After Silk Road seizure, FBI Bitcoin wallet identified and pranked

After Silk Road seizure, FBI Bitcoin wallet identified and pranked

Summary: In the the arrest of Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht the FBI seized around 26,000 Bitcoins. The FBI's 'wallet' has been identified and is now the target of micropayments with pointed messages.

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When online black market Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht was arrested last week the FBI seized around 26,000 in Bitcoin — now revealed, the FBI's Bitcoin "wallet" address is the target of small bitcoin payments with snarky messages.

At the FBI's Silkroad Seized Coins address, an increasing number of payments to the tune of 0.00000001 BTC are coming in with messages attached as a so-called "public note."

silk road fbi pranked

The messages now span three pages of snark, anger, defiance, trolling and political spankings.

One public note on Blockchain reads: "The only way to have a drug-free world is to have a people-free world. And even then, the animals will get stoned."

Another says: "Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. -Abraham Lincoln." 

A common public note message for the feds is, "You cannot arrest an idea."

The criminal complaint against Ulbricht claimed his commissions were around $80 million, or 600,000 bitcoins. 

But as TechDirt points out:

You might notice the disconnect between the 26,000 Bitcoins seized and the supposed 600,000 Ulbright made. It now comes out that those 26,000 Bitcoins aren't even Ulbricht's.

Instead, they're actually from Silk Road's users.

This is a fact that has not escaped the users of the world's largest floating black market — which actually wasn't entirely comprised of illicit goods.

And at the FBI's Silkroad Seized Coins address, people are not letting the FBI off the hook with their confiscated money.

One recent micropayment to the FBI for 0.00001 BTC reads in its public note:

Many items sold through Silk Road were perfectly legal.

There is no way to know whether these funds were to be used for illicit purchases. Users should be allowed to withdraw their funds.

And another links to a just-created Change.org petition for release of the bitcoin funds, with a simple message: "Petition to release these funds back into the community."

With spam and fake donation solicitation for sex change operations, the FBI is — of course — being trolled through the Blockchain public note system for "Silkroad Seized Coins."

I THOUGHT OF SNIFFING FARTS WHILST SENDING THESE BITCOINS TO YOU [source]

But many have teeth:

This page shows how Bitcoin is more transparent than the US government. [source]

There are several Thomas Jefferson quotes. A popular message appears to be a Howard Zinn quote, "They'll say we're disturbing the peace, but there is no peace. What really bothers them is that we are disturbing the war."

Some public notes are links to images — which mostly mock Ross Ulbricht for getting caught.

Like this one:

FBI Bitcoin address

Another provided a link to the obligatory Breaking Bad reference:

silk road better call saul

Wired reports Ulbricht is using a public defender.

"Better Call Saul" indeed.

 

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  • The Feds robbed a bank or a Cartel?

    These funds were in a common pool tumbler or individual accounts? That might be the equivalent of a bank Vault where the otherwise unidentifiable funds of Account Holders are stored by the Bank. Unless the Government can qualify Silk Road as a 'Cartel' and the funds in that Tumbler a buy-in by members of that Cartel they will be setting a Precedent allowing the Federal Government looting of not just individual Accounts but the entire bank. That may not seem like much but for the Trillions of dollars out there in Offshore banks and tax havens it will set a precedent where they can expect the USA to send Troops to their Tax Haven to secure the Bank and seize its contents - bit coins or otherwise. A future that will force Tax haven bit-coin banks to set up shop in Nuclear armed States like North Korea and Russia or on orbiting satellites which are little more than bit-coin tumblers.
    Sean Robert Meaney
  • The Feds robbed a bank or a Cartel?

    These funds were in a common pool tumbler or individual accounts? That might be the equivalent of a bank Vault where the otherwise unidentifiable funds of Account Holders are stored by the Bank. Unless the Government can qualify Silk Road as a 'Cartel' and the funds in that Tumbler a buy-in by members of that Cartel they will be setting a Precedent allowing the Federal Government looting of not just individual Accounts but the entire bank. That may not seem like much but for the Trillions of dollars out there in Offshore banks and tax havens it will set a precedent where they can expect the USA to send Troops to their Tax Haven to secure the Bank and seize its contents - bit coins or otherwise. A future that will force Tax haven bit-coin banks to set up shop in Nuclear armed States like North Korea and Russia or on orbiting satellites which are little more than bit-coin tumblers.
    Sean Robert Meaney
  • The Feds robbed a bank or a Cartel?

    These funds were in a common pool tumbler or individual accounts? That might be the equivalent of a bank Vault where the otherwise unidentifiable funds of Account Holders are stored by the Bank. Unless the Government can qualify Silk Road as a 'Cartel' and the funds in that Tumbler a buy-in by members of that Cartel they will be setting a Precedent.
    Sean Robert Meaney
  • >_

    It's impressive how much this article rambles given how short it is.
    BridgeT Roll
  • Frredom from oppression

    Donate 16hUpHfJGUSxAv52SnTPSKgaz8TxgZL35X I'm bringing you the next gereration of silkroad. Please help me fund this project. Freedom from oppression!!
    ffo
  • Bitcoins are transferred clean data...

    This data is usually stolen from Hackers or phishes who use Key loggers to go all through emails into clouds and steal any unused cellular data they can transfer directly to buyers, transfer to a cloud of their own storage for resale or exchange or for use of their own. It essentially is a NEW FOR OF EXTREMELY PRIVATE UNTRACEABLE INCOME!!! I have tried to find where my stolen is going for months now at the risk of no protection. At one point my car caught fire and blew up. These guys are GREEDY and serious ! No one wants to admit anything and I am just a stupid naive inexperienced amateur . This needs to be addressed fast or next, GREEDY CORPORATE types will find a way to transfer Bit coins as a legitimate currency! What good can come of this: drug sells, prostitution, stolen goods, hit men , criminal services of every kind; even terrorist acts. We can beat this wit with Super Moral and Ethical Hackers! Evil can always be conquered by good!!! I BELIEVE!!!
    ApheliaDawn