Lost Bitcoin: 5 Majorly Ridiculous Stories

Feb 13, 2019 at 09:51 // News
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Legends, parables and myths twist around the positions of millions of Bitcoin (BTC) lost so far. A review of 5 cases of lost Bitcoin.

The probability of discovery of lost bitcoin Keys trends towards zero. Legends, parables and myths twist around the positions of the millions of Bitcoin (BTC) lost so far. Unmatched, however, is the Bitcoin prosperity of BTC developer Satoshi Nakamoto, seemingly ruined forever and a day. A quite short about the interests of cryptography. Satoshi has certainly taken security extremely seriously.

Cryptocurrency is going well, but the problem comes when a user loses a private key because of his/her carelessness or negligence. However, it’s that simple and easy. The SHA-256 (Secure Hash Algorithm) hash function is an important tool for security in the BTC system.

BTC Mining and the scientific link between a Public Key and an address is centered on SHA-256, making it appear bomb-proof. Therefore, Key collisions are scientifically enormously improbable. In other words, guessing a matching or similar private key by chance is next to impossible. Below are the 5 cases of lost Bitcoin.   

1.   User Confuses Network Fees with Transaction Amount   

In 2016, a user’s tweet left an impression:   

“It appears some idiot sent 0.0001 BTC with a 291.241 BTC miner fee instead of the other way around. RIP bags.”


It appears as if when sending Bitcoin to an anonymous wallet, everything which can go wrong did go wrong. The crypto user sent BTC worth $5 and also paid fees for it corresponding to a single-family house.   

The realization that BTC, as a P2P currency, focuses on the individual responsibility of the customers. Errors can no longer be overturned and rectified.   

2.   Wired Voluntarily Destroys 13 Bitcoin   

The story of Wired is ridiculous. The technology magazine devoted real coverage to a story about 13 lost BTC. It says:   

“Apparently the editorial team of Wired received an ominous device from Butterfly Labs in 2013. The square, black box soon turned out to be a Bitcoin Miner. It’s easy to forget, but Bitcoin Mining hasn’t always been dominated by gigantic farms near the Arctic Circle.”   

At the time, one could still mine BTC with a home PC. This was done until they had like 13 Bitcoin in total. But this didn’t last long and the user raised a question of how to effectively use the cryptos.   

Wired never destroyed the 13 Bitcoins by accident – it was planned. The editor in Wired’s technology dept., Michael Calore said that he is greatly aware that the crypts could one time have a ‘six or seven – digit value.’   

3.       Elon Musk also Doesn’t Know Where his Bitcoins Are 

Some time ago, the technology enthusiast and serial entrepreneur, Elon, made many hints in this kind of direction. Currently, no one knows, the type of digital currency Elon holds.   

In a 2017 tweet, a friend sent cryptocurrency funds to Elon. But, he doesn’t remember where his cryptos are.   


Nevertheless, Elon’s relationship to the digital asset scene has a sort of coquettish distance. Elon started fighting the scam that had started emerging, whereby fake accounts were promising people free cryptos. Twitter was forced to block Elon’s account, hence a contribution to its delight.   


4.   Satoshi’s Assets   

Rumor has it that the white paper author, Nakamoto, once owned up to around 1,000,000 Bitcoins – though legend also says that he damaged the private key. 

The BitMEX investigation shows that 1,000,000 BTC was quite too much, to the extent that the BTC pope couldn’t have managed mining that amount of Bitcoin. The wealth of the richest BTC owner is approx. at 600k to 700k Bitcoin.


All said and done, however, one thing still stands: 

“In case the BTC dad ever decides to move his digital asset treasure or even sell it, then it would cause an earthquake in the scene.” 

5.   James Howell’s Kafkaesque Fight Against Garbage 

James Howells, a software developer and computer engineer, is the person who attempted digging for BTC in a dump, but he has changed sides for now. Seemingly, Howell is now holding Bitcoin Cash (BCH).   

At the time, he dumped a hard drive with more than 7,500 mined Bitcoin at a Welsh rubbish dump. Since that time, Howells has made headlines with his tenacious fight against the various authorities and watchdogs in his community of Newport. He set about searching the landfill for his treasure, though no success has been achieved by now.

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