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February 07, 2018, 05:36:34 PM
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Armed robbers have raided the house of a British virtual currency trader, forcing him to transfer Bitcoins after tying up his wife and threatening him with a gun, British media reported on Monday.

The robbery happened on January 22 at the couple's home in the village of Moulsford in southeast England, according to the Daily Mail, which said the cryptocurrency crime was the first of its kind.

Four robbers wearing balaclavas broke into the house of Danny Aston, 30, and his wife Amy Jay, 31.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman quoted by the Daily Telegraph said only that police were investigating an "aggravated burglary" in Moulsford last week and that the occupants of the house had been "threatened".

According to company registry records, Aston and Jay are directors of Aston Digital Currencies, which specialises in managing virtual currency portfolios.

The company was created in June 2017 at a time when Bitcoin was trading at around 2,500 euros.

It has since risen sharply to a peak of 16,323 euros on December 17 before falling back below 10,000 euros.

No arrests have been made but the reports said that Aston may have been targeted because of his high profile in the cryptocurrency community.

Using a pseudonym, Aston has carried out more than 100,000 transactions with 16,375 partners.

Some of them referred to him online using his real name, which may have led robbers directly to him.

Bitcoin is a virtual currency created from computer code that allows anonymous transactions. Unlike a real-world unit such as the US dollar or euro, it has no central bank and is not backed by any government.

https://hedgeaccordingly.com/2018/01/armed-robbers-have-raided-the-house-of-a-british-virtual-currency-trader.html

Better source if anyone wants it:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/28/britains-first-bitcoin-heist-trader-forced-gunpoint-transfer/

No mention of how many BTC was stolen. Apparently this is the first case of bitcoin being physically stolen via force in history. It will be interesting to see if the BTC is recovered. Also interesting: thieves were armed with a gun. The article mentions the person robbed carrying out more than 100,000 bitcoin transactions! That's a lot of transfer fees!

I feel like there's an interesting and important angle to this news story that I'm missing. If someone can spot it, please point it out to me!

On the positive side, its good no one got hurt. Does anyone think he'll have his funds returned by law enforcement?

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February 07, 2018, 06:24:57 PM
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GOLDIATH is the online name of the mentioned businessman which has been robbed. He has a famous name and his real name was probably spotted by some well-organized criminal group. They can even be his close friends to whom he discovered his crypto wealth. All is relative right now and the police of the UK can only give positive interviews about their closing to the criminal hideout ( actually they will never catch the thief).

This is actually not the first physical robbery that includes the cryptocurrencies. Goverment gives us the information over the media that they can not suppress and hide. By my opinion there had already been many physical robberies of the cryptocurrencies in the criminal circles that cannot be revealed to the public (reveal can only lead to the prolongation of the investigation that the authorities are conduting). We are all victims of the false media publishment that the government uses for the manipulation.

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February 07, 2018, 09:09:21 PM
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Armed robbers have raided the house of a British virtual currency trader, forcing him to transfer Bitcoins after tying up his wife and threatening him with a gun, British media reported on Monday.

The robbery happened on January 22 at the couple's home in the village of Moulsford in southeast England, according to the Daily Mail, which said the cryptocurrency crime was the first of its kind.

Four robbers wearing balaclavas broke into the house of Danny Aston, 30, and his wife Amy Jay, 31.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman quoted by the Daily Telegraph said only that police were investigating an "aggravated burglary" in Moulsford last week and that the occupants of the house had been "threatened".

According to company registry records, Aston and Jay are directors of Aston Digital Currencies, which specialises in managing virtual currency portfolios.

The company was created in June 2017 at a time when Bitcoin was trading at around 2,500 euros.

It has since risen sharply to a peak of 16,323 euros on December 17 before falling back below 10,000 euros.

No arrests have been made but the reports said that Aston may have been targeted because of his high profile in the cryptocurrency community.

Using a pseudonym, Aston has carried out more than 100,000 transactions with 16,375 partners.

Some of them referred to him online using his real name, which may have led robbers directly to him.

Bitcoin is a virtual currency created from computer code that allows anonymous transactions. Unlike a real-world unit such as the US dollar or euro, it has no central bank and is not backed by any government.

https://hedgeaccordingly.com/2018/01/armed-robbers-have-raided-the-house-of-a-british-virtual-currency-trader.html

Better source if anyone wants it:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/28/britains-first-bitcoin-heist-trader-forced-gunpoint-transfer/

No mention of how many BTC was stolen. Apparently this is the first case of bitcoin being physically stolen via force in history. It will be interesting to see if the BTC is recovered. Also interesting: thieves were armed with a gun. The article mentions the person robbed carrying out more than 100,000 bitcoin transactions! That's a lot of transfer fees!

