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Nicehash Just Became the Victim of One of the Largest Cryptocurrency Heists, Ever

By Jackson Parker | USA

NiceHash, a crypto-mining marketplace, has had their security compromised over the night of December 5th after undergoing maintenance and a total of 4736.42 BTC removed from their bitcoin wallet by the next morning. Nicehash offers a server where individuals offer computing capacity to bitcoin miners to mine bitcoins via complicated math equations in order to create blockchains, the basis for cryptocurrency. The almost 75 million dollar heist has currently halted NiceHash operations for at least 24 hours.

The marketplace is among the largest in the world and has raised serious alarms for security threats for online companies. This corporate security breach is being investigated by NiceHash and the proper authorities and will be dealt with urgently. NiceHash will continue to update us on their endeavors into the matter and encourages all users to change their online passwords.

The bitcoin address from the thief has been identified and can be found on the Reddit thread for NiceHash’s official press release. Due to the untraceable nature of BTC, this is the end of the line for following the footsteps of the perpetrator.

With the attack on the marketplace keep in mind that this is not an attack on Bitcoin itself. The marketplace attack was a private company with large amounts of BTC to its disposal, similar to any other large company being attacked, but the system of bitcoin remains intact.

This isn’t the first or largest hack of cryptocurrency since it’s inception either. The Mount Gox hack in 2011 transferred almost 10 times the bitcoins that NiceHash’s security breach involved. Another attack from last year on The DAO stole a much larger sum of 3.6 million Ether, becoming the largest crypto-heist in history.

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An Anarchist Society is a Better Society

Austin Anderholt | USA

Whenever I try to convince someone that taxation (and therefore government) is theft, I find the process is quite easy: I explain to them how a group of people with bigger guns than everyone else call themselves “The Government” demand that you pay them a certain amount of money that you never agreed upon, or else they will threaten to lock you in a cage. The debate may last a few minutes or even hours, but I eventually can convince most people that government is bad and that taxation is theft. At this point, almost every single person says the same exact thing: “But without government, who would build the roads?” Sometimes they ask how other government projects would be handled, but for some reason, most people seem to inquire about roads first. Nonetheless, people are amazed that one could hold the opinion that people shouldn’t be allowed to lock you in a cage if you don’t pay them the money that they demand. They treat anarchism like a bad word. They assume that a stateless society would be like some sort of Hollywood movie they’ve seen, and this view is completely false.
To the masses that have spent their lives on the highly addictive sedative that we call “The Government”, it may seem crazy that people could build roads and complete other tasks without someone pointing a gun at them and stealing from them. There’s a great political comic here, that shows people standing in a breadline in the Soviet Union, starving away. One of them says, “In Capitalist countries, the government doesn’t hand them any bread!” The people in that comic couldn’t possibly imagine a successful world where bread is distributed through capitalism and a voluntary society. This is very similar to the blindness that the current public has about things that the government does. For example, on the issue of Net Neutrality: Net Neutrality didn’t even exist until 2015. Do you remember a time where you had to pay money to big scary corporations to access all websites on the internet before 2015? Me neither, but the drug of government is so powerful that it’s victims start to assume that “If we don’t have someone controlling how we live, the greedy corporations will make it too expensive to pay for anything!” This is entirely false. Companies have to cater to the individual, or else they will fail. If I owned McDonalds, and I started charging a million dollars per hamburger, everyone would stop buying from me, and my company would fail. This is common sense; if companies want to be on top, they have to compete with each other for the lowest prices and best goods/services, in order to ensure that they’ll get repeat customers. No company would ever charge a huge toll for roads or internet or any other good or service you can think of, or else another company could just sell it for a cheaper price, and therefore get more business. Companies must cater to the customer to survive, and the idea of these “greedy corporations” is just plain false.
That being said, have you ever driven on a private road before? I’m sure you have. Did you have to pay a greedy corporation a huge toll to drive on it? Probably not. In fact, many toll roads are government roads. So, how would roads work? In one scenario, you have businesses competing for the cheapest road prices. Many of them might implement different policies, such as, “Our roads are safer because we don’t allow drunk driving” or, “Our roads are cheaper because we only make you pay one small price forever!” This would make roads extremely efficient, and it has worked in the past: The first American railroad was privately owned and built. Let’s say you were really afraid of these non-existent greedy corporations, and you didn’t want them owning your roads. You could crowdfund for monetary donations to build a road that you let everyone go on for free. It would be like taxation, but completely voluntary and with a significant lack of cages.
With that in mind, privatization would help everyone a great deal. Prices would shoot down for things like healthcare, education, and whatnot. Currently, we live in a system where the government has a forced monopolies on those items, and they can demand any amount of money they want for it. Due to this, they can be wasteful and inefficient, but private companies wouldn’t have that option. However, let’s say there’s a family that’s struggling to get by in a stateless economy, and they can’t afford these items. There are tons of huge private charities that are fighting to end things such as hunger and to give free checkups, showers, meals, etc. to people who are in need. Once taxation stops existing, and people’s paychecks aren’t being slashed in half, can you imagine how increasingly generous people would be in donating to these huge causes? Private charity for people in need would skyrocket!
In conclusion, a stateless society would thrive. As we’ve seen through times like the prohibition, public school, and the Middle East, government intervention almost indefinitely makes things worse. Private companies and charities will do much more good than anything currently being accomplished. A voluntary society is a better society!

