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OpenSea ‘unaware’ of any involvement of former exec in $60M rug pull

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Nonfungible token (NFT) platform OpenSea says it’s unaware of any proof pointing to a former worker being concerned within the notorious AnubisDAO rug pull in 2021 following new accusations on social media. 

In an Oct. 6 thread on X, the nameless account NFT Ethics tagged OpenSea asking them to answer its accusations that their former head of ventures Kevin Pawlak is linked to the pseudonymous id “0xSisyphus” and was concerned in “numerous doubtful enterprise dealings.”

Each NFT Ethics and blockchain analytics account Lookonchain alleged that 0xSisyphus, and thus Pawlak, performed a key function in hyping the AnubisDAO undertaking to traders, shortly earlier than the undertaking transferred the freshly-raised funds to a collection of exterior wallets.

The thread by NFT Ethics tried to elucidate that Pawlak’s alleged function within the AnubisDAO rug pull was premeditated with different builders and laundered the proceeds by means of the memecoin Pepe (PEPE).

Nonetheless, an OpenSea spokesperson informed Cointelegraph that they have been unaware of Pawlak’s involvement in any such actions, however additionally famous that Palwak had a “restricted scope” whereas working on the firm.

“Kevin is a former worker who left the corporate in June of 2023. He had a restricted scope whereas at OpenSea — the place he labored in a non-management place. We have now no consciousness of his involvement with the tasks in query.”

“Moreover, we now have no connection to, or details about, the tasks in query, as they befell earlier than his time at OpenSea,” mentioned the corporate consultant.

In October 2021, AnubisDAO raised 13,556 ETH — price $60 million on the time — from crypto traders. Nonetheless, some 20 hours later, the funds have been despatched to a number of totally different pockets addresses, ensuing right away loss for the traders.

Blockchain sleuth ZachXBT additionally appeared to throw chilly water on the accusations, saying the thread was “probably the most mid-curve” issues he’d learn.

He added that a lot of the thread appeared to be basing many assumptions about 0xSisyphus’ function within the alleged rug pull utilizing “unrelated occasions with out info.”

0xSisyphus can also be understood to have as soon as provided a 1,000 ETH bounty to anybody who may determine the pockets deal with that drained the pool, and engaged regulation enforcement in each the USA and Hong Kong, which may additional elevate doubts concerning the new accusations.

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“Is Sisyphus at fault for gross negligence for mendacity concerning the Anubis staff multisig? Completely 100%. Most likely a civil case doable for victims,” wrote Zach.

Zach famous that negligence on this case may be very totally different to stealing the cash from one’s personal undertaking. “[As far as I know] Sisyphus was the one staff member talking with the [Department of Homeland Security].”

“You actually assume they didn’t have a look at him first and monitor his exercise?” requested Zach.

Zach defined that the 2 actors most certainly chargeable for the lack of funds through the AnubisDAO scandal have been two pseudonymous customers recognized solely as “Beerus” and “Ersan.”

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