US Marshals Have A Classic CC/BCC Error And Reveal Bidders For Silk Road's Bitcoins

from the protecting-your-privacy dept

Oh those wacky US Marshals. As you may have heard, they recently began to auction off the Bitcoins seized when Silk Road was shut down (though, some may argue it’s a little early given that the trial over the site hasn’t happened yet). However, the US Marshals then pulled off one of the oldest email errors around, including the list of possible bidders in the “cc:” field instead of the “bcc:” field. This is like a 1990s-era mistake. The Marshal Service has apologized, noting that the email was just sent to people who had emailed in questions about the auction (so, not necessarily bidders), but it still seems like a pretty big faux pas.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

‘Let the jury consider their verdict,’ the King said, for about the twentieth time that day.

‘No, no!’ said the Queen. ‘Sentence first?verdict afterwards.’

‘Stuff and nonsense!’ said Alice loudly. ‘The idea of having the sentence first!’

‘Hold your tongue!’ said the Queen, turning purple.

‘I won’t!’ said Alice.

‘Off with her head!’ the Queen shouted at the top of her voice. Nobody moved.

????? ????? ??Lewis Caroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, 1865

J Edgar says:

Who I fear most

Who do I fear most? Criminals with badges. Government isn’t even trying to keep the illusion of freedom and democracy going anymore. Actually, it’s not really fear, it’s anger, and that’s bad news for them when a just a few million of us finally tire of eating sh#t…and I can tell you first hand, it’s a hell of lot more than people realize. We have no real representation and LE routinely robs and murders the people with paid vacations as punishment. Winter is coming.

GEMont (profile) says:

Re: Re:

In Vancouver, Canada, its long been policy to arrest hemp growers and then immediately release them after taking their gear, pot and money, so that the cops can bust them again in 3 months time. Its probably the Vancouver cops’ best un-taxable, unrecorded income source.

Let’s face it folks. The Government and its agencies are simply the biggest and richest “gangs” in town.

They stopped battling the MAFIA once they discovered they could make more money by partnering up with them.

Politics is the slickest form of Organized Crime, because, its legal.

Tired says:

They don’t have to prove them anything. The bitcoin wallet was seized in connection with a drug raid. Therefore they are seized goods and federal seizure laws apply. Even if they are found innocent, even if it were proven they were accused falsely in the first place, the government would cite felony seizure laws, shrug and say “Sucks to be you, citizen.”

This is corruption in our government. A violation of the 4th amendment in the name of “Justice”, one that this amendment was specifically created to prevent.

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