 

Taxation is Nothing More than Legalized Robbery

Taxation on a very fundamental and basic level should be viewed as legalized robbery or theft. Men with guns come to your house and demand that you give them your money or they’ll lock you in a cage. This is what taxation is. Today, we’re discussing the horrors of taxation, why it doesn’t work, and how we can fix the problem. Let me ask you this: What makes a job not slavery? Consent. What makes a transaction not a robbery? Consent. What makes a visit not an invasion? Consent! What makes taxation not theft? Absolutely nothing! The government is FORCING you to pay this!

Think about these questions. What makes a job, not slavery? Consent. What makes a transaction, not a robbery? Consent. What makes a visit not an invasion? Consent. What makes taxation not theft? Nothing, for the government is forcing you to pay this.

“But By being a citizen of your country, you are agreeing to pay taxes! After all, you live here, and you use the utilities that taxes pay for like the police, and roads!”

First of all, no one agreed to pay taxes when they became a part of this world. There is no contract that anyone ever signed that says “I will pay your taxes.” Secondly, the government doesn’t own anything. Again, the government never went to each and every Native American and said: “Do you consent to me owning this land?” They took it by force, and they own it by force. The government never made a voluntary transaction to own all of this land. They were simply a group of men that had better weapons than anyone who could defend the land. If I claimed my own land in “American” soil, the government would probably apprehend me, put me in chains, and lock me away. There is very little difference between this action and what the government actually does. They simply are a group of men with guns who overpower everyone else and make it illegal to oppose them.

“But what about the fact that you use government utilities? Perhaps I enroll my kids in public school, use the public police force, and so on. Certainly, this must mean that you consent to taxation!”

Of course not. If the government is taxing a large amount of your money, you might have to use what is provided by them. If the system is rigged, you might have to temporarily submit to it, in order to stay alive, regardless of whether or not you disagree with it.

There is another reason that using government utilities is not consent. The government is again forcing you to. The government makes it illegal to have a private police force and private military. It does not allow you to use better resources. It steals your money to pay for huge overpriced public schools and utilities, destroying any valid competition with its massive budget.

At the moment, you may have considered something along the lines of “I can see why taxation is theft, but do we have to get rid of the government altogether?” Well, there are some options for you if you don’t want total anarchy:

Voluntary Taxation

This means that you only have to pay taxes if you want to. This idea does sound crazy at first, because what if no one chooses to pay taxes? I mean, who in the right mind would give up money if they don’t have to? This is where selective taxation comes in: You can pick and choose what taxes you agree with. That way, you can pay however you would like, and you know that the money is going to what you are charitable towards. In this model, politicians can’t just keep voting to take more American money. They actually have to make their money count, and will have to make people actually care about issues, in order for people to vote for them. This voluntary model would work well because people will be much more charitable when they aren’t forced to give to give their income to taxes.

Minarchism

In this model, taxes are still mandatory, but the government only spends money on the very basic things needed for freedom: Military, Police, etc. This makes taxes low, and the economy strong. Minarchists often argue that “Taxation is only theft if the government is spending it on anything more than the ‘very basics.’” The early United States was often considered a minarchist society.

In conclusion, the government uses force to monopolize on the people. It threatens to imprison you if you don’t pay it money. Taxation is non-consensual and legalized robbery. There are multiple solutions to solve this problem, ranging from full-scale anarchy to moderate reform. The choice is up to you, but together, we understand that taxation is theft.