BitcoinWhosWho.com started receiving reports of a mass email attempting to blackmail recipients out of bitcoin about a month ago. The hilariously worded text always closes with “sorry for misprints, I am foreign”. Rudimentary block exploring shows at least some of these scam addresses are being consolidated on the Russian wallet service Matbea.com. Continue reading Blackmail Scam Run on Russian Wallet Matbea→
UPDATE: WannaCry Ransomware Attack up to 14.08007493 BTC on 92 payments as of 11:30am ET May 13. Balances more than doubled in 12 hours.
Today’s widely reported WannaCry ransomware attack is extensive, growing and has already yielded ~USD$12k in profits according to a quick analysis of the BTC addresses involved. On May 12 the 3 bitcoin addresses known to be receiving extortion payments show receipt of 6.49372428 BTC in 39 separate transactions with ransom varying between .15 to .30 BTC each. None of the balances have been moved to new bitcoin addresses since receipt.
Lost coins only make everyone else’s coins worth slightly more. Think of it as a donation to everyone.
– Satoshi Nakamoto
There will eventually be 21 million bitcoins mined however that will never be the true number in circulation. The distinction is important if you want to precisely measure bitcoin value and market capitalization which is setting new records. Not all bitcoin addresses can be spent. The genesis block can never be spent. Likewise any bitcoin sent to a “burn” address are also forever unspendable. A bitcoin burn address is like an impossible vanity address. There is no private key to a burn address and one would be impossible to generate. These are not merely ‘zombies‘ but truly gone forever. How many bitcoins have been “burned” exactly? Continue reading Lost Forever 26.04 BTC Burned In 2016→
The bitcoin address of long defunct mining pool DeepBit [1VayNert3x1KzbpzMGt2qdqrAThiRovi8] is still somehow crazy popular. According to Blockchain.info’s “Popular Addresses” page, DeepBit holds the #8 overall ranking for most frequently used bitcoin address. But how can a defunct mining pool, that hasn’t found a block since 2013, and has only 47 transactions since January 1, 2015, still hold the #8 overall popularity ranking based on # transactions?