How WIRED lost $100,000 in Bitcoin

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Back in 2013, the halcyon days of at-home Bitcoin mining, staffers in the WIRED San Francisco office turned on one of Butterfly Labs’ mining machines and let it whir away, amassing a horde of 13 bitcoins — now worth $100,000. But today we have nothing to show for our efforts.
What happened to our loot?
The same thing that has happened to millions of other unfortunate miners, actually: We lost our private key, a 64-digit string of random numbers that not one of us remembers.

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