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Bitcoin Theft: Winklevoss Brothers Sue Charlie Shrem for 5,000 Bitcoins

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The Winklevoss brothers Cameron and Tyler has sued Charlie Shrem for allegedly stealing 5,000 Bitcoin from them. Charlie Shrem who is also referred to as bitcoin’s ‘first fellon’ had been arrested in 2015 for using his investment knowledge to make it possible for consumers to buy drugs online. Charlie who was the former chief executive for BitInstant at that time claimed that he had little funds at his disposal when he went to prison.

However, Charlie now has a house worth $2 million in value, two Maserati’s, two powerboats, and multiple real estate properties. The
Winklevoss twins however feel Charlie has been holding out on them considering his sudden fortune. The brothers claim that Charlie had been a part of the Winklevoss twins’ investments in Bitcoin in 2012 and owes them $32 million according to the current price of Bitcoin. The lawsuit against Charlie Shrem states, “Either Shrem has been incredibly lucky and successful since leaving prison, or — more likely — he ‘acquired’ his six properties, two Maserati’s, two powerboats and other holdings with the appreciated value of the 5,000 Bitcoin he stole”.

The Winklevoss twins claimed Charlie’s newly acquired wealth lead to the investigation. Cameron Winklevoss revealed, “When he purchased $4 million in real estate, two Maserati’s, and two power boats, we decided it was time to get to the bottom of it.” The twins had supplied $750,000 to Charlie Shrem to help them in their Bitcoin investment. Few months later, they discovered they were missing funds. In September 2012, they contributed $250,000 and  only received back $189,000 worth of Bitcoin at the price of that time. The missing bitcoins caused a lot of problems between both parties and the twins had to document the bitcoin purchase by hiring an accountant to document the missing funds. During the course of investigation, the Winklevoss’ learned that the Bitcoins had been transferred to Xapo and Coinbase using digital wallet address.

Some of Charlie Shrem’s assets were frozen by Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the Southern District of New York during the earliest stages of the trial. Charlie also has some other big issues to face as the affidavit also claims that he has not fulfilled the $950,000 restitution that he was assigned to pay in the case that ultimately sent him to prison. Charlie on the other has not found things easy in the crypto space. He had launched an ICO and a crypto card product that failed. He however claims, “My personal life goes through bull and bear markets, too. So, the key is how to deal with it when you’re in the bear markets.”

 

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Missing Bitcoin Mystery Solved, Mistook Wallet Pin for Password – Peter Schiff 

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Peter Schiff has revealed the mystery behind his corrupt wallet causing him to lose his bitcoin has been solved. The crypto critic took to his Twitter account to tweet the mistake was his, as he mistook the wallet pin for his wallet password.

On the 19th of January, 2020, Peter Schiff made a tweet abusing the leading cryptocurrency by market capitalization saying it intrinsically worthless, it has no market value. This was because he at the time couldn’t access his wallet. 

According to Peter, “I just lost all the #Bitcoin I have ever owned. My wallet got corrupted somehow and my password is no longer valid. So now not only is my Bitcoin intrinsically worthless; it has no market value either. I knew owning Bitcoin was a bad idea, I just never realized it was this bad!.”

While others offered to help, both well known names in the space and less known, others were less bothered, this however was due to his position on crypto .

A costly Mistake

According to Schiff, when Blockchain updated their app, he got logged out. Thereafter, he tried attempted logging in using his pin, the only “password” he had ever known or used. He said he never had a copy of the wallet seed phrase. And it was a costly mistake.

 

Responding to a post bashing him of his ignorance on the basic of things about crypto, Peter Schiff said the most basic thing about Bitcoin is that it’s not money. It also will not succeed as either a medium of exchange or store of value.

Crypto’s Complexity

He further expressed his displeasure on the complexity of crypto. He said “the episode does show is how easy it is to lose your Bitcoin if you are confused about how wallets work.”

 

The complexity of crypto was a subject which creator of Ethereum Vitalik Buterin talked about a few days ago as reported by CryptoTVPlus. Vitalik said “We can and should create better wallet tech to make security easier.”

Bitcoin Lost Forever

Despite efforts made to help him recover the Bitcoin in his wallet, Peter Schiff reveals that the bitcoin is lost forever.

In his words he said, “I did not get it back. I don’t know the password or the seed phrase. I never did.  So unless I can just guess the password I can never access the Bitcoin in that wallet.”

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Vitalik Buterin Challenges the Crypto Industry to Build Better Products as Peter Schiff Loses His Bitcoins

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Co-founder of Ethereum Vitalik Buterin has suggested a Social Recovery technology for lost crypto. This is coming after Peter Schiff tweeted hours ago, he had lost access to his bitcoins due to corrupted wallet. 

I just lost all the #Bitcoin I have ever owned. My wallet got corrupted somehow and my password is no longer valid. So now not only is my Bitcoin intrinsically worthless; it has no market value either. I knew owning Bitcoin was a bad idea, I just never realized it was this bad! https://t.co/6SJvDJOZU6

 

Buterin in response to this expressed his disappointment at people who hold the idea or opinion that “crypto is what it is, and it’s the duty of the holder to be super-careful and write down backup seeds in three places”.

