Ethereum 2.0 still has a long road ahead, MEW founder says

Ethereum 2.0 launched its Beacon Chain on Tuesday, marking the project’s transition to a proof-of-stake, or PoS, mining algorithm. With Phase 0 now in the rearview mirror, the founder and CEO of MyEtherWallet, Kosala Hemachandra, recently explained the next hurdle for Eth2.  “I think the question should be, what is not the next hurdle for ETH 2.0,” Hemachandra told Cointelegraph, adding: “Basically, after the beacon chain launch, Ethereum will focus on phase 1 specs. It will go through a lot of iterations similar to phase 0 and tons of bug…

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Silk Road Bitcoin Seizure: Analytics Firm Claims Tokens Worth Millions Still Outstanding

Analytics firm Coinfirm says the US Department of Justice (DOJ)’s seizure of digital assets associated with the now-defunct Silk Road left behind tokens worth millions of dollars. According to Coinfirm, there are still valuable balances held on forked addresses originating from that wallet. On November 5, the DOJ announced that a hacker known as Individual X had cooperated with law enforcement and agreed to relinquish control of over $1 billion worth of bitcoins. At the time of the seizure of the 69,370 BTC, news.Bitcoin.com reported the DOJ confirming that 1HQ3-the…

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A Look at ‘Individual X’ and the Seized Stash of Silk Road Bitcoins Worth $1 Billion

On November 3, 2020, the cryptocurrency community noticed that one of the largest addresses holding 69,369 bitcoins from the Silk Road were transferred. Following the onchain movement, the U.S. government revealed it had seized the coins from a person they dubbed “Individual X.” The following is an in-depth look at what we know about the Silk Road bitcoin address that was seized by U.S. law enforcement. This week on election day in the U.S., American law enforcement officials seized 69,369 bitcoins worth over $1 billion today. The bitcoin address is…

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69,730 Silk Road Bitcoin Seized – Bitcoin Magazine

On November 5, 2020, federal prosecutors filed a civil complaint describing the seizure of 69,370 bitcoin (worth about $1.06 billion at the time of this writing) from an individual who was able to steal the funds from darknet marketplace Silk Road. According to the complaint, the funds were stolen from Silk Road across 54 previously undetected bitcoin transactions in 2012 and 2013. As Ars Technica reported, earlier this year, federal authorities commissioned the blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis to investigate these transactions. It found that the stolen BTC was moved into…

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The Silk Road Balance Sheet Discrepancy: Bitcoin Worth $4.8 Billion Still Missing

The original Silk Road marketplace has been shut down for well over seven years now and to this day, 444,000 bitcoin worth $4.8 billion is still missing. Just recently, a report focused on those funds discusses one of the market’s biggest mysteries and how people have seemingly forgotten about this massive stash. A number of people understand that the Silk Road marketplace was shut down by global law enforcement (LE) in October 2013 and LE subsequently arrested Ross Ulbricht shortly after. Individuals are also familiar with the 173,991 BTC ($1.9B)…

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The Story Of Silk Road, Bitcoin’s First Major Use Case – Bitcoin Magazine

This article originally appeared in Bitcoin Magazine‘s 10th anniversary print edition. Silk Road, the online marketplace named for the historic network of trade routes established during the Han Dynasty, went live in February 2011. Its domain was accessible only on the so-called “dark web” via the encrypted and anonymous network software Tor. This eBay for the internet’s underworld was the first of its kind: a clandestine marketplace for the buying and selling of (mostly) illicit substances with bitcoin.  It put bitcoin in the hands of countless new users, demonstrated firsthand…

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