Scientists from US and Australian Universitiesanalyzed data from the early days of Bitcoin and found that mining resources during that period “were highly centralized.” According to them, it was a system supported by a small minority.
The scientists studied the period from 2009 to 2011. It turned out that 64 owners of cryptocurrency in those years mined 2,676,800 bitcoins. At today's exchange rate, this is about 84 billion dollars.
The researchers also stated that the earlyfollowers of the cryptocurrency could use the cryptocurrency to their advantage by carrying out attacks to steal the tokens. In their opinion, the "founding fathers" refrained from such destructive behavior in order to maintain Bitcoin's reputation as a safe and anonymous method of payment.