Dormant Ethereum Wallet Awakens After 8.5 Years, Realizing A $1.1 Million Profit
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Dormant Ethereum Wallet Has Awakened After 8.5 Years, Realizing A $1.1 Million Profit

In a surprising development, a dormant Ethereum (ETH) wallet, inactive for 8.5 years, has awakened, causing ripples in the cryptocurrency community.

The mysterious address, containing 492 ETH, equivalent to a staggering $1,139,052, was brought to light by the popular crypto tracking service, “Whale Alert,” in a tweet on Friday.

Since the launch of Ethereum on July 30, 2015, the coins have remained securely stored. 

Notably, on February 2, 2024, a test transaction of 0.5 ETH was seemingly initiated from the address as seen on Etherscan. 

Subsequently, a transfer of 98 ETH was executed, redirecting the funds back to the same wallet.

The unexpected awakening of such a substantial amount of Ethereum raises numerous questions within the crypto community, leaving enthusiasts puzzled about the motives behind this sudden move.

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Various theories thrive regarding the owner’s intent, with one line of thought proposing that the address’s revival may stem from the recovery of lost or forgotten seed phrases.

Alternatively, some posit that the long-term holder, otherwise known as a “hodler,” might have opted to liquidate their assets, enticed by attractive profits.

Others have speculated that the awakening is fueled by upcoming upgrades on the Ethereum network as well as the potential approval of a spot ETH ETF, both of which are seen as potential catalysts for the cryptocurrency.

That said, Friday’s occurrence, however, is not an isolated one. 

On January 22, the platform reported another case where a dormant pre-mine address containing 133 ETH worth $329,492 was activated after 8.5 years. 

Similarly, on January 14, another address containing 200 ETH worth $506,140 was reactivated after the same period of dormancy.

Notably, the largest resurgence happened on December 23, when Whale Alert reported the activation of a dormant pre-mine address containing a staggering 11,640 ETH, equivalent to a jaw-dropping $26.5 million.

Amidst these developments, Ethereum has demonstrated resilience in its trading performance, maintaining a nominal strength in the aftermath of a challenging January. 

Notably, ETH recently experienced a rebound from a pivotal support level of around $2,200

That said, a potential surge could propel it upwards to January highs of $2,700 with further sights on a formidable $3,400. 

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Conversely, a downside shift may see the cryptocurrency sliding below $2,200, potentially dropping to around $1,790.

ETH was trading at $2,296 at press time after a 0.56% surge in the last 24 hours.

ETH Price Chart | Source: Coinstats


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