US Marshals’ leak of possible bitcoin bidders suggests existing investors may double down at auction



An administrative blunder by the U.S. Marshals service has revealed the names of more than a dozen people who expressed interest in an unusual upcoming auction for about 30,000 bitcoins seized last year from the illegal online drug marketplace Silk Road.

As Coin Desk reports, the names were leaked when the Marshals service sent a bulk reply about the auction process, but “cc’d” rather than “bcc’d” the recipients — revealing some familiar names in the process.

These include Fred Ehrsam of Coinbase and Barry Silbert of Second Market, both of whom head prominent bitcoin companies and are believed to own large quantities of the virtual currency themselves.

The list also includes other individuals tied to existing bitcoin businesses and, interestingly, names from the investment banking world. These include a person who works in quantitative arbitrage at BNP Paribas, as well as someone from hedge fund manager Matrix Capital Management. A Yelp…

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