Satoshi’s Treasure: The Chase Is on for a $1 Million Bitcoin Prize
Colin Harper's orignal article for bitcoinmagazine.com reduced by 42%
A treasure hunt for $1 million worth of bitcoin is officially underway. In a cryptic, rambling message broadcasted to the Blockstream Satellite on April 13, 2019, an anonymous user challenged the rest of the Bitcoin community to a million dollar hunt for what they called "Satoshi's Treasure," a contest which will "Test the resolve, courage, intelligence, and savvy [sic] of would-be hunters," the game master claimed. At the current exchange rate, the contest's award is roughly 198 BTC.
"This message should reach you at the middle of the fourth month of your calendar year, in the year 2019," the message read. "If you are reading this, something has led you to search for things which bring excitement to an otherwise predictable world." "What you are reading is the first clue in a grand Hunt," according to the message. The game master fractured the final million dollar bitcoinucopia into one thousand pieces, using the "Splitting magic of the wizard Shamir." Treasure hunters must find 400 of these pieces and use Shamir's "Spell of recombination" to seize the hoard of digital gold.
While the reference to Shamir might sound like a character from Magic: The Gathering or Dungeons & Dragons, it's actually a reference to Israeli cryptographer Adi Shamir, who invented the secret key sharing mechanism that the game master's hunt is likely employing to split the bitcoin stash's private key into multiple shards. The first three keys referenced in the initial message will be revealed on April 16, April 17 and April 18, 2019, at three provided geographic coordinates at noon in their respective time zones.
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