Silk Road Bitcoin 'Bidders' List Leaked
US Marshals have apologised after a list of possible bidders for a multimillion-dollar haul of seized bitcoins was leaked.
The list of people who have registered interest in buying the virtual currency include an executive at bank BNP Paribas, a director at review site Yelp.com and a musician.
The email was sent by the US Marshals Service (USMS) to those wishing to bid for 30,000 bitcoins - valued at $18m (£10.6m) - seized during an FBI raid on the Silk Road black market website.
But an error by the sender meant each interested party's name was shown at the top of the email.
A USMS spokesman said: "The message was not intended for any particular group of people, but for anyone who had emailed a question to the general mailbox to ask about the auction. Only recipient email addresses were disclosed.
"The USMS apologises for this mistake which was in no way intentional."
Those wishing to take part in the June 27 auction must transfer a $200,000 (£117,000) deposit to the USMS in advance.
Nine blocks of 3,000 bitcoins and one block of 2,657 bitcoins will be up for grabs.
The list also includes private finance bosses, academics and law firms.
Bitcoin is a virtual currency which is not backed by any government or central bank.
Each bitcoin is "mined" by users who have powerful computers carry out complex mathematical equations.
Ross William Ulbricht, who is alleged to be the owner of the Silk Road, has been charged by the US with drug trafficking, computer hacking and money laundering.
He denies all of the charges.