An anonymous individual using the Ethereum Name Service (ENS) pseudonym “nd4.eth” recently sent a substantial 2,500 ETH, equating to roughly $4.5 million, to a burn address. This incident, which transpired on July 26, has captivated the cryptocurrency community, prompting many to ponder the rationale behind this significant burn.
The occurrence came to light on August 6 when “degeneratewisdom”, a blockchain analyst, tweeted the query: “Can anyone on here explain this tx to me Looks like nd4.eth sent 2500 ETH to a dead address. Doesn’t look like a noob error either. Thoughts?”
This tweet thrust nd4.eth’s substantial 2500 ETH transfer to an inactive address into the spotlight, prompting speculation within the crypto community about the underlying intention behind this deliberate and seemingly calculated move.
The concept of “burning” tokens entails sending tokens to an address where they are rendered permanently unspendable, thereby diminishing the overall supply of the specific cryptocurrency. However, the reasoning behind nd4.eth’s decision to annihilate such a sizable sum of Ethereum remains veiled in obscurity.
Laurence Day, the innovator behind the Wildcat Protocol, infused an element of humour into the situation, tweeting, “If you didn’t arise this morning and express gratitude to nd4.eth for contributing to the ultrasound money narrative, I urge you to engage in profound introspection regarding your objectives.”
Delving deeper into the incident, analysts from the on-chain analysis company Lookonchain disclosed additional particulars about the persona behind nd4.eth.
“The guy who transferred 2,500 $ETH($4.58M) to a dead address on July 26th is a whale with 34,287 $GMX($1.84M) and 311,003 $GNS($1.43M). He spent 5,330 $DAI to buy $GMX and $GNS on July 29 and also transferred 34.9 $GMX ($1,989) and 600 $GNX ($2,733) to the dead address,” Lookonchain wrote on Monday.
While the exact motives of the address owner are still unknown, accidentally sending crypto or NFTs to a burn address has occurred before, albeit occasionally. Last March, an NFT collector called Brandon Riley accidentally sent his CryptoPunk #685, purchased for 77 ETH ($129,437), to a burn address while attempting to wrap it for trading on NFTfi. The irreversible error wiped out a third of Riley’s net worth. Although unrecoverable, Riley’s CryptoPunk was “resurrected” as a Bitcoin ordinal on the blockchain.
Last September, cryptocurrency exchange Kucoin accidentally sent a substantial amount of Ethereum (ETH), valued at tens of millions of dollars, to the Ethereum burn address. This unexpected move, spanning over three days and involving more than 3,500 USDT and ETH transactions, left the cryptocurrency community puzzled with the exact motive behind this burn remaining unknown.