I was going through the process of recovering my wallet with my seed and to my horror I noticed that one of my words written down wasn’t a valid seed word.
I set about trying every combination until I got into my wallet. I got in quite quickly with a word that looks just like the word I had written down. However, I noticed that with my passphrase, it opens a completely new wallet. At first I thought it was my passphrase, so I tried a million other possibilities with no luck.
So next, I went back to iterating through other possibilities for my incorrect seed word and found that another one worked too. Since it is a statistical impossibility that I’d randomly accessed 2 different wallets with recovery seeds differing only by 1 word, I figure this has to be some sort of glitch with trezor? Particularly because this doesn’t seem to be my wallet either!
So, I now have access to at least one wallet that is not my own - each random seed differing by one word.
Any thoughts on this topic would be great but specifically, here are my questions.
If a 24 word random seed is valid, does that mean it’s necessarily a trezor wallet or could it be another branded BTC wallet?
Is there some kind of safety mechanism with trezor devices that creates a new wallet with whatever random seed you enter after a certain number of incorrect recovery attempts?
If the answer to (1) is yes, it’s necessarily trezor. This surely has to be a glitch or at least negligently non-random generation algorithm used to generate seeds?
Or is this just the most unlikely coincidence in history?