South African Boy Kidnapped For Bitcoin Ransom Found

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 08:43
Darryn Pollock
A boy kidnapped in rural South Africa for a ransom of 15 BTC has been found
Cover image via U.Today

Earlier this week, a 13-year-old boy was kidnapped in rural South Africa with the kidnappers leaving a ransom note demanding 15 BTC from the family. The boy has now been found, but the police have declined to say if the ransom was paid for his return.

“I can confirm that Katlego Marite has been found,” Mpumalanga police spokesman Leonard Hlathi said. “I am not at liberty to divulge more details. Currently, an investigation is underway.”
“He was alone when he was found. He is 100 percent fine. The parents are by the side with their son and the police are also with him.”

When the boy was taken, the family admitted that they had never even heard of Bitcoin, but clearly, the criminals felt that they would be able to get away with their crime with an untraceable ransom payment.

About the author

Darryn Pollock is an award winning  journalist from Durban, South Africa. He picked up Vodacom’s Regional Sports Journalist Award in 2017 while expanding his Blockchain and cryptocurrency reach.  He is a contributor to Forbes, Cointelegraph, Binary District, and of course, U.Today. Darryn’s belief is that Blockchain technology will be the driving force of the next technological wave and it is the obligation of journalists and writers to tell its emerging story with integrity and pride.

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