Newsletter: LibertyReserve collapse, exchange services next in line? RSS - comments

Hola mis amigos!

Right about now I should be receiving tons of money since I – OK, only in a way, but still – had predicted this week’s greatest online tragedy. Didn’t I tell you that last week’s silence was nothing but an ominous sign of things to come?

I did, didn’t I? And did you listen to me, amigos? I honestly hope so. I hope that you had caught wind of what was going on with Liberty Reserve, the biggest story this week, and took the necessary precautions.

No new programs to introduce this time, amigos. It’s been tough, as you know, so we’re going to concentrate on the Liberty Reserve issue, which is a story that keeps on giving, unfortunately. Let’s go back and see what exactly happened.

We started the week with an article on the possible demise of Liberty Reserve since LR’s website wasn’t working for a couple of days and the rumors about its owner arrest kept on spreading.

 

LIBERTY RESERVE DEAD, OWNER ARTHUR RUDOVSKY ARRESTED?

 

First of all, what has to be said is that it’s not the first time such malfunction has appeared. However, usually a similar situation seemed planned, because LR had informed the users beforehand on its blog or, in instances when it was simply an unforeseen fault, such piece of information would appear in a matter of hours. What is different this time is that neither the website, nor the official blog – which, by the way, was not working properly for some time as well – provide us with any kind of update on the situation.

The domain, libertyreserve.com, is practically not even resolving DNS names into the IP addresses.

Here’s the up-to-date whois information:

Domain Name: libertyreserve.com Created On: 2001-07-27 Expiration Date: 2018-07-27

Registered via: XS Global Trade & Service B.V. Registrant Name: Allan Garcia

Registrant Organization: Liberty Reserve S.A. Registrant Street: Edificio 4 Registrant City: Santa Ana Registrant Postal Code: 1000 Registrant Country: cr

Registrant Phone: +506.88462868

Name Server: ns1.sinkhole.shadowserver.org

Name Server: ns2.sinkhole.shadowserver.org

As you can see, what we seem to have here is a major change of DNS servers from dynect.net to sinkhole.shadowserver.org. Furthermore, the owner of the shadowserver.org is The Shadowserver Foundation, which is known as an agency fighting cybercrime. Thus, the question remains, whether the FBI has taken over Liberty Reserve’s domain since such rumours were appearing each time LR failed to perform in the past. Why should it be anything more than gossip this time? Because as soon as LR’s website went down, the news coverage started suggesting that LR’s owner, Arthur Budovsky, was in fact arrested.

According to the sources such as ticotimes.net and teletica.com, as a result of Spanish and Costa Rican police cooperation regarding an investigation into money laundering, Arthur Budovsky was taken into custody on May 24 in Spain. What’s more, as ticotimes.net and teletica.com claim, Budovsky’s Costa Rican estate, offices, servers, documents, computers and telephones were also secured by the police.

The case against Bydovsky, a Costa Rican citizen born in Ukraine, was launched in 2011 by the New York district attorney. Due to the fact that Budovski’s business was supposedly thought to have been financed by child pornography websites and drug trafficking, the major focus seemed to be the payment processor and its financing. What still seems unclear, however, is whether Arthur Budovsky is, in fact, the owner of Liberty Reserve.

LibertyReserve.com domain saized by US government (FBI)? RSS - comments

2 days ago we wrote the article about the arrest of Arthur Budovsky, the supposed owner and founder of LibertyReserve payment processor. We confirmed his ownership by providing the link to the first LibertyReserve interview published by PlanetGold.

Our information were based on the two CostaRica's newspaper sources: ticotimes.net and teletica.com. We still have no confirmation from any other official sources except csi-8.com - Consulting International Services in Costa Rica and this is unusual situation. Why people responsible for the current situation leave victims without any official update? If Spanish police and FBI were involved in this matter why they do not publish any official statememnt? Today is a business day but not for the United States. Today is Memorial Day and all offices are closed, so maybe this is the reason of no reaction.

There are still some questions without the answer:

Why FBI didn't publish their splash page about a domain seizure on libertyreserve domain as they usually do?

Why sinkhole.shadowserver.org is not online?

Is it really FBI job or just DDoS or hijack domain attack?

I don't like to speculate without some proofs or reliable information, you can find many on other blogs an forums (competitors job, domain hijacking). However I did some research and found some interesting information that proof FBI activity.

Let's start from the current dns information of libertyreserve.com domain:

http://who.is/dns/libertyreserve.com

Name Server                          IP Location
ns1.sinkhole.shadowserver.org 74.208.64.145 Wayne, PA, US
ns2.sinkhole.shadowserver.org 74.208.15.160 Wayne, PA, US
ns1.libertyreserve.com 74.208.15.160 Wayne, PA, US

There is the same ip address for two dns' addresses 74.208.15.160 which you can find also when you ping or nslookup libertyreserve.com domain:

Name: libertyreserve.com

Address: 74.208.15.160

Let's verify this ip:

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