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February 09, 2019, 03:33:54 PM
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My apologies if this post violates any rules. If there is a more appropriate section for this please let me know.


Some time ago I discovered a few early (2011-2012) bitcoin core and litecoin wallets that I had encrypted but forgotten the password. I mined a ton of litecoin early on and never expected them to go above 10 cents USD at the time. After a ton of research and tens of thousands of dollars spent on hardware and services I was able to recover my passwords and access my funds. With the knowledge and resources I've gathered, I am offering my time and hardware to anyone who has lost their encryption password for just about any type of wallet.

I am aware that there are several other users and services offering to accomplish this task (dave at walletrecoveryservices.com is VERY good from what I hear) but I would love the opportunity to help you out while building a reputation here. I can recover almost any type of wallet for just about any type of currency. I'd like to think I have a unique approach that may enable me to succeed more easily then some of the larger players in this space. I also personally own a LOT of processing power in a secure location where others may be renting from a cloud provider. Unfortunately in most cases I can't offer this service for free. There is a cost involved for my time, hardware upkeep and electricity but the main reason I'm doing this is because I enjoy it.

Terms/Details:

1. I will never ask for any payment up front. The only exception to this may be if your demand exceeds my computing capacity which is very unlikely.

2. I do not require you to send me your wallet files to recover the password 99.9% of the time.

3. I will never have access to your funds. Any payment we agree upon will be sent manually by you.

4. Cost will be determined on a case by case basis publicly in this thread unless you'd prefer a private discussion.

5. If the password can be recovered quickly and easily, I will do it for free.

6. If I am unsuccessful at recovering your password, you do not pay.

7. I will research your situation prior to beginning the process. If there is information available the leads me to believe the wallet is stolen or suspicious in any way I won't be able to help you.

8. If interested, I can provide a real time view of the recovery process. This includes how many passwords have been tried, how many will be tried and exactly how long each attempt will take.

I realize you may be reluctant to trust me due to my newbie status on the forum but I can assure you that I've been here since 2011 just lurking until recently and the good news is that there is no trust required on your part. Please post any questions you might have here in this thread for transparency and the benefit of other users or feel free to pm me if you'd like to discuss your situation privately.

For immediate assistance, please use telegram:
https://t.me/Crackd3v

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February 09, 2019, 04:01:16 PM
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Interesting. But how would you recover a wallet without having any access to the keys, phrases or other sensitive data? That is technically impossible. If that data is provided and the wallet is recovered, then you would have access to all the funds in it. Upfront payment doesn't make sense because after recovering a wallet, you  will directly have access to the funds.

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February 09, 2019, 04:31:52 PM
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Interesting. But how would you recover a wallet without having any access to the keys, phrases or other sensitive data? That is technically impossible. If that data is provided and the wallet is recovered, then you would have access to all the funds in it. Upfront payment doesn't make sense because after recovering a wallet, you  will directly have access to the funds.

In most cases you can use a publicly available open source script to extract a hash string from the wallet file directly. The original password can be derived from this hash without revealing any information about the wallet.

The only exception I can think of is the recovery of part of a bip39 or similar passphrase, this would allow direct access to funds.
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February 09, 2019, 06:05:47 PM
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Interesting. But how would you recover a wallet without having any access to the keys, phrases or other sensitive data? That is technically impossible. If that data is provided and the wallet is recovered, then you would have access to all the funds in it. Upfront payment doesn't make sense because after recovering a wallet, you  will directly have access to the funds.
Interesting to me too. A do not know how the process will work however I will follow this post to see where it goes. I am sure there are people who will need assistance from OP.

Good luck by the way.

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February 09, 2019, 08:48:09 PM
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I got an account with arround 4000 waves.
Would you be able to brute force it if i know the first 6 of 13 letters/digits ?
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February 09, 2019, 09:06:32 PM
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Interesting. But how would you recover a wallet without having any access to the keys, phrases or other sensitive data? That is technically impossible. If that data is provided and the wallet is recovered, then you would have access to all the funds in it. Upfront payment doesn't make sense because after recovering a wallet, you  will directly have access to the funds.
Interesting to me too. A do not know how the process will work however I will follow this post to see where it goes. I am sure there are people who will need assistance from OP.

