How Hard Is It to Brute Force a Bitcoin Private Key?

Trying to crack a private key with a brute force attack is a bit like trying to count to infinity: the sooner you begin, the faster you’ll never get there. Despite being as next to impossible as impossible gets, using a brute force attack to crack a bitcoin private key remains an intriguing idea for many.

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The Dream That Never Dies

For math geeks, key cracking is a question of statistical probability and for hopeless dreamers, a question of ambition. Long shots capture the imagination of simple mammalian minds, and for those who wish to rage against the odds, the lottery is a game for the faint of heart – the finest display of sheer dumb mathematical bravery is in trying to brute force Bitcoin.

On the Bitcointalk forum, a related thread from Jun 11, 2018, continues to garner replies to this day. In ‘BitCrack – A tool for brute-forcing private keys,’ board members disassemble the prospects of making a brute force breakthrough with software specially designed for that task, with the most sober minds strongly dismissing the quest as a wild goose chase.

An early response from user Coin-1 politely