29 Dec '14, 1pm

An extortionist has been making life hell for Bitcoin’s earliest adopters

Hal and Fran Finney. Photo courtesy Fran Finney The call came while Hal Finney was in the final stages of his five-year battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease . When the phone rang, his wife Fran was giving him a shower, with help from his nurse. Fran took the call, which came from a 911 emergency dispatch operator. “Are you OK?” the voice asked. “Is anyone being attacked in your house?” Fran didn’t quite know what to make of the bizarre call, and the operator kept talking, in rather pleasant tones. “I need to let you know that you are about to have a SWAT team come to your home,” the voice said, “and they’re going to ask you to leave.” When Fran poked her head out the door of her Santa Barbara home, she found the building surrounded by police, and a helicopter buzzing in the air above. It was just days after a disturbed young man named Elliot Rodger had killed six people near S...

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