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(Wired)   Hacker: "give me 27 bitcoins or I sell your private data on the internet." Bitcoin Jesus: "no but I am offering a 27 bitcoin bounty for your ass." Libertarians: "THE FUTURE IS NOW"   (wired.com) divider line 42
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2014-05-28 12:29:43 PM
The hacker threatened to exploit this information unless Ver forked over about 37 bitcoins, the equivalent of $20,000

Is subby playing cop math here?  10 bitcoins is a lot to keep for your "finders fee", subs.  Not sure Bitcoin Jesus is going to take kindly to this.
 
2014-05-28 12:37:30 PM
How much is that in Dogecoin?
 
2014-05-28 12:37:41 PM
Bitcoin Jesus built my mining rig.
 
2014-05-28 12:40:56 PM
i218.photobucket.com
 
2014-05-28 02:02:50 PM
One of the lessons to be learned, of course, is that you have to be careful with what random crap you spew on the Internet.  Especially in an environment filled with APTs, and you happen to be a sweet target.
 
2014-05-28 02:18:14 PM
Can't get a green without blatant errors anymore, Subby?
 
2014-05-28 02:22:17 PM
So far as I can tell , this is one of those "no matter who wins, the rest of us lose" situations.
 
2014-05-28 02:24:00 PM
How the fark do you get 27 from the number 37 not once but twice? Did you even read your own article? Some some level of incompetence right there.
 
2014-05-28 02:34:36 PM
d1e1g6hlwfi0h5.cloudfront.net
 
2014-05-28 02:44:41 PM
One of the names the hacker went by was "clerk1337" and subby still can't get the actual number right.

It would be nice to know who submits these articles so in the future I know which ones don't/can't read the articles they submitted.
 
2014-05-28 02:50:36 PM

real_headhoncho: How much is that in Dogecoin?


Roughly 50,377,833 Dogecoin as of today.
 
2014-05-28 02:53:00 PM
For those too lazy to read, here is the most important part of the article:

FTFA: Sure, you can wield this type of bounty using other currencies-and many have-but there's something particularly appropriate about doing it with bitcoin.

The premise, that this is something special that happens when you fark with a bitcoin badass, is a fabrication of the author.
 
2014-05-28 02:54:30 PM

Emposter: For those too lazy to read, here is the most important part of the article:

FTFA: Sure, you can wield this type of bounty using other currencies-and many have-but there's something particularly appropriate about doing it with bitcoin.

The premise, that this is something special that happens when you fark with a bitcoin badass, is a fabrication of the author.


it's "special" in the same way that offering 50 million pogs or 10 million oreos as a bounty is special
 
2014-05-28 03:00:31 PM

sprawl15: Emposter: For those too lazy to read, here is the most important part of the article:

FTFA: Sure, you can wield this type of bounty using other currencies-and many have-but there's something particularly appropriate about doing it with bitcoin.

The premise, that this is something special that happens when you fark with a bitcoin badass, is a fabrication of the author.

it's "special" in the same way that offering 50 million pogs or 10 million oreos as a bounty is special


I hear the Pog market is booming in Canada.
 
2014-05-28 03:02:40 PM

sprawl15: Emposter: For those too lazy to read, here is the most important part of the article:

FTFA: Sure, you can wield this type of bounty using other currencies-and many have-but there's something particularly appropriate about doing it with bitcoin.

The premise, that this is something special that happens when you fark with a bitcoin badass, is a fabrication of the author.

it's "special" in the same way that offering 50 million pogs or 10 million oreos as a bounty is special


That would be kinda sweet, actually.

Target: "Before you kill me, I have to know why. Was it love, money, power?

Bounty Hunter: "No,  I do this for the Pogs"

*SLAMMER*
 
2014-05-28 03:09:57 PM

sprawl15: Emposter: For those too lazy to read, here is the most important part of the article:

FTFA: Sure, you can wield this type of bounty using other currencies-and many have-but there's something particularly appropriate about doing it with bitcoin.

The premise, that this is something special that happens when you fark with a bitcoin badass, is a fabrication of the author.

it's "special" in the same way that offering 50 million pogs or 10 million oreos as a bounty is special


You know, i'm surprised someone hasn't tried to market pogs to hipsters.  It seems perfect: it was a fad, it has tons of collectability, and it's completely frakking stupid.
 
2014-05-28 03:12:23 PM
Did anyone mention the typo int eh headline?

Oh my God!

What a typo!

/not subby
 
2014-05-28 03:12:44 PM
Yeah but now he has to wake up every morning wondering:

Is today btcJimmy Shaker Day?
 
2014-05-28 03:24:40 PM

Empty H: One of the names the hacker went by was "clerk1337" and subby still can't get the actual number right.


