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Locked Out of Millions: Couple Can’t Access $5.8M Worth of Ethereum

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A couple from Washington DC can not access their crypto wallet, containing 3,000 ETH worth $5.8 million.

Yuki and Art Williams, who purchased 3,000 Ethereum coins back in 2014, can not open their crypto wallet. The family claims that the essential JSON file was never downloaded, and thus they don’t have access to their $5.8 million.

In Search for Help

According to the American media 7news, the Washington DC family Yuki and Art Williams possess 3,000 ETH coins in their crypto wallet. Unfortunately, the wife and husband can only see them and not access the assets. The couple insisted that when they bought the assets in 2014, the JSON file was never downloaded. Art Williams said:

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“The instructions were to leave your computer on for an hour and a half and as the progression bar showed it populating the JSON file would appear. Unfortunately for us, it did not appear.”

Calculated in today’s prices, the wallet contains $5.8 million. Mr. Williams told 7news that the Ethereum Foundation promised him to solve the issue and send him a backup JSON file. However, the family is still waiting.

In another attempt to access their funds, the couple e-mailed the Foundation based in Switzerland and showed them proof of purchase and screenshots of the problem. 7news also tried to reach out to the Ethereum Foundation but received no comment.

The last move that the family is yet to make is to hire a law firm that would open a case in court in Switzerland. The attorneys would demand that the Ethereum Foundation grant a JSON file to the desperate couple during the process.

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“Devastating, to say the least. Obviously, that’s life-changing money,” added Mr. Williams.

The Man Who Lost Access to 7,002 BTC

Investing in cryptocurrencies is not risky only because of the volatile nature of the assets. Apart from that, investors need to save and protect their private keys. In case someone loses their private keys, that could lead to an irreversible disaster. Such is the case with Stefan Thomas and his bitcoins worth more than $223 million.

As CryptoPotato reported earlier in the year, the resident of San Francisco produced an educational video called “What is Bitcoin?” for another crypto fan and received 7,002 bitcoins for his services.

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However, Thomas didn’t pay much attention to his new holdings as they had a little-to-no value at the time, and he lost the digital keys to the wallet. In the following years, though, BTC’s price exploded, and now the 7,002 coins are worth around $223 million.

The wallet called IronKey allows users ten attempts to guess the password. So far, Thomas has tried eight times to access the funds, but they were all unsuccessful. If he fails ten times, the wallet will be encrypted forever.

“I would just lay in bed and think about it. Then, I would go to the computer with some new strategy, and it wouldn’t work, and I would be desperate again,” the man revealed.

To avoid any of the above, it’s highly recommended that you take crypto security seriously and make sure to always follow these tips.

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Ripple CEO Says the SEC Helped Ethereum to Surpass XRP as No.2 Crypto

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  • Ripple CEO aired his opinion on the crypto market and regulations.
  • Brad Garlinghouse said the US SEC granted Ethereum regulatory green light.

At the DC Fintech Week virtual conference on October 21, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghounse aired his thoughts on the state of the crypto market and regulations. Besides, he holds a grudge over the financial regulator’s approach to Ethereum.

In addition, Garlinghouse declared that the US Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) granted Ethereum regulatory green light that enabled it to surpass his firm’s XRP token.

Likewise, the Ripple boss feels that his firm has been played out. But, at the same time, Ethereum’s subsequent success is at least in part down to more favorable treatment by the US SEC. Also, Garlinghouse stated that it is affecting its market. He said,

“Within the last few years, XRP was the second most valuable digital asset. As it became clear the SEC had given a hall pass to ETH, ETH obviously has exploded, and that clarity has helped.”

To clarify, XRP was the second-largest crypto asset by market cap in late December 2017. But, currently, it has dropped to seventh place while Ethereum has kept the second spot ever since.

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Furthermore, the reason why XRP dropped is the US SEC pursuing Ripple over claims that XRP is unregistered security. In fact, in January, Ripple filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the US SEC demanding to know why it didn’t consider ETH security.

As a result, later in July, a district judge allowed the firm to depose a former official who declared in 2018 that ETH was not a security.

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Ripple CEO reinstates SEC bias towards ETH, claiming XRP could’ve been No.2

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It is not news that the ongoing XRP lawsuit has got the better of Ripple’s XRP token. Ripple CEO, Brad Garlinghouse recently questioned the SEC’s bias towards Ethereum, claiming that XRP would’ve been at the No. 2 position instead of ETH if it weren’t for the commission’s partial crackdown. Garlinghouse spoke at the DC Fintech Week virtual conference yesterday, arguing that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleged Ripple’s XRP as unregistered security while granting Ethereum a regulatory free pass, which in turn helped ETH shoot through the roof.

“Within the last few years, XRP was the second most valuable digital asset. As it became clear the SEC had given a hall pass to ETH, ETH obviously has kind of exploded and that clarity has helped.”

XRP secured the position of the second-largest crypto asset by market capitalization during the latter half of 2017. However, the token has dropped down to seventh place while Ethereum stands strong as No. 2. Furthermore, Garlinghouse claims that the SEC’s exclusively aggressive anti-crypto stance to allegedly protect the consumers is in fact anti-investors. Referring to the XRP lawsuit, Ripple CEO emphasizes that “nearly 50,000 U.S. people who hold XRP who are trying to sue the SEC for ‘protecting them’”.

XRP Holders left with bearish and frozen funds

Earlier this week, Attorney Deaton Filed a Letter Motion on behalf of the XRP Holders (Movants) that contended SEC’s extension request, with the main argument concerning the XRP holders’ frozen funds because of the consistent postponement of the lawsuit’s final verdict. During the ongoing bull run, XRP remains considerably bear because of the regulatory crackdown on Ripple. However, the court has overlooked the community’s concern and granted the extension explaining that in lieu of pending motions, extra time will only facilitate both parties to complete pending fact discovery and thoroughly prepare for upcoming expert depositions.

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“The lack of liquidity within the United States, coupled with the mass de-listings prevents XRP Holders from trading, selling, transferring, or converting their XRP. It is because of this de facto in place seizure of their property that XRP Holders took the extraordinary step to seek intervention as defendants… Any delay in the underlying action marks yet another day XRP Holders do not have access to their funds.”, wrote Deaton.

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Playboy Releases Ethereum-Based Rabbitars NFTs, Presale Begins in 2 Days

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Playboy has created Ethereum-based Rabbitars NFTs as ERC-721 tokens. The project’s website describes Playboy Rabbitars as a “lagomorphic-themed civilization of unique and non-fungible rabbits.” There are 11,953 of them, inspired by Playboy iconography, heritage and lore.

The news was shared by Chinese crypto journalist and blogger Colin Wu. He posted a screenshot from the project’s website, featuring some of the Playboy Rabbitars.

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The sale will begin in two days at a mint price of 0.1953 ETH ($803). The website explains that in order to become an owner of such an NFT, a user needs to set up a Metamask wallet. However, NFTs will be available for sale both for fiat and crypto.

Those who want to pay in ETH need to load up their wallet at least two days before the sale starts. Presale for ETH will begin on Oct. 24. The public sale for U.S. dollars will start on Oct. 26, and the next day, users will be able to buy Rabbitars for ETH.

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It is possible to order 1-2 NFTs during the presale. At a public sale, one user is allowed to buy up to ten Rabbitars.

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