Tether freezes 32 crypto wallets holding $873,118 linked to terrorism and warfare in Israel, Ukraine

Tether froze 32 virtual wallets linked to crypto-funded terrorism and warfare in Israel and Ukraine, according to a media release published Monday.

Tether, which issues the world’s largest stablecoin of the same name, says it has been collaborating with the National Bureau for Counter Terror Financing of Israel in its efforts. The collective value of the frozen addresses is $873,118.34.

Tether’s U.S. dollar-pegged stablecoin, dubbed tether or USDT, has a market cap of $83.5 billion and offers dollar exposure to those in many markets across the world who wouldn’t otherwise have access. The company has also battled troubling allegations of wrongdoing for years with Tether’s business practices having been called into question, as well as the state of its reserves.

Tether’s newly named CEO, Paolo Ardoino, said in a statement, “Contrary to popular belief, cryptocurrency transactions are not anonymous; they are the most traceable and trackable assets. Every transaction is recorded on the blockchain, making it feasible for anyone to trace fund movements. Consequently, criminals foolish enough to employ cryptocurrencies for illegal activities will inevitably be identified.”

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