According to Etherscan, one of the wallets owned by the Bitfinex crypto exchange paid about $23.7 million in fees. At the same time, the transaction amount was 100,000 USDT.
This "small mistake" was reported by the team of the decentralized exchange DeversiFi, which appeared in 2019 with the support of Bitfinex. According to representatives of DEX, the deal was initiated through their platform, which offers access to DeFi-protocols without charging gas fees. All these amounts were paid by one of the main Bitfinex wallets, which this time paid a colossal commission of almost $24 million.
In their Twitter account, the team soon recorded the exact time of the deposit transaction. It was executed at 11:10 UTC with the use of a hardware wallet and UI DeversiFi with erroneously inflated gas charges.
Now, apparently, the developers of DeversiFi have a long "work on the bugs" to find out the root cause of what happened. DEX employees said that their clients' funds were not affected as a result of the incident, and the error was called solely an “internal problem of the exchange”, subject to detailed analysis.
The deal was processed using the latterly activated EIP-1559 update, and the transaction itself was the result of the interaction of the smart contract with the amount in USDT equivalent sent to one crypto wallet before it was posted through DeversiFi. Based on the information from Etherscan, the transaction was added by an anonymous miner, who today ranks ninth in the list of the largest miners in terms of the number of mined blocks over the past 7 days.
It is also interesting that as a result of the error, the base commission was no more than $25, while the rest of the commission of $23.7 million was a reward for the miner. Jokes immediately appeared on the network that the crypto community has finally found the perfect way to launder money, and it is difficult to disagree with them.
DeversiFi said it will report the results of an internal investigation as soon as they manage to understand the reason for the loss of money.
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