Murder on the Internet: Manson House v2.0

Jarett Dunn
29 min readFeb 22, 2020

He knew he had the ability to get away with heinous crimes on the internet, and he knew he had the ability to influence people into heinous actions.

Heinous crimes on the internet: A year beforehand he manipulated access he had to a service in order to generate Ripple (another kind of Bitcoin, anonymous online money). While he racked up a bill totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars on a ‘borrowed’ account through a cloud of proxies, VPN connections and on a virtual machine locked down within his computer — he made $4000 with no risk and fees he never intended to pay. He was fine with this, ‘taking from the rich and giving to him’ while the person whose account he hijacked would have had the fees reversed in such a case.

In case you have no idea what this means, here’s an excerpt from a CNBC article (https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/14/bitcoin-ether-litecoin-ripple-differences-between-cryptocurrencies.html):

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By now, you’ve no doubt heard about the massive bitcoin rally this year. And you may also have read about other cryptocurrencies, such as litecoin and Ethereum, surging too.

But there are over 1,300 cryptocurrencies in existence. And while bitcoin dominates the market, several other digital currencies are making waves.

CNBC has created a brief guide on how the top five cryptocurrencies by market capitalization, or value in the world, have performed so far this year, and what the differences are between each of them.

All market cap and year-to-date rise figures are accurate as of December 14.

Bitcoin

Market cap: $275.1 billion

Year-to-date rise: 1,590.5 percent

Bitcoin, invented in 2009, is the largest cryptocurrency by value. A whitepaper was released by Satoshi Nakamoto, bitcoin’s mysterious founder, outlining the aim of the project. The original document stated that bitcoin is a “peer-to-peer version of electronic cash would allow online payments to be sent directly from one party to another without going through a financial institution.”

It runs on a technology known as blockchain, which is a digital ledger of activity that cannot be tampered with. It’s decentralized because there is no central authority governing…

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