Huh, I was willing to believe the correlation between asking for 37 bitcoins and being a 1337 h4x0r would be unrelated, but you might actually be right.  Why else ask for 37 instead of a more human-friendly number like 35 or 40? 1337 bitcoins probably out of the question
 
2014-05-28 03:34:50 PM

serial_crusher: Empty H: One of the names the hacker went by was "clerk1337" and subby still can't get the actual number right.

Huh, I was willing to believe the correlation between asking for 37 bitcoins and being a 1337 h4x0r would be unrelated, but you might actually be right.  Why else ask for 37 instead of a more human-friendly number like 35 or 40? 1337 bitcoins probably out of the question


The article also states that "37.something" bitcoins = $20,000.
 
2014-05-28 03:37:29 PM

Empty H: serial_crusher: Empty H: One of the names the hacker went by was "clerk1337" and subby still can't get the actual number right.

Huh, I was willing to believe the correlation between asking for 37 bitcoins and being a 1337 h4x0r would be unrelated, but you might actually be right.  Why else ask for 37 instead of a more human-friendly number like 35 or 40? 1337 bitcoins probably out of the question

The article also states that "37.something" bitcoins = $20,000.


And then in a week, it'll be 2,000 dollars, and then in another week it'll be 50,000, then 500.  It's a currency built around gambling.
 
2014-05-28 03:45:05 PM
I pay all my bounties in Alfcoin.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-05-28 04:56:39 PM
meh, just DDOS attack the bitcoin exchange servers
 
2014-05-28 06:01:03 PM

Antimatter: sprawl15: Emposter: For those too lazy to read, here is the most important part of the article:

FTFA: Sure, you can wield this type of bounty using other currencies-and many have-but there's something particularly appropriate about doing it with bitcoin.

The premise, that this is something special that happens when you fark with a bitcoin badass, is a fabrication of the author.

it's "special" in the same way that offering 50 million pogs or 10 million oreos as a bounty is special

You know, i'm surprised someone hasn't tried to market pogs to hipsters.  It seems perfect: it was a fad, it has tons of collectability, and it's completely frakking stupid.



*scribbles notes*

This'll play here in Portlandia...

/not really
//maybe
 
2014-05-28 06:06:57 PM
Ahh bitcoins so anonymous and untraceable that anyone can easily steal them and you can't do shiat to prove you owned them!!!
 
2014-05-28 06:20:26 PM
Isn't hiring a hitman like 2 or 3 times more illegal than blackmail?
 
2014-05-28 06:49:10 PM
libertarians are like religious freaks but without the god: They filter everything through the lens of their ideology. "This movie has a libertarian message in it" "this candidate is libertarian because he voted for this" "the success of this business proves libertarianism correct" etc...
 
2014-05-28 06:49:57 PM

Corvus: Ahh bitcoins so anonymous and untraceable that anyone can easily steal them and you can't do shiat to prove you owned them!!!


And how exactly do people steal them? Please bless us with your knowledge.
 
2014-05-28 07:06:13 PM

Luven: How the fark do you get 27 from the number 37 not once but twice? Did you even read your own article? Some some level of incompetence right there.

 
2014-05-28 07:13:06 PM

Farking Canuck: Corvus: Ahh bitcoins so anonymous and untraceable that anyone can easily steal them and you can't do shiat to prove you owned them!!!

And how exactly do people steal them? Please bless us with your knowledge.


Like this.
 
2014-05-28 07:22:21 PM

HeartBurnKid: Farking Canuck: Corvus: Ahh bitcoins so anonymous and untraceable that anyone can easily steal them and you can't do shiat to prove you owned them!!!

And how exactly do people steal them? Please bless us with your knowledge.

Like this.

 Do you understand that what you linked is an example of a currency exchange being hacked? That people create accounts on these exchanges and voluntarily put their money into these accounts?


Do you understand that they deposit different forms of currency into these accounts including $US? Not just digital currencies.

The lesson to be learned from your link is not to put your money into dodgy chinese websites. It has nothing to do with bitcoins or any other cryptocurrencies.

There were no bitcoins taken out of any persons' wallets in that example.

/pro tip: all the cases you want to link to are about dodgy websites that people deposited their money into. Nothing to do with bitcoins themselves.
 
2014-05-28 07:37:38 PM

Farking Canuck: HeartBurnKid: Farking Canuck: Corvus: Ahh bitcoins so anonymous and untraceable that anyone can easily steal them and you can't do shiat to prove you owned them!!!

And how exactly do people steal them? Please bless us with your knowledge.

Like this.

 Do you understand that what you linked is an example of a currency exchange being hacked? That people create accounts on these exchanges and voluntarily put their money into these accounts?