Good luck by the way.

I appreciate the follow and the good luck. It's encouraging.

If you're interested in the process feel free to set up an encrypted wallet with your software of choice even if you don't have any coins inside. I'd be happy to run it through my system at no charge so you can get a feel for how I'm operating this. Just keep in mind that the length and complexity of the password determine the time it can take to crack so it may not be worth it to try to run a ridiculously long mixed alphanumeric without some kind of reward at the end. Part of the challenge is knowing when to wait for faster hardware to be released. It'll come eventually.

Additionally, not all wallet software has a premade solution for gpu or fpga processing but I'm willing to code whatever is needed. The challenge is really interesting and satisfying once complete so I'd give it a shot regardless of difficulty. I'd only ask that you post here about your experience, positive or negative. Feedback is helpful.

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February 09, 2019, 09:15:02 PM
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I got an account with arround 4000 waves.
Would you be able to brute force it if i know the first 6 of 13 letters/digits ?

I'm looking into this now and will get back to you shortly. Give me about 15 minutes.
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February 09, 2019, 09:41:44 PM
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I got an account with arround 4000 waves.
Would you be able to brute force it if i know the first 6 of 13 letters/digits ?

I've looked into this and have just a few questions. They may seem a bit obvious depending on your level of experience so please bear with me.

If you're in possession of either the backup file or any portion of the seed phrase I advise you not to post any of it here publicly as it could compromise your private key.



Was this account created using the official waves client?
-If not, how was it created?

If so, do you have the backup.json file intact?
-If so, make a copy of this file securely if possible and open the copy in any text editor, notepad if on windows. The first json item should be "lastVersion". What version is listed directly after the label?
(This should be similar to: 1.0.39. Do not post any other text from this file.)
 
Do you know some or all of the seed passphrase?
-Again do not post any portion of this here.



If you're not sure how to answer any of these questions or are not comfortable doing so in public feel free to pm me. If you use telegram please include your contact info or any other method I can use to contact you for a quick rundown.

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February 09, 2019, 09:46:22 PM
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Waoo! Good to know that there is someone who can help with password recovery. I have lost my password to one of my blochain wallet of which I have some amount is Bitcoin in the wallet. Let us see how many people you will be able to help in recovering their password.
Good luck Man.

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Waoo! Good to know that there is someone who can help with password recovery. I have lost my password to one of my blochain wallet of which I have some amount is Bitcoin in the wallet. Let us see how many people you will be able to help in recovering their password.
Good luck Man.

Thanks!

The response so far has been very positive, I appreciate this. I'm expecting that most of these will be rather easy to take care of but I'm looking forward to building a collection of uncracked difficult or seemingly impossible wallet hashes to run while my systems aren't busy with other things. I'm sure it would be a nice surprise if someone were to contact me about a large amount of coin that they're desperate to access that suddenly cracks open weeks or months later. It was an amazing feeling for me and I'd like to share that.

Just FYI, if that's a blockchain.info wallet that you're not able to access, you're welcome to throw it my way so I can add it to the pool. Hashcat can chew those up at a respectable pace with gpu and fpga. Depending on what you know about the password, it may not be much hassle at all to get it open. The hash can be securely extracted so your funds would not be in my control.

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Here is my telegram handle if anyone would like to discuss their situation in private.

https://t.me/Crackd3v
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I appreciate the follow and the good luck. It's encouraging.

If you're interested in the process feel free to set up an encrypted wallet with your software of choice even if you don't have any coins inside. I'd be happy to run it through my system at no charge so you can get a feel for how I'm operating this. Just keep in mind that the length and complexity of the password determine the time it can take to crack so it may not be worth it to try to run a ridiculously long mixed alphanumeric without some kind of reward at the end. Part of the challenge is knowing when to wait for faster hardware to be released. It'll come eventually.

