Man makes last-ditch effort to recover $280 million in bitcoin he accidentally threw out

LONDON — A British man who accidentally threw out a hard drive with a trove of bitcoin on it is once again urging local city officials to let him search for it in a landfill site.James Howells, a 35-year-old IT engineer from Newport, Wales, says he discarded the device while clearing out his home in 2013. He claims he had two identical laptop hard drives, and that he mistakenly binned the one containing the cryptographic "private key" needed to access and spend his bitcoins.After all these years, Howells is still confident he'd be able to recover the bitcoin. Though the external part of the hard drive may be damaged and rusted, he believes the glass platter inside may still be intact."There is a good chance the platter inside the drive is still intact," he told CNBC. "Data recovery experts could then rebuild the drive or read the data directly from…

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