IT pro says he threw out 7,500 bitcoins, now worth $7.5 million
Many people have a tale of a lost or broken hard drive containing some bit of precious data they wish they could recover. But perhaps no one on the planet has thrown out a hard drive as valuable as the one James Howells says is now buried in a landfill.
According to an article in The Guardian today, Howells threw out the hard drive, “rescued from a defunct Dell laptop,” this past summer. “And then last Friday he realised that it held a digital wallet with 7,500 Bitcoins created for almost nothing in 2009,” the story notes.