Additionally, not all wallet software has a premade solution for gpu or fpga processing but I'm willing to code whatever is needed. The challenge is really interesting and satisfying once complete so I'd give it a shot regardless of difficulty. I'd only ask that you post here about your experience, positive or negative. Feedback is helpful.

Thanks!

I am up for this to verify your service. Let me know what information do you need. If this is really can be done then you will definitely be able to help a lot of members in the forum .

Let me know what information you need and let's keep it public here. What do you think?

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February 10, 2019, 06:34:28 PM
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I appreciate the follow and the good luck. It's encouraging.

If you're interested in the process feel free to set up an encrypted wallet with your software of choice even if you don't have any coins inside. I'd be happy to run it through my system at no charge so you can get a feel for how I'm operating this. Just keep in mind that the length and complexity of the password determine the time it can take to crack so it may not be worth it to try to run a ridiculously long mixed alphanumeric without some kind of reward at the end. Part of the challenge is knowing when to wait for faster hardware to be released. It'll come eventually.

Additionally, not all wallet software has a premade solution for gpu or fpga processing but I'm willing to code whatever is needed. The challenge is really interesting and satisfying once complete so I'd give it a shot regardless of difficulty. I'd only ask that you post here about your experience, positive or negative. Feedback is helpful.

Thanks!

I am up for this to verify your service. Let me know what information do you need. If this is really can be done then you will definitely be able to help a lot of members in the forum .

Let me know what information you need and let's keep it public here. What do you think?

Sounds great. I appreciate your time and I'm sure the community appreciates your due diligence.

Due to the number of users who have contacted me privately, i'm in the process now of building a website to standardize and automate some of the information gathering process. I'll start with some basic questions to get the ball rolling. If you're not sure how to answer feel free to ask for clarification.

1. What type of currency are you hoping to recover and how much?

2. What software was used to create and encrypt the wallet?

3. What type of device was used (mobile, pc, hardware wallet, etc) to create the wallet and what operating system does the device run if applicable?

4. Do you have access to a pc? Is it a desktop or a laptop? What operating system does the machine run?

5. Approximately when was the wallet created? When was the encryption applied? When was the last time you had access to the wallet?

6. Can you describe the process you're using to attempt to decrypt the wallet? What sort of backup information are you in possession of? Is it a backup file? A pass phrase/recovery seed?
**Please see the advisory below before posting your answer to this question.**

7. This question is more relevant in a non test scenario but could still be helpful:
Can you tell me a little bit about what happened? How did you lose access to the wallet? Is this your personal wallet or are you inquiring on behalf of a third party? Do you have any proof that you had access to the wallet at some point in the past?

ADVISORY: I don't recommend posting any portion of your private keys, backup file, pass phrases or passwords at this time as it could lead to a compromise of your wallet.




Thanks again for your time. I'm looking forward to the followup.
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February 10, 2019, 06:42:06 PM
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GENERAL UPDATE:

The official website for this service is coming soon. This will include questionnaires to aid in the information gathering process as well as some canned instructions users can utilize to extract the hashes required to decrypt their wallets. Some brainstorming and initial work is also being done to offer a fully automated service where users can add their wallet to the cracking pool and recover their passwords securely on their own. I'm considering allowing other users to add their computing power to the pool for a share of any reward collected but this won't be an option until I've thought through all aspects of security to protect the users.

I'm now in the process of attempting to decrypt wallets for 2 users who have contacted me privately. I will encourage them to post a review here once the process is complete.

I want to thank you guys once again who have posted positive comments and asked questions about this service. It's been really enjoyable so far.

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February 10, 2019, 07:28:11 PM
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1. What type of currency are you hoping to recover and how much?

2. What software was used to create and encrypt the wallet?

3. What type of device was used (mobile, pc, hardware wallet, etc) to create the wallet and what operating system does the device run if applicable?

4. Do you have access to a pc? Is it a desktop or a laptop? What operating system does the machine run?

5. Approximately when was the wallet created? When was the encryption applied? When was the last time you had access to the wallet?

