#146 - Tracking down $3.6 billion in stolen Bitcoin | Curio

#146 - Tracking down $3.6 billion in stolen Bitcoin

16 mins | Feb 15, 2022

Today's episode from 15th February 2022. We begin with a wild story involving a wannabe rapper, an "occasional magician" and one of the biggest crypto scams ever. Heather Morgan and her husband Ilya Lichtenstein are accused of laundering tens of thousands of Bitcoin, but how did the authorities track them down and the billions they are alleged to have illegally benefitted from? Then later, describing yourself as "addicted" is "disrespectful, degrading, and disempowering", according to Curio thinker Nir Eyal. We find out why we should all be using the term "distracted" instead. The US Justice Department said that it executed a search warrant at the beginning of February 2022 and seized 94,636 bitcoins from the online wallets of two alleged money launderers, Heather Morgan and her husband, Ilya Lichtenstein. For The Wall Street Journal, Paul Vigna explains how the U.S. government believes the couple acted to break up crypto transactions to make them harder to track. Everyone is familiar with the narrative that we're becoming increasingly addicted to the instant gratifications of social media. However, as Nir Eyal explains through five distinct points, the majority of us are not addicted and if we just start shifting our mindsets from "addicted" to "distracted" we can empower ourselves to hack back. Wake up with Curio is a different kind of morning show that gives you the context behind the news and gets you motivated for the day ahead, every Monday - Friday.

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