What would you do if you forget the password to your Digital financial wallet which has almost 220 million dollars of Bitcoin and you only have two more trials left? Well, the German-born programmer Stefan Thomas is now facing this problem.
مبرمج ألماني يملك حاليًا محاولتين فقط لتذكر الرقم السري الخاص بمحفظته الرقمية (بيتكوين)، والتي تحتوي على ما يقدر بنحو 220 مليون دولار. لو كانت محاولاته المتبقية خاطئة، سيتم حجب حسابه وتجميده للأبد! pic.twitter.com/rGxWmZj05J— رضا ? | ???? 5k (@t96__p) January 13, 2021
Translation: “A German programmer currently has only two attempts left to remember the password of his Bitcoin wallet, which contains around $220 million. If his remaining attempts are wrong, his account will be blocked and frozen forever!”
Thomas who is currently living in San Francisco, US tailed his tragic story which has gone viral after it was highlighted by the New York Times.
According to the New York Times, the German-born programmer now has only two trials left out of 10 to remember the password that will get him into the hard drive and enable him to use his $220 million fortune worth of Bitcoins.
قبل سنوات حصل مبرمج الماني ع وظيفة صنع فديو عن العملة الرقمية ودفعوا له اتعابه بالبتكوين ؛قام بخزنها في حافظة الكترونية وكتب كلمة السر ع ورقة ،اليوم قيمة مافي الحافظة ٢٢٠ مليون $،ورقة كلمة السر ضاعت وهو عنده ١٠ محاولات فقط لتذكر الكلمة او تغلق الحافظة https://t.co/nU3WMqLmjQ— wamith (@wk_alk) January 13, 2021
Earlier, Thomas had gotten a job to make a video about the cryptocurrency, which was invented in 2008, and the company used bitcoins to pay him for his work. However, he lost the paper that carried the password and failed his 8 chances to guess the numbers.
People have taken to social media to mock him for not remembering the password while others are sympathising with him.
اني قريت الخبر ردت انجلط بعد هو المسكين— wamith (@wk_alk) January 14, 2021
Translation: “I read the news and I almost got a heart attack.”
حينتحر لو راحت عليه— Mohammed Sinwar (@MohammedSinwar6) January 12, 2021
Translation: “He would commit suicide if he loses his chances.”
Stefan Thomas’ wallet has 7,002 BTC inside a small hard drive, known as an IronKey. “I would just lay in bed and think about it,” Mr. Thomas said. “Then I would go to the computer with some new strategy, and it wouldn’t work, and I would be desperate again.”
The programmer has posted a Tweet saying: “A painful memory. I hope others can learn from my mistake. Test your backups regularly to make sure they are still working. An ounce of foresight could have prevented a decade of regret.”
A painful memory. I hope others can learn from my mistakes. Test your backups regularly to make sure they are still working. An ounce of foresight could have prevented a decade of regret.— Stefan Thomas (@justmoon) January 12, 2021
That said, I'll do what I always do which is focus on building things, e.g. @Interledger. https://t.co/pCgObeAf4Z
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