AntPool to Return 83 BTC Fee to Person Who Signs Message From the Compromised Wallet

“On November 23rd, some user submitted 83 BTC as a gas fee. The risk control system of ANTPOOL temporarily froze the fee when packaging the transaction. Please contact us before 00:00 (UTC+8) on December 10, 2023 and verify personal identity in the following way. After verification, ANTPOOL will refund the fee,” reads the message from the KYC mining pool.AntPool’s verification methodology.Earlier this week, the alleged owner of the wallet that sent the record transaction came forward to admit that this wallet address (the same one that AntPool refers to in the announcement) has been compromised.”This is a woefully inadequate way to verify the rightful owner of those coins. Especially in light of the claims of a compromised wallet. So while this might sound like good news for @83_5BTC, there’s a serious risk that AntPool ends up returning the overpaid fees to the hacker, not the victim (especially if they just send it right back to the allegedly compromised address),” commented @mononaut on the situation.

The most grimly entertaining outcome would be that AntPool returns the fee to the same address…

…and the same automated script pays another 50 BTC in fees to steal it all over again.

So that’s probably what will happen 🍿

— mononaut (@mononautical) November 30, 2023

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