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April 01, 2015, 05:12:36 PM
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Over time I have created many cold wallets using a variety of methods just in case one method is easily cracked or doesn't work in the future. I was going through my stash of cold wallet printouts and found one that is an 8 word mnemonic. The public address is written below it and it has a 5 BTC balance. I've tried everything I can think of but can't figure out what program or system it goes with.

I searched for the words and they are from a common English wordlist that has been passed around the internet for years and is used by aspell and cracklib among others.  Some of the words (not in order) are: hacksaw yogurt helium colon. I tried brain wallet (SHA256, single and multiple rounds), electrum, Armory, BIP-32, various paths of BIP-39, Hive, Greenwallet. The words aren't in the standard BIP-39 wordlist (and BIP-39 uses 12 words anyway).

I've been scratching my head for weeks over this and can't figure it out. Does anyone know a wallet or script or other method that works with 8 word mnemonics? I made it in 9/2014 if it matters. If you point me in the right direction and I'm able to recover the funds I'll tip you 1 BTC.
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April 01, 2015, 05:17:18 PM
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Try: https://www.casascius.com/2factor/

Try: https://www.darkwallet.is/
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April 01, 2015, 06:05:15 PM
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Both good suggestions, but neither worked. Never had a Casascius and Darkwallet uses a 12 word seed (and did in 9/2014 too).
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April 04, 2015, 11:55:34 PM
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Try checking your browsing history on 9/2014, you could also check what files on your computer were accessed or modified on that date. Also check your search history, Google saves it for you: https://google.com/history

It might give you a clue what it was. Maybe it is some recovery key for a website or something, perhaps it is a recovery key for https://blockchain.info/wallet

I don't think it is a seed, if it is it's too short and insecure.

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April 06, 2015, 09:25:20 AM
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Are you the same person as this guy:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1012475.0

It seems quite a few people have stumbled upon 8 word mnemonics that they don't know how to use Wink

Reminds me of Dave of wallet recovery services talking about how different people would send him the same stolen wallet to brute force and of course non of them had any idea what the password might be.

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April 06, 2015, 10:30:39 AM
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Are you the same person as this guy:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1012475.0

It seems quite a few people have stumbled upon 8 word mnemonics that they don't know how to use Wink

Reminds me of Dave of wallet recovery services talking about how different people would send him the same stolen wallet to brute force and of course non of them had any idea what the password might be.
... yes.. that's look's strange.. Cool
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