Turkey detains 24 suspects for stealing $2.4 million in cryptocurrency

Turkish police detained 24 suspects accused of stealing 13 million lira ($2.4 million) from a cryptocurrency company based in Istanbul, pro-government Daily Sabah newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The police launched a nationwide operation after the company reported that a large amount of their money in Bitcoin, Etherium and Ripple had been stolen.

The Istanbul Cybercrime Branch Office detected that two of the company’s virtual money accounts had been hacked and 13 million lira’s worth of currency was transferred from hacked accounts to other virtual cryptocurrency accounts, it said.

The suspects were communicating with each other via popular online game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), according to the police.

A Turkish court officially arrested six of the suspects, while released 16 under judicial control, the Daily Sabah said. The remaining two suspects were released by the police after testifying.

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