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13 January 2021

A programmer from the USA forgot the password to the wallet, which contains 7002 bitcoins

A programmer from the United States forgot the password to access the flash drive, which contains 7002 bitcoins. He has 2 more attempts left, after which the data from the flash drive will be deleted forever.

Kresan Yuri

Recently, funny information appeared on the New York Times portal. A failed programmer from San Francisco, Stefan Thomas, forgot his password to the IronKey flash drive, which contains information with access, to a crypto wallet with 7002 bitcoins. Everything would be fine, but flash drives of this type have reliable protection and if someone else tries to enter the password a certain number of times, such a drive will delete the data forever. So, Stefan has already used 8 attempts and the programmer has only two left. The guy said that he feels complete despair, he just doesn't know what to do, because he should have had 2 237 million.

Note that back in 2011, Thomas, for his work on a video about bitcoin, was presented with 7002 units of this electronic currency. Thomas decided to save the encrypted keys to the crypto wallet on a flash drive, and wrote down the password to it on paper. After a while, this guy just lost a piece of paper with a password. Thomas said that he seems to have entered the correct password, but the flash drive refuses to accept it. He went through all the options, but his luck never smiled on him. And there are only 2 attempts left…

Today, Thomas hid the flash drive in a safe place and expects that someday they will come up with a way that will help crack such a strong password. According to him, it is easier for him when the flash drive is away from his eyes, because thoughts of lost money haunt him.

Note that to date, out of all bitcoins (about 18.5 million), about 1/5 of them have been lost. The owners simply forgot their passwords. The New York Times notes that many users write to them about their disappointment, because they once owned bitcoins but lost access to wallets. Who knew that after so many years, the electronic currency would rise in price so much. Then read even more news on our blog at the link.

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