Ross Ulbricht, the recently arrested mastermind behind Silk Road, appeared in court today where his lawyer begged for more time before the detention hearing. The judge said he didn’t “know what you’re going to accomplish in the next several days.” Maybe move some of his massive stash of hidden Bitcoin?
Forbes‘ Kashmir Hill just published details about the fate of the 26,000 Bitcoin that the FBI seized from Silk Road when they shut it down. At the time of the arrest, that was $US3.6 million worth of the crypto currency, but it’s pennies compared to what Ulbricht apparently stashed away as commission. Hill reports:
The spokesperson says the approximately 26,000 Bitcoins seized are just the ones that were held in Silk Road accounts. In other words, it’s Silk Road users’ Bitcoin. The FBI has not been able to get to Ulbricht’s personal Bitcoin yet. “That’s like another $US80 million worth,” she said, explaining that it was held separately and is encrypted. If that is indeed what he’s holding, that’s close to 600,000 Bitcoin all together or about 5% of all Bitcoin currently in existence.
That’s insane. It’s, like, insanity of the batshit variety. Nuts! If true — and assuming Bitcoin doesn’t totally crash — this 29-year-old hipster managed to hoard five per cent of all Bitcoin in existence, and it might never be found. So he could just do a few years in the slammer, come out and dig up a virtual fortune then go chill on a boat in Mexico for the rest of his life. It’ll be like The Shawshank Redemption except with fewer redemptive qualities.
About the measly $US3.6 million in Bitcoin the FBI is holding, they’re going to keep holding it until the trial is over. They’ve got a wallet set up and everything. So who says the government’s no good at cybersecurity? Oh yah, the president. [Ars, Forbes]