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How can hackers cash out stolen bitcoin?

I've read about a lot of Bitcoin Heists and Thefts: from hackers that stole bitcoin from Exchange (Due to their poor security measures) or from Bitcoin users, to scam websites and so forth. Some of ...
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How could BTC be used and transacted on a daily basis without physical theft?

I just feel a gaping hole in my logic, or maybe a duplicate question, so I'm prepared to quickly remove this question. I was wondering how theft could be prevented in an economy that relies primarily ...
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How can somebody steal the Genesis block?

So I read on bitcointalk the other day that there was a new coin about to be released (woo hoo right?!) and then they posted that somebody had stolen the genesis block. What exactly does that mean? ...
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Bitcoin theft from Coinbase account being hacked

Not sure anything can be done, but I want to know how they did it and to prevent them using the coins if at all possible. Here are the details of the theft. You just sent 0.8495 BTC (worth $604.46 ...
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Trace and contact bitcoin thief

My btc-e account was hacked (or my passwords stolen from my computer). I was able to make screenshots while they were withdrawing my bitcoins. So i have the btc wallet adress where the money went to ...
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How to protect against wallet theft?

Let's say I run a Bitcoin client on a computer (Windows, but the question can apply to other O.S.es too), and I want to make sure nobody steals it. I'm especially concerned about situations where ...
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How do I recover Bitcoins from a Change address that is in a corrupted wallet?

I am running Bitcoin-Qt for Mac 0.8.1 beta I received a "wallet.dat corrupt salvage failed" error and the client refused to launch. I replaced the wallet.dat with a backup made a few hours earlier ...
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Catching thieves: Network Jury? Account blacklist? Additional TX script commands? [closed]

When someone steals 25,000 BTC from a single user, everyone on the network can just watch the coins move around the public ledger, but no one can do anything about it. Can't we do something about it? ...
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Bitcoin HEISTS: Has USD, EUR, etc ever been stolen from an exchange?

Many bitcoin exchanges allow users to store two balances: one in bitcoin and one in a fiat currency like USD. This is convenient because it allows one to trade in and out of the bitcoin market ...
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In Ripple, when an IOU is defaulted upon, who gets hurt?

Let's say there are five people. Alice <-> Bob <-> Charlie <-> David <-> Eve Each of them trusts the person next to them. For instance, Charlie trusts Bob and David, but not Alice ...
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In case of physical wallet theft, quickest way to offload funds in wallet backup?

Assume one makes a secure online backup of their wallet and then their laptop or device that has it is stolen. For the sake of argument assume that the thief watched the user type their wallet ...
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How much Bitcoin was lost in the Jul. 2011 MyBitcoin site shutdown incident?

https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/MyBitcoin How much money was lost when it shut down? (You can also edit the wiki page and add this info). Best estimates of course.
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What happens if my wallet gets “hacked” and my BTC is stolen?

What if my wallet gets hacked and the hacker transfers all BTC to his account? Is there is any way to get it back, or to open a dispute to specific address or anything else?
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After being scammed, has anyone ever actually managed to recover their BTC?

Like real world cash problems, we know that scams happen in the Bitcoin community at least as often if not more often for a variety of reasons (oversight, regulation, standards of security, street ...
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How is all this bitcoin theft happening?

When reading many stories about bitcoin theft, what is the usual gist? Dont most of these hackers get digital wallets that are encrypted? How do they make use of it, crack it...or its not encrypted at ...
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Why is Bitcoin so susceptible to credit card fraud?

I understand that you can't buy Bitcoins with a credit card due to massive fraud problems involving chargebacks. Why is Bitcoin more susceptible to this then the thousands of other businesses that ...
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Can one safely buy vanity addresses from a third party without risking one's coins from being stolen?

One can easily generate vanity addresses for Bitcoin, but they can take quite awhile to generate. Outsourcing that process to someone with a strong mining rig is an option, but then one runs into the ...
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What are the most notable cases of Bitcoin scams?

Bitcoins can be easily used to scam people out of their money due to the inability to perform charge-backs. What are the most notable cases of Bitcoin scams that are known?
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Have there been cases of traditional money theft from Bitcoin exchanges?

There have been a number of cases of thefts or losses of Bitcoins from a few Bitocoin exchanges, but has there ever been a case of traditional currency being stolen or lost by an exchange?
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Is bitcoinica.com planning to reopen after the 11th May 2012 theft?

On 11th May, 2012, 18,547 BTC were reported stolen from bitcoinica.com as stated here: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=81045.0 The bitcoinica.com website is unresponsive at the time of ...
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When MtGox was hacked on 15th June 2011, how many bitcoins were actually stolen?

When MtGox was hacked on 15th June 2011, how many bitcoins were stolen? I remember at the time that news articles reporting the incident talked about the size of the sell order the hacker placed ...
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Has someone compared the cost of mining vs. that of brute-forcing addresses?

It is known that the type of computing power required for mining is the same used to generate addresses, and it is known that "in general" it is much more profitable to simply mine, rather than try to ...
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What are the most notable cases of coins or wallet thefts?

What are the most notable cases of coins or wallets being stolen from Bitcoin users or services? When did they occur, how many coins were stolen and has any of the thieves been identified?
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What is the story behind the “Linode problem”?

What is the story behind the "Linode problem"? How did the service become compromised and what has exactly happened because of it?
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What are the most notable attacks on pools?

Since Bitcoin's inception there have been several attacks on mining pools. There was the Linode problem, where some 46,000 BTC were stolen from pool accounts. What are some other notable attacks on ...
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Is there any way to measure relative occurrences of wallet theft over time?

Soon after Bitcoins became valuable enough to be worth stealing, I started seeing news about viruses/malware that steal Bitcoin wallets. Presumably, wallet encryption has reduced the level of this, ...