DES MOINES, IA — Trying to access a seldom-used online account, Michael Richardson, 39, stunned the tech world today when he was unable to correctly guess his own login credentials.
“Does this one start with a capital?” Richardson muttered, trying to recall the password he himself created. “Or maybe it ends with one. Or, wait, is this the one that’s all numbers?”
After several unsuccessful login attempts, Richardson realized the issue might actually be his username, “Now that I think of it, I might have signed up with my work email.”
Word of this impenetrable username and password combination spread quickly to encryption specialists around the globe.
“This is an unprecedented level of digital security,” said Dr. Daniel Thurman, Ph.D., Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at MIT. “To devise a system capable of safeguarding data even from its owner. It’s not something I thought I’d see in my lifetime.”
Silicon Valley has also taken note of Richardson’s achievement.
“What Michael has accomplished has huge implications for the entire technology industry,” said Drew Sanders, President of Novawave, a prominent venture capital firm. “We’ll be watching his progress closely.”
At press time, Richardson had unintentionally triggered the account’s lock function, meaning he must now wait an unspecified amount of time before trying again to access his profile. Sources indicate he plans to use the “forgot password” feature to log in once enough time has elapsed.