Hard drive worth $7.5 million is buried in a UK dump

A British man who threw away a hard drive containing bitcoins worth $ 7.5 million has started searching his local landfill in an attempt to find it again. James Howells amassed 7,500 bitcoins in 2009, but disposed of the hard drive they were stored on earlier in 2013 after it sat unused in a drawer for three years.

A bitcoin is now worth $ 1,000, but Howells’ 7,500 were obtained at a time when they were nearly worthless. Howells — who says he’d “never thrown a hard drive out before” — had dismantled the computer he’d used to collect them after spilling a drink on it, eventually disposing of the drive in a “clearout of old IT equipment.” Shortly afterwards, Howells says his curiosity was piqued after reading stories about the…

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