On March 2014, MtGox allegedly reported the finding of 180-200k bitcoins "lying around" in some wallet.

Was it really confirmed?

The amount of speculation and click-grabbing media reports make it skettish to believe.

Sources please.

  • I won't give the pageview hungry media outlets more clickthroughs. If you are here and want to read where people said it, just google it.
    – Mindwin
    Apr 12 '14 at 4:21
  • This is not a question.
    – T9b
    Apr 16 '14 at 13:04

To confirm the ownership of bitcoins, one must create a message signed by the private key of the Bitcoin address, with a message in context. If the message is unique enough, such as a full sentence or paragraph that is relevant and Mt. Gox acknowledges it publicly through their website or other means, one can sufficiently conclude that they do have private keys to an address they signed with.

None such such message exists for the "finding", nor have they publicly admitted to ownership. All claims of "finding" is pure speculation.

  • ...or moving the bitcoins on another account. Apr 13 '14 at 10:35
  • @RiccardoCasatta how would you prove that they have of the bitcoins being moved? Bitstamp could move their coins, and every other exchange can claim that it was theirs.
    – John T
    Apr 13 '14 at 18:34
  • you say, i will move X bitcoin on this new address as a proof of reserve. I don't think any other exchange will move there their money. This is what mark kerpeles have done some times ago forced by the community. I think the investigaton about this 200k BTC was started from there Apr 14 '14 at 7:59

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