In total, more than 16 trillion tokens were moved on Thursday, August 24, which had a noticeable impact on the market. The amount represents 3.8% of the token’s total market supply.
Pepe coin started to experience a sharp decrease in price, losing more than 20% of its value within the past 24 hours. This started after a significant amount of Pepe meme coins was moved from its multi-signature wallet to several crypto exchanges like Binance, OKX, Bybit, and some unverified wallet addresses.
In total, more than 16 trillion tokens were moved on Thursday, August 24, which had a noticeable impact on the market. The amount represents 3.8% of the token’s total market supply. According to some reports, $400,000 worth of Pepe was sent to an unknown wallet, $434,000 to Bybit, $6.5 million to Binance, and $8.2 million to OKX.
Moving such a large amount of tokens from a multi-signature wallet also drew the attention of many in the crypto community, as they were scared that there had been some unauthorized access to the wallet. One thing that also made the panic worse is that the event marks the first time that Pepe has been sent from its native wallet to other exchanges. No one would have believed nothing was wrong.
Reduction in the Private Keys Needed to Authorize Transactions on the Pepe Multi-Signature Wallet
One other significant action was that the developers also made a change to the team’s multisig wallet, which also requires a lower number of people to make decisions on how money goes out of the wallet.
Something is going on with $PEPE
— Ciervo ⓧ Crypto (@NordxCrypto) August 25, 2023
A multi-signature wallet, as the name implies, requires multiple private keys to authorize transactions. Usually, it takes a predefined number of private keys to collectively sign off on transactions before they can be executed on a blockchain. One of the major reasons these wallets are used is to improve the security of the blockchain since control over funds has been distributed among different parties.
The private keys needed to sign off on transactions for Pepe have been reduced significantly from five out of eight to two out of eight. Which means it would now require only two parties to authorize payments.
Price Is Falling, Panic among Pepe Enthusiasts Is Growing
All these led to sudden selling pressure as investors began to liquidate their holdings. The Pepe coin, which features an image related to a frog, is one of the meme coins that many believe has strong potential in price. Being a meme coin, it can easily be moved by such hypes.
A significant amount of $15 million worth of $PEPE tokens has been transferred to a #CEX (crypto exchange) within the past day, triggering another round of selling.#pepecoineth #PepeCommunity #PEPEARMY #CryptoCommunity pic.twitter.com/C18P7P0HFC
— Fredie Mark (@fredie_markk) August 25, 2023
Many of its users have been enthusiastic about the project and believe that it is the next big thing for meme coins. Looking forward to the next bill run, they expect it to outdo the likes of Dogecoin and Shiba Inu. However, with the recent turn of events, they may start to see a reason to exercise caution so as not to lose their money.
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