A $ 730 Million Treasure Hunt – Can You Uncover the Secrets of These Lost Bitcoins?
The treasure hunt is on – There is no shortage of stories of bitcoins lost forever on an old hard drive, or due to the loss of private keys to access the wallet . On the other hand, this time, it is about a huge sum which is blocked: not less than 69,000 BTC! What to attract greed …
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In pursuit of the lost password
On the Darknet side, The News Spy platform is the subject of the attention of many curious and hackers. The wallet is associated with the public address „1HQ3Go3ggs8pFnXuHVHRytPCq5fGG8Hbhx“.
The latter indeed contains a little more than 69,000 bitcoins , or about $ 730 million at the time of writing. But obviously his access password has been forgotten / lost.
The Twitter account @UnderTheBreach explains this wallet :
„(…) has been circulating for two years between hackers / crackers in order to crack the password, without success so far“ .
A treasure lost forever? Maybe not…
If the pros of the brute force attack – which consists of trying as many password combinations as possible – have broken their teeth for two years to break into this wallet , chances are that these bitcoins will remain technically inaccessible for. a long moment. Or at least not until a fully functioning quantum computer has been developed!
But after all, who knows … Last April, we reported the case of a Russian internet user who found himself in this situation. He had called on a former engineer from Google. In a few months of bitter struggle – and 100,000 dollars of investment -, the latter had ended up cracking the password to access the wallet , with 300,000 dollars of bitcoins at stake .
So who will rise to the challenge for these 69,000 BTC? Knowing that it might take years, without any assurance of getting there, it seems like a risky bet. Unless the value of Bitcoin continues to rise. For example, if BTC were to increase tenfold again, more might be interested in a $ 7 billion treasure!