I feel like there's an interesting and important angle to this news story that I'm missing. If someone can spot it, please point it out to me!

On the positive side, its good no one got hurt. Does anyone think he'll have his funds returned by law enforcement?

The angle is to always be very cautious about using your real name anywhere in the crypto world and do not openly allow people to know of your wealth. Also if you end up being wealthy, get yourself a very good security system!

Realistically the guy is never going to get those coins back unless they can catch the guys, even then it's unlikely. I wonder how this one would be looked at from an insurance point of view, this could be the first case of its kind if he tries to claim under some home insurance or something similar. Cash would be covered so should bitcoin not also be?

That insurance angle is definitely going to be one that's going to have to be looked at in the future.

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February 07, 2018, 09:12:38 PM
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This is really shocking. Not only hackers are very active targeting unsuspecting victims, but it looks like they took it to the next levels. Criminals are now hunting bag holders in this case a currency trader which they know holds a lot of bitcoins in their wallet. This will clearly set precedence to other criminals to track down people who have stash huge amount in their bitcoin wallets. As much as we want to avoid it, we are helpless at this point. Pointing a gun at your face is very scary and the best thing to do is really give them your private key and your crypto portfolio. I really do hope that they catch this criminals and locked for good.
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February 08, 2018, 11:33:02 AM
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3 months ago, one of the biggest Turkish exchange owner had kidnapped and forced to give private key of the cold wallet. Kidnappers stole 150 BTC. So this news is not the first physically stolen Bitcoins via force. I am sure there were some other robberies too.
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February 08, 2018, 11:38:29 AM
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GOLDIATH is the online name of the mentioned businessman which has been robbed. He has a famous name and his real name was probably spotted by some well-organized criminal group. They can even be his close friends to whom he discovered his crypto wealth. All is relative right now and the police of the UK can only give positive interviews about their closing to the criminal hideout ( actually they will never catch the thief).

This is actually not the first physical robbery that includes the cryptocurrencies. Goverment gives us the information over the media that they can not suppress and hide. By my opinion there had already been many physical robberies of the cryptocurrencies in the criminal circles that cannot be revealed to the public (reveal can only lead to the prolongation of the investigation that the authorities are conduting). We are all victims of the false media publishment that the government uses for the manipulation.
There was one recently where someone was forced to hand over / send their bitcoin at knife point, I think the victim was an exchange owner or was just reported as one, not sure, this was in the UK also.

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February 08, 2018, 11:54:17 AM
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Just asking, would the government make an action about this? Would it be possible to return the stolen amount the person?
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February 08, 2018, 12:08:57 PM
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Seems like well planned robbery and tight targeted victim.

I think that this kind of robberies will get more and more with the increased crypto popularity. We must be careful what we are sharing online.

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February 08, 2018, 12:09:26 PM
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This is not the first of such a case. Just a few weeks ago. Actually when Eth was around $300, a guy had around $2,000,000 worth of Eth, and his friend kidnapped him and forced him to give him the private key.

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February 08, 2018, 12:34:44 PM
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This could prove a potential threat to the Korea's recent news about the regulation of the crypto. If real-name trading exchanges will be established, there will be securities, but the identity is revealed leading to such danger in one's personal information. Government should somehow protect these sites from identity theft, impersonation and most of all robbery by closing the database of then name of the users where the authority of the site and the dealing parties are the only one's who knew the identity of each other. This could potentially lead to fear for new investors but let's hope they're not new to these kind of phenomenon.
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February 08, 2018, 01:00:10 PM
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This is very interesting story since the robbers also knows the crypto. If this is the case no way the victim can reclaim his BTC. One question arise with this story is how can We protect our coins with actual robbers.
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February 08, 2018, 03:12:31 PM
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Thanks to the popularity of crypto currency, some people became rich. But now it's better to keep silent that you are working in this area, and do not commit provocative purchases. Because this is not the first such case that I see.

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February 08, 2018, 03:50:18 PM
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No mention of how many BTC was stolen. Apparently this is the first case of bitcoin being physically stolen via force in history. It will be interesting to see if the BTC is recovered. Also interesting: thieves were armed with a gun. The article mentions the person robbed carrying out more than 100,000 bitcoin transactions! That's a lot of transfer fees!

I feel like there's an interesting and important angle to this news story that I'm missing. If someone can spot it, please point it out to me!

On the positive side, its good no one got hurt. Does anyone think he'll have his funds returned by law enforcement?
People who have been into BTC all along and earned much money investing in it should be extremely cautious. I wonder why didn't he have at least 20 BTC wallets to execute those transactions, it would increase his anonymity at any rate. As for refund, I don't think he'll receive anything, even if we assume that law enforcement is interested in it. Those people have probably sent that money in all directions to conceal it.
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February 08, 2018, 05:06:27 PM
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It is very shocking to hear this. I thought that Bitcoin investments are safer and good option for rich people to keep their money protected. Now, even Bitcoin investors are being targeted and it is sad.
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February 08, 2018, 05:48:28 PM
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That indeed is worrying, and this is why Bitcoin will always be a safe. If those people had gold, they would have no faith, but Bitcoin actually permits to track the bitcoins. Yes I have to agree it will be hard, but always possible.

