Monday, December 17, 2018
   
Text Size

Site Search powered by Ajax

First bitcoin robbery in Taiwan leads to four arrests

bitcoin

Taiwan police have arrested four men over a bitcoin robbery worth five million Taiwanese dollars ($170,000) in what the police said is the first case of its kind on the island.

Bitcoin is a virtual currency created from computer code that allows anonymous transactions and its value has soared since it came into being in 2009.

Police said three men in their early 20s lured a man surnamed Tai to the central city of Taichung, pretending to be interested in buying bitcoins.

After Tai showed proof of his bitcoins on his phone, the scammers assaulted him and his friend, then transferred 18 bitcoins worth five million Taiwanese dollars from Tai's account via his phone.

The suspects attempted to pass off the heist as a drunken row by forcing the victim to drink Kaoliang, a strong Taiwanese liquor, Taichung city police said in a statement.

Police arrived at the scene after receiving a call about a dispute and one man was detained. The other two had fled.

"The police saw bloodstains at the scene ... after further investigation, it was discovered to be a bitcoin virtual currency robbery," the statement released Wednesday said.

It described the case, which happened earlier this month, as "the first domestic case of bitcoin robbery".

The two other suspects were later arrested, one on the outlying island of Kinmen where he had gone to escape police.

The fourth man, surnamed Shih, believed to be the mastermind behind the robbery, was also detained.

The UK saw its first bitcoin armed robbery last month, according to reports, in which a virtual currency trader and his wife were threatened with a gun.

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are independent of governments and banks and use blockchain technology, where encrypted digital coins are created by supercomputers.

But calls are mounting for virtual currencies to be regulated, and prices have fluctuated in recent months amid concerns over tightened control.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe via RSS or Email:

Amazon HQ2 'to be split over New Yo...

Read More

Saudi to cut oil exports by 500,000...

Read More

European Union extends sanctions on...

Read More

What is SWIFT and why it matters in...

Read More

Bin Salman launches Saudi Arabia's ...

Read More

China's Xi pledges to lower tariffs...

Read More

Most Read Articles

Most Read News

Donation

Thanks to all of our supporters for your generosity and your encouragement of an independent press!

Enter Amount:

Featured_Author

Login






Login reminder Forgot login?

Subscribe to MWC News Alert

Email Address

Subscribe in a reader Facebok page Twitter page

Israel pounds Gaza

India's Kerala state devastated

Capturing life under apartheid