Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Are you the mysterious person that just emptied a Bitcoin wallet containing almost $1 billion?

Vice on a wallet that had been dormant since 2015:

On Tuesday, whoever is in control of the Bitcoin address "1HQ3Go3ggs8pFnXuHVHRytPCq5fGG8Hbhx" transferred all its contents—a staggering 69369.16716000 BTC or roughly $964,000,000. At this point, it's impossible to know whether this was a heist or just the long-dormant owner of the wallet moving out their savings to another wallet. 

That wallet has been an object of speculation for cryptocurrency enthusiasts for years, and until the transfer it was one of the most valuable Bitcoin addresses in existence. More recently, several hackers have been trying to break into it, trying to bruteforce the passcode that protects the wallet in an attempt to steal the funds.