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Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin Gives Advice Against Crypto Thieves


A Twitter user who works in the cybersecurity industry recently wrote a thread about his experience of getting unknowingly drugged and robbed while in Las Vegas in the USA. His thread quickly went viral because it highlighted the seriousness of a crime like this and gave some pointers on how to prevent it from happening or how to minimise your losses if it does happen.

The founder and Chief Scientist at Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, took notice of the thread and shared with over 870,000 of his followers about how this experience is relevant for people who hold a lot of cryptocurrency.

But first, it is important to know the events described in the original thread. When the Twitter user, Jake Williams, was attending a conference in Las Vegas, his drink was drugged, or ‘roofied’ when he was at the bar in the casino lobby. A pair of women who looked like tourists sat next to him, and while one engaged him in conversation, the other slipped a drug in his drink, with Williams none the wiser.

Once the drugs in the drinks set in, Williams was completely out of control of his body, and today, he remembers none of what happened while the drugs were still in his system. He followed the women to his room where he gave them his ATM Pin, opened his safe for them, gave all his cash and one of his phones and an iPad.

He was meant to speak at the conference the next day, and he did in fact give his talk, none of which he remembers. Some coworkers realised he was in a bad condition and took him to the hospital where doctors found large amounts of drugs in his system. Williams recounts this story to inform listeners to never feel ashamed of being a victim of these crimes, and to never trust a stranger no matter how “normal” they may look.

Buterin extended advice to people who own a lot of cryptocurrency, stating:

Seems like an especially important risk for people holding significant quantities of crypto. Remember not to walk around with your main private keys in a place you can access them too easily.


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