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This story from the Wall Street Journal raises more questions than it answers:

U.S. Retrieves Millions in Ransom Paid to Colonial Pipeline Hackers
U.S. authorities have recovered millions of dollars in digital currency paid to the hackers who hit a major East Coast fuel pipeline with a ransomware attack last month, in a law-enforcement operation that officials said demonstrated progress undermining criminals’ ability to disrupt American commerce and critical infrastructure for profit.

Investigators seized about 64 bitcoin, valued at roughly $2.3 million, from a virtual wallet—the alleged proceeds from the ransom hack carried out by a suspected Russian-based criminal gang on Colonial Pipeline Co., the Justice Department said.

“The extortionists will never see this money,” Stephanie Hinds, acting U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California, where the seizure warrant was obtained, told reporters. “This case demonstrates our resolve to develop methods to prevent evildoers from converting new methods of payment into tools and extortion for undeserved profits.”

#1) - So... Despite what they say, Bitcoin is not secure. The USA can get into anyone's wallet.

#2) - I love the phrasing: "suspected Russian-based criminal gang".  What if it was the USA to begin with?

#3) - What if this was a false-flag operation by agents in the USA to paint the Russians in a bad light?

#4) - What if this was a dry-run?  What if agents in the USA were planning to take down large swaths of the economy and the infrastructure and in the ensuing chaos, institute a totalitarian regime.  One World Government whether you like it or not.

Just thinking out loud here...

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