- "Post Mortem — ETH and crvUSD Omnipool Exploits", Conic Finance Medium
Party Parrot team prepares to "vote" to allocate themselves 80% of initial offering funds, around $60 million
If the vote passes, and it likely will given the massive supply of tokens available to the team, the team will have just decided to distribute around $60 million in remaining funds to themselves, leaving $12 million to the token holders.
One commenter on the proposal described the move as "a pure financial crime". Another wrote, "The community has already explained in painstaking detail why we're not interested in this. The pro-rata value is an extreme lowball and fails to account for many of the team's misuses of the treasury without the community's consent. The team also prematurely unlocked the team and VCs' vesting tokens, so they are the majority token holders, making this vote meaningless and a total farce."
Conic Finance announced that they had disabled deposits on the front-end of their project, and were working to patch the vulnerable smart contract. The team also attempted to contact the exploiter via blockchain message, asking if they "would be open to discussing any potential next steps".
As a photo produced by a federal agency, NASA's image is not copyrighted. However, NASA policy outlines "strict laws and regulations", including that "NASA is not approving any merchandising applications involving Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), as they are not consistent with the categories of products the agency is approved to merchandise... NASA does not wish for its images to be used in connection with NFTs."
The NFTs don't seem to be exactly flying off the shelves. The collection contains 500 copies, and according to the website, only 55 have been sold in the week following the project's release, garnering Mrs. Trump $4,125.
According to the court filing, the Secret Service was authorized to seize up to $58.5 million after establishing there was probable cause for wire fraud, bank fraud, or money laundering. The affidavit describes "organized, international criminal money laundering syndicates operating cryptocurrency investment and other wire fraud scams" which allegedly fraudulently induced victims to "transfer money into shell companies, at which point the money underwent a series of transfers, generally ending overseas, designed to conceal the source, nature, ownership, and control of the funds".
The scheme reportedly involved fake crypto sites that tricked victims into depositing money under the belief that they were investing it. Like many such scams, the sites appeared to show victims' investments increasing in value, inducing them to deposit more funds. However, when they tried to withdraw, they found they could not.
The announcement referred to wanting to "design a game that's more in line with what the community has been asking for", a nod to the backlash from the Neopets community when the company decided to go web3. In September 2021, one of the most popular Neopets fan communities tweeted, "The Neopets community overwhelmingly rejects the new NFT cashgrab project. We're hard pressed finding someone outside of the NFT community that wants this."
Holders of Neopets NFTs seemed somewhat split on the announcement that the NFTs would remain tradable on secondary markets, but would not be incorporated into any game. Some described the project as a "rug", and were disappointed that the NFTs they'd purchased would never be useful in-game. "Once an NFT has no use, the price tends to tank", one person (accurately) remarked. Another commented that they'd always viewed the NFTs as little more than a collectible, and were satisfied with it never going beyond that.
Five men, including inspector in bankruptcy proceeding, charged with kidnapping "Crypto King" alleged scammer
As an inspector in the bankruptcy, Heywood would have had access to details from the investigation by the bankruptcy trustee. Heywood is, incidentally, also charged with threatening the trustee in an attempt to get him to pay out $2 million in crypto. Shortly before the alleged kidnapping, Pleterski stated in an interview for the bankruptcy proceedings that Heywood had been "still, by the way, uttering threats, and very dangerous, violent threats, to me over Instagram comment sections and text messages".
Heywood has told reporters he is innocent.
On July 14, a community manager wrote on Discord that "Hector Network ha[d] suffered significant damage to its ability to operate" after the Multichain collapse, and that the project faced a choice between liquidating the treasury and winding down or migrating to a new blockchain and trying to rebuild. The community chose the former.
According to a post on Discord, the winding-down process will likely take 6 to 12 months as the project appoints a liquidator, legal counsel, and auditor.
Soup was exposed by crypto sleuth zachxbt, who also described how the scammer had spent some of his ill-gotten funds on exclusive Roblox items that sell for "high 5 figs".