Samaritan developer returns $500,000 worth of Ethereum to rightful owner

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Drew Stone, a developer working on Edgeware, returned 2000 ETH ($500,000) to its rightful owner after the funds were mistakenly sent to the wrong smart contract on the Ethereum Mainnet.

Almost half a million dollars lost their way on the Ethereum Mainnet

The crypto industry has had a reputation problem since its inception, and the fact that it has been rife with theft, hacks, and all kinds of other security breaches and manipulation doesn’t help.

Drew Stone did something that went against this narrative. Edgeware developer Stone returned almost $500,000 worth of ether to its rightful owner. According to his Twitter feed, he did it by using an esoteric system designed by Ethereum developers.

Stone explained that he noticed a user had sent 2000 ETH to the Edgeware Lockdrop Ropsten contract. The transaction, however, happened on the Ethereum Mainnet instead of the Polkadot ecosystem. Data from Etherscan showed that the transaction was made on June 1 at 6:00 pm UTC.

After noticing the suspicious transaction, Drew found that the key used to create the transaction on Ropsten had never transacted on the Mainnet. This allowed him to create a Lockdrop Recovery contract at the same address. He explained that the specific way Ethereum addresses are computed allowed him to do this.

An honest mistake could have cost the user 2000 ETH

A recovery contract was instantiated with the sole goal of letting the owner of the 2000 ETH recover this cryptocurrency, Stone said in a tweet, adding that it was a very stressful ordeal. Nevertheless, he said he successfully returned the funds to its rightful owner and has even shared the recovery repo on his GitHub page.

The contract he shared allows developers to input the accounts and amounts of lost funds that can be recovered by their owners.

Stone warned users to be careful when sending cryptocurrencies. He said the mistake stemmed from the user not checking the address he had copied into his MyCrypto account. It turned out that the user didn’t change his target key when testing the Edgeware Lockdrop, which resulted in the funds being sent on the Ethereum Mainnet.

This isn’t the first time that an error could have cost a user his savings. In the last month alone, there have been two cases of user error that resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars being lost on crypto exchanges.

A user lost $400,000 paying over 17,000 times the market price of a token by pressing “Market Buy” on Binance earlier in May, while another trader paid almost $100,000 for a single litecoin the same week.

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Priyeshu is a software engineer who is passionate about machine learning and blockchain technology. He holds an engineering degree in Computer Science Engineering and is a passionate economist. He built his first digital marketing startup when he was a teenager, and worked with multiple Fortune 500 companies along with smaller firms. When he is not solving the transportation problems at his company, he can be found writing about the blockchain or roller skating with his friends.

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