How I Used Python to Steal Money

Michael Lynch (


One night, I saw an interesting post on a cryptocurrency forum. A user posted their 29-word passphrase, claiming that it was broken. The passphrase protected a wallet containing over $2,000 in cryptocurrency. Two hours later, my hastily-written Python scripts had cracked the passphrase, and I transferred the money to my own account. In this talk, I'll share the true story of how I pulled off this daring heist and why it was the most ethical course of action.

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