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If everyone calms down and stops giving him the dramatic show and histrionics he is looking for he will skip to the next logical step in this game... to accept the bitcoin and return the NXT so that he doesn't destroy the price of the currency and so that he can sleep well at night.

Return 40 million NXT... keep 5 million and take 200 more BTC. That's 300 BTC and 5 million NXT - there is a good chance he will both be alive to enjoy it in 5 years time AND that the price will rebound.

Any other scenario and there is extreme risk involved. It's time to accept the payday and move on in a way that still works two years from now.

I agree wholeheartedly with your initial statement.  I would also extend it to stop giving him offers of additional rewards.

Sir, thanks for showing up and joining the party.  This is between you and Bter.  Please wait until we get Bter here.

We've got to get a lead negotiator established here.  It needs to be Bter.

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I propose free escrow service to do option 1.

This is how it should be done:

1. I publish my BTC and NXT accounts
2. BTER sends 200 BTC to my BTC account (after that it doesn't control these coins)
3. We are waiting for a reply from the hacker (24 hours), the reply must be a public message with his BTC account from NXT-8WJ7-8A2H-MBYN-3W9K4 to my NXT account
4. The hacker sends 46'662'000 NXT to my account
5. I send 200 BTC to his BTC account
6. I send 46+ M NXT to BTER cold wallet that already got 5 M NXT

So, if the hacker trusts me we could do it this way (the 200 BTC are not mine anyway if he worries that I could break the deal).


@ thesircom:

This is BY FAR the best deal you are going to get.  The only other ways this plays out is either BTC is given not to you but instead to others to hunt you down, or NXT is taken away from your control.   Or both.

DO THIS.  DO IT WHILE YOU STILL CAN.  DO IT NOW.



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@ freeworm:

Thank you for proposing options.  Give us more information so we can evaluate them.

Before offering another ransom, are you now in communication with thesircom?  Why would you trust him in Round Two?

Before posting a bounty, what progress have you made so far in tracing him?  Where are the IP logs of his hack?

@ thesircom:

Dude, you gotta be reading all this.  Where do YOU want to go from here?  If you think thousands of motivated people are gonna let you escape with way over a million bucks  that you can use in the future, guess again.  What is YOUR desired end game?  If you don't trust or want to deal with Bter, go with the deal by buybitcoinscanada.  PLEASE OPEN COMMUNICATIONS.

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We don't have to trust the thief to buy back the NXT. We just have to be careful about how the trade is done. Bter should have used an escrow or insisted that the thief send first.

The trade could be done with a reputable escrow, or insisting the hacker send first. It should also be broken down into multiple trades. Definitely don't send all 200 BTC at once, before hacker sends the NXT.

I want to know who this guy is in real life before he is "rewarded" with another satoshi.  Now that the blockchain is frozen, there is no rush.  Take a few days to ID him before you start shoving cash at him as fast as you can anonymously.

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I think option two needs to be bumped up with funds from the 45 million.

Say, everyone takes a 20-25% loss (much better than 100%!!!).

Deal would then be:

300BTC bounty + 9.5 million NXT (or so) Maybe some big players would join in on the hunt? All of the sudden, 300 BTC CLEAN looks very very good for the hacker. 


I would rather permanently lose all 450K NXT I have in this mess rather than pay the guy that started it 1 NXT more.

He has run off with 45M+ NXT AND 100+ BTC he was ALREADY paid to GIVE IT ALL BACK. 

You trust him to do what we want by giving him 300 BTC more?  Why?

Negotiation is not possible without trust and this guy has none of mine.  He should have none of yours.

Throwing losses onto NXT owners that trusted Bter to use braindead levels of account security is not an option.  Once the NXT community decided to keep the blockchain intact, it became 100% Bter's problem.  Time for them to sink or swim.

The real answer is to chase this guy across cyberspace and dox him and then reaccess where we are as a community once we know his real name and where he sleeps at night.

You want to still do a payoff, then it's live via a webcam with a briefcase of cash and lots of heavies behind it and he has to type in the transfer code for all 45M NXT before he touches the briefcase.

Come to think of it, the price of NXT would probably go up that day.

