Why are most crypto folks anonymous? It is not just for fun, it is also for their security. This is a story that we are unable to verify due to the lack of available data from the source. But, this is something we all need to be aware of when your portfolio gets heavy, so does the risk.
Some of you may recall various digital attacks like dusting, phishing, spyware, trojan malware etc. when a bad actor figures out you are crypto-heavy due to your lack of security practice, customer data breach from a centralised exchange, or any other means, and plots to threaten you to give up your private keys or ask you to transfer your funds. Scary would be an understatement for the following story as it is fatal.
Remember why cryptography in the first place, since the origin of life, information is preserved in coded proteins as DNA to Cave paintings in the early Cromagnon era evolving to coded messages for the military and warfare. It has been for many things, but security and protection is an essential survival tool. Cypher Punks exchanged coded messages way before modern email wasn’t even a thing. When your Asset class is all digital and it doesn’t require anything other than your private key to be transferred, you know the significance of those keys.
Let’s take a look at what happened to an unfortunate Anon living near the Eastern European territory of Russia called Kaliningrad (former Konigsberg). The tweet thread itself is self-explanatory.
Hello everyone. You won't believe how happy I am that I can tell this. I must be dead but born again!— 001 (@mah_twittar) October 1, 2021
The thing I will mention may look gross and I sincerely regret for this but I was just kidnapped a few days ago and strangled to death.— 001 (@mah_twittar) October 1, 2021
I will add some details into this because the story about how I resurrected in that condition and came home is a story for a movie.
This is the look of my second birth. And the one— 001 (@mah_twittar) October 1, 2021
of a man who sold the flat for $80k in 2020 to get onboarded and ride it up to 0.5mil. I now have <$3k left for my second living but I am still happy that I was given to live this life. pic.twitter.com/IsioMSuCjD
I live in Kaliningrad (offshore 300km part of russia inside eu zone) and it happened 27.09 22:00, pulled out from parked car right in front of windows of our governor, next to Belarussian embassy building. I still can't believe this can happen in 2k21.— 001 (@mah_twittar) October 1, 2021
Held tied in mask for almost 24 hours in a unknown location (after I unlocked iphone with binance 2FA app codes to let them drain funds).— 001 (@mah_twittar) October 1, 2021
The second night I was strangled to death and thrown out in the forest without clothes, hidden under a bunch of branches. Sorry for such creepy details, even I didn't expect that this can happen in mother's nature.— 001 (@mah_twittar) October 1, 2021
Luckily because I was IV sedated with random drugs by kidnappers, they could not check my heartbeat and thought I was done. Brain needs not much oxygen in that condition which was still enough in blood, so my breath came back later and so I was given a second birth.— 001 (@mah_twittar) October 1, 2021
I was lucky enough to get out of forest in complete darkness with 4°C to find nearest village and I was sent to ER and to fill later criminal case to police.— 001 (@mah_twittar) October 1, 2021
still up and good— 001 (@mah_twittar) October 1, 2021
I believe crypto twitter has some deep heart inside of everyone and so we can pump this message until Binanze CZ confirms that this case can be closed in the luckiest outcome for human beings. Guys, love everyone, cheers 🩸❤️ #DeadButBornAgain @cz_binance pic.twitter.com/b52xp5hcwd
Most wouldn’t make it to tell a story from a 1st angle perspective, but he is alive and well, to live another day. Binance has responded with a positive reply, lets hope the man gets his hard-earned funds back.
Extremely sorry to read this story. We've sent you a DM to see how we can help.— Binance (@binance) October 2, 2021
We verified those transactions and it matches with the blockchain and most of his funds are still in the attackers’ wallets, though they have cashed out some change. Always be cautious with your sensitive information in public or assign a multi sig from different geography for added safety. Using high-security locker facilities or equivalent can dampen certain threats. In the end, It's all about your personal security that matters most.