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As the US Seizes $3.6B in BTC, a Frontline Story From the 2016 Bitfinex Hack, With Zane Tackett

An interview with the former Bitfinex head of community and product.

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Yesterday the U.S. government arrested two individuals in connection with money laundering and the 2016 Bitfinex hack that saw nearly 120,000 BTC stolen. They also announced the confiscation of around 94,000 of the purloined BTC - worth about $3.6 billion today. On today’s episode, NLW is joined by Zane Tackett, who was the director of community and product development during the Bitfinex hack in August 2016. Zane shares what the experience was like and his perspective on how the industry has changed.

Find our guest on Twitter: @tackettzane

“The Breakdown” is written, produced by and features Nathaniel Whittemore aka NLW, with editing by Rob Mitchell, research by Scott Hill and additional production support by Eleanor Pahl. Adam B. Levine is our executive producer and our theme music is “Countdown” by Neon Beach. The music you heard today behind our sponsor is “Vision” by OBOY. Image credit: wenjin chen/DigitalVision Vectors/Getty Images, modified by CoinDesk. Join the discussion at