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18th May 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Turkish Banker Sentenced for Iran Sanctions-Busting Scheme

Aykan Erdemir

A Manhattan court Wednesday sentenced Mehmet Hakan Atilla, deputy general manager of Turkey’s second-largest public lender, Halkbank, to 32 months in prison for his role in a multi-billion dollar scheme to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran. more...

16th May 2018 – The National Interest

Return of the Sanctions: Banks Should Steer Clear of the Central Bank of Iran

Annie Fixler , Behnam Ben Taleblu

The U.S. Treasury Department has set its crosshairs on two more Iranian illicit finance schemes. Late last week, Washington designated a network spanning Iran and the United Arab Emirates that had “procured and transferred millions in U.S. dollar-denominated bulk cash” for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force (IRGC-QF), according to the Treasury Department’s press statement. more...

28th April 2018 – CoinDesk

The Crypto Community Must Use the Blockchain to Self-Police

Yaya J. Fanusie

Self-policing illicit activity on the blockchain may soon be a necessity for the cryptocurrency space. The everyday cryptocurrency enthusiast in the future is likely to spend time identifying illicit wallets and transactions to avoid. The U.S. Treasury Department has made that inevitable. more...

19th April 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

U.S., UK Act to Block Chinese Technology Threat

Annie Fixler , Trevor Logan

This week, the U.S. and UK governments took steps to combat key national security threats posed by two Chinese telecommunications companies. On Monday, the U.S. Commerce Department banned all U.S. sales to ZTE, a Chinese telecommunications company that violated export controls. more...

17th April 2018 – FDD's Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance

State Sponsors of Terrorism: An Examination of Iran’s Global Terrorism Network

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Since its establishment, the Islamic Republic of Iran has viewed Latin America as a fertile ground for the export of its revolution. Tehran wants the Western Hemisphere to become a hotbed of anti-Americanism and a forward operating base for Iran. more...

11th April 2018 – CBC

Power & Politics

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Mark Dubowitz joins Power and Politics to discuss the Iran deal and the possibility that the US could walk away from the deal. more...

9th April 2018 – Quoted by Michael del Castillo - CoinDesk

The Anti-Petro? Zcash Throws Venezuelans a Lifeline

Michaela Frai

Zooko Wilcox received his first plea for help from someone in Venezuela a few months ago. The founder and CEO of the Zerocoin Electric Coin Company (ZECC) had been closely following what he describes as "a humanitarian crisis of the first order" unfolding in Venezuela when he got that first message, followed by a series of others. more...

5th April 2018 – FDD's CSIF Research Memo

Pushing Back on Putin: Gaining Leverage with Cheaper Oil and Gas

Pasi Eronen, Boris Zilberman

For three years, Russian President Vladimir Putin has seemed immune to the dual stresses of increasingly tighter economic sanctions and stubbornly low oil prices. He has maintained covert pincers on Ukraine sovereignty, captured a diplomatic and military foothold in Syria, and attacked the democratic systems of the U.S. and Europe. In the wake of Putin’s March 18 election to another six-year term, extending his rule through at least 2024, oil offers him the opportunity for even bolder action to come. more...

5th April 2018 – Quoted by Tanya Chepkova - Cryptovest

Terrorists Love Cryptocurrencies, Russian Security Services Claim

International terrorism has mastered all modern informational technologies and is using cryptocurrencies while also actively broadening its contacts with high-profile hackers, according to Alexander Bortnikov, head of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSS). more...

26th March 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

Iran’s Cyber Capabilities Expanded throughout Nuclear Talks

Annie Fixler , Behnam Ben Taleblu

The U.S. Treasury and Justice Departments took combined action Friday to designate and indict the Iranian firm Mabna Institute, as well as nine of its contractors responsible for “a coordinated campaign of cyber intrusions.” Between 2013 and 2017, these entities hacked hundreds of universities, private companies, and government agencies in the U.S. and around the world. The four-year campaign to steal billions of dollars’ worth of intellectual property attests to Iran’s evolving cyber capabilities. more...

25th March 2018 – CoinDesk

Crypto Investors Should Stay Away from Venezuela’s Petro

Yaya J. Fanusie, Michaela Frai

Venezuela has reportedly made the first state-backed cryptocurrency, the petro, available to the public. Crypto investors should just say no. more...

22nd March 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

United Nations Report Highlights North Korea Sanctions Violations

Mathew Ha

Last week, the UN Panel of Experts released its latest report on sanctions violations by North Korea and its enablers. The contents of the report indicate that the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign is working, yet there remains much to be done to ensure that Western pressure on North Korea is truly at a maximum. more...

21st March 2018 – Interviewed by Mercy A. Kuo - The Diplomat

Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare: Assessing US Strategy

Samantha F. Ravich

Trans-Pacific View author Mercy Kuo regularly engages subject-matter experts, policy practitioners, and strategic thinkers across the globe for their diverse insights into U.S. Asia policy. This conversation with Dr. Samantha Ravich – Principal Investigator on two projects at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, the Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare Project and the Transformative Cyber Innovation Lab, and author of Marketization and Democracy: East Asian Experiences – is the 132nd in “The Trans-Pacific View Insight Series.” more...

19th March 2018 – Quoted by David Gilbert - Vice

Criminals are racing to cash out their bitcoin. Here’s how they’re doing it

Yaya J. Fanusie

The bitcoin scam worked — almost too well. more...

26th February 2018 – Quoted by Louis Aguilar - The Detroit News

Bitcoin ATMs in Detroit party stores, gas stations

Yaya J. Fanusie

The 23 Bitcoin automated-teller machines in Detroit are installed in places like the Big V Party Store on the northwest side. Signs outside the Big V prominently advertise its goods and services: check-cashing, money orders, liquor, Lotto tickets — and since last year, an ATM dedicated to the so-called future of money. more...

23rd February 2018 – Quoted by Mirko Zago - PuntoInformatico

I jihadisti invitano alle donazioni in Bitcoin

Yaya J. Fanusie

Nella controversa realtà delle cripto monete purtroppo tornan a parlare di sé le transazioni volte a finanziare attività criminose. more...

23rd February 2018 – Quoted by Michael del Castillo - Coindesk

Why Venezuela Should Worry About a National Crypto

Yaya J. Fanusie, Michaela Frai

While not many things are clear about Venezuela's new state-backed cryptocurrency, the petro, what is apparent is that many think it's potentially harmful for the country's people. more...

23rd February 2018 – FDD's Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance Policy Brief

To Evade U.S. Sanctions, Venezuela Launches the World’s First National Cryptocurrency

Yaya J. Fanusie, Michaela Frai

This week, the Venezuelan government started selling the “petro,” the world’s first “national cryptocurrency.” The petro’s release is part of the Maduro regime’s strategy to combat the “financial blockade” of U.S. sanctions, yet the petro is likely to find itself just as vulnerable as other financial instruments to U.S. sanctions and market-based disincentives. more...

20th February 2018 – Quoted by Brett Forrest and Justin Scheck - The Wall Street Journal

Jihadists See a Funding Boon in Bitcoin

Yaya J. Fanusie

When a group that says it provides financial assistance “relating to the jihad” sought to improve conditions for fighters in a squalid, sandbag-fortified trench in Syria late last year, it turned to a new funding conduit: bitcoin. more...

6th February 2018 – CNN

The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer

Yaya J. Fanusie

FDD's Yaya Fanusie join's CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer to discuss North Korean cyber-hacking. more...

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