Solana-Based Defi Protocol Luna Yield Reportedly 'Rug Pulls' Investors, $6.7 Million Taken
A decentralized finance (defi) project that utilizes the Solana blockchain called Luna Yield has allegedly committed a “rug pull,” according to various individuals on social media. Reports indicate that the investors who put funds into the project lost an estimated $6.7 million according to an “anonymous source.”
Luna Yield Creators Reportedly Dip Off With $6.7 Million in Funds, Solpad Platform Promises Compensation to IDO Participants
The world of defi has reportedly seen another rug pull but this time in the Solana blockchain ecosystem, according to numerous reports. Solana’s website that had a page dedicated to describing the Luna Yield decentralized exchange (dex) aggregator protocol now shows a 404 error. The aggregator project promised high yields and then suddenly the platform went dark and users could not access the funds locked into the dex aggregator.
The Luna Yield team was anonymous and the project developers allegedly got away with $6.7 million in tokens. Coindesk reporter Sebastian Sinclair details he was told by an “anonymous source” that “$6.7 million in assets had been taken.” Furthermore, Sinclair insisted that the team verified the amount via the “SOL scan block explorer.” On various channels like Twitter, discussions concerning the subject are littered across social media.
The platform that helped launch the Luna Yield IDO, Solpad detailed that the project would help compensate IDO participants who were affected. “After internal discussion within Solpad Foundation, we have finalized the compensation plan for Luna Yield IDO participants,” the team tweeted. “We will sort out the list and directly [distribute] the compensation into the participant’s wallet (the same wallet that joined the IDO on August 16th. We will compensate users in USDC, with a value equal to 60% of the purchased amount.”
The official Solpad Twitter account further noted:
For example, if user A bought 400 USDC of allocation in the round, he will get 400*60% = 240 USDC, airdrop directly user A wallet. The distribution will start next week, and we expect it to finish within a few days. Thank you so much for being so patient with us.
Critics Warn Other Chains Like Cardano, Solana Daily Hopes Project Staves Off More Rug Pulls
The Luna Yield website has been taken down by the creators it seems and archive.org has crawled the platform on various occasions, but has had a hard time showing the site. On Twitter, one individual said that once Cardano upgrades to Alonzo Purple, it too could see a rug pull like Solana (SOL) has seen this week.
“The rug pull that recently occurred in the Solana ecosystem from Luna Yield is something I can see happening in the Cardano ecosystem literally days to weeks after Alonzo if proper scrutiny isn’t exercised by the community involved,” the individual said. “Good tech isn’t immune to stupidity.”
The Twitter account Solana Daily told its 28,700 followers about the rug pull on August 20. “Rug pull on Solana,” Solana Daily detailed. “Yesterday, [Solpad] announced that their second IDO of Luna Yield went wrong, when the dev team of the project decided to shut down all the social media and withdraw the liquidity. Hope that no more rug pulls appear [in] our ecosystem.”
While SOL is up 66% in seven days after the news went viral on social media, the price of SOL dipped by 1.8% against the U.S. dollar and down 3.8% against bitcoin (BTC).
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