‘Peaceful World’ Token Spoofs Traders Ahead of Now-Canceled Ukraine Airdrop

The WORLD tokens spotted earlier on Etherscan were a spoof of the country's now-canceled airdrop.

AccessTimeIconMar 3, 2022 at 9:51 a.m. UTC
Updated Mar 3, 2022 at 4:10 p.m. UTC

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The "peaceful world" crypto token project was a spoof of Ukraine's much-anticipated (and now-canceled) airdrop.

  • Transactions on blockchain explorer Etherscan that appear as if the official Ukraine Donation Wallet is airdropping tokens to wallet addresses seem to be controlled by an outside party.
  • "What happened is they made the token transferrable by anyone without approvals," explained Twitter user @razoreth. "All you need to do is send all the tokens to a wallet and use their airdrop function to send tokens out from that wallet."
  • Etherscan has since flagged the token address as spam. "This token is reported to have been used for misleading people into believing it was sent from a well-known address and may be spam or phishing. Please treat it with caution," a notice on the site reads.
  • After the initial publication of this article, Ukraine's minister of digital transformation announced the planned airdrop was being canceled.

UPDATE (March 3, 10:46 UTC): Adds Etherscan notice.

UPDATE (March 3, 13:08 UTC): Adds announcement of airdrop cancellation.

UPDATE (March 3, 13:39 UTC): Changes headline.


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