US Marshals accidentally leak potential Silk Road Bitcoin auction bidders

By Shawn Knight
Jun 20, 2014
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  1. The US Marshals announced plans to auction off nearly 30,000 Bitcoins confiscated from online drug marketplace Silk Road a week ago. The process, expected to attract high-profile investors and other big names in the Bitcoin community, was to take place...

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  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    I don't see what difference it makes either way. So what if we know who is bidding. We either want the item or not, and we either have the funds for bidding or not. I'm sure everyone has enough good sense to stop bidding, if the value gets to high for them.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,335   +1,937

    That's a lot of moolah we are talking about here and you know there are a lot of cranks in the world who will stop at nothing to get their thieving, dishonest paws on it so if I were bidding, I wouldn't want the entire world to know who I am, where I stayed, the size of my skivvies etc. The US marshals slipped up big time and all they've done is offer an apology.
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  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    So that is how we are labeling all the potentials that are asking questions about the bids? I for one don't see any grounds for labeling from a mere list. After all they are purchasing from US Marshals. If they were truly worried they wouldn't be purchasing (or even asking questions) from an authority figure.
  5. insect

    insect TS Evangelist Posts: 315   +114

    What else do you want them to do? They can't turn back time. **** happens - move on.

    Also, it doesn't matter - as the article states, this was addressed to anyone who had simply asked a question about the bidding process. It does not indicate an intent to bid or anything more than a just-above-fleeting interest in the process. Besides, once the transaction happens it will be public record anyway via the chain. Many have already figured out identities, etc. just by following that (just like the FBI did to arrest silk-road admins/users to begin with).
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,335   +1,937

    I guess you're right. I don't care anyway because I'm not involved but if I was I'd pull out.
  7. Henry Bowman

    Henry Bowman TS Rookie

    Apparently you're misunderstanding the point. Obviously, at least one bidder was indiscreet enough to leak the list to a website, which published it. Now it's available to any criminal with internet access who might like to target a list of people wealthy enough to bid on this treasure.
  8. Why is it hard to find a job when the Government has such incompetent employees? Just sack anyone who makes such a huge f^ckup and employee one of the smart, talented jobless people.
  9. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,335   +1,937

    Probably. There's a lot of points I misunderstand. I can't help it. it's in my genes. :)
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,457   +1,759

    Do any of the people, (who feel as I do), that bitcoins are worthless, see the irony of the FBI auctioning them off?

    Like say, "throwing bad money after good".....:oops:

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