Optimism Hacker Sends 1 Million Tokens to Vitalik Buterin

Optimism hacker has sent 1 million $OP tokens to Vitalik Buterin worth around $874,000.
Optimism Hacker Sends 1 Million Tokens to Vitalik Buterin Feature

The hacker who sniped 20 million Optimism (OP) Tokens last week after a mistake by token partner Wintermute has sent 1 Million Token to the Ethereum wallet of Vitalik Buterin.

Optimism is a layer-2 scaling solution for Ethereum, and OP tokens are native to its new DAO.

Wintermute, a liquidity provider, partnered with Optimism to streamline the trading of OP tokens and facilitate airdrops.

The liquidity provider sent 20 million OP tokens to a multi-signature address, later discovered to be a layer-1 Ethereum multi-sig wallet that had yet to be deployed to the Optimism mainnet. As a result, the account and funds became inaccessible.

Wintermute planned a recovery operation, but a hacker beat them to it by exploiting the opportunity to successfully infiltrate and steal all 20 million tokens worth about $35 million.

The hacker then sold off 1 million of the tokens, even after law enforcement threats, and held on to the remaining 19 million. After remaining silent for over a week, the hacker has since sent 1 million tokens, worth around $874,000, to the public wallet Vitalik Buterin.

Optimism has made several positive headlines in the past few weeks, barring this mishap that has tarnished its image to some extent.

Disclaimer
All articles published on Coinmash are strictly for informational purposes only. Any action that is taken from reading content published on this website is done at your own risk. 

About the Author
James Satoshi
James Satoshi
James is a leader in Web3, NFTs, & DeFi. You'll spot him covering all topics through-out Coinmash - some say he's so good he doesn't even seem real.