The US government has transferred a significant amount of the flagship cryptocurrency Bitcoin ($BTC) to Nasdaq-listed cryptocurrency trading platform Coinbase, according to data from the cryptocurrency’s blockchain.
According to cryptocurrency analysis firm PeckShield, 49,000 BTC worth around $1 billion from wallets related to seizures of the now defunct darknet marketplace Silk Road have started moving. The government sent 9,826 BTC worth $217 million to Coinbase, while an additional 39,175 BTC worth $867 million was transferred to two new addresses that appear to be internally controlled and not linked to any exchanges.
The Silk Road was created by Ross Ulbrich in 2011 and was shut down in 2013. Ulbrich is now serving a life sentence after being convicted of various charges including engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, distributing narcotics, and conspiracy to commit computer hacking.
The US government seized 51,351 BTC connected to Silk Road after it took down the website. This recent transfer of Bitcoin raises questions about the government’s plans for these seized assets. It also highlights the ongoing interest of law enforcement agencies in cryptocurrency.
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The use of Bitcoin on Silk Road was a controversial aspect of the online marketplace. Many assumed that the top crypto asset enabled fully anonymous transfers that could evade law enforcement. This was not the case, however, as Bitcoin’s blockchain allows for transactions to be traced between addresses.
The impact of the government’s transfer of seized Bitcoin on the wider cryptocurrency market remains to be seen. At the time of writing, BTC is trading at $22,000 after dropping more than 7% over the past week, amid a wider cryptocurrency market downturn.
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