April, 2022
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Michael Terpin v Ellis Pinsky


Michael Terpin, a global blockchain advisor and investor fell victim to a SIM swap attack spearheaded by then 15-year-old where Mr. Terpin lost $25,000,000.

8/13/21 Update Bench Ruling set on August 30, 2021 at 10:45am via Teleconference.

11/6/20 Update Defendant Ellis Pinsky files motion to dismiss on the grounds that Defendants claims that the Plaintiff's RICO claims are entirely conclusory and legally deficient

On the same day, Plaintiff Michael Terpin files opposition to Defendant Ellis Pinsky's Motion to Dismiss by refuting every single argument that the side of the defendant presented on their motion. 10/15/20 Update An amended complaint was filed

Status Update as of 5/7/20 The civil complaint was filed by the plaintiff.

Claims in
Michael Terpin v Ellis Pinsky
Violation of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

In 1986, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), 18 U.S.C. § 1030, was introduced to combat hacking, as an update to the first federal computer fraud statute. It has been updated many times over the years, most notably in 2008, to encompass a broad range of actions well beyond its original purpose. The CFAA forbids the intentional access to a device without permission or in excess of permission, but does not specify what "without authorisation" entails. It has been a weapon perfect for violence to usage against virtually any aspect of electronic operation with harsh punishment schemes and malleable clauses.

Violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act

Section 1962(c) makes it unlawful for any person “employed by or associated with any enterprise” engaged in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce “to conduct or participate, directly or indirectly, in the conduct of such enterprise’s affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity or collection of unlawful debt.”12


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