List of Bitcoin Heists
Following is the result of research on prior Bitcoin-related thefts. I have provided dates and times as I know them. The list is designed to be as accurate and informative as possible, and most of it is well-referenced. For disputed thefts, I have applied best judgement and included the ones that were most publicly accepted.
Because of the volatile nature of Bitcoin’s exchange price, I have denominated heist estimates in BTC. Although not heists per se, major permanent bitcoin-denominated losses are also included in this list. If I missed any major thefts, heists, or losses, or if you have any other information to contribute to one of these events, please leave a reply in this thread.
Additionally, I would be grateful if contributors write commentary for each theft. Ideally, the theft descriptions should be as detailed as possible. Much of the present commentary is inadequate.
Table of Contents
- Table of Contents
- Factual inaccuracies
- List of events by severity
- List of events by BTC value stolen
- List of events by USD equivalent of mBTC at time of theft
- List of events in rough chronological order
- Stone Man Loss
- Ubitex Scam
- Stefan Thomas Loss
- Allinvain Theft
- June 2011 Mt. Gox Incident
- Mass MyBitcoin Thefts
- MyBitcoin Theft
- Bitomat.pl Loss
- Mooncoin Theft
- Bitcoin7 Hack
- October 2011 Mt. Gox Loss
- Bitscalper Scam
- Bitcoin Savings and Trust
- Andrew Nollan Scam
- Linode Hacks
- Betcoin Theft
- Tony Silk Road Scam
- May 2012 Bitcoinica Hack
- Bitcoin Syndicate Theft
- July 2012 Bitcoinica Theft
- BTC-E Hack
- Bitfloor Theft
- Cdecker Theft
- 2012 50BTC Theft
- 2012 Trojan
- Bit LC Theft
- BTCGuild Incident
- 2013 Fork
- Bitcoin Rain
- Ozcoin Theft
- Just Dice Incident
- Silk Road Seizure
- Inputs.io Hack
- Thefts without known chronology
- Thefts not included
- On watch
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The author of this list believes all information contained thereof to be factual; however, the author takes no responsibility for any losses associated with factual inaccuracies in the list.
Although I make every attempt to ensure information in the list is well-cited and factual, there is always the possibility of error (whether on my part or on my source’s part). If you find a factual inaccuracy, please report it. You will be credited appropriately for such reports.
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Alternatively, consider a donation to a charitable cause. Many victims of these thefts accept donations, and they likely need the donations more than I.
Without properly-defined bounds, this list could not possibly be complete. Consequently, several clauses below limit the scope of the list.
Generally, a major heist, theft, hack, scam, or loss must cause damage greater than or equal to 1000 BTC, in BTC damage only, to qualify for inclusion in this list. Thefts related to Bitcoin but with most damage in another currency do not qualify, unless customers were damaged in BTC. Borderline thefts may qualify if reasonable estimates are over or equal to 1000 BTC. Thefts that do not strictly qualify but are of significant importance are listed in the thefts not included section.
Managing Bitcoin prices
It is well-known that Bitcoin prices are volatile. Before 2011, the value of a single BTC was extremely low. Consequently, this list ignores most events that occurred before 2011. If a theft, hack, scam, or loss caused damage greater than or equal to 5000 BTC before 2011 (i.e., in 2009 or 2010), it is not listed on the severity charts. If a theft, hack, scam, or loss caused damage less than 5000 BTC before 2011, it is not listed on this list at all.
This list also employs USD cutoff values. Thefts with USD damages below the given cutoff for the year will still be included, but will be excluded from or unranked in severity lists.
Cutoff values so far are below:
YearCutoff ValueSeverity list cutoff
2009 – 5000 BTC (*N/A)
2010 – 5000 BTC (*N/A)
2011 – 1000 BTC (12000 $)
2012 – 1000 BTC (12000 $)
2013 – 1000 BTC (12000 $)
* These thefts are not listed in the BTC-denominated severity chart.
Included borderline thefts
Finally, another clause is provided to allow important thefts not meeting the cutoff to remain included. Borderline thefts, which have less than 1000 BTC in total damages, may still be included if their total damage when measured in June 2013 BTC exceeds 500 BTC. This measurement is based on Mt. Gox price data prior to 2013-06-09, Bitstamp price data after 2013-06-10, and US CPI data published by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.
For ease of navigation, I have assigned each theft a name. Note that this name is neither official nor permanent and is used solely for ease of navigation. To search for the heading that details the actual theft, simply use your browser’s Find function and search for the name. This will either bring you to the theft itself, or a link to the theft. If the latter, simply click the link to be directed to the theft.
Some links will appear in commentary and in lists. These can be clicked; their destination is set to the beginning of the linked incident’s section.
List of events by severity
This thread has been superseded by a newer thread due to character size restrictions. A copy is left here for archival purposes; however, this copy is significantly out-of-date.
NB: This section is under construction.