So what you're saying is that, when a bank is robbed, no money is actually stolen?

Do you understand that they deposit different forms of currency into these accounts including $US? Not just digital currencies.

Pretty sure Mt Gox only handled Bitcoin, but thanks for playing.

The lesson to be learned from your link is not to put your money into dodgy chinese websites. It has nothing to do with bitcoins or any other cryptocurrencies.

Well, other than the fact that Bitcoin's untraceable nature meant the money could never be recovered or replaced, and the people whose money was stolen (oh, but I forget the money wasn't really stolen according to you) are thus completely out of luck.  But other than that little detail, sure, why not.

There were no bitcoins taken out of any persons' wallets in that example.

Which, of course, means no bitcoins were stolen.  I'm glad we cleared that up.
 
2014-05-28 08:24:54 PM
Interesting results for 'hipsters playing pog' in a GIS. Maybe NSFW.
 
2014-05-28 08:43:02 PM

sprawl15: Emposter: For those too lazy to read, here is the most important part of the article:

FTFA: Sure, you can wield this type of bounty using other currencies-and many have-but there's something particularly appropriate about doing it with bitcoin.

The premise, that this is something special that happens when you fark with a bitcoin badass, is a fabrication of the author.

it's "special" in the same way that offering 50 million pogs or 10 million oreos as a bounty is special


I only accept Thin Mints.
 
2014-05-28 09:02:05 PM

HeartBurnKid: So what you're saying is that, when a bank is robbed, no money is actually stolen?


No. I'm saying that if a bank gets robbed you don't start whining "US currency sucks because a bank was robbed". You blame the bank or the robbers ... not the currency they took.

HeartBurnKid: Pretty sure Mt Gox only handled Bitcoin, but thanks for playing.


Wrong again honey. What do you think people traded the Bitcoins for? You bought and sold Bitcoins for other cryptocurrencies or for US dollars. When I traded litecoins I would always park my holdings in $US when I was going to be away from the market for a while.

Keep talking from ignorance ... it's really working for you!!

HeartBurnKid: Well, other than the fact that Bitcoin's untraceable nature meant the money could never be recovered or replaced, and the people whose money was stolen (oh, but I forget the money wasn't really stolen according to you) are thus completely out of luck. But other than that little detail, sure, why not.


All the holdings in an exchange are completely documented. Once you deposit your currency into the exchange they now have it and they keep very accurate records of it (at least the reputable/honest ones do ... not as guaranteed in the dodgy Chinese ones). The MtGox guys know exactly how much money was lost and who's it was. Technically they owe the money to their customers ... although I doubt they well ever pay it back.

I never said money wasn't stolen ... if you have to resort to lies you've already conceded your point. The point is that when a financial site gets hacked the thieves take money ... it does not matter what the currency was. Blaming bitcoins because an exchange was hacked is just stupid or ignorant (likely both).

Tired of being wrong yet?
 
2014-05-28 09:20:13 PM

Farking Canuck: real_headhoncho: How much is that in Dogecoin?

Roughly 50,377,833 Dogecoin as of today.


To the moon!

/this is good news for bounty hunters.
 
2014-05-28 10:17:08 PM

real_headhoncho: How much is that in Dogecoin?


More importantly, how much is that in Liberty Dollars?
 
2014-05-29 12:05:14 AM

ReverendJynxed: sprawl15: Emposter: For those too lazy to read, here is the most important part of the article:

FTFA: Sure, you can wield this type of bounty using other currencies-and many have-but there's something particularly appropriate about doing it with bitcoin.

The premise, that this is something special that happens when you fark with a bitcoin badass, is a fabrication of the author.

it's "special" in the same way that offering 50 million pogs or 10 million oreos as a bounty is special

I only accept Thin Mints.


What's the exchange rate with Samoas?
 
2014-05-29 03:12:55 AM

LrdPhoenix: Isn't hiring a hitman like 2 or 3 times more illegal than blackmail?


RTFA
 
2014-05-29 07:05:10 AM
FTA:  Nitrous had taken control of an old Hotmail account that belonged to Ver-apparently using public information to answer the email service's security questions

Not to be belligerent, but it's offensive to anyone in the computer field to call that hacking.
 
2014-05-29 08:22:17 AM

ReverendJasen: FTA:  Nitrous had taken control of an old Hotmail account that belonged to Ver-apparently using public information to answer the email service's security questions

Not to be belligerent, but it's offensive to anyone in the computer field to call that hacking.


Regardless, that trick only works when you're using a Gibson.
 
2014-05-29 08:46:33 AM

naughtyrev: Bitcoin Jesus built my mining rig.


nice! off to dig up my mind is a terrible thing to taste mp3s.
 
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