Uniswap developer AzFlin has admitted to creating the FRENS token but has argued what he did doesn't constitute a rug pull.
Uniswap dev loses job, was it worth it?
A Uniswap developer known as “AzFlin” has been sacked by the founder of Uniswap Labs, Hayden Adams, for allegedly creating a memecoin and rug pulling it a few hours later for 14 wrapped-Ether (wETH), worth $25,800.
It is understood that AzFlin developed and deployed FrensTech token (FRENS) on Coinbase’s new layer 2 blockchain Base on Aug 12 before selling the tokens raised from the liquidity shortly after.
Adams publicly confirmed the sacking of AzFlin, adding that such behaviour is neither supported nor condoned at Uniswap Labs.
Wanted to let people know this person is no longer with the company.— hayden.eth (@haydenzadams) August 12, 2023
Not behavior we support or condone. https://t.co/sxVowwIR3Q
The developer has mocked the situation at hand with a series of light-hearted posts along with a new X (formerly Twitter) cover photo.
AzFlin, however, claims that no rug pull was committed.
“I bought that $FRENS used to provide LP with my OWN money from the dev wallet, so I am entitled to do as I please with it. This FUD is outrageous,” they said on Aug. 12.
Not everyone is buying into AzFlin’s story though, with some applauding Adams’ decision to fire AzFlin for the alleged action:
Hayden Adams' decision to terminate employee AzFlin is highly necessary and demonstrates his commitment to upholding Uniswap's reputation and ethical standards. Developing a meme token and then exploiting access to transfer and sell tokens from the liquidity pool is a morally…— KEVIL KOLS NETWORK (@KevilCrypto) August 13, 2023
Zuckerberg calls out Musk for dodging cage fight
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg says it's “time to move on” from any talks of a potential cage fight between him and Elon Musk, accusing the Tesla CEO of making excuses and dragging his feet on any solid plans.
Zuckerberg explained in an Aug. 13 Threads post that Musk isn’t “serious” about a real fight because Musk has dragged on giving any potential dates for the bout.
“I think we can all agree Elon isn’t serious and it’s time to move on.” Zuckerberg added:
“Elon won’t confirm a date, then says he needs surgery, and now asks to do a practice round in my backyard instead.”
Zuckerberg — who has helped re-shaped Meta’s investment focus on the Metaverse and artificial intelligence — said that he will be ready for a fight whenever Musk “gets serious” about a real date and official event.
The Meta CEO said he will continue to focus on competing with those who take the sport seriously for the meantime.
Donald Trump holds Ethereum and NFTs
The statement, which was filed to the United States Office of Government Ethics on April 14, lists “cryptocurrency wallet (Ethereum)” as one of Trump’s investments, according to the 82-page form.
The investment may possibly be linked to Trump’s several nonfungible token (NFT) collections which have hit the market on several occasions between 2022 and 2023.
Trump’s NFT venture is expected to rake in between $100,000 and $1 million, according to the financial statement.
Despite the cryptocurrency and NFT investments, the billionaire businessman has voiced his skepticism towards the industry in the past, labeling Bitcoin (BTC) as a “scam” and cryptocurrencies more broadly as “potentially a disaster waiting to happen” in Aug. 2021.
Trump is once again in the running to become the next U.S. President in the upcoming 2024 Presidential Election.
Steadefi hacker turns to Tornado Cash
The exploiter of decentralized finance protocol Steadefi has transferred 100 Ether (ETH), worth about $185,000 to cryptocurrency mixing protocol Tornado Cash, according to blockchain security firm CertiK.
CertiK explained on Aug. 13 that the hacker still holds $786,000 (424 ETH) connected to the Steadefi exploit, which took place on Aug. 7.
#CertiKSkynetAlert— CertiK Alert (@CertiKAlert) August 13, 2023
We have seen EOA 0xe10d deposit 100 ETH (~$185K) into @TornadoCash.
The EOA, which still holds 424 ETH ($786k), is connected to the exploit on @steadefi on August 7.
See more on Skynet https://t.co/4HOEg2PJ1k
A total of $334,000 was drained directly from Steadefi, with total losses amounting to over $1.1 million, according to some estimates.
Tornado Cash has served as a tool for hackers attempting to obfuscate the money trail and cash out the stolen funds.
On Aug. 8, 2022, the United States Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) sanctioned Ethereum and USD Coin (USDC) addresses connected to the privacy tool.
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