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Rewriting history is bad, mkay?

So is negotiating with terrorists.  There is no good way out of this, not even a fork.  It's water under the bridge now, let's deal with reality and go after this guy.

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Nevermind.

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Why do you guys keep so much money in exchanges? I thought everyone learned a lesson after MtGox.

Because it's AN EXCHANGE.  You want liquidity in a market that allows a price to go to da moon, there's gotta AT ALL TIMES be SIGNIFICANT COIN COMMITTED TO THE EXCHANGE.  The guys exposing themselves to potential loss using 1% or 3% or 5% of the total supply of a coin is what gives the ability of the other 95% of the people who keep their coin under a mattress or on a blockchain the chance to be millionaires themselves one day.

And if you think something called "MGW" that is a few centralized servers hacked up by a sleep-deprived coding machine named James is some kind of security-audit-verified safe vault, guess again.

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Nxt General Discussion / Re: The Reorg: Postmortem
« on: August 16, 2014, 11:14:55 am »
Account control would for example allow to set a rule to only withdraw 5% max of your total NXT per day, which would have stopped this attack.
If it was switched on. Given that Bter apparently didn't adopt some basic security practices, who's to say whether they would have switched it on?

(But I do agree that Account Control is both important and urgently needed.)

I proposed account freeze control back in February back on the old Bitcointalk monster thread.

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=345619.msg4902172#msg4902172


"The way I have discussed implementing this in the past, the code keeper would be the account owner.  SOmebody opens a new NXT account, then has the option of putting a freeze code on the blockchain telling all nodes to reject any future withdrawals from the account until that freeze code is nullified by the user sending a second message to  the blockchain containing a unique password that only the user knows.  That way a whale doesn't have to worry about his account getting cracked by doctorevil, if that happens doctorevil doesn't know the second password to enable NXT to leave the account."

I said it then, I say it now, NXT needs account freeze control and every exchange holding OPM (other people's money) needs to use it.  It's just simple two factor authorization, gang, one of the most basic security measures there is.

I don't expect anybody to listen to me this time, either.

I'm out 450K NXT.

Time to go back into a fetal position in a reclusive cave again for a while.

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Nxt General Discussion / Re: Price speculation
« on: August 15, 2014, 10:00:38 pm »
AS OF THIS POST, APPROX FIVE HOURS BEFORE FORK OPTION IS GONE AT BLOCK 210606 APPROX 3AM GMT / 11PM Eastern

Jean Luc has posted a fork client for forgers that affects only the Bter transaction:

https://nxtforum.org/nrs-releases/nrs-v1-2-5d/msg83487/?topicseen

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AS OF THIS POST, APPROX FIVE HOURS BEFORE FORK OPTION IS GONE AT BLOCK 210606 APPROX 3AM GMT / 11PM Eastern

Jean Luc has posted a fork client for forgers that affects only the Bter transaction:

https://nxtforum.org/nrs-releases/nrs-v1-2-5d/msg83487/?topicseen

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AS OF THIS POST, APPROX FIVE HOURS BEFORE FORK OPTION IS GONE AT BLOCK 210606 APPROX 3AM GMT / 11PM Eastern

Jean Luc has posted a fork client for forgers that affects only the Bter transaction:

https://nxtforum.org/nrs-releases/nrs-v1-2-5d/msg83487/?topicseen

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ESTIMATED ZERO HOUR IS SAT Aug 16 03:00:00 UTC 2014

Watch for passage of Block 210606 here: https://nxtblocks.info/#section/blockexplorer_blocks



I had 450K NXT on Bter and vote for a hard fork.

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Theft occurred at block height 209886 at Fri Aug 15 01:14:54 CDT 2014 = Fri Aug 15 06:14:54 UTC 2014

There is a 720 block limit to make a fork

Fork must thus be made by block 209886 + 720 = 210606 

I am writing this 14 hours after theft at Fri Aug 15 15:15:00 CDT 2014 = Fri Aug 15 20:15:00 UTC 2014

We are currently on block 210376

We are processing about 35 blocks per hour
 
We have 230 blocks to go - approx 7 hours left from this post before power shifts from the NXT community totally to the thief.

