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I wonder what the maximum leverage you could short with if you had access to those coins...

Break the private key, do a 30x leverage short and move the coins!




It is that last bit where it gets sticky.

If you tank the market and create systemic insolvency then you might hold $1B of short contracts at an exchange where the operators have packed up and fled to anonymous sandy beaches, and for all your cleverness those contracts and $10 might buy you lunch tomorrow.


> It is that last bit where it gets sticky.

I understand we're doing thought experiments here, but I'd say the really tricky part is breaking the private key.


> the really tricky part is breaking the private key

That's the interesting thing, you can try to brute force keys in general by just throwing enough money at the problem. Technology always advances and makes cryptography less secure.




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