Hundreds of people on the Internet sympathize with a San Francisco programmer who forgot the password for an electronic wallet that stores 7,002 bitcoins. That’s roughly $ 220 million. And the worst thing is that he cannot recover the password and there are only 2 attempts to enter the correct one.
In a conversation with The New York Times, Stefan Thomas said that bitcoins were transferred to him as a gift for creating an animated video about bitcoin back in 2011. Back then, digital currency was of scanty value. Stefan lost the password to the IronKey encrypted drive that contained the digital wallet that same year.
Since then, Stefan has tried eight variations of the passwords he uses frequently to unlock IronKey. However, none of them worked. And now the programmer has only 2 attempts left, since IronKey has only 10 attempts to enter the password correctly. After that, it will stop working completely.
According to Stefan, he often lies in bed and thinks about the situation. Now his drive is with cryptographers, hoping that they can help with access to the wallet.
Twitter users react differently to the situation. Many condole with Stefan, others say that even reading the story they get stressed. Others joke that it causes panic attacks or sleepless nights.
One user offered help for 10% of all bitcoins, which is comparable to $ 22 million.
What would you do if you had a disc worth a couple of hundred million dollars, but you forgot your password?