A creator of the Cosmos-based Juno blockchain made a copy-paste blunder that resulted in $36 million in crypto being sent to an unreachable blockchain address.
An estimated $36 million worth of JUNO tokens were taken from the wallet of Takumi Asano, a whale (or “big holder”) suspected of gaming a community airdrop.
No one could access an address where funds were unintentionally delivered instead of being transmitted to a wallet where Juno token holders could vote on how to spend them.
According to Andrea Di Michele, a co-founder of JUNO, when he handed the developers the [Unity] smart contract address, he pasted the address while placing the transaction hash below it.
When he did not give the transaction hash, the smart contract address and the transaction hash were mistakenly linked.
Dimi claims that instead of copying the wallet address, the developers copied the transaction hash instead. A portion of Juno’s blockchain now contains the confiscated money, which can no longer be accessed.
Surprisingly, none of JUNO’s 125 validators noticed that the Unity address had been put erroneously in the field. Validators” must verify each transaction, which is encoded in a “block,” before it can be added to the chain.
There are techniques to reverse transactions in the past, but they aren’t easy to implement. Due to the fact that JUNO is a Proof-of-Stake chain, it may be simpler for its developers to address the issue. If the majority of token holders choose to modify the blockchain transactions, then a software upgrade and a change in direction may be required. However, it is expected to take at least a week to implement a solution.