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U.S. Marshals leak list of people who want to buy seized Silk Road bitcoins
The list includes some surprising names.
U.S. Marshals want to sell off 30,000 bitcoins worth over $18 million that were confiscated in the late 2013 Silk Road bust. The fate of the money was once a mystery, but a new email, through a few mistaken CCs, allegedly leaks out a full list of potential buyers.
The full leaked list, as reported by Coindesk, includes:
Daniel Folkinshteyn, assistant professor at Rowan University
Barry Silbert, CEO for SecondMarket
Luther Lowe, director of public policy for Yelp
Malcolm Oluwasanmi, chairperson of Little Phoenix Investment Group
Fabrice Evangelista, quantitative arbitrage at BNP Paribas
Michal Handerhanm, co-founder and COO of Bitcoin Shop
Dave Goel, managing general partner of Matrix Capital Management
Dinuka Samarasinghe, investment professional
Chris DeMuth Jr., Wrangeley Capital
Fred Ehrsam, co-founder, Coinbase
Jonathan Disner, corporate counsel at DRW Trading Group
William Brindise, head investment manager at DigitalBTC
Michael Moro, director at SecondMarket
Jennifer R. Jacoby, lawyer at WilmerHale
The marshals have since apologized for the mistake in a follow up email, saying the list includes “some of the individuals who have asked a question or questions about the pending bitcoin auction.” The list, it seems clear, is only a partial representation of the interest in buying the coins.
If you’re looking to buy some of the Silk Road coins, you have until June 23rd to contact U.S. Marshals to do so. The auction will take place on June 27 and the results announced on June 30.
U.S. Marshals have not yet verified the emails at this point.
Patrick Howell O'Neill is a notable cybersecurity reporter whose work has focused on the dark net, national security, and law enforcement. A former senior writer at the Daily Dot, O'Neill joined CyberScoop in October 2016. I am a cybersecurity journalist at CyberScoop. I cover the security industry, national security and law enforcement.