Citing security concerns with the possibility of endangering personal information and the privacy of users in relation to the planned release of the list of bitcoin addresses controlled by now-defunct Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, the trustee has suspended the release.
Nobuaki Kobayashi, the Tokyo District Court assigned Trustee, who revealed “significant progress” had been made into the Mt. Gox investigation and claims from creditors during the last creditors meeting, was also arranging for the release of bitcoin address controlled by the debtor (Mt. Gox) at the time. The aim of the public release was to facilitate the investigation in understanding the fundamental causes leading to the bankruptcy of Japanese digital currency exchange Mt. Gox.
However, Kobayashi has now suspended the release of the list, after analyzing the risks involved. He believes the negative effect and the risks associated with releasing the list far outweigh the benefits of doing so, resulting in the decision taken against a public release.
An announcement [PDF] released today read: