet Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

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Sales of the all-new Toyota Camry will start on March 6

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Sales of the all new Toyota Camry will start on March

According to Autohome, sales of the all-new Toyota Camry (Camry XV80 or ninth-generation Camry) will start on March 6. Moreover, China will be the first country where the new Camry will be available in retail: before that, pre-orders were opened in China, and, for example, in the USA, production of the Camry XV80 will begin later this year.

Sales of the all-new Toyota Camry will start on March 6

In China, the Camry XV80 is available in three appearance variants, corresponding to the SE, LE and XSE trim levels.

Sales of the all-new Toyota Camry will start on March 6

There are also three engines: a basic 2.0-liter naturally aspirated one and two non-rechargeable hybrid power plants with engines of 2.0 and 2.5 liters. Pre-order prices range from 24.2 to 29 thousand dollars, but at retail the sedans will probably be cheaper. In addition, at the start of open sales of new models in China, discounts and various bonus programs are usually announced.

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