Feds may be using stolen Bitcoin to bid in auction of NSA tools

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August 22, 2016
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"Bitcoin appears to be moving from a [stolen] wallet to the Shadow Brokers auction, raising suspicions that the US government is potentially bidding to prevent stolen NSA exploits and tools from ending up in the wrong hands [sic] -- again. Last week, a group calling themselves the 'Shadow Brokers' offered up what they claimed to be a treasure trove of exploits, software, and tools used by the US National Security Agency (NSA)'s Equation Group to the highest bidder. ... newly released documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden appear to show the leak is legitimate. ... while the Shadow Brokers' auction has generated marginal interest and some payments, a portion of the proceeds appears to be becoming from the Silk Road Bitcoin wallet, which was [stolen] by the FBI after the underground marketplace was closed down in 2013." (08/22/15)


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