31 Dec '17, 1am

Cryptocurrency expert released after $1 million bitcoin ransom

The Guardian reports that an employee of a U.K. bitcoin exchange has been released after a bitcoin ransom of $1 million was paid. EXMO Finance, the company that abductee Pavel Lerner works for, stated that the blockchain expert was kidnapped on Boxing Day while in Ukraine. The company said that Lerner had not been harmed , but would not be making any public comments due to stress. “At the moment, he is safe, and there was no physical harm inflicted on him,” the company’s website states. “Nevertheless, Pavel is currently in a state of major stress, therefore, he will not provide any official comments in the coming days.” While authorities are investigating the kidnapping, it is currently unclear as to who paid Lerner’s ransom. His work at EXMO does not involve access to financial assets and the exchange is currently operating normally. Local news outlets reported that on Bo...

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