List of Silk Road Bitcoin Bidders Leaked by US Marshals

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Posted by: DeepDotWeb

June 18, 2014

As it was published in Coindesk:

A list of potential buyers for almost 30,000 bitcoins confiscated from the now-defunct Silk Road black marketplace has been leaked via email by the US Marshals Service (USMS).

The original intent of the email was to inform interested parties about an updated FAQ related to the bitcoin auction. The USMS staffer who sent the email allegedly inadvertently CC’ed the list rather than BCC’ed, making the names viewable for all recipients.

The list details a diverse group of possible bidders representing members of the bitcoin community and the investment world, as well as varied private citizens.

The list of names includes:

Additional emails from the USMS provided to CoinDesk state that the names are only those who have expressed interest in the auction.

The email, allegedly from the US government, explains:

“One of the emails that we sent out this morning inadvertently showed a list of some of the individuals who have asked a question or questions about the pending bitcoin auction. We apologize for the error.”

Notably, the email address which sent the original message to potential buyers was the same the USMS required bidders to use when sending information to be considered.


Updated: 2014-06-18