New Zealand Police Seize $90M From Btc


Wex, the digital asmix trading platform that inherited the now-defunct BTC-e exchange, has lost its domain. According to New Zealand’s Domain Name Commission (DNC), the mạng internet address was registered with giả tương tác details. Wex users have complained that they are unable to lớn withdraw their funds from the platkhung.

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Domain Registry Takes Down Wex Sites

Other than, the DNC has suspended a number of domain name names —,,, và — that lead to lớn the same cryptocurrency trang web. The suspensions came after the regulator conducted inquiries inlớn the accuracy of the registration details that were provided for each of the domains, following numerous complaints.

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In an announcement published this past Monday, Nov. 19, the commission noted that the individual who registered the domain name names failed to lớn verify their tương tác information. The organization said that valid liên hệ details are a prerequisite for all holders of .nz tên miền names. It further explained:

The Domain Name Commission has suspended the domain name names for kém chất lượng registration details in accordance with enforcing data validation measures under the .nz Principles & Responsibilities policy. The Commission wants .nz to be a safe, trusted và secure domain name space which is supported by its data validation process.

New Zealand’s tên miền registry has urged any individuals or entities that have been affected by the cancellation of the Wex domains lớn contact law enforcement agencies if they suspect fraudulent or criminal activity. They can also file reports with Netsafe, an independent body focused on providing a safe online environment for internet users in the country.

1 BTC for $8,500

Despite the setbaông chồng, the cryptocurrency exchange has come bachồng online again and is now hosted on a new domain name, Russian outlet Bitstruyền thông has reported. “Please use our mirror wex.liên kết,” the trading platkhung posted on its official Twitter page. That’s one of only several updates it has tweeted in recent months, including a couple of warnings about nhái sites with similar addresses, such as and, as well as a message about the listing of monero (XMR) from August & some updates about maintenance-related interruptions in July.

“Wow! At least you tweeted something after three months,” wrote one person in response lớn Wex’s tweet about its new website address. Indeed, its administrators have sầu been pretty quiet since the summer, when many users started complaining that they were unable khổng lồ withdraw funds from the platsize. Only a few coins, such as XMR & ZEC, are now available for withdrawals, but their liquidity is low.


A number of complaints have been filed against the exchange with the Russian police since August. Users who have sầu lost money have created a website,, as well as a couple of Telegram channels, khổng lồ support each other và nội dung the lachạy thử available information. According lớn a post from Oct. 21, 35 individuals have already filed requests with the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs lớn initiate a criminal investigation against Wex.

Customers had previously raised the alarm about thecryptocurrency trading platform’s high exchange rates. At the time of writing, the buy price for 1 BTC on its trang web was $8,498, which suggests that the exchange was probably not operating. On the other hand, the recent announcement about its new tên miền, shortly after the suspension of, indicates that its administrators are still active.

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The BTC-e Saga

Wex is the successor khổng lồ BTC-e, Russia’s oldest cryptocurrency exchange. It was established in 2011 and remained a leading trading platkhung for the Russian-speaking crypkhổng lồ community until last summer. BTC-e then went offline following the arrest of its suspected co-owner, Alexander Vinnik, in Greece in July 2017.

Vinnik has been accused of a number of crimes by U.S. prosecutors. They allege that he laundered $4 billion through the exchange, including that were stolen in the Mt Gox haông xã. Authorities in the U.S., the Russian Federation and France have sầu requested his extradition.

BTC-e has always denied any connection with Vinnik. The platsize was relaunched under the Wex name in mid-September 2017. The new company, which is registered in Singapore, has also denied having any liên kết with the owners of the operator of BTC-e, Canton Business Corp., an entity that is based in the Seychelles.

However, Wex has agreed khổng lồ compensate BTC-e clients who have sầu suffered losses. Dmitriy Vasiliev, Wex’s owner and director, has reportedly negotiated the purchase of BTC-e, its infrastructure và remaining assets. The new platsize has kept the old interface & even the original accounts of BTC-e users.

What vị you think about the lachạy thử developments around Wex? Tell us in the comments section below.

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