GA: Stolen Bitcoin billions mystery ends with popcorn tin discovery

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The US Department of Justice has revealed it seized $3.36bn (£2.9bn) of Bitcoin last year which was stolen from an infamous darknet website. The stash of 50,676 Bitcoin was found hidden on various devices in a hacker’s home in an underfloor safe and inside a popcorn tin. James Zhong has pleaded guilty to hacking the funds in 2012 from the illegal Silk Road marketplace. US authorities say the seizure is the second largest in history. The police raid at Mr Zhong’s Georgia home was carried out a year ago but only revealed now. It came at the same time as Bitcoin’s value peaked — the seized funds would now be worth about $1.1bn. Officers say they found the Bitcoin dotted around his home on hard drives and other storage devices in an underfloor safe and on a tiny computer hidden inside a popcorn tin in a bathroom closet.” (11/07/22)