A website called “Asassination Market” is collecting bounties to place on the heads of some of the world’s most influential figures, offering tens of thousands of pounds to the person to carry out an assassination. Among the figures listed is US president Barak Obama.

The website is collecting bounties for Jyrki Tapani Katainen, the prime minister of Finland; Francois Hollande, president of France; Barack Obama, president of the US, James Clapper, the US director of national intelligence, and Keith Alexander, head of the NSA.

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However it is the chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke who has attracted by far the highest amount of bitcoin donations, currently standing at 124.14, which at today’s market value is just over £48,500. The next highest bounty is for Obama, which is 40.26 bitcoins (£15,740) followed by Alexander with 10.49 bitcoins (£4,100) and Clapper on 1.97 bitcoins (£770).

Both Katainen and Hollande are both on just one bitcoin each (roughly £390). The website also allows members to suggest new targets to add to the “dead pool.”

The website operates on the Tor network, which is an encrypted anonymous web and Assassination Market’s donations are made using bitcoin which are very difficult to trace back to their owners.

Credit: IBM Times