AN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY WORKER has confessed to robbing himself of millions worth of Bitcoins because he chucked away the hard drive that stored them.
It's a bad time to realise that you have binned your Bitcoins. They are worth rather a large amount of money at the moment, more than $1,000 apiece.
James Howells told the Guardian newspaper that he realised that he had dumped the hard drive last Friday, a time when they were worth even less than they are now.
He is, we imagine, sick as a dog after realising that the 7,500 Bitcoins he built up in 2009 are now worth over £4m, in today's crazy money.
"You know when you put something in the bin, and in your head, say to yourself 'that's a bad idea'? I really did have that," IT worker Howells told the Guardian.
"I don't have an exact date, the only time period I can give - and I've been racking my own brains - is between 20 June and 10 August. Probably mid-July".
The hard drive is lurking in a large area, and is covered in rubbish in Wales. Treasure hunters are advised that they are not welcome on the plot of land.
Howells said he stopped mining the coins because his partner complained. At that time, reported the newspaper, he had £500,000 worth, and a rather itchy binning finger.
"I'm at the point where it's either laugh about it or cry about it," he added. "Why aren't I out there with a shovel now? I think I'm just resigned to never being able to find it."
Newport council, which is responsible for the tip, said that should the laptop turn up, it would return it. µ