An IT consultant has binned a hard drive with £4.5 million worth of Bitcoins on it, which is now buried 4ft deep in a football pitch-sized area of landfill in south Wales.
James Howells used a programme to create the Bitcoins in 2009 and stored them in a digital wallet on his Dell laptop. When the computer broke, he put it away in a drawer and then threw out the hard drive this summer.
Since creating 7,500 Bitcoins, their value has soared, with each single Bitcoin currently costing over £613.
Howells has visited the landfill site in Newport, south Wales to try to recover the hard drive but unfortunately it is buried 4ft deep in an area the size of a football field.
He has now set up a new Bitcoin wallet for donations so he can launch a search and recovery operation. Let’s hope he doesn’t throw this one out.