The slogan of the password for a value of $ 240 million in Bitcoin

That is the situation for the Stefan Thomas programmer, but the stakes are higher than most: the forgotten password will allow you to unlock a hard drive It contains $ 240 million (£ 175 million) from Bitcoin. .


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    Bitcoin has increased in value in recent months.

    but cryptomonnence is volatile.

    And experts are divided about whether it will continue to increase or be blocked. few dollars

    Mr. Thomas, who was born in Germany, but lives in San Francisco, was given 7,002 Bitcoins as a payment for making a video that explains how cryptocurrencia works more than one decade.

    At that time, they were worth a few dollars each.

    He stored them in an ironkey digital wallet on a hard drive.

    And he wrote the password on a piece of paper that he has lost.

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    After 10 failed attempts, the password will be encrypted to itself, making the wallet impossible to access.

    maybe insufficient, the dilemma has removed the cryptic corresponding.

    He told the New York Times: "Everything's idea of ​​being your own bank: Let me put it this way, do you make your own shoes?"

    "The reason why We have banks is that we do not want to deal with all those things that banks do. "


    Mr. Stamos, who is now a teacher At the Stanford Internet Observatory, he tweeted Mr. Thomas: "Um, for $ 220 million in Bitcoin blocker, does not 10 conjectures of passwords, but take him to professionals to buy 20 Ironkeys and spend six months to find a Side channel or a touch.

    "I'll make it happen by 10%.

    "Call me". BlockQuoteBorder: 1px solid #baba; Edge radius: 4PX; Filling: 1Rem; Max-Width: 36.25REM; Margin: 0.5REM 0; Um, for $ 220 m in Bitcoin blocked, does not 10 conjectures of passwords, but take it to professionals to buy 20 ironkeys and spend six months to find a side channel or convert. He will make it pass by 10%. Giving me a call.>- Alex Stamos (@AlexStamus) January 12, 2021 The BBC is not responsible for the content of the external sites. Original view Tweet on Twitter

    Mr. Thomas would not be the first potential of Bitcoin Millionaire to be blocked from the fortune of it.

    Currently, around $ 140 billion Bitcoin Dollars is lost or remains in portfolios that can not be accessed, according to the cryptocurrency-data Company Chainanalysis.

    And companies that help recover the digital currency receive multiple requests each day.

    The New York Times article also refers to an entrepreneur who lost about 800 Bitcoins when a colleague reformatted a laptop that contains the private keys of his wallet.

    And in 2013, a Welsh man desperately looked for a place of landfill after discarding a computer hard disk containing 7,500 bitcoins.

    At the time it is worth more than £ 4 million, this was now valued at more than £ 250 million. Related Topics

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