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FTX Exploiter swaps 50K ETH to BTC swap sparking concern for Ethereum as ETH dips 3%


On Nov. 20, the FTX Exploiter account began to start shifting the stolen funds once again — totaling 50,000 Ethereum (ETH) valued at an estimated $60 million.

Spread roughly across a four-hour window, the hacker first shifted 5000 ETH, then 10,000 ETH twice, and then finally a further 25,000 ETH to another wallet.

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Source: Arkham Intelligence

Funds bridged from ETH to renBTC

With $60 million in ETH on the new ‘0x866’ wallet, the FTX Exploiter then began bridging portions of the 50,000 ETH using RenBridge, the blockchain bridging platform backed by Alameda Research.

The FTX Exploiter continued to swap the majority of the 50,000 ETH into renBTC and bridged a total of 692 renBTC.

Currently, at press time, the ‘0x866’ wallet holds almost 10 ETH and 0.092 renBTC which combine for a total value of around $13,000.

Concerns surrounding Ethereum

In light of the 50,000 ETH to renBTC bridging event today, concerns have begun to resonate on Twitter regarding the state of Ethereum, as seen below — explained by the founder of YCC, Duo Nine.

The concern expressed by Duo Nine prompted a number of responses, them too displaying worries surrounding Ethereum ranging from SEC regulation, centralization, and ETH supply locked up.

While mainly speculation, the one accurate concern pointed out by the Twitter user, Oracle, is the movement toward a ‘censored’ Ethereum blockchain system — as covered earlier this week.

Standing at 78.18% at press time, the total daily average of Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) compliant blocks on the Ethereum blockchain steadily continues to rise.

The price of Ethereum fell below $1,200 on the day to a low of $1,155, a drop of 3% from the weekend high of $1,233.

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