There are a lot of good people in the world. There are also bad. In this life, we get to choose which way we lean. Sometimes our heart is misaligned and we get caught with making bad decisions. Other times we are really heart-centered and make our decisions from a somewhat-spiritual perspective. As we grow, our character is continually being questioned on a minute-by-minute basis.

Sometimes those interesting decisions are deemed "bad." We can always re-calibrate to create the character we want to be. If you are a hacker, you can be a good hacker or a bad hacker. You can be there to help people or hurt people. If right now you are a "bad" hacker who is out to get people for your own personal gain, you could still transition out of this. One day you may find yourself sitting in a jail cell thinking "how did I get here?". You may spend years doing soul searching in the form of writing and reading Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead. Perhaps you stole bitcoin and you think about the person you stole the bitcoin from.

Pseudonymity and crypto go hand-in-hand—Satoshi Nakamoto being the most notorious figure. There is an air of mystique around bitcoin because of this. Perhaps they are pseudonymous for privacy reasons. The character(s) could see the future and thus believed it would be best to remain pseudonymous. Maybe it was a message to us. Even so, we still see bitcoin and other cryptocurrency attacks and hackers stealing. Sometimes this happens online and other times in person. The most infamous case for this was Mt. Gox where $460 million was stolen and another $27.4 million missing.

We can see where bitcoin goes from one pubkey to the next, but bitcoin does not know or care which parties are involved"

Bitcoin has a reputation of being somewhat of a wild child. This is both true and false. Due to the protocol being pseudonymous it can, has, and will continue to be used in illegal fashion. We can see where bitcoin goes from one pubkey to the next, but bitcoin does not know or care which parties are involved. Criminals were drawn to bitcoin because they could transact with one another without any third party such as the government finding out. The eBay-esque marketplace known as The Silk Road was a prime example of this. Ross Ulbricht created The Silk Road as a free marketplace where users could transact with one another using bitcoin. It is noteworthy that Ross never prompted his site to be somewhat of a safe-haven for illegal use but rather was a byproduct of bitcoin's protocol. Due to the pseudonymous protocol—criminals gained interest. It is also important to note that Satoshi Nakamoto's never intended bitcoin to be used as a "criminalcurrency."

Aside from the pseudonymous nature of bitcoin, criminals and the like have another reason for interest—the value (in fiat). Bitcoin's current and speculative value obviously catch the eye of the people and some of those people will do whatever they can do to get their hands on it. This was all too familiar for cryptocurrency trader Danny Aston (30), his partner Amy Jay (31), and their baby when 4 balaklava-wearing robbers held the couple at gunpoint for bitcoin. Aston, known as Goldiath online, and girlfriend also ran Aston Digital Currencies Ltd from their £800,000 barn in Moulsford, Oxfordshire. Companies House has the couples address listed which surely aided in the crypto-heist.

Money of any kind can be used and will forever be used by anyone. We mustn't blame or ridicule bitcoin of bad seeds. Any disruptive technology will attract all kinds of people and hopefully the good outweighs the bad. Security and privacy are rampant in the news these days. We must never be naiive when dealing with crypto. It is ever apparent to educate ourselves while following best practices. Good and bad people use crypto—the same could be said with fiat.