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Optimism Exploit: 1 Million Of the Exploited 20 Million OP Moved to Vitalik Buterin’s Wallet

According to recent blockchain data, it seems Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum (ETH), has been awarded a portion of the recent exploit involving Optimism and Wintermute.

The blockchain data of the security firm PeckShield shows that the wallet of the exploiter of the 20 million OP has sent 1 million of the tokens to Buterin’s wallet.

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PeckShield tweeted, “#PeckShieldAlert ~1m $OP transferred to Vitalik Buterin from Wintermute/OP exploiters.”

The funds are worth about $874,000 at the time of press. This comes after the exploiter sold 1 million of the stolen tokens.

Additionally, the exploiter delegated the voting rights for the sent tokens to Yoav Weiss – a researcher at the Ethereum Foundation.

How the 20 Million OP Transaction Flop Happened

It can be recalled that Optimism recently completed its airdrop of the OP token, which provided OP to the earliest and most dedicated users of the layer 2 network. Over 50% of eligible addresses have now claimed their tokens.

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On Wednesday 8th of June 2022, Optimism intended to send 20 million OP tokens to the crypto market maker Wintermute. However, Wintermute’s transaction mistake involving layer 2 complexities cause them to lose access to the tokens.


After the error occurred, an attacker claimed the OP tokens, and all efforts to reach him have been abortive.

Wintermute has now taken full responsibility for the loss and even said they were impressed by the attacker’s performance.

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Tobi Loba
Tobi Loba
Tobi Loba is a passionate writer with a vast interest in the stock market. She joined the crypto ecosystem about three years ago and has written lots of ebooks and articles in relation to cryptocurrency and blockchain projects. Tobi Loba earned her degree at the University of Ibadan.

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