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Currency seizures from Bitcoin exchanges mean the end of anonymous currency is getting closer

Currency seizures from Bitcoin exchanges mean the end of anonymous currency is getting closer

As currency seizures from Mt. Gox hit nearly $5 million, the fear of instability is driving people away from Bitcoin. The largest Bitcoin currency exchange is facing a perilous future as U.S. authorities continue to seize its bank accounts. As GigaOM recently reported, Mt. Gox, the largest Bitcoin exchange by volume, had $2.9 million seized from its Dwolla account (a service similar to PayPal). This past Friday, Bitcoin blog The Genesis Block reported that authorities seized another $2.1 million from the exchange’s US-based bank accounts with Wells Fargo in addition to $50,000 from CEO Mark Karpeles’ personal account. In June Mt. Gox said it would suspend its U.S. dollar withdrawal feature, only to have it return within two weeks — albeit in a more sluggish fashion as its currency reserves had lessened (it’s facing a similar scenario to a run on the banks). The U.S governm...

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