Over the weekend, a staggering $35 million worth of various tokens was snatched from Atomic Wallet, a centralized storage and wallet service. Bitcoin, Ethereum, Tether, Dogecoin, Litecoin, BNB coin, and Polygon—tokens galore were swiped, leaving many in disbelief. But the affected users represent less than 1% of Atomic Wallet's active users. Atomic Wallet is on the case, investigating and analyzing the attack, with their trusty team working to uncover the details. To aid in their investigations, victims have been asked to share information through a Google Docs form. But the stolen crypto is already on the move to the crypto mixer sinbad.io, as reported by blockchain compliance analytics firm, Elliptic. Their investigations team has followed the digital breadcrumb trail, tracing the funds from the Atomic Wallet hack, but here's where it gets intriguing — sinbad.io has a shady past, allegedly laundering over $100 million stolen by North Korea's Lazarus Group.
And to add another layer of drama, sinbad.io, is believed to be a rebranded version of blender.io, a mixer previously sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department. However, Atomic Wallet's team is on the case, doing everything they can to recover the funds.
Illuvium, the blockchain game developer, has joined forces with the iconic video game retailer GameStop! Introducing the 'Illuvitars' NFT collection, a stunning lineup of 20,000 dynamic and collectible works of art! Each Illuvitar is a unique avatar with its own expression and power rating.
But, there's more!
The exclusive 'GameStop x Illuvitar D1SK NFT' comes with a GameStop-branded Illuvitar, offering 108 potential combinations! You can trade your D1SKs on the Illuvi decentralized exchange and unlock early access to thrilling creature collectors games like Illuvium Overworld and Illuvium Arena!
Remember, GameStop chose Immutable X to power their NFT marketplace, and now they're taking it to the next level with Illuvium! So gear up, gamers, and dive into this incredible world of NFTs and gaming excitement!
Mark your calendars for June 12 when the Illuvitars collection launches. Let the adventure begin!
Next, we have the exciting story of Tether's investment in building a Bitcoin mining farm in El Salvador that showcases the combination of the power of stablecoins, renewable energy, and Bitcoin mining.
Tether, the popular stablecoin issuer, has made a significant investment in a startup called Volcano Energy, with big plans to build a massive Bitcoin mining farm in the beautiful country of El Salvador. Tether revealed its backing of Volcano Energy's first round of funding, valued at an impressive $250 million. This shows Tether's commitment to strategic diversification and supporting innovative projects like Volcano Energy.
The goal of Volcano Energy is to raise a whopping $1 billion to fund the construction and operation of this extraordinary Bitcoin mining farm. The planned Bitcoin mining farm will have a total capacity of 241 megawatts, with 169 megawatts generated from photovoltaic solar energy and an additional 72 megawatts from wind energy.
SKALE is one of the world's fastest blockchains, designed for fast, secure, user-centric Ethereum scaling. Today, SKALE developers announced a SKALE Improvement Proposal, named the Levitation Protocol, a fully-decentralized ZK scaling solution designed to revolutionize the world of zero-knowledge proofs by enabling a full host of ZK solutions to connect seamlessly into the SKALE Architecture with rollup connectivity to the Ethereum Mainnet.
The proposal includes a further ecosystem upgrade with a new "Layer 1 Megachain" called SKALE G (G for Ganymede, the largest moon in the solar system) fortified by ZK Rollups. Skale Network plans to release a public testnet for Levitation later this year, with the official launch scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2023
Chris Sharp, CTO of Blockdaemon and a validator of the Skale Network, highlighted that "By marrying SKALE's instant finality to the added security of a novel layer 2 ZK approach, SKALE offers developers a platform for building new, decentralized applications. Not only will they be able to use app-specific chains, but also ZK roll-ups, and SKALE-G, an innovation that we are excited to see grow the blockchain ecosystem."
Stay tuned for announcements of upcoming online events such as CryptoZombies Live Workshops and special guest online meetups.