Comment: Big swindles: YES. FLAWS: NO. :)

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Big swindles: YES. FLAWS: NO. :)

You are very right that there have been a few big swindles or heists in the Bitcoin community... do not mistake these for flaws in the the actual bitcoin protocol/system.

Even the ECB report recognizes this:

From time to time, Bitcoin is surrounded by controversy. Sometimes it is linked to its potential for becoming a suitable monetary alternative for drug dealing and money laundering, as a result of the high degree of anonymity. On other occasions, users have claimed to have suffered a substantial theft of Bitcoins through a Trojan that gained access to their computer...
...However, practically identical problems can also occur when using cash, thus Bitcoin can be considered to be another variety of cash, i.e. digital cash. Cash can be used for drug dealing and money laundering too; cash can also be stolen, not from a digital wallet, but from a physical one; and cash can also be used for tax evasion purposes. The question is not so much related to the format of money as such (physical or digital), but rather to the use people make of it.

http://www.ecb.europa.eu/pub/pdf/other/virtualcurrencyscheme...

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