The following letter has been drawn up by @apshamilton at @jpbliberty on behalf of a number of the Steem investors who are directly named in the code of Hard Fork 23. It has been sent by JPBLiberty acting on behalf of their clients to a number of significant exchanges who deal with Steem today.
If you have a contact with an exchange that you don't think we will have reached please get back to us with contact details and we will send a specific letter.
Letter to Exchanges
URGENT: Theft of $5M in Crypto Assets - Steem Hard Fork 0.23
I am writing to you to on behalf of a number of cryptocurrency investors whose assets are about to be expropriated by the proposed hard fork (0.23) of the Steem blockchain scheduled for less than 24 hours time.
The nature of this hard fork, which has just become public in the last few hours, is to involuntarily transfer the Steem cryptocurrency holdings of over 50 Steem account holders (23.6M Steem ~= US$5M) to a new Steem account called @community321.
Details of the code of this planned theft are at: https://github.com/steemhardfork/steemhf/commit/66321e06f862a28b53e5268f0d67db0fd65b3bcf#diff-5f5356c18939f3b2ce7f3e74ab944614R14
A list of the accounts being expropriated and the amounts involved are at: https://peakd.com/steem/@holger80/calculate-the-amount-of-seized-assets-in-steem-hf-23
As a cryptocurrency exchange currently listing Steem, you will be asked by Steem witnesses and/or Steemit Inc to modify the version of the Steem blockchain code you are running on your servers to version 0.23 in order to implement this theft.
YOU MUST NOT IMPLEMENT THIS CODE CHANGE (HARD FORK 0.23).
If you do so, you may become an accessory to criminal offences including grand larceny and securities fraud as well as expose yourself to civil liability for damages.
JPB Liberty is a litigation funding company which prepares and arranges funding of legal claims related to the cryptocurrency industry. JPB Liberty is investigating a class action lawsuit against all persons knowingly involved in Steem hard fork 0.23.
JPB Liberty is also well advanced in preparing a class action lawsuit against Facebook, Google and Twitter for banning the advertisements of the cryptocurrency industry in early 2018. Your exchange has a large claim in this lawsuit. More details at www.jpbliberty.com.
It is far better to be the beneficiary of a large class action lawsuit than to be the target of one. I can be contacted at @akivah on Telegram.
JPB Liberty Pty Ltd
Australian Legal Practitioner