If you’re one of the unlucky ones who lost the password to their Bitcoin portfolio, there’s a ray of hope in the universe.
Passware company has just announced the addition to its password cracking application, Passware Kit Forensic, of support for Blockchain.com and Bitcoin Core portfolios.
To do this, you need to have the file wallet.aes.json (for Blockchain.com portfolios) or wallet.dat (for Bitcoin Core portfolios), in order to run a brute force at the speed of 500,000 passwords per second on a single GPU.
This will be of interest to people who have lost their passwords, but also to law enforcement agencies that want to release Bitcoin funds in the context of seizures, or even to more malicious people :-(.
On the other hand, the price could slow you down as it is $995. But hey, if you have several dozen Bitcoins in your closed wallet, it might be worth investing. Even if there’s no guarantee of results.
Otherwise, there are also quite a few projects on Github that offer more or less the same with a little more beard. Now it’s up to you to dig.