Gitcoin screws up transfer, sends $460K to unrecoverable address

    09 Oct 2023

    Gitcoin’s project lead said the snafu has resulted in nearly half a million dollars of funds being locked in a one-way contract address.

    Crypto developer platform Gitcoin has admitted to losing approximately $460,000 of Gitcoin (GTC) tokens after mistakenly sending the funds to an unrecoverable contract address.

    On Oct. 6, project lead CoachJonathan posted details of the incident on the Gitcoin governance forum. He said the transfer of GTC from the treasury was intended for a merchandise, memes and marketing budget proposal.

    However, rather than going to a multisignature address, it went to a GTC token contract instead.

    “This has rendered the funds stuck in the contract, with no way of recovering them,” he stated.

    A total of 521,440 GTC tokens were lost in the snafu. The coin was trading at just below $0.90 at the time, making the dollar loss an estimated $461,000.

    Following the transfer, Gitcoin core developers were contacted to explore whether the contract had a withdraw function or was upgradeable. It was confirmed that neither was an option, so the funds have been flagged as lost.

    In light of the incident, the team has shared plans to ensure such an error never happens again and to create clearer accountability if there is another incident.

    “Large token holders and multisig signers have a responsibility to be extra diligent when it comes to handling funds that do not belong to them (myself included),” CoachJonathan concluded.

    Gitcoin researcher Umar Khan commented on the forum that the DAO could consider the lost tokens a reduction in GTC supply rather than a loss of treasury funds.

    Observers said “Crypto UX is sadly really broken if this can happen,”

    Gitcoin is a platform to fund Web3 builders looking for open-source work. Project owners and developers can publish their projects, while donors can browse a list of projects and choose what they would like to fund.

    The price of GTC has fallen 1.1% over the past 24 hours and was trading at $0.889 at the time of writing. Moreover, the token is down a whopping 99% since its May 2021 all-time high of $89.62, according to CoinGecko.


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