6. Can you describe the process you're using to attempt to decrypt the wallet? What sort of backup information are you in possession of? Is it a backup file? A pass phrase/recovery seed?
**Please see the advisory below before posting your answer to this question.**

7. This question is more relevant in a non test scenario but could still be helpful:
Can you tell me a little bit about what happened? How did you lose access to the wallet? Is this your personal wallet or are you inquiring on behalf of a third party? Do you have any proof that you had access to the wallet at some point in the past?

ADVISORY: I don't recommend posting any portion of your private keys, backup file, pass phrases or passwords at this time as it could lead to a compromise of your wallet.




Thanks again for your time. I'm looking forward to the followup.

1. Bitcoin. There are no balance I just want to see if you can recover it.
2. Electrum
3. Laptop. Windows 10
4. Yes. Laptop. Windows 10
5. Not create yet (LOL). Not yet. Not yet (I will create one once you will ask)
6. (Assume I lost all of them) I do not have the backup file, no recovery phrase
7. ....

Let me know what else I will need to provide.

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1. What type of currency are you hoping to recover and how much?

2. What software was used to create and encrypt the wallet?

3. What type of device was used (mobile, pc, hardware wallet, etc) to create the wallet and what operating system does the device run if applicable?

4. Do you have access to a pc? Is it a desktop or a laptop? What operating system does the machine run?

5. Approximately when was the wallet created? When was the encryption applied? When was the last time you had access to the wallet?

6. Can you describe the process you're using to attempt to decrypt the wallet? What sort of backup information are you in possession of? Is it a backup file? A pass phrase/recovery seed?
**Please see the advisory below before posting your answer to this question.**

7. This question is more relevant in a non test scenario but could still be helpful:
Can you tell me a little bit about what happened? How did you lose access to the wallet? Is this your personal wallet or are you inquiring on behalf of a third party? Do you have any proof that you had access to the wallet at some point in the past?

ADVISORY: I don't recommend posting any portion of your private keys, backup file, pass phrases or passwords at this time as it could lead to a compromise of your wallet.




Thanks again for your time. I'm looking forward to the followup.

1. Bitcoin. There are no balance I just want to see if you can recover it.
2. Electrum
3. Laptop. Windows 10
4. Yes. Laptop. Windows 10
5. Not create yet (LOL). Not yet. Not yet (I will create one once you will ask)
6. (Assume I lost all of them) I do not have the backup file, no recovery phrase
7. ....

Let me know what else I will need to provide.

(I know this is a test but let's act as if this is a real situation where you might have some knowledge about the password here.)

First, what do you know about the password? What do you think you might've set it to? Can you provide some other passwords you would typically use at the time you created this wallet? Do you know if it was less than a certain number of characters? Do you typically mutate your passwords in a certain way such as adding an exclamation point to the end of a word, replacing your A's with 4's or starting with a capital letter and ending with a number? The more possible passwords you can provide the better. Just make sure you don't still use these passwords today.

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Next we'll need to extract the hash from the wallet file. This may be a slightly difficult process if you're not familiar with using the windows command line. I'd be happy to provide live remote assistance if required, just contact me on the telegram handle I listed above. Forgive me for any typos or if this is confusing, I just typed it up on the fly here as quickly as I could but I'm working on a guide with screenshots for the website.

Here's what you're going to need to do:

PART 1:

If you already have python 2 installed you can skip part 1.

You're going to need to install python. Here's a link to the installer for windows on the official python site.
EDIT: The forum won't let me link to the python installer so just follow the link in the directions below, it's safe.

Here is a decent guide for installing python:
https://www.howtogeek.com/197947/how-to-install-python-on-windows/ - This page has instructions for python version 2 and 3. You'll be installing python2
Make sure you follow the instructions to "add python.exe to path".

PART 2:

Next you'll need to acquire the script to extract the hash from the wallet file.  This can be found here:
https://raw.githubusercontent.com/magnumripper/JohnTheRipper/bleeding-jumbo/run/electrum2john.py
If the page opens as a text view rather than giving you a download dialog press ctrl+s to save it. Make sure to remember where you save this. I'd recommend your desktop or documents folder, somewhere easy to navigate but not accessible by anyone else who uses the machine or being synced to any cloud storage.

