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March 04, 2014, 05:10:14 PM
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With all these recent incidents of Bitcoin hacks and theft I would like to know - has a BTC thief ever actually been tracked down and caught before?

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March 04, 2014, 05:10:33 PM
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Pirateat40 was, I think.

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March 04, 2014, 05:13:23 PM
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Pirateat40 was, I think.
We aren't sure, really.

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March 04, 2014, 05:14:11 PM
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Pirateat40 was, I think.

He made it pretty easy to catch him.

If someone knows what they're doing it's almost impossible to catch them. Pirateat40 was just dumb..
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March 04, 2014, 05:17:48 PM
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i doubt that someone was caught scamming people, if yes i guess only some few guys who didn't really knew how to do this. For sure most of thief's should be shame yourself doing that kind of stuff, but there are so many naive people around here who helping them.

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March 04, 2014, 05:23:28 PM
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Pirateat40 was, I think.

Thanks for that, I did a check but this isn't quite what I'm looking for. In this case it was a known operator that ran off with the coins. I was thinking more along the lines of an unrelated third party stealing the BTC and then getting tracked down via blockchain analysis and community effort and hopefully doxxed in the process.

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March 04, 2014, 05:26:30 PM
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With all these recent incidents of Bitcoin hacks and theft I would like to know - has a BTC thief ever actually been tracked down and caught before?

Individual hobby thieves and hackers surely do mistakes and get caught from time to time but this is virtually harmless compared to organized crime. Thats the biggest problem with Bitcoin today. There seems to be zero interest by law enforcement/governments to go after that kind of criminals ...it looks like they waiting for a good timing to use all these scandals to say "See, we told you but you wouldnt listen, banks are safe, Bitcoin is not".

As people pointed out before its also the sheer stupidity of some users, the greed for fast profit etc. that makes alot of people lose money. Having said that, no exchange can guarantee you some safety these days and if something gets too big, better play safe before you lose it all.

Personally I believe the "hacks" including Mt.Gox were just a scam .. .in a weird way they are protected by law... thats the pros and contras.

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March 04, 2014, 05:30:41 PM
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I'm not aware of anyone caught for stealing BTC. That should explain everything we need to know about protecting your bitcoins. If you think using the same measures as you use for your face book account is sufficient, then you are about to be robbed.

You are the bank and the cop in bitcoin.

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March 04, 2014, 05:44:31 PM
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has a BTC thief ever actually been tracked down and caught before?
Hell yeah.

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Charlie Shrem
Ross Ulbricht

Many others will join the list.  People mistakenly believe that just because they are using bitcoin all laws no longer apply.  They find out the hard way that drug dealing, money laundering, and fraud laws remain - no matter in which denomination these activities are taken up.  Fraud is fraud - whether done in dollars, euros, or bitcoin.  Don't make the mistake that using bitcoin means you are impervious to law.  These three idiots got confused about that.  

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March 04, 2014, 05:53:02 PM
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has a BTC thief ever actually been tracked down and caught before?
Hell yeah.

Trendon T. Shavers
Charlie Shrem
Ross Ulbricht

Many others will join the list.

What percentage of all stolen money has been recovered (or equivalent restitution paid) in all known and known cases?

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March 04, 2014, 05:56:38 PM
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Interesting info, share with us about that money recovered i'm really curious.

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March 04, 2014, 06:21:17 PM
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Interesting info, share with us about that money recovered i'm really curious.
Who the F cares?  We'll make more. 

The bottom line is this...
STOP USING BITCOIN FOR ILLEGAL SHIT.  IT FUCKS UP THE COMMUNITY.

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March 04, 2014, 06:24:20 PM
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has a BTC thief ever actually been tracked down and caught before?
Hell yeah.

Trendon T. Shavers
Charlie Shrem
Ross Ulbricht

Neither Charlie nor Ross was caught for stealing. It was money laundering and drug dealing. As far as Trendon, I can't find any proof he was convicted of anything. But he may have.

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March 04, 2014, 06:25:47 PM
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we need bitcoin police

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March 04, 2014, 06:31:07 PM
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we need bitcoin police
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March 04, 2014, 06:42:45 PM
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we need bitcoin police
Coming soon.  Whether you like it or not. 
I would be satisfied if the police I already pay for gave a crap.

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March 04, 2014, 07:04:29 PM
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Bitcoin thieves -- including Mark Karpeles -- don't get punished. That's why exchange owners will continue stealing from their customers. They have every incentive to do so. And that's why Bitcoin can never succeed, i.e. never reach the mainstream adoption stage. Bitcoin will continue being a high-risk niche thing, and most bitcoiners seem quite happy about this.

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March 04, 2014, 07:10:42 PM
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has a BTC thief ever actually been tracked down and caught before?
Hell yeah.

Trendon T. Shavers
Charlie Shrem
Ross Ulbricht

Neither Charlie nor Ross was caught for stealing. It was money laundering and drug dealing. As far as Trendon, I can't find any proof he was convicted of anything. But he may have.

It's like the first google result. I hope he rots in jail.
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March 04, 2014, 07:57:06 PM
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^ To be fair, it just says he was charged, not that he was convicted.

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March 04, 2014, 08:50:16 PM
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have you considered that maybe there is no BTC thieves
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