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Ethereum Dev Heads to Prison for DPRK Crypto Presentation

Virgil Griffith, the Ethereum developer who violated economic sanctions by providing the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea with information about cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, was sentenced to 63 months in prison.

Griffith, 39, had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA). Under IEEPA, U.S. citizens are prohibited from “exporting any goods, services or technology to the DPRK without a license from the Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).”

Virgil Griffith

Griffith also helped Swartz develop Tor2Web in 2008.

In 2019, Griffith traveled to the “Pyongyang Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference” in the DPRK. The U.S. Department of State previously denied Griffith’s request to travel to the DPRK. At the conference:

Griffith delivered presentations at the DPRK Cryptocurrency Conference tailored to the DPRK audience, knowing that doing so violated sanctions against the DPRK.

A picture of The audacity.

The audacity.

Griffith’s presentation at the conference was titled “Blockchain and Peace.” U.S. authorities wrote that Griffith wanted to help “the DPRK achieve independence from the global banking system,” which the U.S. government explicitly opposes. In the criminal complaint, an FBI Special Agent highlighted the criminal elements of Griffith’s presentations:

At the DPRK Cryptocurrency Conference, Griffith and other attendees discussed how blockchain and cryptocurrency technology could be used by the DPRK to launder money and evade sanctions and how the DPRK could use these technologies to achieve independence from the global banking system. Griffith’s presentation at the DPRK Cryptocurrency Conference was titled “Blockchain and Peace,” and he discussed, among other things, how blockchain technology, including a “smart contract,” could be used to benefit the DPRK. Griffith identified several DPRK Cryptocurrency Conference attendees who, during his presentation, asked more specific questions of Griffith and prompted discussions on technical issues such as “proof of work” versus “proof of stake.

In November 2019, the FBI conducted a so-called “consensual interview” with Griffith. In the interview, Griffith discussed his presentation in the DPRK in more detail. He said that the government in Korea had approved of the topics within his presentation and that “attendees left the DPRK Cryptocurrency Conference with a better understanding of cryptocurrency and blockchain than when they arrived.” Griffith acknowledged that his presentation amounted to a “non-zero tech transfer” from him to other attendees. The FBI also noted that Griffith wanted to obtain citizenship in another jurisdiction.

A judge initially denied Griffith’s bail application, but Judge Vernon S. Broderick in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted a $1 million bond and allowed Griffith to use email and keep his passport card. Griffith later violated his bail conditions by signing into his Coinbase account and attempting to access his frozen assets:

I presume my account was restricted due to the pending litigation against me. My lawyers now tell me that it is permitted for me to access my cryptocurrency on [the Exchange] . . . . Related: I’m going to need the 2FA [two-factor authentication] removed as the FBI took my devices away.

In April 2022, Griffith was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison.

U.S. Citizen Who Conspired to Assist North Korea in Evading Sanctions Sentenced to Over Five Years and Fined $100,000 archive.is, onion, archive.org, justice.gov

complaint pdf


DPRK will continue to achieve independence from the “global banking system.”

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Also, Griffith’s sentence was announced earlier this month (April). I just noticed it when looking through recent USAO announcements for ones I had missed.

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4a1e3a60 Tue, Apr 26, 2022

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232b42d0 Tue, Apr 26, 2022

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89e37ec0 Tue, Apr 26, 2022

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05720440 Tue, Apr 26, 2022

As if I have ever censored any comments critical of the Ukraine

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8efef490 Tue, Apr 26, 2022

u censor shit all the [snip]

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n00bz and the new owner of DNL; never-mind the Uncle Ruckus, no relation, bots. they come with the territory of the darkInterWebz

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c5014930 Tue, Apr 26, 2022

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ffbfed90 Tue, Apr 26, 2022

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fed46c60 Tue, Apr 26, 2022

^ no you’re not
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23386690 Tue, Apr 26, 2022

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4249c070 Tue, Apr 26, 2022

You can tell someone is very young and not too bright when they use ALLCAPS to mimic their own childishly screaming retard inner-monologues in which they blurt out the word “cuck” every 3 seconds in a Tourettes-like spasm. This is typically followed by ignorant and unoriginal attempts at racial slurs, regurgitations and piss-poor attempts to be shocking on a forum where no one will care. Commenting “bitch ass nigga cuck” only proves to everyone that you cannot think for yourself. You just parrot whatever you think will get a reaction because mommy didn’t love you enough, and who could blame her?

