Crypto Supporting Apparel is Causing Bitcoiners to Get Targeted by Authorities
The Bitcoin Stickers Are Attracting Unwanted Attention from Various Authorities
The Bitcoin has become widely known in the world, and it is also getting a little better understood by the general public. But among the rank and file security individuals, they still find it a little suspicious; this is folks like the customs and the airport agents. Matt Mitchell who is a security expert has just warned the enthusiasts might go ahead to cover up when it comes to the stickers plus the other social advertisements that would go ahead to announce their crypto love.
The New Bitcoin Stickers Might Just Get You to Heat
The bitcoin stickers could get you targeted for the industrial espionage, opposition research and even some level of legal and investigative scrutiny. This is according to Matt Mitchell as he explained, it is from the border crossing, public places, conferences and airports.
The bitcoin enthusiasts who travel often are aware of this, and for years this has been going on in various forms. Back in 2014, Davi Baker who is a very well-known ecosystem personality of the Bitcoin Not Bombs had a very bizarre encounter with the TSA agents while in the US.
Unfortunately, he was wearing a Bitcoin Not Bombs hoodie, at the same time he also had some merchandise that was related to the crypto market and some various libertarian causes. He had these items as he was heading for a conference as an exhibitor of the day.
A Thorough Inspection Was Carried Out
He went through an extensive pat down which lead to all his belongings at the same time being rifled through. And yet again he was approached again, but this was done away from the TSA proper, and just before he was able to board his flight. The people who cornered him were official looking people, and one was wearing an orange shirt who started questioning his where abouts.
After he gave the gentlemen vague answers, one of the individuals directly asked him, what about bitcoin? This got him off guard and shocked as it was beyond any type of scrutiny he had gone through from the TSA, which he found to be a little frightening that they were specifically asking about Bitcoin.
When the question was posed at him, he merely said he didn’t understand their question; the man continued to say that they had seen Bitcoin on their bag and they need to check. Mr. Baker was reluctant with their line of questioning and asked to see their superiors as he was not confident they knew what they were saying. One of the gentlemen in blue went ahead to say that they were actually the managers, thus if he didn’t answer there question they would call the law enforcement on him and take him into custody.
It was clear that the agents did not know about Bitcoin as Mr. Baker’ travel companion has to explain to the agents that Bitcoin was not a physical item. But the agents were not buying his explanation for any reason; thus this led to the line of questioning asking if Mr. Baker was had more than $10,000 in Bitcoin on him.
Mr. Baker tried to explain to the agents that is not how it all worked. Had Mr. Baker been on an international flight, they may have taken him into an interrogation.
It is Important to Keep a Low Profile
When traveling it is important that you try and keep a low profile, having a laptop that is filled with stickers, for instances, could raise a lot of red flags to the authorities. Or even just the hackers around who would want to access sensitive information that has been stored on the computer.
The veterans in the market have learned to pack away their cryptocurrency affiliation in such instances carefully, or merely have cheap phones and devices that have less information.