- On Wednesday, 9,800 Bitcoin linked to the dark web marketplace Silk Road were transferred, according to two unconfirmed transactions.
- According to sources, the initial transaction sent 506 BTC to a change address and 0.01 BTC to the wallet 361yog.
In a startling development, the cryptocurrency world has been abuzz with news of a significant Bitcoin transaction originating from the infamous Silk Road seizure. Reports have confirmed that a staggering 9,000 BTC, with a current market value in the millions, is on the move once again.
On Wednesday morning, two wallets associated with the U.S. government and connected to the Silk Road seizure of cryptocurrencies made three separate transactions, moving over $300 million worth of Bitcoin (BTC).
According to on-chain data, the transfers took place, causing a temporary 0.8% drop in the price of Bitcoin to $30,480. However, the price has since recovered and stood at $30,660 at the time of writing.
Bitcoin’s block explorer confirms that the government-controlled wallets were responsible for sending a total of 9,825 Bitcoin, equivalent to $301 million. This substantial movement of funds has attracted attention within the cryptocurrency community, prompting speculation and discussion about the intentions behind these transactions.
It is worth noting that these wallets are associated with the Silk Road case, a notorious online black market shut down by authorities in 2013. The seizure of cryptocurrencies linked to Silk Road has been an ongoing process, and the recent transactions indicate that the U.S. government continues to manage and potentially liquidate these assets.
Crypto observers initially detected the BTC movements through two unconfirmed transactions. The first transaction involved the transfer of 506 BTC to a change address, while 0.01 BTC was moved to the wallet with the address 361yog.
In the second transaction, wallet 361yo received an additional 8,200 BTC, which is approximately valued at $250 million. Furthermore, 1,118 BTC was sent to a separate change address, distinct from the one used in the initial transaction
This development comes about a few months after According to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, James Zhong was sentenced to one year in prison for wire fraud in connection with the theft of 50,000 BTC from the Silk Road.