Two brothers face charges for a $25 million Ethereum scam for exploiting trading bots

Two brothers face charges for a $25 million Ethereum scam for exploiting trading bots

US authorities charged two brothers for a sophisticated Ethereum trading bot attack. On Wednesday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) charged Anton and James Peraire-Bueno with wire fraud, conspiracy, and money laundering. They reportedly stole $25 million in bitcoin in seconds using Ethereum.

The brothers were detained in New York and Boston on Tuesday and will appear in court. The DOJ reported the April 2023 strike.

The brothers targeted Maximum Extractable Value (MEV) bots that front-run Ethereum transactions. MEV is the excess earnings from transaction blocks beyond incentives and fees.

The Peraire-Bueno brothers reportedly tricked these bots via a MEV-Boost software weakness. They suggested certain transactions to entice bots to bundle them. This caused victim traders to acquire illiquid crypto for $25 million in stablecoins.

The DOJ says this vulnerability is unique. The brothers gained access to private Ethereum blockchain transactions by manipulating transaction validation.

They manipulated transactions to take victims’ bitcoin. They hid via shell corporations and secret crypto addresses. They also used several transactions to obscure the stolen crypto’s origin and ownership.

The brothers methodically plotted their scam, according to the indictment. They looked up KYC and extradition rules online to see how to be caught.

They even researched their charges. Deputy AG Lisa Monaco said, “As alleged in today’s indictment, the Peraire-Bueno brothers stole $25 million in Ethereum crypto through a technologically sophisticated, cutting-edge scheme they plotted for months and executed in seconds.”

This instance shows blockchain security issues and cybercriminal techniques. DOJ measures demonstrate the government’s commitment to prosecute digital currency and blockchain abusers. The large sum involved in this instance shows the hazards of bitcoin trading and the necessity for adequate protection.

Arrests deter similar offenses. The DOJ’s pursuit of these cases shows its robust stance against bitcoin crimes. As blockchain technology advances, enhanced security and persistent attention are needed.

The Ethereum community and crypto market will keenly monitor this situation. It stresses the necessity for security enhancements and blockchain flaws’ possible ramifications. Investors are reminded of the hazards in the fast-changing digital asset sector.

Two months ago, the US DOJ has recommended a jail sentence of 40-50 years for Sam Bankman-Fried, the former CEO of FTX.

They further have suggested imposing penalties and forfeitures amounting to $11 billion. In November, SBF was convicted on seven counts of fraud and conspiracy due to the collapse of the FTX exchange.


Roland is a Public Relations & Communications guru with an immense passion for the blockchain and crypto industry. A fusion of his expertise and passion led to the dawn of Optimisus in 2020.