28 Nov '13, 11pm

Worker searches landfill for bitcoin fortune

British IT worker searches landfill after accidentally throwing away $8.2M bitcoin fortune Updated November 29, 2013 11:19:15 Photo: Unlike old currencies, bitcoin is digital and traded computer to computer. (Nic MacBean, file photo: ABC News) Related Story: Australian bitcoin site hacked, $1 million in virtual currency stolen Related Story: US seizes 'largest ever' Bitcoin haul from man linked to Silk Road Map: United Kingdom A British IT worker has launched a frantic search of a landfill site after realising he accidentally threw away a computer drive holding $8.2 million in the online currency bitcoin. James Howells, 28, obtained 7,500 bitcoins in 2009 when the currency was virtually worthless. Its value has since soared, with a single bitcoin hitting $1,000 for the first time on Tuesday. Howells left the hard drive in a drawer for several years, and threw it away earli...

Full article: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-11-29/british-it-worker-s...

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