While the price of bitcoin has recorded historic growth – increasing by 92% in a month and about 340% in a year – one investor has been excluded from accessing his wealth because he forgot his password.
Stefan Thomas, a German-born programmer in San Francisco, told The New York Times this week that he forgot the password for his IronKey, a secure hard drive with the keys of his wallet containing 7,002 bitcoins, or about $ 220 million worth . IronKey gives users 10 guesses to get their password right before encrypting the contents of the hard disk; Thomas has tried twice more.
“I would just lie in bed and think about it,” Thomas Nathaniel Popper of The Times reported. “Then I would go to the computer with some new strategy, and it would not work, and I would be desperate again.”
As some bitcoin investors get rich, others have had trouble accessing their investments because they forgot their passwords, The Times reported. About 20% of existing bitcoins “appear to be in lost or otherwise stranded wallets,” the report said.
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Some high profile investors remain cautious about the flow of bitcoin. UBS analysts said this week that the volatility of cryptocurrencies did not make it a “suitable alternative” to safe haven assets. And billionaire “Bond King” Jeffrey Gundlach said bitcoin hit “bubble territory” once the price exceeded $ 23,000.
Even after slipping as much as 20% over Sunday and Monday, the price of bitcoin recovered on Tuesday, rising to about $ 36,000.
In a tweet on Monday, “Shark Tank” star Mark Cuban compared the “crypto trade” to the dot-com bubble of the 1990s.
“Look at the crypto trade, it’s just like the internet bubble,” Cuban said. “KURTS. I think btc, eth, a few others will be analogous to those that were built in the dot-com era, the bubble survived and flourished, like AMZN, EBay and Priceline. Many will not. “
—Mark Cuban (@mcuban) 11 January 2021