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d8bb3630 Tue, Apr 26, 2022

I don’t let a group of poorly-behaved teenagers run through my house while screaming at the top of their lungs at all hours of the day. I see no reason to subject myself and others to it here. I will most likely start moderation once again and perhaps utilize a whitelist with the username+email combinations from people who regularly contribute to a conversation rather than allowing one or two retards projectile vomit all over the comment section.

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93676150 Tue, Apr 26, 2022

ayo u-u mean like me dnl im whitelisted rite?

U aint gon f-finna blacklist be rite U-u-u woulkdnt do dat would u dnl?

84fe64fa ayo u must be smart and sucessful if u spend all day cryin about sucessful industry niggas shitposts 2 dnl lmao ur d same as us u just want to feel superior cuz ur a faulure ahahaha ohnoononono

fo real tho @dnl if u want me 2 contribute i can cuz <3

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ff0a8170 Tue, Apr 26, 2022

@913ef40e

No I wouldn’t blacklist you donkey

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bb1632c0 Wed, Apr 27, 2022

Nah the “bitch, nigga, cunt, cuck, faggot” crew have been around for a long time on fascist sites like stormfront repeating the word “cuck” every other word like it confers some sort of higher level status in those circles. It’s just the natural way people in that basement dwelling subculture talk.

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5ff1d0e0 Tue, Apr 26, 2022

The comments on DNL is what I expect the new Twitter to be like now that Elon Musk owns that shit.

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29cc9350 Tue, Apr 26, 2022

Maybe, maybe not. People can write things here that would get them banned on Twitter currently. But only in some insane ideological world does open discussion include spam, attempts to shut down discussion, state-sponsored ops, etc. I can’t imagine the way Twitter handles literal spam will change that much. If he is trying to do what he says, then perhaps you might find a mean word or a cookie monster joke if you searched for it. Perhaps he could make it easier to implement block lists based on social graphs or general content. I don’t see that being useful in practice since you select what you want to see on Twitter.

I am skeptical that he will do anything but allow some of the mainstream boomer “right wing” personalities back on it because they have a significant audience.

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d16b2f40 Wed, Apr 27, 2022

Ya dude, depends on what servers you keep your home at dude, font is all funky on an iPhone DNL, y’all keepin it rail out there?

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e5937170 Wed, Apr 27, 2022

AWS

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80147080 Tue, Apr 26, 2022

THIS SYSTEM, IF IT EVER EXISTED, EXISTS IN GREATER POWER TODAY. IT IS TODAY, HOWEVER, THREATENED AS IT NEVER HAS BEEN. FIFTY YEARS AGO, INTERNATIONAL BANKING, WHICH WAS MOSTLY IN CONTROL OF THE JEWS AS THE MONEY BROKERS OF THE WORLD, WAS ON TOP OF BUSINESS. IT EXERCISED THE SUPERCONTROL OF GOVERNMENTS AND FINANCE EVERYWHERE. THEN CAME THAT NEW THING, INDUSTRY, WHICH EXPANDED TO A DEGREE UNGUESSED BY THE SHREWDEST PROPHETS AND ANALYSTS. AS INDUSTRY GATHERED STRENGTH AND POWER IT BECAME A POWERFUL MONEY MAGNET, DRAWING THE WEALTH OF THE WORLD IN ITS TRAIN, NOT, HOWEVER, MERELY FOR THE SAKE OF POSSESSING THE MONEY, BUT MAKING IT WORK. PRODUCTION AND PROFIT ON PRODUCTION, INSTEAD OF LOANS AND INTEREST ON LOANS, BECAME THE MASTER METHOD FOR A TIME. THE WAR CAME, IN WHICH THE FORMER BROKER-MASTERS OF THE WORLD HAD UNDOUBTEDLY THEIR LARGE PART. AND NOW THE TWO FORCES, INDUSTRY AND FINANCE, ARE IN A STRUGGLE TO SEE WHETHER FINANCE IS AGAIN TO BECOME THE MASTER, OR CREATIVE INDUSTRY.

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040a7d60 Wed, Apr 27, 2022

found the tranny!

