In the last few hours, a record-breaking transaction has taken place, the most expensive in the history of the Ethereum blockchain. In terms of amount, it can be compared to the famous BTC spent on the purchase of 2 pizzas.
In fact, when checking details on Etherscan, it is possible to see that the transaction was just 0.55 Ethereum (ETH) and therefore 133 dollars, the fee paid was 10633 ETH, about 2.5 million dollars.
From what can be seen, a gas limit of 21 thousand ETH has been set, which suggests that one of the following errors has been made:
- the transaction field was reversed with the cost of the gas;
- it was done on purpose to exploit this system for money laundering.
When checking the address it is possible to see thousands of transactions carried out, so based on the amount of transactions it is possible to deduce that there is a BOT that is carrying out many ETH transactions: in fact, we are talking about an address that has more than 46 thousand ETH, hence more than 11 million dollars.
Moreover, examining this address, we can that it was created recently and that it has constantly received funds that it continues to divide into a series of smaller addresses.
This pattern is found when criminals decide to divide a figure that would be too big to handle, creating thousands of addresses and then liquidating minimum amounts so as not to be noticed and thus remain undetected.
In fact, many transactions are going to different exchanges, such as Bithumb and also in the contract of the Tether (USDT) stablecoin.
We are certainly not in the presence of a random transaction, it is very likely that it was done intentionally.
One hypothesis is that the transaction was sent to a proprietary node but without spreading it and putting it in each block so as to be sure to retrieve it.