Botched Crypto Mugging Lands Three U.K. Men in Jail

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Three men in the United Kingdom were arrested this month for attempting to assault a local man and steal his virtual currencies. The incident is the latest example of how certain cybercriminal communities are increasingly turning to physical violence to settle scores and disputes. Shortly after 11 p.m. on September 6, a resident in the Spalding Common area in the district of Lincolnshire, U.K. phoned police to say three men were acting suspiciously, and had jumped a nearby fence. "The three men made off in a VW Golf and were shortly stopped nearby," reads a statement by the Lincolnshire Police. "The car was searched by officers who found an imitation firearm, taser, a baseball bat and police uniform in the boot." Thomas Green, 23, Rayhan Miah, 23, and Leonardo Sapiano, 24 were all charged with possession of the weapons, and "with intent to cause loss to another to make an unwarranted demand of Crypto Currency from a person." KrebsOnSecurity has learned that the defendants were in Spalding Common to pay a surprise visit to a 19-year-old hacker known by the handles "Discoli," "Disco Dog," and "Chinese." In December 2020, Discoli took credit for hacking and leaking the user database for OGUsers, a forum overrun with people looking to buy, sell and trade access to compromised social media accounts. Reached via Telegram, Discoli confirmed that police believe the trio was trying to force their way into his home in Spalding Common, and that one of them was wearing a police…

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