Anonymous user stores child porn on Bitcoin SV blockchain

04 Feb, 2019 | Updated: 04 Feb, 2019
by Joeri Cant
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Anonymous user stores child porn on Bitcoin SV blockchain

An unknown person just recently exploited Bitcoin SV, the hard fork of Bitcoin Cash, in order to store child exploitation material on its blockchain forever.

According to The Next Web, this was made possible after the Bitcoin SV community decided to increase the amount of data that each transaction could send by 450 times.

Due to this change, transactions of up to 100Kb are now possible, so someone (sick) decided that they wanted to put child porn on the blockchain.

The anonymous user posted illegal content to the blockchain using Money Button, a very convenient tool to write data to the BSV blockchain.

The illegal content was first discovered on BitcoinFiles.org, which removed the content from their website and then contacted Money Button, suspecting that Money Button may have been the tool the criminals used to write this content to the blockchain.

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'We have confirmed that was the case and we have banned the user responsible for creating those transactions.'

'Almost certainly, whoever posted this was trying to prove a point about inserting something illegal into the blockchain, since that content can never be removed', they added.

Due to the very nature of blockchain, it is not possible to delete this data, however, block explorers have stopped showing the data in those transactions, which makes the illegal content invisible to the general public.

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The CEO of nChain, the software firm behind the BSV protocol, Jimmy Nguyen, said that this is nothing unique to BSV.

'The same is true for the internet, and is true for the Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrency networks, on which illegal content likely already lives.'

'We of course do not encourage nor want illegal content on BSV or any technology platform', he said.

The spokesman for Money Button concluded by saying that since they are a wallet that writes data to the blockchain reads data from the blockchain, they can moderate their own service.

'Just because this data was written to an immutable blockchain does not mean we have to host that data, and doesn’t mean we have to allow more data like that to be written to the blockchain through our service.'

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