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Former Ripple CTO may have lost much more than $220M in Bitcoin

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David Schwartz, present chief technical officer at Ripple, is responding to stories his predecessor had misplaced entry to lots of of hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in Bitcoin. 

In a Quora put up on Thursday, Schwartz said current stories about former Ripple CTO Stefan Thomas forgetting the password to an encrypted arduous drive containing 1000’s of Bitcoin (BTC) had been true, however added Thomas had additionally misplaced entry to lots of of cash when the crypto asset was younger.

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The Ripple CTO mentioned his predecessor used to check the event of a Javascript library for Bitcoin by utilizing actual cash when the value was nicely underneath a greenback.

“He would create unspent outputs with ‘1.0’ Bitcoin as a result of that was the quickest and best quantity to kind,” mentioned Schwartz. “He possible created lots of of such accounts, none of which he retained the keys for as a result of they had been only for fast experiments. Every of these accounts is value $38,000 or so at present.”

Even only one hundred of those accounts at 100 BTC would imply the cash inside are value greater than $3 million. The worth of Bitcoin has fluctuated between $30,000 and $40,000 since reaching an all-time of greater than $42,000 on Jan. 8.

Final week, a New York Occasions profile on Thomas said that the German-born programmer has used eight out of ten makes an attempt to guess the password to access an encrypted hard drive containing 7,002 BTC. He has solely two guesses left on the IronKey arduous drive earlier than the information — and funds — are seemingly misplaced.

Schwartz confirmed the story on Quora, saying Thomas had put apart the cash, which had been a part of a cost for making a video. Nevertheless, he questioned the $200+ million determine cited by main information retailers:

“I imagine at present [Thomas’ Bitcoin is] value about $114 million. I’m unsure the place the $240 million quantity is coming from — possibly I’m remembering incorrect.”

There are a lot of comparable tales of lengthy misplaced Bitcoin from early within the coin’s improvement. Final week, Cointelegraph reported {that a} student had found private keys to entry greater than $4 million value of Bitcoin at his grandfather’s home over the vacations.