NEW YORK (InsideBitcoins) — One of Bitcoin’s most enthusiastic supporters — nicknamed “Bitcoin Jesus” by the cryptocurrency community — is launching a website dedicated to hunting down hackers and thieves. Roger Ver, in a YouTube video posted this morning announced the debut of BitcoinBountyHunter.com. Among his initial targets: the person(s) responsible for the missing 600,000 bitcoins from Mt. Gox.
But this vendetta is personal. Ver is also seeking to bring to justice whoever hacked his personal email account in May — and he thinks the same perpetrator recently raided the email account of pseudonymous Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto. The bounty so far is in excess of $17,000 in bitcoin.
“Bitcoin Bounty Hunt is a new service that allows people to anonymously crowd source bounties to catch a particular criminal,” Ver says. “Anyone can contribute bitcoins to the bounty pool. Anyone who is a position to help catch the criminal can compile all of the details proving the person’s guilt, and submit a zero knowledge proof of the evidence using proofofexistence.com Then they contact the correct “authorities” and provide all the necessary details that lead to an arrest and conviction. Once there has been a conviction, contact us with with the evidence you submitted to proof of existence. If we agree that you were the earliest person, we will pay you the bounty.”
Ver has begun the project by seeding it with his own money.
“Now anyone can contribute bitcoins to motivate people with information on criminals to provide that information to law enforcement, or motivate law enforcement officers to take action directly,” Ver posted on BitcoinTalk.org. “I’ve personally contributed over 40 BTC for the bounties to help get things started. With this financial motivation I hope we can help catch the dishonest among us, and motivate those working in law enforcement to actually take action.”
Ver is the CEO of Memory Dealers, a reseller of memory and networking equipment, as well as an active investor in Bitcoin startups. He terms the digital currency “the most important invention in the history of the world since the Internet.”
In 2012, he reportedly lost 25,000 bitcoins when the exchange Bitcoinica was hacked. The thieves are also listed as having a bounty on their heads on Ver’s website.