In this section, each theft is listed alongside the value stolen when converted to a June 2013 BTC equivalent. This represents the true value stolen and is generally the best list in that regard. No incidents need be left out of this list, thanks to its method of ranking based on true severity.
List of events by BTC value stolen
In this section, each theft is listed along with its rank, severity, and time, ordered by the highest mBTC value stolen from most severe to least. To navigate to a theft, simply click on the link.
Critical (≥10 kBTC)
1 – Bitcoin Savings and Trust – 2011–2012, est. 263,024 BTC
2 – Silk Road Seizure – October 2013, 171,955.09292687 BTC
3 – MyBitcoin Theft – July 2011, 78,739.58205388 BTC
4 – Linode Hacks – March 2012, l.b. 46,653.46630495 BTC
5 – July 2012 Bitcoinica Theft – July 2012, 40,000.00000000 BTC
6* – May 2012 Bitcoinica Hack – May 2012,
Unresolved as of December 2012 18,547.66867623 BTC
39000 BTC total impact
7 – Allinvain Theft – June 2011, 25000.01000000 BTC
8 – Tony Silk Road Scam – April 2012, est. 30000 BTC
9 – Bitfloor Theft – September 2012, u.b. 24,086.17219307 BTC
10 – Bitomat.pl Loss – August 2011, est. 17,000 BTC
11 – Bitcoin7 Hack – October 2011, est. 11,000 BTC u.b. 15,000 BTC* Rank includes pass-through impact
Major (≥1 kBTC)
12 – Cdecker Theft – September 2012, 9,222.21195900 BTC
13 – Stefan Thomas Loss – June 2011, est. 7,000 BTC
14 – BTC-E Hack – July 2012, est. 4500 BTC
15 – Inputs.io Hack – October 2013, est. 4100 BTC
16 – Mass MyBitcoin Thefts – June 2011, 4,019.42939378 BTC
17 – Mooncoin Theft – September 2011, est. 4,000 BTC
18 – Kronos Hack – Unknown, est. 4,000 BTC
19 – Bitcoin Rain – 2011–2013, est. 4,000 BTC
20 – 2012 Trojan – September through November 2012, 3,500 BTC a. 3,457 BTC
21 – Betcoin Theft – April 2012, 3,171.50195016 BTC
22 – June 2011 Mt. Gox Incident – June 2011, l.b. 2,643.27 BTC*
October 2011 Mt. Gox Loss – October 2011, 2,609.36304319 BTC*
Andrew Nollan Scam – February 2012, l.b. 2,211.07786728 BTC
23 – Bit LC Theft – February 2013, est. 2,000 BTC
24 – Bitcoin Syndicate Theft – July 2012, 1,852.61553553 BTC
25 – ZigGap – 2012 , a. 1,708.65967460 BTC
26 – Just Dice Incident – July 2013, a. 1,300 BTC
27 – BTCGuild Incident – March 2013, a. 1,254 BTC
28 – 2012 50BTC Theft – October 2012, 1,173.51659074 BTC*
Ubitex Scam – 2011, a. 1,138.98 BTC*
Bitscalper Scam – 2012, est. 1,000 BTC*
Unranked because USD value at time does not meet cutoff.
Borderline (<1 kBTC)
2013 Fork – March 2013, 960.09645667 BTC
Ozcoin Theft – April 2013, 922.99063322 BTC
List of events by USD equivalent of mBTC at time of theft
NB: This section is outdated
This section houses a list of thefts, from most severe to least, by the USD equivalent of mBTC at that time. Note that USD values stolen, if any, are not included, only the mBTC value.
1. Bitcoin Savings & Trust (1,834,303 $)
2. MyBitcoin Theft (1,110,544 $)
3. Allinvain Theft (502,750.20 $)
4. July 2012 Bitcoinica Theft (305,200 $)
5. Bitfloor Theft (248,088 $)
6. Linode Hacks (230,468 $)
7. Bitomat.pl Loss (236,000 $)
8. Tony Silk Road Scam (150,000 $)
9. Stefan Thomas Loss (128,000 $)
10. Just-Dice.com Incident (121,000 $)
11. Cdecker Theft (113,894 $)
12. May 2012 Bitcoinica Hack (91,306.46 $)
13. XBTGuild Incident (58,737 $)
14. Bit LC Theft (51,000 $)
15. Bitcoin7 Hack (50,000 $)
16. June 2011 Mt. Gox Incident (46,970.91 $)
17. BTC-E Hack (42,000 $)
18. 2012 Trojan (38,000 $)
19. Mooncoin Theft (24,000 $)
20. Betcoin Theft (15,509 $)
21. Bitcoin Syndicate Theft (12,134.61 $)
U. Ubitex Scam (11,668.70 $)
U. Andrew Nollan Scam (10,978 $) U. October 2011 Mt. Gox Loss (81,114.2 $) U. Bitscalper Scam (5,000$)
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