Out of the Ether: The Amazing Story of Ethereum and the $55 Million Heist that Almost Destroyed It All

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Discover how $55 million in cryptocurrency vanished in one of the most bizarre thefts in history

Out of the Ether: The Amazing Story of Ethereum and the $55 Million Heist that Almost Destroyed It All tells the astonishing tale of the disappearance of $55 million worth of the cryptocurrency ether in June 2016. It also chronicles the creation of the Ethereum blockchain from the mind of inventor Vitalik Buterin to the ragtag group of people he assembled around him to build the second-largest crypto universe after Bitcoin.

Celebrated journalist and author Matthew Leising tells the full story of one of the most incredible chapters in cryptocurrency history. He covers the aftermath of the heist as well, explaining the extreme lengths the victims of the theft and the creators of Ethereum went to in order to try and limit the damage. The book covers:

  • The creation of Ethereum
  • An explanation of the nature of blockchain and cryptocurrency
  • The activities of a colorful cast of hackers, coders, investors, and thieves

Perfect for anyone with even a passing interest in the world of modern fintech or daring electronic heists, Out of the Ether is a story of genius and greed that’s so incredible you may just choose not to believe it.


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Mihai Alisie walking up the stairs to the hack lab at the compound at Calafou.

Source: Roxana Sureanu

Remnants of the destruction from the fire that burned when the factory at Calafou was struck by lightning.

Source: Roxana Sureanu

Vitalik Buterin is mobbed by people asking questions after giving his Ethereum presentation at the Miami Bitcoin conference. Joe Lubin and Antony Di Iorio are to his left.

Source: Taylor Gerring

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The Ethereum booth at the Miami Bitcoin conference, January 2014. Staffing the booth are Paul Paschos (left) and Stephan Tual (right).

Source: Taylor Gerring

Stephan Tual (left) and Mathias Grønnebæk (right) (on the laptop screen) during a video call with Mihai Alisie (left) and Richard Stott (right) at the Spaceship House. This is the call where Tual warned the Ethereum crew in Switzerland that Gavin Wood was making moves against them.

Source: Taylor Gerring

Christoph Jentzsch in Brooklyn with a slock before the DAO hack had occurred.

Source: Andrew Keys

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