un·​trace·​able | \ ˌən-ˈtrā-sə-bəl How to pronounce untraceable (audio) \

Definition of untraceable

: not able to be traced an untraceable phone call an untraceable source untraceable weapons

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In a ransomware attack, hackers infect an individual or organization’s computer systems with malware and essentially hold the digital information on the system hostage until a ransom is paid, often in untraceable cryptocurrency, such as bitcoin. Jeannette Hinkle, azcentral, "How 4 IT technicians saved an Arizona hospital from hacker ransomware," 30 July 2019 In May, officials say the brother manufactured five untraceable, fully-automatic rifles and sold the weapons to undercover FBI agents posing as employees of the buyer. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "Fishers brothers charged with trying to sell guns to Islamic State group," 16 Jan. 2019 Users can only access dark web marketplaces through special software that ensures anonymity, and cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are meant to be untraceable. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "A dark web drug ring came crashing down thanks to Stamps.com," 27 June 2019 Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen was reported missing on October 31, when her husband returned home to find his wife gone and a ransom note demanding $10 million in untraceable cryptocurrency; Benjamin Hall reports from London. Fox News, "Norwegian tycoon's wife abduction may have been faked, was likely killed, police say," 26 June 2019 Contacts told Steinhardt that Kryachko was probably an untraceable rural miner who had picked up the khatyrkite while panning for minerals on behalf of the Institute of Platinum. Quanta Magazine, "In a Grain, a Glimpse of the Cosmos," 13 June 2014 The action raises public-safety concerns by potentially giving terrorists and other criminals access to undetectable and untraceable firearms, Rupert said. Lewis Kamb, The Seattle Times, "Seattle judge blocks release of downloadable blueprints for producing 3D-printable guns," 27 Aug. 2018 There is no mandate for licensing 3-D guns and they can be created without a serial number, making them untraceable by law enforcement. Kurtis Lee, The Seattle Times, "Q&A on 3-D printed guns," 31 July 2018 Con Edison in New York has also warned customers about threats demanding money in the form of the untraceable electronic currency Bitcoin. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Scary Utility Scams Are Spreading Across the Country," 16 Nov. 2018

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