James Howells is a computer scientist specializing in crypto-currencies. He was recently interviewed by the New York Post after having lived through a terrible mishap. In fact, he has lost 7 500 Bitcoins in 2009, which equals approximately 55 million dollars…
A terrible mishap
In 2009, the Bitcoin was not really famous, and especially it was not worth large-thing. A few cents at most. James Howells was interested in it already, and he had managed to undermine 7 500 Bitcoins in one week. But, at this time, it was not really an incredible performance. Then he put aside his hard disk, and forgot about it.
Pixabay – The DigitalArtist / The man has unfortunately lost this hard drive.
In 2013, the price of Bitcoin has increased, the crossing of the threshold is 100 dollars. James Howells then searched his hard disk, the one on which were the private keys giving access to the wallet containing Bitcoins. Unfortunately, he was then recalled to be rid of him : “In 2009, I have mined more than 7 500 corners in a single week. Four years later, I had moved the two hard disks in a desk drawer. One was empty, while the other contained my private keys for BTC. I had the intention of throwing the reader empty – and I accidentally threw the one that contained the information that open access to my Bitcoins. “
A considerable loss
James Howells felt terribly. It no longer has a means of access to its Bitcoins : “I looked at the price, I did the math… and then I thought : M***e ! My investment is worth about 2 or 3 million dollars. A few months later, he was worth $ 9.9 million. “
Pixabay – The Digital Artist / The Bitcoin has taken a lot of value since 2009…
One can understand his frustration, especially as now we are talking about nearly $ 55 million. Unfortunately, he has no way of recovering this hard drive and had to get the idea that he had permanently lost its Bitcoins.
A sad story that proves that it is important to pay attention to business…
Source : NCC