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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ETH 2.0 Scheduled for December, Vitalik Deposits $1.4M Worth of Ether Into Phase 0 Contract

This December the cryptocurrency community may see the first introductory phase of the highly anticipated Ethereum 2.0 consensus change. On Wednesday, the Ethereum Foundation published ETH 2.0 specifications explaining how the genesis phase will be invoked. Moreover, on November 5, Ethereum’s cofounder Vitalik Buterin sent 3,200 ETH to the genesis phase deposit contract in order to begin staking after the shift. For quite some time now, the ETH 2.0 transition was postponed and it seems the first phase is set to begin on or around December 1, 2020. The first…

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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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Square’s Major Bitcoin Buy: Puts 1% of Total Assets Worth $50 Million in BTC

Square Inc. has put 1% of its total assets in bitcoin worth about $50 million. The company believes that “cryptocurrency is an instrument of economic empowerment and provides a way for the world to participate in a global monetary system.” Square’s Major Bitcoin Buy Square Inc. announced Thursday that it has bought approximately 4,709 bitcoins at an aggregate purchase price of $50 million. The NYSE-listed company (NYSE: SQ) with a market cap of $81 billion provides software and hardware payments products and small business services. The San Francisco-based company has…

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China’s Digital Currency Has Been Used in 3 Million Transactions Worth Over a Billion Yuan So Far

China’s central bank digital currency has been used in 3.13 million transactions worth about 1.1 billion yuan ($162 million) so far, the People’s Bank of China’s deputy governor has reportedly revealed. In addition, more than 122,000 digital wallets have been created. ‘Positive Progress’ of Digital Yuan Pilot The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) has been actively testing its central bank digital currency (CBDC). At Sibos, the global financial services networking event organized by SWIFT, PBOC Deputy Governor Fan Yifei updated the progress of digital yuan testing on Monday, the South…

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Tesla Foils Ransomware Attack After Employee Rejects Bitcoin Bribe Worth $1 Million

Tesla’s Elon Musk has said the company recently foiled attempts to infect its computer network with malicious software, after an employee cooperated with the FBI in an investigation. The malicious software would create an opportunity for criminals to extort money from Tesla. Musk’s revelation comes after the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) had brought charges against a Russian national, Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, 27. Although the U.S. government is not naming the targeted corporation in the sealed court documents, Musk in a tweet, confirms that Tesla was the intended victim…

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Australian Woman Jailed Two Years for Stealing $300,000 Worth of XRP

An Australian hacker who stole 100,000 units of the XRP cryptocurrency has been sentenced to a maximum of two years and three months in jail, local media reported. Kathryn Nguyen hacked the crypto account of a 56-year old man in January 2018. Working with an accomplice, the 25-year-old Sydney woman proceeded to change the two-factor authentication code to her own mobile phone number. According to Information Age, a local publication, this allowed Nguyen to transfer the victim’s XRP holdings – worth around $300,000 at the time – onto a Chinese…

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‘It May Not Be Worth Owning Any Asset Other Than Bitcoin’

CEO and founder of Real Vision Raoul Pal says his “conviction levels” in Bitcoin are rising on a daily basis as he compares the crypto asset to traditional investments on various timescales. Applying economic cycle theory in a series of charts posted to Twitter on Aug. 6, the former Goldman Sachs fund manager stated that although many investors choose gold as an alternative to fiat, Bitcoin (BTC) has been the only asset in the world to “offset the growth of the G4 balance sheet.” The G4 refers to the Bank…

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