ESTIMATED ZERO HOUR IS SAT Aug 16 03:00:00 UTC 2014

Watch for passage of Block 210606 here: https://nxtblocks.info/#section/blockexplorer_blocks



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Thought you would be more the guy that is saying... I will track him down...  ;D

Ha.  I'm still trying to track down the LAST guy that ripped me off.  I'm just starting to get out of a fetal position from THAT.  Now THIS.

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Theft occurred at block height 209886 at Fri Aug 15 01:14:54 CDT 2014 = Fri Aug 15 06:14:54 UTC 2014

There is a 720 block limit to make a fork

Fork must thus be made by block 209886 + 720 = 210606 

I am writing this 13 hours 45 minutes after theft at Fri Aug 15 15:00:00 CDT 2014 = Fri Aug 15 20:00:00 UTC 2014

We are currently on block 210368

We are processing about 35 blocks per hour
 
We have 238 blocks to go - approx 7 hours left from this post before power shifts from the NXT community totally to the thief.

ESTIMATED ZERO HOUR IS SAT Aug 16 03:00:00 UTC 2014

Watch for passage of Block 210606 here: https://nxtblocks.info/#section/blockexplorer_blocks


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I had 450K NXT on Bter that is now gone.  The thief is offline until we lose the ability to hard fork.  At that moment the power shifts from us to him and he will drive a hard ransom bargain once he can.  I say hard fork and let this be the moment MGW comes into its own and drives NXT higher.

What is the GMT / UTC time where we lose the ability to hard fork? 

Let me answer my own question:

Theft occurred at block height 209886 at Fri Aug 15 01:14:54 CDT 2014 = Fri Aug 15 06:14:54 UTC 2014

There is a 720 block limit to make a fork

Fork must thus be made by block 209886 + 720 = 210606 

I am writing this 13 hours 45 minutes after theft at Fri Aug 15 15:00:00 CDT 2014 = Fri Aug 15 20:00:00 UTC 2014

We are currently on block 210368

We are processing about 35 blocks per hour
 
We have 238 blocks to go - approx 7 hours left from this post before power shifts from the NXT community totally to the thief.

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Nxt General Discussion / Re: Price speculation
« on: August 02, 2014, 06:29:20 pm »
Really ugly stuff  :(         https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=717205.msg8102183#msg8102183

is that the same rickyjames from our forum as well?
everyone got to be more careful.

Sad to say, yes.  I've gone missing the past few weeks because I've had some significant personal issues.  This Bitcoin scam mess and finding a new job after being put on furlough for six weeks has been at the top of the list.   I've been pretty depressed but my job situation is looking up at last and I am getting used to the idea of having taken a really big hit due to my own hubris and greed.

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=713699.0

I've been something of a raving lunatic tracking this guy down and it's far from over.  But I'm still committed to NXT and intend to get back into the swing of things here on the forum this week.

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Pub crawl / Re: Ladies In The Community
« on: June 22, 2014, 07:36:18 pm »
i love the discussions that go on here. (I was really tempted to enter the fray on the global warming debate) ;D

Please dear God leave that one alone.  Let sleeping pit bulls, er, dogs lie.  We can talk about women, LGBT, whatever else you want - just not hot air.

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Here's the current invitation list.  We want to see an A by all of these names to start, end eventually a C to show that university's CS faculty emails addresses have been harvested.   If you put a B on the spreadsheet I removed your name fron this list and replaced it with a less-frequent forum contributor. 

If you see your name and there's a blank beside it, please let me know what you want to do on NAOP by going to the spreadsheet link in your PM and entering "A" or "B". 

We are getting organized and picking up steam.  This effort WILL reach its goals.


People on the list can shot me a PM , and I will make them an email with the nxt.org , might help to start a conversation faster.

Please do not give out @nxt.org adresses to unknown/untrusted people, I suggest to keep the amount of people with a @nxt.org adress as low as possible. With a @nxt.org adress people could try scam or harm NXT in other ways.

+1.  When the time comes, we want to make a single community-vetted email from one source - not 450 individual emails from 450 individual people.  And that time is not now.

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