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4641edf0 Tue, Apr 26, 2022

^ Freedom for me, not for thee…

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34cbe890 Tue, Apr 26, 2022

REDDITORS, LIKE MOST ALL ONLINE COMMUNITIES, ARE KNOWN FOR BEING PARTICULARLY GULLIBLE AND EASILY SENT INTO A FRENZY. AS MANY REDDITORS ARE “PASSIVE CONTENT CONSUMERS” WHO ONLY READ THE TITLE AND THEN UPVOTE OR DOWNVOTE ACCORDINGLY, WITHOUT READING OR PARTICIPATING IN THE COMMENTS, MANY POSTS WITH EXTREMELY MISLEADING OR FALSE TITLES ARE UPVOTED TO THE FRONT PAGE OF REDDIT. IT IS COMMON TO SEE A HIGHLY UPVOTED ARTICLE ON THE FRONT PAGE, ONLY FOR THE TOP UPVOTED COMMENT IN THE THREAD TO PROVIDE A DETAILED DEBUNKING OF THE ARTICLE’S CLAIMS.

Its like the internet is a series of tubes, and when those tubes are filled… they get filled you see… the internet is not a big truck. You cannot simply dump on the internet? INTERNET!

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3a21aa40 Tue, Apr 26, 2022

Lmao information must be free. Russia n morty Korea are hacking lots of blockchains

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e9766cb0 Wed, Apr 27, 2022

The USA make a ton of HooHaa about political prisoners in Russia, but the fuckers do the same thing. Fuck you USA. Go and fucking shoot all your children in school with your great guns like you are now… (END RANT).

As you can see, I may have over reacted. But seriously, fuck the USA, they are the same.

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82b10000 Wed, Apr 27, 2022

^ Communist sympathizing eurotrash right here

f397ecae
1686e980 Wed, Apr 27, 2022

Why are the comments here always so political?
Are this really bots?
I can’t imagine anyone genuinely posting something about ukraine or china underneath a post like this…

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ecce6c80 Wed, Apr 27, 2022

its probably for the same reason people on 4chan spout racist and transphobic shit every 2 sentences. lack of any basic human principles or respect for themselves or anyone else, and a desperate need to be some kind of edgelord.

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a5983350 Wed, Apr 27, 2022

Ten movies streaming across that, that Internet, and what happens to your own personal Internet? I just the other day got… an Internet [email] was sent by my staff at 10 o’clock in the morning on Friday. I got it yesterday [Tuesday]. Why? Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the Internet commercially. […] They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the Internet. And again, the Internet is not something that you just dump something on. It’s not a big truck. It’s a series of tubes. And if you don’t understand, those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it’s going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material. Cuck.

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a7b84240 Wed, Apr 27, 2022

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I also caught Monopoly for similar reasons of why DNL is a PUNK ASS NIGGA BITCH

WHATS GOOD NIGGGA? WHATS REALLLLL GOOD?!?!?!

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fbf739a0 Wed, Apr 27, 2022

I’m all for freedom of speech, but when idiots get on here and spew nothing but racist and/or idiotic garbage that doesn’t pertain to the article they deserve to have their messages deleted. It serves no purpose and stops people from seeing legitimate replies about the post at hand. If you need a moderator, I’ll do it for free. @DNL

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da784c10 Wed, Apr 27, 2022

“only in some insane ideological world does open discussion include spam, attempts to shut down discussion, state-sponsored ops,”

Wait, isn’t your site exactly that? A state-sponsored op.

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a23e54c0 Wed, Apr 27, 2022

Freedom of speech = going to another country without freedom of speech to provide their authoritarian government technical expertise and guidance on avoiding sanctions for the purpose of facilitating their extended totalitarian rule of enforced poverty upon its citizenry. Any attempt to prevent this from occurring is fascist overreach by evil Western governments.

36763c6c
130395b0 Wed, Apr 27, 2022

Oh look we have yet another fascist pig. What else can be expected in a shithole created by the US navy? After all, this is the honeypot network or the tor network.

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b56fe790 Thu, Apr 28, 2022

REEEEEEEE, autist detected, deploying anti-aspie spray with added cryptobro repellent. RREEEEE intensifies before trailing off with wheezes and gurgling noises

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b22cab00 Thu, Apr 28, 2022

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6b0406f0 Fri, Apr 29, 2022

Whats with all those retards? Did this website get posted on some edgelord forum recently?

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