UPDATE: MiseryDeAria posted at length, clearing Bitcoin Consultancy of any responsibility. He will be working on returning the funds soon. Intersango and Bitcoin Consultancy are unrelated to witcoin and do not have the funds, and claims they should be reported to the police are completely unfounded. Read it for yourself here:
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=66550.msg773158#msg773158UPDATE 2: I PM'ed CryptoXChange, and they cleared some things up. CryptoCoinMedia is not an employee, owner, or client of CryptoXChange. They know each other as fellow Australian Bitcoin users. One of the CryptoX guys has done some technical work for him in the past, but this was in no way officially connected to their exchange or its brand. They do not condone or have any control of CCM's actions.
I still think CCM was trying to smear FUD on Bitcoin Consultancy's Intersango to improve the standing of CryptoX, but he was acting independently. CCM and miserydearia will be working together to get the refunds out to past witcoin users.
This is my understanding from the past hour of research through old forum posts, if anyone has factual corrections, please let me know and I will edit this post to update it for accuracy.The Facts:
an associate of CryptoXChange (his level of involvement is unclear).
a fellow Austrialian Bit
CryptoCoinMedia registered the domain in December of 2010.
Miserydearia was the lead develeoper and creator of witcoin.com, a reddit-like service where you upvote with bitcoin.
Witcoin.com was shut down, leaving some users without a way to withdraw their remaining balance.
As of October 2011, miserydearia sold the VPS to CryptoCoinMedia.https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2516.msg599183#msg599183
Some time between Nov 2011 and now, miserydearia both: had some serious health problems (I hope you are doing well if you are reading this), and became a collaborator with Intersango.
CryptoCoinMedia started this thread today, in which he threatens to file a police report against Intersango if they don't coordinate refunds:https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=66550.0My Take on the Situation
-CryptoCoinMedia is at least friends with CryptoXChange, if not actually involved with some business aspect.
-Witcoin users who are owed money have a legitimate claim to recover those funds from miserydearia. They should contact miserydearia directly to facilitate this transfer of funds. Misery should make himself available, and make a post about how to contact him to recover these funds. The matter of these refunds is between miserydearia and witcoin users.
-CryptoCoinMedia has ZERO claim on the account balances. His purchase was for the domain and VPS only:
I payed for the domains and vps it was hosted on.
-Intersango/BitcoinConsultancy is completely innocent and unrelated in this matter. Accepting miserydearia's future collaboration does not make them responsible for any past debts miserydearia may have.
-Intersango/BitcoinConsultancy should notify miserydearia of these threads, and encourage him to create a transparent claim process. This is an act of good faith which they have no obligation to do.
-CryptoCoinMedia's claim that Intersango has commited theft is a slanderous attack attempting to hurt their reputation. CryptoCoinMedia's association with CryptoXChange gives motive: He wants to stir up FUD around Intersango to improve the relative position of CryptoXChange. I think he is attacking his competitor primarily as a means to gain market share. This is immoral and bad for the Bitcoin community, which is why I am speaking out.
-CryptoCoinMedia has no right or claim to be the custodian of the coins until they are claimed. He should not take possession of any former witcoin deposits.
Note: I have no affiliations with any of the above parties (aside from trying both their respective exchanges with trivial amounts of BTC). I am just a Bitcoin enthusiast who sees someone trying to take advantage of someone else, and I hate seeing that in our community.