Tether freezes 32 addresses linked to terrorism in Israel and Ukraine

on Oct 16, 2023
  • Tether freezes accounts linked to terrorist activities in Ukraine and Israel.
  • The stablecoin issuer says it worked with law enforcement in several countries.
  • Binance last week announced it froze crypto accounts linked to Hamas.

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Tether, the company that issues the stablecoin USDT, has frozen 32 wallet addresses reportedly linked to terrorism. The targeted addresses are alleged to have conducted activities linked to the current wars in Israel and Ukraine.

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Tether has frozen over $835 million

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An announcement the company published on Monday indicated that the action to freeze the addresses was a result of Tether’s collaboration with law enforcement agencies. As well as the Israeli National Bureau for Counter Terror Financing, Tether says it has worked with 18 other agencies across the globe.

In total, investigations across the 19 jurisdictions have seen a total of $835 million in stolen assets – including from exchange hacks – frozen.  32 of the frozen addresses are linked to illegal activity in Ukraine and Israel, the company wrote in a blog post.

Commenting on the revelations, Paolo Ardoino, recently appointed Tether CEO, said:

“Cryptocurrency is a powerful tool, but it is not a tool for crime. Contrary to popular belief, cryptocurrency transactions are not anonymous; they are the most traceable and trackable assets. Every transaction is recorded on the blockchain, making it feasible for anyone to trace fund movements. Consequently, criminals foolish enough to employ cryptocurrencies for illegal activities will inevitably be identified.”

Tether’s move comes barely a week after leading crypto exchange Binance announced it had helped Israeli police freeze Hamas-linked crypto accounts.

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