The New Zealand cryptocurrency exchange, Cryptopia, which fell to its doom due to a security breach that occurred earlier this year, continues to stay in the headlines. The attacker, who almost drained the exchange’s entire Ethereum wallets, has been transferring the stolen funds since the beginning of the day.
Whale Alert, a Twitter account that tracks the large sum of cryptocurrency transactions for all the top coins, has been tracking the movements of all coins compromised to recent hacks. A few minutes ago, the social media account showed that large sum of Ethereum tokens was further being moved to a different wallet. A total of four different transactions were completed, with around 29770.7290449 ETH [over $7 million] were transferred within 15 minutes.
Notably, all the ETH from the wallet d96ba527be241c2c31fd66cbb0a9430702906a2a was transferred tod4e79226f1e5a7a28abb58f4704e53cd364e8d11, draining all the cryptocurrency from the initial wallet. More so, the attacker first transferred a 1 ETH before making huge transactions.
This was not the first transaction of the day; the hacker transferred a small chunk of ETH earlier today and ERC20 tokens were also moved to different exchanges.
WhaleAlert reported on Twitter that around $7.67 million worth of Ethereum was transferred to an unknown wallet.
#ETH (7,740,465 USD) transferred from Cryptopia Hack to unknown wallet […] The recent Cryptopia Hack transfer very likely went to a #Huobi deposit wallet. From there it has probably been sold for other coins.”
While another report by Coinfirm stated that the exchange’s ERC20 tokens, 0x Project [ZRX], Kyber Network [KNC] and Power Ledger [POWR], were being transferred to major cryptocurrency exchanges.
MisterCandyMan had stated on Twitter,
“This is a problem though because they’re never gonna be able to identify the hacker!”
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Coin Metrics data reveals inaccuracies in Kik’s claim of being as dominant as BTC, ETH blockchains
Upon investigating Kik’s claims in response to SEC’s lawsuit filed earlier this month, CoinMetric data reported inconsistencies in the on-chain activity and adoption rate of its native token, Kin.
In a study dubbed, “An Analysis of Kin’s On-Chain Activity,” the crypto-asset elaborated on the two assertions made by Kik in its letter to the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
Kik’s first claim was regarding its blockchain activity. Its in-house token, Kin, supposedly exceeded Ether and Bitcoin to record the fifth highest daily blockchain activity. This was debunked by CoinMetric’s investigation after taking into account its “Operation Count” [the same metric used by Kik to support their claim] and “Transfer Value.”
In terms of the Operation Count, the report explained,
“According to Kik’s source for the metric, “blockchain activity” is defined as “the number of operations on the blockchain in the last 24 hours.” Operations are broadly defined as any type of action that could be recorded on chain. But operations are not standardized across blockchains which makes comparing across chains difficult.”
Besides, drawing parallel comparisons across blockchains with radically different use cases and operations is difficult.
Although Kik’s original research showed a high number of account creations, Coin Metrics data revealed that many of these accounts were empty.
Additionally, Kin’s “create account” operation has a fee of .001 Kin. The report highlighted that a metric such as “operations count” for the purpose of blockchain activity cannot be used as a measurement tool since Bitcoin and Ethereum blockchains do not track account creations on-chain.
In terms of Transfer of Value, the report elaborated,
“Theoretically, high daily transfer value should signify high activity. But transfer value is often quite noisy, especially on low fee blockchains where there are minimal costs to sending transactions. Some transfers might simply be users moving money around between addresses they own”
Instead, Coin Metrics contrived “adjusted transfer value” metric to eliminate what it called, “noise and certain artifacts like self-sends, or deliberate spammy behavior.” Coin Metric noted that this gives a clearer picture of the on-chain activity, resulting in a decreased transfer value when compared to other blockchains, even if it had a high number of daily blockchain operations.
Additionally, Kin’s average transaction value was also low, when compared to other blockchains. For the first claim, Coin Metrics concluded that the Kin platform had more micro-transactions than Bitcoin and other dominant blockchains, while highlighting the fact that the latter blockchains are not primarily used for such transactions.
Regarding Kik’s second claim that said that over 300,000 users were earning and spending Kin as a currency, Coin Metrics assessed its blockchain usage. The number of addresses is not necessarily equal to the number of users since a single user could have multiple addresses. Hence, Coin Metrics took the number of active users into account, which the report defined as “the number of unique addresses that were active in the network [either as a recipient or originator of a ledger change] during that day.” The report noted,
“Kin 2 has significantly more originating active addresses than Kin 3. Although Kin is in the process of migrating to Kin 3, it appears that Kik is using data from the Kin 2 chain to support their claims about usage.”
Further, Kin 2 and Kin 3 had more active addresses that received payments than originated payments, which meant that there were more “earners” on Kin than “spenders,” also noting that only 35,000 addresses held over 10,000 kin [nearly $0.23]. The report added that the figures are lower than other blockchains which have a minimum of 1,000,000 addresses with at least $1.
After examining multiple critical aspects, Coin Metrics concluded that Kin fell below dominant blockchains in terms of daily active addresses, despite maintaining steady growth. It said,
“A majority of Kin’s active addresses have small account balances. While this makes sense for a network built around micropayments, when viewed across multiple metrics, our data show that Kin is not more widely used than dominant chains such as Bitcoin or Ethereum.”
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