Fortune was created by those who dealt with Bitcoin a few years ago, as today its value has reached new heights. But not everyone who owns Bitcoin is equally lucky.
The story of German programmer Stefan Thomas, who has been living in San Francisco for the last few years, has gone viral in recent days. Thomas had accepted the amount of 7,002 Bitcoin as a payment for his services a few years ago.
In order to protect Bitcoin, he stored it on an Ironkey hard drive, which needs a password to unlock it.
Today, the value of these 7,002 Bitcoin exceeds $ 200 million. But Thomas does not have access to this amount because he does not remember the password for the hard drive.
He told the New York Times he had written the code on a piece of paper, but had no idea where that paper was. Ironkey discs give the holder a total of 10 failed password attempts. After these 10 the disk “destroys” whatever data it contains. Thomas has already exhausted all eight attempts.
“I just sat in bed and thought about it. Then I went to the computer with a new strategy, which did not work and I was disappointed again,” said the German programmer.
According to the New York Times, 20% of the 18.5 million bitcoins that exist today – about $ 140 billion – have either been lost or locked in digital wallets.
A digital key recovery company, Wallet Recovery Services, has revealed that it receives 70 requests a day from people who have been locked out of their digital wallets.
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