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February 08, 2018, 05:48:42 PM
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GOLDIATH is the online name of the mentioned businessman which has been robbed. He has a famous name and his real name was probably spotted by some well-organized criminal group. They can even be his close friends to whom he discovered his crypto wealth. All is relative right now and the police of the UK can only give positive interviews about their closing to the criminal hideout ( actually they will never catch the thief).

This is actually not the first physical robbery that includes the cryptocurrencies. Goverment gives us the information over the media that they can not suppress and hide. By my opinion there had already been many physical robberies of the cryptocurrencies in the criminal circles that cannot be revealed to the public (reveal can only lead to the prolongation of the investigation that the authorities are conduting). We are all victims of the false media publishment that the government uses for the manipulation.

Wasn't the whole silk road being taken down a pretty famous "robbery" of cryptocurrency? The government seized all of the operator's bitcoin.

I guess this could be one of the dangers of bitcoin. There are a lot of self-made millionares, people that have made a lot of money off of the coin. If criminals get the right information about these people, it's likely that the investors won't have much protection. It's not like they're stars that have bodyguards and whatnot. All it takes is a criminal, a gun, the investor, and his private key. After that, the rest is history.

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February 08, 2018, 05:50:11 PM
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That indeed is worrying, and this is why Bitcoin will always be a safe. If those people had gold, they would have no faith, but Bitcoin actually permits to track the bitcoins. Yes I have to agree it will be hard, but always possible.

I feel like all it really takes to make it untraceable is a mixer. I don't know if I'm wrong about that, but it seems like mixers would just keep the anonymity for whatever the small transaction fee is. After that, the coins are basically untraceable and that defeats most of your point. Like taking gold and leaving with it, a robber can take bitcoin, make the transactions anonymous through a mixer, and leave with the money.

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Armed robbers have raided the house of a British virtual currency trader, forcing him to transfer Bitcoins after tying up his wife and threatening him with a gun, British media reported on Monday.

The robbery happened on January 22 at the couple's home in the village of Moulsford in southeast England, according to the Daily Mail, which said the cryptocurrency crime was the first of its kind.

Four robbers wearing balaclavas broke into the house of Danny Aston, 30, and his wife Amy Jay, 31.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman quoted by the Daily Telegraph said only that police were investigating an "aggravated burglary" in Moulsford last week and that the occupants of the house had been "threatened".

According to company registry records, Aston and Jay are directors of Aston Digital Currencies, which specialises in managing virtual currency portfolios.

The company was created in June 2017 at a time when Bitcoin was trading at around 2,500 euros.

It has since risen sharply to a peak of 16,323 euros on December 17 before falling back below 10,000 euros.

No arrests have been made but the reports said that Aston may have been targeted because of his high profile in the cryptocurrency community.

Using a pseudonym, Aston has carried out more than 100,000 transactions with 16,375 partners.

Some of them referred to him online using his real name, which may have led robbers directly to him.

Bitcoin is a virtual currency created from computer code that allows anonymous transactions. Unlike a real-world unit such as the US dollar or euro, it has no central bank and is not backed by any government.

https://hedgeaccordingly.com/2018/01/armed-robbers-have-raided-the-house-of-a-british-virtual-currency-trader.html

Better source if anyone wants it:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/28/britains-first-bitcoin-heist-trader-forced-gunpoint-transfer/

No mention of how many BTC was stolen. Apparently this is the first case of bitcoin being physically stolen via force in history. It will be interesting to see if the BTC is recovered. Also interesting: thieves were armed with a gun. The article mentions the person robbed carrying out more than 100,000 bitcoin transactions! That's a lot of transfer fees!

I feel like there's an interesting and important angle to this news story that I'm missing. If someone can spot it, please point it out to me!

On the positive side, its good no one got hurt. Does anyone think he'll have his funds returned by law enforcement?

It will not really happen to you if you are not bragging about your profits in crypto. Just be silent about it if you do not want to happen bad to you.

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February 08, 2018, 07:04:46 PM
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One of the disadvantages of btc is the ease of being stolen cuz the transfer is very easy. I hope events like this never happen again cuz it would be impossible to track all the robberies in blockchain.
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February 08, 2018, 07:22:52 PM
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You guys do understand the fundamental flaw of this whole story right? Don't name your highly speculative lucrative company after yourself, that is a good way to avoid most of this mess happening I believe Roll Eyes.

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