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Filecoin Staking Platform STFIL Faces Investigation, Funds in Question

STFIL, a major Filecoin (FIL) staking platform, has revealed that members of its core technical team are under investigation by Chinese police. The company announced this information on its official X (formerly Twitter) account on April 9, 2024, at 04.53 UTC.

STFIL claimed that they have engaged legal counsel to assess the situation and offer support to those detained.

Millions in Filecoin Moved as STFIL Team Faces Investigation

The announcement comes after unexplained protocol upgrades and a large transfer of FIL tokens from the STFIL platform to an unknown address. Currently, that address holds approximately 2,568,022 FIL, worth an estimated $23.09 million.

The Unknown Address That Currently Stores STFIL's Tokens
The Unknown Address That Currently Stores STFIL’s Tokens. Source: Filfox

STFIL encouraged the community to monitor the address. Additionally, they invited participation in discussions focused on protecting stakeholder interests.

Community reactions to the news have been mixed. Some expressed confusion and sympathy, while others, like crypto analyst Niraj Singh, allege foul play. He highlighted his significant investment of $80,000 in FIL and his dedication to the long-term success of the Filecoin community, which collectively holds 5.2 million tokens, as a basis for his concern.

“Project owner altered the contract to permit only one designated address for fund withdrawals. Funds were then withdrawn from the contract,” Singh stated.

Additionally, Singh has openly requested the Filecoin Foundation to freeze the address and assist affected FIL holders.

STFIL ranks as the second-largest liquid staking protocol within the Filecoin ecosystem. Data from DeFiLlama places its current total value locked (TVL) at $39.08 million. Its TVL is behind GLIF, which has a value of $324.2 million.

Following the incident, STFIL’s official website indicates the protocol’s available liquidity of only 2,141 FIL (approximately $19,226).

However, this news does not severely affect FIL’s price. Despite the slight dip to $8.85, $FIL is now trading at $9, representing a 1.4% decrease in the last 24 hours.

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In conclusion, the STFIL platform, a major Filecoin staking platform, is currently facing investigations by Chinese police, leading to the detention of members of its core technical team. This development follows unexplained protocol upgrades and a significant transfer of FIL tokens from the platform to an unknown address holding approximately $23.09 million worth of FIL. Community reactions have been mixed, with some expressing confusion and sympathy while others suspect foul play. The incident has impacted STFIL’s available liquidity and total value locked (TVL), but it has not significantly affected FIL’s price. The Filecoin community and stakeholders continue to monitor the situation closely for further developments.

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