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Rogue Developers Perpetrate Heist Within Pepecoin Team, Resulting in Multi-Million Dollar Loss



Startling revelations have emerged regarding a group of rogue developers within the Pepecoin team, allegedly responsible for orchestrating an unprecedented series of transfers from the token's multisig wallet last week. The aftermath of their actions has left the project reeling from a multi-million-dollar loss in the form of pilfered pepe coin (PEPE), as revealed by an insider on X, formerly known as Twitter.


"Since its inception, PEPE has regrettably been plagued by internal conflicts, attributed to a faction within the team driven by inflated egos and insatiable greed," stated a developer who now asserts control over the initiative in a tweet. "Persistent disputes have marred progress, and the majority of those involved in PEPE's creation have distanced themselves since its inception."


During the course of the past week, a staggering sum of over 16 trillion Pepe tokens (equivalent to $15 million) were illicitly channeled to prominent crypto exchanges, including OKX, Binance, Kucoin, and Bybit, before being promptly liquidated. This orchestrated maneuver has consequently led to a nearly 20% decline in the valuation of the distinctive frog-themed tokens, as confirmed by the implicated team member.


Investigative efforts previously brought to light concerning modifications in the oversight of transaction approvals within a developer-associated wallet on the blockchain. The initial requirement necessitating the authorization of five out of eight wallets for transaction validation had, alarmingly, been amended to merely two out of eight.


This marked the maiden instance in which the project's multisig wallet – custodian of 26 trillion tokens from an overall supply of 420 trillion – executed transfers involving the meme coin.


Nonetheless, the current custodians of the initiative have expressed remorse through their X posts, articulating their intentions to foster expansion and, ultimately, achieve complete decentralization over the coming months.


"I have engaged in discussions with the proprietors of various web domains and usernames, exploring the potential acquisition for PEPE. Upon finalizing any of these potential acquisitions or receiving PEPE donations from the multi-sig, I shall proceed to permanently retire the residual multi-sig tokens," they affirmed. The term "burns" alludes to the irrevocable removal of tokens from circulation.


Pepe had notably soared to a pinnacle market capitalization of $1.8 billion in mid-May 2023, emerging as one of the year's standout success stories despite prevailing market pessimism. This meteoric rise was accompanied by trading volumes that surpassed even those of established meme coins like dogecoin (DOGE) and shiba inu (SHIB).


However, industry analysts have recurrently sounded the alarm over the early behavior of pepecoin traders and the conspicuous absence of retail participants. A salient risk arises from the pronounced concentration of tokens in the hands of a few, rendering price dynamics susceptible to the decisions of a select group of investors.


"The constrained reservoir of net liquidity has transformed the situation into a high-stakes musical chairs scenario," divulged Rafe Tariq, Senior Quant at SingularityDAO, in a research memorandum issued in June. "Everyday investors are enticed by visions of substantial gains, but the reality remains that only a small faction will depart with profits, leaving the majority to contend with losses."

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