Ethereum hoax led to $4B in losses


The price of cryptocurrency Ethereum dropped dramatically following news of its creator’s death. One problem: he wasn’t dead. A post on 4Chain claimed Vitalik Buterin — creator of blockchain technology Ethereum and currency Ether — died in a fatal car accident. Following news of what was later confirmed to be a hoax, the price of Ether went from $ 317 to $ 286 in moments, before bottoming out at around $ 216. Buterin dispelled any notion he was dead with a selfie. In it, he’s holding up blockchain-based data mined from days after his “death,” to prove was around. Still, this wiped out…

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