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The NSA Worked to “Track Down” Bitcoin Users, Snowden Documents Reveal


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The NSA Worked to “Track Down” Bitcoin Users, Snowden Documents Reveal

Sam Biddle, The Intercept

Internet paranoiacs drawn to Bitcoin have long indulged fantasies of American spies subverting the booming, controversial digital currency. Increasingly popular among get-rich-quick speculators, Bitcoin started out as a high-minded project to make financial transactions public and mathematically verifiable — while also offering discretion. Governments, with a vested interest in controlling how money moves, would, some of Bitcoin’s fierce advocates believed, naturally try and thwart the coming techno-libertarian financial order.


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Who uses bitcoin? Who is very attracted to bitcoin? Lots of people of all types and stripes that want to evade the system, including organized crime.


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You mean like the CIA and the US Army, or the Democratic and Republican steering committees? Be more specific please.


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“and a type of unique device identification number known as a MAC address”

That’s the of unique device identification number you change every time you get blocked by some comment board. New MAC triggers your ISP’s DHCP to serve you a new IP address and voila… back in action.


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Nope, the ones you mention don’t need bitcoin. They use your tax dollars.

Bitcoin is mostly used in illicit trades on the dark web. And lately in get rich quick schemes.


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Manifest destiny and American exceptionalism demand that U.S. currency rule with absolute supremacy. War is no problem as demonstrated in Iraq when Saddam Hussein threatened to no longer sell oil based on american currency.


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Obviously, I know too little about Bitcoin …

but LOVE Snowden.