 

According to the first smart contract enabled blockchain creator, the industry can and should create better wallet technology to make security easier. 

He further submitted a link to a suggested social recovery ERC WIP 

 

 

The Crypto Social Recovery works by having contacts approve a recovery process. Though still a work in progress, the WIP provides a simple to understand example of how it works “An account can be recovered if 3 of 5 of (Alice, Bob, Charlie, David, Evan) approve the recovery, but only after a secret S is revealed and the holder of secret S approves the request (S could be stored by the account holder or in a drawer).”

 

While others such as CEO of Binance, CZ who Said Peter Schiff should “stay in fiat” have been against Peter Schiff, bashing him, this certainly has to do with his sentiments towards Crypto, Vitalik stands with him and instead addresses one of the core reasons halting mass adoption of cryptocurrency. Complexity of products. 

 

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Only Bitcoin & Ethereum Are Sufficiently Decentralized to be a Base Trust Layer for Applications – Joseph Lubin

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Co-founder of Ethereum and founder of ConsenSys, Joseph Lubin has said that bitcoin and ethereum are the only sufficiently decentralized blockchains to be a base trust layer for applications.

Joe Lubin made this statement in an interview in Hong Kong FinTech Week. There are good competitors and there are good marketing projects, Lubin said. He went further saying, Tron is an excellent marketing project and others like it and some of these are not necessarily intellectually honest and not technologically strong or rigorous.

However, he did noted some projects to be high quality technology projects, such as Polkadot, Avalanche etc.

He said both bitcoin and ethereum are the only sufficiently decentralized blockchains to be a base trust layer for applications for the planet.

According to Lubin, to be a base trust layer, a project will need to issue a token broadly and equitably. The project will also have to raise or gather enough revenue so that it can build its project and continue to build it out and maintain it. This will also require a vibrant, large and growing community to be successful.

Regulatory compliance is a serious challenge which crypto projects will have to deal with. According to Lubin, this was something both bitcoin and ethereum didn’t have to deal with at its early times. He said if any project is hoping to aspire to be a massively decentralized base trust layer it will ill have to overcome the challenges but it will be very very difficult for even a technically very strong project to challenge the early head start and the massive network effect that Ethereum has.

The community behind the two largest cryptocurrencies by market capitalization is gigantic compared to other networks. Just recently, some group of people founded a decentralized autonomous organisation DAO to market the ethereum blockchain. Though the activities of the DAO hasn’t been made completely public, it’s worth mentioning that Ethereum co-founder and now founder of Cardano Blockchain Project, Charles Hoskinson, because there was no consensus to commercialize the Ethereum blockchain despite the desire for Ethereum to be global settlement layer.

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CICryptoSolutions Launches Crypto Payment Gateway to Help Businesses Accept Crypto Payments.

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CICryptoSolutions, owner of the Naijacrypto.com cryptocurrency exchange has launched crypto payment gateway solution that will enable businesses accept cryptocurrency payments.

The payment gateway – CICryptoPay according to the firm is the first Nigerian owned cryptocurrency payment gateway that helps businesses accept cryptocurrency without having the exposure to market fluctuations characterized by the cryptocurrency market.

The CiCryptoPay solution consists of merchant APIs that are open for integration into e-commerce businesses. Currently supporting Bitcoin as the only cryptocurrency which businesses can accept, the firm reveals more cryptocurrencies will be supported in future.

Security

Security has always been an ongoing topic in cyberspace and the cryptocurrency industry is no different. The CICryptoPay according to firm, offers several features which includes Two-factor Authentication. CICryptosolutions affirmed that security is always its top priority in every decision and it will strive to make the product highly secure by providing other security features.

Other Features

Also featuring on the product is a fiat and crypto settlement system that allows merchants to choose to receive settlements either to their cryptocurrency wallet or bank account at the end of a business day.

CICryptoPay also features what it called Hedging Service. It is a service that allows merhcants to have the option of requesting for their fiat or crypto settlements to be made at the exact values paid to the merchant. This allows merchants not to worry over market volatility.

CICryptoPay boast of an efficient support which it says is always willing to answer questions and guide businesses to better maximize the platform.

CICryptoPay works by having users creating an account and undergoing KYC procedures where the customer will able have to enable Two-Factor Authentication to boost the security of its account and to utilize all the features the product offers.

As a user creates an account, wallets are automatically created and ready to be used and merchants can quickly and easily access the merchant tools to use on their businesses. This includes simple Payment buttons, API and IPN features.

According to CICryptoPay, anyone who desires to accept Bitcoin a payment method should be rest assured that CICryptopay is right here for them. It also said it will give businesses the opportunity to access the cryptocurrency market quickly and efficiently by facilitating crypto payments to everyone wherever they are located.

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