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Megachurch Pastor: ‘I Have Been Accused of Many Things’

April 11, 2018 |

A pastor and former spiritual adviser to President Clinton has stepped down from one of the largest evangelical churches in the country over allegations of misconduct with women. Bill Hybels, 66, planned to retire from the Chicago-area megachurch he founded 43 years ago in October. But at Willow Creek’s Tuesday…
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Delta Air Lines and Sears say hundreds of thousands of customers’ information may have been exposed

April 8, 2018 |

Delta Air Lines, one of the world’s largest carriers, and retail giant Sears announced that payment information belonging to hundreds of thousands of their customers may have been compromised through an online chat service.

The service, operated by San Jose tech company [24]7.ai, was compromised…


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How to love like you’ve never been hurt

April 7, 2018 |

The world today is full of broken relationships and broken families.
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Facebook Data on 87 Million Users May Have Been Improperly Shared

April 4, 2018 |

Facebook says information on 87 million people may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica. The figure previously was reported to be roughly 50 million.
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Legendary Lost Gold May Have Been Found

March 24, 2018 |

It’s the stuff of legend: A wagon from the Union Army supposedly lost a huge cache of gold bars while en route from Wheeling, West Virginia, to the US Mint in Philadelphia in 1863. More than 150 years later, the FBI is overseeing a dig in a Pennsylvania state forest…
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Russian Businessman Found Dead in UK May Have Been Killed

March 17, 2018 |

London police are investigating the death of a Russian businessman as a murder after a postmortem examination suggested he may have been strangled by hand or ligature, the Guardian reports. Nikolai Glushkov was found dead Monday in his London home after he failed to show up in court to defend…
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Stormy Daniels’ Lawyer Says She’s Been Threatened

March 16, 2018 |

If you didn’t think the Stormy Daniels saga could get more sensational, think again. As President Trump’s legal team reportedly tries to halt the adult-film actress’s 60 Minutes interview—tentatively scheduled to air March 25, per the Washington Post —a new revelation from her lawyer adds another layer to the…
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Cops: Shot 9-Year-Old Might Have Lived Had Parents Been Home

March 13, 2018 |

A criminal complaint says a 9-year-old Milwaukee girl who was accidentally shot and killed by her brother might have survived if she had received prompt medical attention, the AP reports. The document says the girl and her five siblings, ranging in age from 1 to 10, were home alone with…
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$500 Million Has Been Mistakenly Sent to Ethereum’s Genesis Address

March 5, 2018 |

$  500 Million Has Been Mistakenly Sent to Ethereum’s Genesis Address

Genesis blocks hold a symbolism that’s almost spiritual. They represent the birth of a new cryptocurrency, and when that currency flourishes, its foundation stone – the maiden block to have been mined –  is referenced reverentially. Ethereum’s first address is a memorable one: 0x followed by 40 zeroes. It’s also a dangerous one that has been the unintended recipient of $ 6 million in ether and over $ 500 million in ERC20 tokens.

Also read: People Keep Sending Satoshi Nakamoto Bitcoin

The Genesis Address That Keeps on Getting

Atheism and tech-savviness are synonymous, yet when it comes to cryptocurrencies, the religious undertones are strong. From the schisms caused by hard forks to the opposing dogma espoused by big and little blockers, crypto is basically god for geeks. As news.Bitcoin.com previously reported, people have been sending BTC to bitcoin’s genesis address for years as a way of acknowledging Satoshi. They’ve also been doing the same with Ethereum’s genesis address, not to acknowledge the genius of Vitalik Buterin and co, but simply due to user error.

0x0000000000000000000000000000000000000000 is an easy address to remember. It’s also an easy one to enter by mistake. All it takes is one fat finger on the zero button and your ERC20 tokens are winging their way to an address where they are destined to remain for all eternity. It doesn’t help that some wallets used to default to this address until they’d been configured. “Is there any way to get the golem I sent to [the genesis address] back?” asks one Reddit user. “I was transfering my tokens from my ethereum wallet to my ledger nano s and forgot to input an address before hitting send. Ethereum wallet apparently sends to [the genesis address] as a default. Has this happened to anyone else?”

$  500 Million Has Been Mistakenly Sent to Ethereum’s Genesis Address
Some of the tokens locked inside ethereum’s genesis address

A Token Offering to the Ethereum Gods

Another anguished user claims to have sent their entire savings of 1,493 ETH there in error. In total, the genesis address has received over 750 transactions in three years, and today holds over 7,000 ETH, worth $ 6 million, and more than 200 ERC20 tokens worth a staggering $ 517 million. Some of these tokens were airdrops deliberately sent to public ETH addresses, and others were deliberately ‘burnt’ by being sent to this address, making is difficult to ascertain the precise number of ERC20 tokens sent in error, over and above the $ 6 million in ETH that has been sent. In its earliest days, the address was mostly sent ether, including transactions of 100 ETH at a time, back when the cryptocurrency was cheap. Then, as ethereum projects began to take off, the stream of ETH gave way to ERC20 tokens.

$  500 Million Has Been Mistakenly Sent to Ethereum’s Genesis Address
Vitalik Buterin

Today, that address holds 33,000 Aeternity, almost half a million BAT, 9.5 million Bytom, 750,000 Golem, and many more. While the BTC sent to Bitcoin’s genesis block are believed to be irretrievable due to a combination of its architecture and Satoshi’s disappearance, that’s not the case with ethereum. Should the project’s founders still have access to the private key for this address, it may be possible to set up a smart contract that automatically returns anything sent to it. Due to its unusual numerology, however, it is believed to be virtually impossible to generate a private key for this address, hence its popularity for ‘proof of burn’ projects. Meanwhile, the genesis address will continue to absorb tokens on a regular basis, much to the anguish of their unwitting senders.

Do you think the Ethereum team should return these funds, or is it the obligation of users to double check before they send? Let us know in the comments section below.


Images courtesy of Shutterstock. This article was updated to note the difficulty associated with generating a private key for this address.


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We’ve Been Thinking About Diabetes All Wrong: Study

March 2, 2018 |

More than 30 million Americans have diabetes, but a study published Thursday in the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology concludes we’ve been thinking about the disease all wrong. The BBC reports diabetes is typically separated into type 1—an immune system disease—and type 2—mostly seen as the result of…
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