//Coins gone. Hope you learn from my mistake.

Coins gone. Hope you learn from my mistake.

Back in November of 2017 i thought it would be a great gift to give two of my family members some cryptocurrency. I invested in different coins throughout the year and we were talking about how this is a great time to invest in a future technology. I spent $600 and bought one of them 1 Ethereum and bought the other 5 Litecoin. I sent the coins to their respective wallets, then copied and saved the Public and Private Keys. I put those keys in a text file, excel file, and even engraved it onto a piece of metal. I told them to keep it very safe … little did i know that i would be the one to screw up.I never deleted the text file from my computer. It was saved in a Zip file and i assumed that no one would be able to get it.Last month one of them checked and noticed that all their Litecoins were gone from the wallet. I checked and the Ethereum is gone too. It looks like they have been gone for 85 days.I went on my computer and noticed that the Zip file is gone. I ran several virus scanners like MalwareBytes and i found Shareaza Ultimate FIle Sharing program on there and in my startup folder there was “Filename.exe”. I have the IP Address and Port of the computer to which the files were sent to, but doubt that helps me any.I am sick to my stomach and feel terrible, it would be one thing if i lost my own coins, but they were gifts to family.I also had my Keys in there but i kept them in a password protected excel file. The only reason that i had the keys in a text file was to print them and put them on a password protected USB flash drive. All my coins are still in their wallets, but i will be transferring them to new keys today. I feel so bad because it is my fault for not deleting the text file with they keys in it. I should have permanently deleted those after printing them off, but didn’t.This is one of those things where you hear stories of people getting their coins stolen or an exchange gets hacked, but you always think “can’t happen to me”.I know this is new technology and you are responsible for your own money. But i feel terrible telling them that it’s all gone.But i hope if anyone reads this that you don’t wait till it happens to you, check and make sure that there’s no way that someone could get a password or money from a file on your computer.Here’s links to the addresses. The original keys and the key it was sent to.Original Ethereum Key: https://ift.tt/2vtOqX5 Ethereum was sent to: https://ift.tt/2qLEsvd Litecoin Key: https://ift.tt/2vBb9AC Litecoin was sent to: https://ift.tt/2HBOlWa litecoin address currently has 7792.75 LTC worth $1.7 million dollars in it. And has received a total of 9115246.75 LTC worth $2 billion dollars.And i know what the top comments are going to be: Should have used a Trezor/Ledger. And this is what’s stopping crypto from mass adoption.

Back in November of 2017 i thought it would be a great gift to give two of my family members some cryptocurrency. I invested in different coins throughout the year and we were talking about how this is a great time to invest in a future technology. I spent $600 and bought one of them 1 Ethereum and bought the other 5 Litecoin. I sent the coins to their respective wallets, then copied and saved the Public and Private Keys. I put those keys in a text file, excel file, and even engraved it onto a piece of metal. I told them to keep it very safe … little did i know that i would be the one to screw up.

I never deleted the text file from my computer. It was saved in a Zip file and i assumed that no one would be able to get it.

Last month one of them checked and noticed that all their Litecoins were gone from the wallet. I checked and the Ethereum is gone too. It looks like they have been gone for 85 days.

I went on my computer and noticed that the Zip file is gone. I ran several virus scanners like MalwareBytes and i found Shareaza Ultimate FIle Sharing program on there and in my startup folder there was "Filename.exe". I have the IP Address and Port of the computer to which the files were sent to, but doubt that helps me any.

I am sick to my stomach and feel terrible, it would be one thing if i lost my own coins, but they were gifts to family.

I also had my Keys in there but i kept them in a password protected excel file. The only reason that i had the keys in a text file was to print them and put them on a password protected USB flash drive. All my coins are still in their wallets, but i will be transferring them to new keys today. I feel so bad because it is my fault for not deleting the text file with they keys in it. I should have permanently deleted those after printing them off, but didn't.

This is one of those things where you hear stories of people getting their coins stolen or an exchange gets hacked, but you always think "can't happen to me".

I know this is new technology and you are responsible for your own money. But i feel terrible telling them that it's all gone.

But i hope if anyone reads this that you don't wait till it happens to you, check and make sure that there's no way that someone could get a password or money from a file on your computer.

Here's links to the addresses. The original keys and the key it was sent to.

Original Ethereum Key: https://etherscan.io/address/0xd52e083e061022B82629aC99Aca74Ef407e05c1e

Address Ethereum was sent to: https://etherscan.io/address/0xdf480c52c778c1deff96cf45a79ddd39c78f6c2f

Original Litecoin Key: https://bchain.info/LTC/addr/LVQaKjakDcJmmxiMNiPjpW5gT6aaMRSxWa

Address Litecoin was sent to: https://bchain.info/LTC/addr/LXzhwSyYhTxZt4piVs7KvYPAWKDdXvMTNo

This litecoin address currently has 7792.75 LTC worth $1.7 million dollars in it. And has received a total of 9115246.75 LTC worth $2 billion dollars.

And i know what the top comments are going to be: Should have used a Trezor/Ledger. And this is what's stopping crypto from mass adoption.