After reporting the alleged burglary into a cryptocurrency company in Istanbul, the police department for cybercrime stated that the stolen money was transferred directly from the hacked accounts to accounts on other exchanges. The money was allegedly stolen from the main cryptocurrencies Bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple.
The Turkish police then launched a suspect tracking operation and found that suspects communicate through the popular online game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG).
According to the report, police raids were carried out in eight Turkish provinces, including Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Afyonkarahisar, Bursa, Edirne, Bol and Antalya. As a result of the operation, the police took over 54.000 TRY or about 10,000 $ in cash and 1.3 million lira in cryptocurrencies.
22 suspects were sent to the court in Çağlayan, and the other two were released by prosecutors after the end of legal procedures at the police station. Eventually, six suspects were arrested by a court and 16 suspects were released under judicial control.