- Bitcoin OG and core developer, Dashjr, claimed that all his bitcoins were stolen.
- Hackers gained access to the developer’s PGP key.
- On November 17, 2022, Dashjr noted that his server had been compromised.
A Bitcoin Luke Dashjr, the OG and one of the main developers of the original Bitcoin, has claimed to have lost all of his Bitcoins after his Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) keys were compromised on December 31, 2022, just before the New Year.
A PGP key is a common security method that uses two keys to gain access to encrypted information.
A Register on Twitter On January 1, 2023, Dashjr asked PSA for help:
“PSA: My PGP key has been compromised and many of my bitcoins have been stolen. I don’t know how. Please help.”
A Follow up TweetBefore Tashjar followed up with a tweet containing a wallet address asking why he couldn’t contact anyone from the FBI or IC3, it was believed to be one of the Bitcoin wallets.
“What the hell @FBI @ic3 why can’t I reach anyone???
While Dashjr did not disclose how many bitcoins were stolen from his wallet, the wallet address he shared showed four bitcoin transactions totaling 216.93 BTC on December 31.
Dashjr server was compromised in November 2022
Although the developer has said he does not know how the hackers gained access to his PGP key, some community members have drawn a possible link to an earlier claim Dashjr made on November 17, 2022. “New Malware/Backdoors on PC.”
Unfortunately, Dashjr says it became aware of the hack after receiving emails from Kraken and Coinbase about login attempts.
The hack also caught the attention of Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao (CZ), who consoled the developer. Twitter says:
“So sorry to see you suffer such a loss. We informed our security team to monitor. If it comes our way, let’s freeze it. If there is anything else we can help with, please let us know. We deal with these frequently and have law enforcement (LE) relationships worldwide.