Trader loses 7-figure sum due to 0L Network hard fork

Over a million dollars worth of cryptocurrency was allegedly lost by an unfortunate trader due to the 0L Network hard fork.

Pseudonymous trader NN lost the amount as a result of the hard fork that was not approved by the community, according to a May 8 X post:

“The team behind @0LNetwork ($LIBRA) decided to hard fork because of a „rogue core“ member. This fork resulted in a wipeout of 4% of the total supply, also burning innocent people’s wallets, including tokens purchased almost 2 years ago.”

The pseudonymous trader said that he purchased 147 million Libra (LIBRA) tokens back in February 2023, worth approximately $1.47 million during the purchase, before he joined the protocol to assist with marketing efforts.

The Libra token’s value fell over 58% since May 3, to trade above $0.001 as of 12:35 p.m. in UTC, according to CoinGecko data.

Libra/USDT. Source: CoinGecko

According to NN, the team was already aware of the bug for over two years, with certain insiders abusing it. However, the team decided to ignore the issue due to the Libra token’s lack of value. The trader wrote:

“The team allowed this ‚malicious‘ act to persist for over 2 years. Only now, when the tokens gained significant value, did they decide to act. Meanwhile, many buyers, including myself, purchased OTC tokens fairly and are now suffering the consequences of unjust behavior by a team that did not take responsibility for their fault.”

Source: NN

The reason behind the hard fork was a smart contract bug that enabled insiders to unlock vested tokens faster, by distributing them across multiple wallets. However, the loophole is still present in the newest version, or V7 of 0L Network, according to the pseudonymous trader.

Instead of fixing the loophole, the team decided to fork out all the wallets that they considered to have exploited the loophole. NN claims that the team was “fully aware that innocent wallets would be affected,” since tracing back all the tokens was impossible. NN wrote:

“The blacklist was made internally, as a marketing team member, I couldn’t see the fork list. The list was generated by an algorithm designed by one of their own, Hemulin (0D’s right hand), who ironically had also exploited the loophole in the past.”

Despite buying tokens from six different validators, NN’s wallet was forked out due to a single validator that was considered rogue by the team. Other victims have also been treated unfairly and kicked out of the Discord group, according to the trader.

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The pseudonymous lead designer of 0L Network previously charged by the SEC?

While the identity of 0D, 0L Network’s pseudonymous lead developer, is unknown, multiple validators told NN that he could be Lucas Geiger, the founder of the OpenLibra project, who has previously been charged by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with fraudulent behavior.

Geiger is also the co-founder of the Wireline project, which raised $20 million in March 2018 for a decentralized peer-to-peer developer and business network. Despite the raise, no network was developed and the promised WRL ERC-20 tokens have yet to be distributed to investors.

In January 2021, the SEC issued a $650,000 fine against Wireline, for an unregistered securities offering and alleged fraud involving Wireline Developer Fund, the firm’s Cayman Islands-based subsidiary.

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