Bitcoin (BTC) mining pool AntPool mentioned it might refund 83 BTC, greater than $3 million, an unknown person had paid as fuel charges for a transaction, in line with a Nov. 30 assertion.
On Nov. 23, CryptoSlate Perception reported that BTC block 818,087, mined by AntPool, had seen charges exceeding 85 Bitcoin. Studies later revealed that one person had mistakenly paid 83.6 BTC for a single transaction, setting a brand new report for a transaction charge on the blockchain community.
In its replace, AntPool mentioned its threat management system detected the exorbitant charge throughout transaction processing, prompting the pool to freeze it briefly. The pool urged the rightful proprietor of the funds to contact them earlier than Dec. 10 to confirm their identification.
“The danger management system of ANTPOOL briefly froze the charge when packaging the transaction. Please contact us earlier than 00:00 (UTC+8) on December 10, 2023 and confirm private identification.”
The mining pool requested that the fund proprietor ought to put together a signing software like Electrum or Bitcoin Core that might be used to signal the message “AntPool” through the personal key of the BTC tackle that despatched the transaction.
The fund proprietor should additionally ship the signed textual content to the mining pool’s assist electronic mail tackle.
Final week, a claimant, recognized as 83_5BTC, emerged on the social media platform X (previously Twitter).
83_5BTC asserts possession of the pockets that incurred the substantial transaction charge, saying:
“I created a brand new chilly pockets, transferred 139BTC to it and it acquired transferred out to a different pockets instantly. I can solely think about that somebody was operating a script on that pockets and that the script had a bizarre charge calculation.”
Issues had been raised in regards to the declare’s authenticity, because it may contain a compromised pockets. Nonetheless, the claimant signed a message proving the funds belonged to them.
Notable figures throughout the group, together with Mempool pseudonymous developer Mononaut, had been in a position to confirm this declare independently.