Bitcoin rose more than 13.5 percent to near $15,017, according to Coinbase, amid the report. As bitcoin’s price climbed, trading in the Cboe bitcoin futures was also briefly halted in accordance with pre-set rules.
Venture capitalist Tim Draper bought nearly 30,000 bitcoins in a 2014 U.S. Marshals Service auction. Draper confirmed to CNBC in early December that he is still holding all those coins.