Reports have claimed that US government officials are leaving millions of dollars of illegal Bitcoin funds accessible to criminals in wallets they allegedly seized – including the mysterious billion dollar wallet that suddenly reappeared earlier this month
The 5 November, a Bitcoin wallet containing nearly a billion dollars was suddenly emptied after being inactive for almost five years Shortly thereafter, the US government has confirmed that it seized the funds, announcing that they were connected to the now defunct Silk Road online marketplace.
Now, Coinfirm discovered that there are still large sums of money held on forked addresses that the wallet owner could still access – identified only as «Individual X»
According to some information, the owner of the private keys of the main wallet could still have access to the following funds:
It is not known why the US government neglected these funds. – whether it is an oversight or a deliberate one – but in both cases, this highlights the difficulty of cracking down on illegal Bitcoin activity. In addition to forked addresses, there are also currency ranges, ainsi que des crypto-monnaies entièrement séparées pour garder un œil sur
Il convient toutefois de noter que les crypto-monnaies ne sont pas illégales en elles-mêmes et ont de nombreuses utilisations légitimes
That being said, malgré la montée en valeur de Bitcoin cette année, il pourrait encore bénéficier d’applications plus courantes L’annonce récente que PayPal accepte désormais la crypto-monnaie pour l’achat et la vente devrait également y contribuer.
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