- Multichain suspends operations as the CEO and his sister are detained in China.
- The decision to suspend operations comes after a $125 million rug pull.
- The Multichain team is unable to access the protocol website.
Multichain, a leading cross-chain bridge protocol, has made the difficult decision to halt its operations in the wake of a series of troubling events.
The protocol recently suffered a massive loss of $125 million in what appears to be an inside job, and authorities have detained the CEO, Zhaojun, and his sister. The Multichain team has been forced to call it quits with no operational funds remaining.
Before the $125 million potential rug pull, Multichain had faced challenges that cast doubt on the integrity of the protocol. Binance temporarily suspended deposits and withdrawals of Multichain bridged tokens due to concerns about the protocol’s reliability and security.
The difficulties surrounding Multichain extend beyond the recent attack. In May, reports emerged that Multichain’s CEO, Zhaojun, had been arrested by Chinese authorities. During his detainment, authorities seized Zhaojun’s electronic devices and confiscated his access to the protocol’s operational funds.
Moreover, Zhaojun’s sister, who controlled the remaining user assets, has also been detained. These events, combined with the absence of alternative sources of information and operational funds, have left Multichain with no choice but to halt its operations indefinitely.
The Multichain team shed light on the circumstances that led to the protocol’s closure. Information provided by Zhaojun’s family indicated that his sister was taken into custody on July 13, further complicating the situation.
The team acknowledged the uncertainty surrounding the preserved assets and recognized the need to inform the community about the known circumstances. The lack of alternative information sources and operational funds has made it impossible for the Multichain team to sustain its operations.
“Due to the lack of alternative sources of information and corresponding operational funds, the team is forced to cease operations. If there are any further notifications and developments, the team will update the community accordingly. The Multichain team does not have the access to Domain Account to redirect or bring down the frontend multichain.org.”
Impact on MULTI
The market response to these developments has been significant, with the price of Multichain’s native coin (MULTI) experiencing a decline of 4% in the past 24 hours and over 16% during the week. The future of MULTI remains uncertain, especially considering the recent suspicions of rug pulls within the protocol.
As Multichain suspends its operations, the future of the protocol and its native token remains uncertain. The consequences of these controversies have undoubtedly shaken investor confidence and raised concerns about the security and governance of decentralized finance platforms.
Multichain’s closure serves as a reminder of the importance of thorough due diligence and cautious engagement when participating in emerging cryptocurrency projects. The broader crypto community must remain vigilant to protect their investments and foster trust within the industry.