Apparent Ukraine WORLD Airdrop Might Be Spoof

The peaceful world tokens that appeared to be sent by Ukraine's crypto addresses could have been spoofed, blockchain analysts said.

AccessTimeIconMar 3, 2022 at 9:08 a.m. UTC
Updated Mar 3, 2022 at 4:05 p.m. UTC

Shaurya is an analyst/editor for CoinDesk's markets team in Asia.

CORRECTION (March 3, 10:37 UTC): The peaceful world crypto token project appears to be spoofing Ukraine’s much-anticipated airdrop; an earlier version of this story said the airdrop had started.

An airdrop of peaceful world (WORLD) tokens that appeared to come from Ukraine's crypto addresses might have been a spoof, blockchain analysts said.

  • Ukraine confirmed it would hold an airdrop Wednesday after raising more than $33 million in various cryptocurrencies from global donors. Over $7 million in donations were made hours after the airdrop announcement.
  • The airdrop to eligible recipients – those who donated cryptocurrencies to charities working toward the betterment of citizens affected by Russia's invasion of Ukraine – appeared to have started earlier Thursday, blockchain addresses showed.
  • The airdrop started shortly after CoinDesk reported Ukraine appeared to be seeding liquidity pools on Uniswap with WORLD tokens.
  • Blockchain explorer Etherscan has now tagged WORLD tokens as "misleading" and that the tokens could be spam or phishing.

CORRECTION (March 3, 09:14 UTC): Corrects alleged token name to WORLD. A previous version had it as PEACE.

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