Former Ripple CTO can’t remember a password that would unlock a fortune in bitcoin
The former chief technology officer of Ripple Labs has just two more password attempts to lay his hands on $240 million in bitcoin that has been locked in an IronKey hard-drive for over a decade.
But with bitcoin prices surging, Thomas has made eight failed attempts to access the loot using his most commonly-used passwords and has lucked out every time, the New York Times reports.
Two more failed attempts and the drive will auto-encrypt its contents, consigning his fortune to the ether.
“I would just lay in bed and think about it,” Thomas told the New York Times. “Then I would go to the computer with some new strategy, and it wouldn’t work, and I would be desperate again.”