High Gas Fees Alert: Binance Wallet Records $840,000 in Abnormal Ethereum Charges
While the Ethereum network’s average gas fee hovered around 10 gwei, Binance’s transactions consistently paid fees exceeding 300 gwei, or around 30 times higher than what was needed.
300 gwei equals around $10.
The extraordinary expenditure resulted in a temporary spike in gas fees on the Ethereum network, with users incurring substantial costs for sending transactions.
Binance confirms ‘routine consolidation of ETH’
Binance has confirmed in a media statement that the transactions were initiated by them, calling it a “routine consolidation of ETH.”
“Any impact to gas prices was unintentional but quickly resolved,” a spokesperson for the exchange said.
In total, the transactions drained more than 530 ETH, equivalent to approximately $840,000 in gas fees, briefly making it the largest gas user on the Ethereum network.
Over the course of its lifetime, the wallet address is responsible for $95 million in transaction fees, including both inbound and outbound transactions.
The incident was widely shared among community members on X, with one user saying it was a consolidation “from long-inactive deposit addresses.”
Others also offered their take on the unusual transactions, with for instance Martin Köppelmann, co-founder of DeFi protocol Gnosis, suggesting that Binance is either using “a really inefficient script” or that “something fishy is going on.”
Lastly, some community members blamed Binance’s wallet team for the glitch, calling the team’s engineers “incapable.”
“They will release a case report soon. And likely someone got fired,” the user added.