PART 3:

Disconnect your machine from the internet. This is not required but recommended for security.

Close electrum completely.

Locate the wallet file. On windows, this can be found by navigating to your app data folder. A quick way to access this location is to close or minimize all open windows, hold the windows key down on your keyboard and press the R key to open a run dialog. Paste this string without the quotes into the dialog and press enter: "%APPDATA%\Electrum\wallets".

Alternatively you can open the file browser, navigate to your system drive (typically c:). You'll need to configure the file explorer to allow hidden and system files to be shown. Instructions to do this can be found here:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4028316/windows-view-hidden-files-and-folders-in-windows-10

Once hidden and system files are being shown, navigate to your system drive, then go to the Users folder. There will be a folder with your username, navigate there next. Next you'll navigate to the AppData folder, it'll appear slightly opaque. Once in the appdata folder, navigate to Roaming, then the Electrum folder, then finally the Wallets folder. The file you're looking for in the folder will most likely be titled "default_wallet". If there are additional wallet files in this folder copy them as well in the next step.

Copy and paste (NOT CUT AND PASTE) all wallet files to the same location as the script you downloaded in part 2. Again, you'll want to make sure the copy is in a secure location not being synced to cloud storage or accessible by anyone else who might use the machine. Treat this file as you would your banking information.

Part 4:

Open the windows command prompt. An easy way to do this is to open the run dialog (windows key + r), type "cmd" without quotes and press enter.

Alternatively you can click start, type cmd and select the option for the command prompt.

Next you'll navigate to the location you save the wallet file and the extraction script.
When you open the command prompt you'll usually start in your profile directory. If you saved the files to your desktop type "cd desktop" or "cd documents" for the documents folder without quotes and press enter.

To extract the actual hash type the following, again without quotes:
"python electrum2john.py default_wallet"
This will output a long string of letters and numbers that should start with something like this:

default_wallet:$electrum$3*037868c77f730f0b8e702

Copy and paste this string to a text file or directly into your response here in the thread. This string does not give access to your funds or reveal any information about your wallet.
If your wallet had a different filename just replace default_wallet with that name. Repeat this process on any other encrypted wallet files you located in step 3.

You can now delete these copies of the wallet files just make sure you made copies rather than moving them. Personally, I would move them to a flash drive for safe keeping.

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And that's it! I know it's a bit of a cumbersome process but it's best for your security to use these publicly available tools rather than a script provided by me or someone else who you don't know. Once my service is a bit more trusted here I'll create tools to make this easier. Again, sorry for any mistakes in my guide. The wife wants to go shopping and i'm trying to be quick so I can watch the baby Smiley. If you come across any problems in the process be sure to report any error messages you encounter.
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February 12, 2019, 01:23:32 PM
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^^ a lot of it, honestly speaking all of it went over my head LOL however your effort should be appreciated. I sent you 6 merits on your way. I hope this steps help people who lost hope of recovering their wallet and I hope this works.

Good luck to you my friend.

An archive is here: http://archive.is/YdVya

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February 14, 2019, 04:13:53 AM
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^^ a lot of it, honestly speaking all of it went over my head LOL however your effort should be appreciated. I sent you 6 merits on your way. I hope this steps help people who lost hope of recovering their wallet and I hope this works.

Good luck to you my friend.

An archive is here: http://archive.is/YdVya

Hey, thanks! My first merits.

I'm finishing up a tool to make the process a little easier now. Will post here when it's ready.
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February 14, 2019, 04:15:38 AM
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Hello

can you help me to recover password from old multibit classic wallet?

Sure. Do you have the encrypted wallet file? What do you remember about the password if anything?
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February 14, 2019, 09:03:42 AM
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Hello

can you help me to recover password from old multibit classic wallet?

Sure. Do you have the encrypted wallet file? What do you remember about the password if anything?

Yes i have the encrypted wallet file only.  If i remember good the pass was 10-15 chars with spec characters, numbers etc...
Can you send me PM?

I'm not able to send PMs here yet. Feel free to contact me on telegram: https://t.me/Crackd3v
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