Crypto price crash caused by seven ‘whale’ traders, researchers find

A cryptocurrency crash that wiped $40 billion from traders’ holdings was caused by simply seven merchants, in accordance with new analysis.

Crypto analytics agency Nansen launched an in-depth report on the downfall of Terra’s LUNA and UST tokens earlier this month, debunking the narrative amongst some trade figures that the collapse was caused by a single entity.

“We refute the favored narrative of 1 ‘attacker’ or ‘hacker’ working to destabilise UST,” the report said.

“Our on-chain investigation revealed {that a} small variety of gamers recognized vulnerabilities early into the UST de-peg [to the US dollar].”

Between 7-11 May, these so-called “whales” appeared to lose religion in UST’s skill to stay pegged to the greenback, inflicting aggressive promoting of the token on crypto exchanges.

After failed makes an attempt from the Luna Foundation Guard – a non-profit set as much as oversee and safeguard the cryptocurrency – to stabilise the price of UST, extra holders determined to chop their losses and promote, inflicting the price to finally crash beneath $0.10.

The cryptocurrency’s demise contributed to its sister coin LUNA to drop by greater than 99 per cent in worth, falling from near $120 at its peak to only one ten thousandth of 1 cent.

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The crash contributed to a market-wide downturn, which noticed bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) and different main cryptocurrencies to fall to 18-month price lows.

Terra has since launched a brand new model of LUNA, named Terra 2.0, which it hopes can go some approach to compensate traders by airdropping them free tokens.

After launching on main crypto exchanges over the weekend, the revived token additionally skilled a price crash, dropping from near $20 to beneath $5 throughout the house of some hours.

Some of the unique LUNA traders shared tales on-line of promoting their new holdings of Terra 2.0 instantly after receiving them.

“Sold my accessible LUNA 2.0 airdrop,” one wrote on Twitter.

“I don’t see any basic right here and I see no matter I get as a bonus since I already wrote the whole lot off as a loss.”

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