A pastebin is a text storage site and the largest one is Pastebin.com itself. Pastebins have many legit uses, such as sharing code with others (the original intended use), but over the years, pastebins have also become go-to places for dodgy affairs such as doxing.
Every now and then, people unintentionally share stuff not meant for the public domain. Such as Bitcoin private keys. Uh-oh.
Therefore, pastebins are regularly scraped using various programs and scripts (and bots), of which EMAGNET is a prime example.
We decided to test how fast we will be robbed. For this purpose, we have sent 0.0001 BTC to
with this transaction id.
… and – this is the key part – published its private key as a public paste without an expiry date. We will not link to the exact paste here (yet); we won’t do all the work for you.
We’ll give you humans and bots a couple of hours. We hypothesize that someone will indeed sweep the 10k satoshi, but we have been wrong before and we will not be super-surprised if we’re able to transfer it back tomorrow.
It will be exciting to see how fast pastbin scrapers are with Bitcoin. Whatever happens, we will of course link to the paste, after someone else took the coins, or when we took them back.
Good hunting! Comments or questions?
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