Early Bitcoiner Loses $220 Million Worth of BTC to Forgotten Password

According to The New York Times, Stefan Thomas, a San Francisco-based programmer, lost access to his Bitcoin because of a forgotten password. The private keys to his 7,002 Bitcoin now worth about $220 million, due to the recent price surge, is locked in a small hard drive called IronKey. The IronKey wallet has a feature that allows owners who forget their passwords to attempt 10 guesses. Failure to get the password right on the 10th attempt, the wallet seizes up its contents indefinitely. Thomas revealed that he lost the paper where he stored the