After Silk Road seizure, FBI Bitcoin wallet identified and pranked

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.
Written by Violet Blue, Contributor


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."


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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