Really? Then have the police tell me they don't understand it, not you. Using this an excuse for lack of police involvement is nonsense. The police have not become involved because they could get IP logs from ISPs and trace them right back to the inside job.
Ah. Thank you Vod! That was even better than my theory which was Zhou caught them attempting to steal and forced them to share. Whatever went on, Zhou knew no police were being called. Well they are being called now
I can't get my bitcoins out of Intersango. I could be wrong, but I think it is because they aren't there. I think they might have been spent on trips to Las Vegas. Or on lawyers. He locked me out of my account and won't let me back in.
I emailed Strateman's local police station, putting out feelers to see about officially filing a complaint, seeing as it is a potential high-tech crime I want to report, and I'll take it from there, requesting seizure and forfeiture of all stolen goodies, including those taken from Bitcoinica customers
. I would rather do that as, unlike suing and liquidation, the forfeiture laws make provision for the return of actual goods
to their owners, rather than fiat.
I see this as a win-win. If my coins are there, I get them back. If they are not, I get to see Strateman go to jail. If a judge orders seizure and Strateman refuses to hand over the passwords to various wallets, I see him rotting in jail for quite a while for contempt of court. I don't see a 5th amendment defense as viable for him - as the existence of the coins is well-known - so giving out the passwords could not therefore be regarded as self-incrimination.
I mentioned in my email, in passing, that there appears to be about $50,000,000 worth not returned to customers from his previous venture. As the state gets to keep unclaimed forfeited goods, $50M should be enough for someone in the police department to take an interest.
Another problem with civil suits is who exactly to sue? In how many countries? Once this is viewed in the correct light - a criminal matter, it seems to me that Strateman locking someone away from the bitcoins she needs to treat a very sick dog is the latest in a pattern of such behavior.
Is anyone here on good terms with Zhou? He mentioned something that caught my attention, something Strateman denied. If he could prove it, I'd be interested.
ISP logs, huh? Do ISPs keep logs this long?