Over half a million dollars (ETH 3,990 worth over USD 590,000) was spent as a transaction fee in sending approximately ETH 0.17 ETH – a mere USD 25 worth as at press time.
The transactions did take place in a series of 5 transfers from a currently unknown wallet address to 3 different wallet addresses, each with exorbitant transaction fees considering the amount of Ether that was being transferred.
The first transaction was a transfer of 0.01ETH, with a fee of 210 ETH;
The second transaction was a transfer of 0.02 ETH with a fee of 420 ETH;
The third transaction was a transfer of 0.1 ETH with a fee of 2,100 ETH;
The fourth transaction was a transfer of 0.02 ETH with a fee of 420 ETH;
The fifth transaction was a transfer of 0.02 ETH with a fee of 840 ETH.
The blockchain space is conversant with transaction fees peaking at different points in time, much more frequent on the Bitcoin network. Besides, a recent report suggested that Bitcoin transactions are healthy over the network as fees touched 2014 lows again.
Nonetheless, this anomaly doesn’t seem to be a general problem on the Ethereum network as only this account was reportedly affected. Besides, so far, the highest network fees recorded to date on the Ethereum network is USD 5.
While so many blanks are yet to be filled, however, the wallet seems to have had over 17,690 transactions logged as at press time and has been running for close to 3 months. More so, this anomaly occurred only today throughout its history. Could it be a network or software glitch or a developer’s error, probably while executing a program on Ethereum’s mainnet?
It remains to be known what may have caused the abnormal fees sent.
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