28 Nov '13, 5pm

Bitcoin Blunder Man Throws Away '£4m Laptop'

Bitcoin Blunder Man Throws Away '£4m Laptop'

By Darren Little, UK Bureaux News Editor A man who threw away a computer hard drive containing more than £4m of the digital currency Bitcoin has told Sky News he is devastated. James Howells, 28, binned the hard drive in the summer, but only realised his mistake last Friday. The IT worker threw away his Dell laptop after it started to overheat, forgetting that it contained a digital wallet containing 7,500 units of the virtual currency. Staff at the Docksway landfill site in Newport, South Wales, where the hard drive was taken, have told Mr Howells that by now it will be buried under at least three feet of waste in an area the size of a football pitch. Mr Howells told Sky News: "It's absolutely devastating to be honest, there's not a feeling I can compare it to." He "mined" the Bitcoins in 2009 when they were worthless, but in recent times they have gained real monetary va...

Full article: http://news.sky.com/story/1175103/bitcoin-blunder-man-thr...

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