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Journey to the heart of the secret bunker in Switzerland where millionaires keep their Bitcoins

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October 22, 2017 | 

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Journey to the heart of the secret bunker in Switzerland where millionaires keep their Bitcoins!




Not far from Lake Lucerne, cut to a depth of over 300 meters in the mountains, is a bunker run by the firm Xapo, the Argentinian entrepreneur Meneses Casares, who would have given Bill Gates his first currency Bitcoin.

The underground bunker, formerly owned by the Swiss army, was dug to a depth of over 300 meters in a secret location in the mountains not far from Lake Lucerne, and is used as a safe deposit box for Bitcoin currencies. millionaires from around the world.

The "Quartz" news site reported that the secret installation, operated by the Xapo wallet provider and protected by a variety of strict security measures, preserves hard disks that are not physically connected to networks (Gap Air), including Bitcoin currencies of their customers.

Xapo does not disclose the number of pieces stored in this bunker, but one of the employees allegedly told the quartz site, that he sometimes hosted customers who have a value of millions of dollars in Bitcoins, and who visit the vaults where are stored their digital currencies.

Argentine entrepreneur Vences Casares, founder and CEO of Xapo, is considered to have presented for the first time to executives of Silicon Valley, Bitcoin, and in particular Bill Gates by giving him his first piece Bitcoin.

The technical operation of the data center in the bunker, which covers an area of ​​almost 1000 square meters, is done by subcontractors of Xapo, Deltalis. The bunker itself was built in 1947 by the Swiss armed forces, and served as the headquarters of the secret army during the Cold War.

The website Quartz explained that in the bunker we did not store Bitcoin units. Instead, one stores the private cryptographic keys of Bitcoin owners who allow them to access their currencies and make transfers by matching their key to the unique digital signature used to identify the currency in Blockchain.

Unauthorized access to private cryptographic keys is equivalent to stealing a gold bar from a safe, specifies the Quartz website.

In addition to digital security measures, the physical security of the bunker is also extremely strict. A journalist from a Quartz site who visited the bunker said that after entering the concrete entrance on the side of the hill, he and all the visitors had to sign at the entrance, give his fingerprints digital and taken in photos.

Then he had to enter a small cell the size of a telephone booth, covered with reinforced glass, where he waited until a member of the security opened the door on the other side of the cell.

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