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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...

6th December 2017 – Quoted by Kyra Gurney - The Miami Herald

In Washington, Venezuela’s plan to create a ‘Bitcoin’ seen as a sign of desperation

Yaya J. Fanusie

Venezuela’s announcement that it plans to launch a national crypto-currency to evade U.S. sanctions has been met with skepticism in Washington, where lawmakers see the proposal as a sign of the regime’s increasing desperation. more...

13th November 2017 – Quoted by Julie Weed - The New York Times

Foiling Cyber-Spies on Business Trips

Samantha F. Ravich

The admonitions to business travelers headed to other countries should be familiar by now: Keep your laptop with you at all times. Stay off public Wi-Fi networks. Don’t send unencrypted files over the internet. more...

20th October 2017 – Quoted by Rachel Ansley - The Atlantic Council

Financial Pressure Needed to Prevent Financial Crimes in the DRC

Yaya J. Fanusie

The United States should apply sanctions on illicit financial networks and crack down on money laundering in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where a "violent kleptocracy" has fueled an ongoing and deadly conflict, John Prendergast, co-founder of The Sentry and founding director of the Enough Project, said at the Atlantic Council. more...

13th October 2017 – Quoted by Renee Picard - Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project

Russia Advances in Fight With US Over Cybercrime Suspect

Boris Zilberman

On Wednesday, a Greek court showed support for Russia in a US-Russia legal tug-of-war over the alleged mastermind behind a $4 billion bitcoin money-laundering scheme, reported Reuters. more...

10th October 2017 – Quoted by Kevin D. Freeman - Global Economic Warfare

When the IT Supply Chain is Compromised “Inside the Wire”

Samantha F. Ravich

The term “inside the wire” generally suggests a zone of safety. Going outside the wire suggests being at risk. But what happens when the enemy gets inside the wire? Extreme threat. more...

19th August 2017 – Citado por Jackeline Rivero - Criptonoticias

Ataque En Barcelona, Financiamiento Terrorista Y Criptomonedas

Yaya J. Fanusie

El mundo aún está conmocionado por el lamentable ataque terrorista, perpetrado por el Estado Islámico (EI), que sufrió la ciudad de Barcelona el pasado jueves 17, en el cual resultaron 13 personas asesinadas y un centenar de heridos. Leer más: Follow us: @CriptoNoticias on Twitter | CriptoNoticias on Facebook more...

19th August 2017 – Quoted by Jeff Francis - Bitcoinist

Pentagon Looking To Draft Blockcain Technology For Security Purposes

Blockchain technology has proven itself to be invaluable for many different applications and now the Pentagon is looking at using blockchain technology to vastly bolster national security. more...

17th August 2017 – Quoted by The Peninsula

Qatar partners with US firm to combat terror financing

Chip Poncy, Juan Zarate

Qatar’s National Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Committee (NAMLC) has engaged with the Financial Integrity Network (FIN), based in Washington DC, as its principal strategic adviser for enhancing Doha’s Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-terrorist Financing System (AML/CFT). The partnership will ensure that the country meets the heightened and evolving global standards and expectations for financial integrity. more...

17th August 2017 – Quoted by Dan Boylan - The Washington Times

Pentagon eyes bitcoin blockchain technology as cybersecurity shield

Samantha F. Ravich

Used by terrorists, drug dealers and money launderers, the shadowy online currency bitcoin may soon be drafted by the Pentagon as a way to shield U.S. military technology, communications and purchases. more...

16th August 2017 – Quoted by Nathan Reiff - Investopedia

U.S. Demands International Monitoring of Cryptocurrency Transactions

Yaya J. Fanusie

In the midst of heated political tensions in the United States and abroad, news that President Trump recently signed a foreign sanctions bill that stipulates governmental monitoring of cryptocurrency transactions may have passed under the radar. Read more: U.S. Demands International Monitoring of Cryptocurrency Transactions | Investopedia Follow us: Investopedia on Facebook more...

12th August 2017 – Quoted by Bitcoin News

US Foreign Sanctions Bill Mandates That Governments Monitor Cryptocurrency

Yaya J. Fanusie

The value of the shadowy digital currency known as bitcoin has jumped to record highs this month, sending shock waves through America's defense and intelligence agencies, which fear its growth signals a surge in use by terrorists, drug kingpins, white-collar criminals and Russian cybercriminals who don't want to be tracked by the world's governments. more...

10th August 2017 – Quoted by Dan Boylan - The Washington Times

Military, intelligence agencies alarmed by surge in bitcoin value in ‘dark web’ fight

Yaya J. Fanusie

The value of the shadowy digital currency known as bitcoin has jumped to record highs this month, sending shock waves through America’s defense and intelligence agencies, which fear its growth signals a surge in use by terrorists, drug kingpins, white-collar criminals and Russian cybercriminals who don’t want to be tracked by the world’s governments. more...

7th August 2017 – Quoted by JD Supra

High-Profile Spanish Money Laundering Investigation of Chinese Bank Raises Questions

Juan Zarate

As widely reported, the Spanish police raided last year the Madrid offices of the Chinese state-run Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (“ICBC”), the world’s biggest bank by assets. more...

31st July 2017 – Quoted by Javier E. David - CNBC

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula said to be flush with cash and positioned to launch new attacks

Yaya J. Fanusie, Alex Entz

The group behind the Charlie Hebdo terror attack in Paris earns tens of millions of dollars per year and remains "well funded," a report from Foundation for Defense of Democracies found. more...

14th July 2017 – Quoted Joyce Karam - The National

Terror designation lists highlight Qatar’s failure to tackle extremist funding

David Andrew Weinberg

Of the names that do not overlap, many are affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, which is designated as a terrorist organisation by the four Arab States. more...

13th July 2017 – Quoted by Andrea Leal - Cripto Noticias

Fundación para La Defensa de La Democracia propone blockchain para la defensa territorial U.S.

Samantha F. Ravich

Registros médicos, auditorias forenses, herramientas humanitarias y sistemas financieros. more...

11th July 2017 – Quoted by Michael del Castillo - Coindesk

Defending Borders with Blockchain: Former Cheney Advisor Calls for Action

Samantha F. Ravich

Published by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington, DC-based think tank, a new research memo released today details how blockchain technology could be used to prevent maliciously modified hardware components from being built into infrastructure deemed crucial to national security. more...

11th July 2017 – Mentioned by Dan Cummings - ETHNews

FDD and CPRI Research Blockchain For Supply Chain Protection

Manufacturing supply chains will play a huge role in advancing globalization into the future. However, just as in any other industry, supply chain management has its faults. Hidden behind the guise of legitimate trade partners, rival states can endanger the national security of their contenders. more...

7th July 2017 – Pete Williams, Robert Windrem and Tom Winter - NBC News

Feds Suspect Russians Behind Cyber-Attacks on Power Plants

Juan Zarate

Russia is suspected to be behind recent hacker intrusions at American power plants, including at least one nuclear facility, two U.S. officials told NBC News. more...


Samantha F. Ravich

CSIF Board of Advisors, Senior Advisor

Yaya J. Fanusie

Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance - Director of Analysis

Annie Fixler

Policy Analyst

Juan Zarate

Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance - Chairman and Senior Counselor


18th November 2016 - 8:30 AM

Cyber Warfare in the Next Administration

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ (FDD) Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF) hosted a breakfast discussion with former Director of the CIA and the NSA General Michael Hayden Friday, November 18, from 8:30am to 9:45am. He was in conversation with Dr. Samantha Ravich, CSIF Board Member and Senior Advisor focused on cyber-enabled warfare.