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Luna Crypto - Its Collapse, Missing Founder And Everything In Between


With approximately $60 billion gone as Luna crypto collapsed, it’s impossible for the world of cryptocurrency not to feel the impact.

To further complicate matters, one of its co-founders, the South Korean computer scientist and cryptocurrency developer Do Kwon, is currently wanted by the authorities.

Along with TerraUSD, Terraform Labs, headquartered in Singapore, held the crypto coin, Luna.

According to Forbes, it took only four years for Kwon and his Terra network to establish a reputable status in the crypto world. However, the fame didn’t last.

At the time of this writing, the collapse of the Luna crypto network - a lost worth a staggering $60 billion - remains to be the biggest crypto crash so far.

COPYRIGHT_WI: Published on https://washingtonindependent.com/luna-crypto/ by Elyse Woods on 2022-10-06T08:09:16.645Z

What happened to Luna? Also, is Do Kwon in hiding?

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Luna Crypto Explained

To make things clear, Forbes pointed out that the incident concerning Luna crypto involves two coins, namely, TerraUSD (Terra U.S. Dollar or UST) and Luna (stylized as LUNA).

Do Kwon and investor and e-commerce expert Daniel Shin co-founded the fintech company Terraform Labs in 2018. It created the blockchain network called Terra.

It’s just like the Bitcoin network and the Ethereum network.

Two gold Bitcoins and one gold Ethereum on top a Bitcoin
Two gold Bitcoins and one gold Ethereum on top a Bitcoin

TerraUSD (UST) and Luna both belong to the Terra network. Terra created the Luna coins and TerraUSD (UST) serves as its “algorithmic stablecoin.”

Terraform Labs launched TerraUSD (UST) in 2018; Luna, in 2019.

In April 2022, the price of a Luna coin was $116. Before Luna crypto was removed from the list in different crypto platforms, its price registered at $0.01.

Tracing its humble beginnings, back in 2021, a Luna coin was only worth less than a dollar. Eventually, its value soared and just within a year, several crypto investors earned millions from it.

As the Luna crypto gained prominence, so did Do Kwon (over a million Twitter followers).

The media would report about ordinary people becoming rich because of its success. Consequently, some crypto investors placed Kwon on a high pedestal, earning him a “cult hero status,” as Forbes put it.

Luna Crypto Fall

After the Luna crypto collapsed, per CoinMarketCap, its market capitalization as of August 2021 was $6 billion.

In a nutshell, according to Forbes, TerraUSD (UST) encountered a problem. Since Luna is connected to it, the problem led to the Luna crypto crash.

On May 7, 2022, TerraUSD (UST) was taken - “unstaked” is the crypto term for it - from Anchor Protocol (ANC), which is built on the Terra blockchain.

The estimated total value of the TerraUSD (UST) taken was more than $2 billion. After the unstaking, hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of TerraUSD (UST) were liquidated.

There were two arguments presented as to why the unstaking was done, which ultimately led to the Luna crypto crash:

  • interest rates continued to increase
  • the Terra blockchain got attacked

Then these two happened:

The huge sell-offs brought down the price of UST to $0.91, from $1. As a result, traders started to change 90 cents worth of UST for $1 of Luna.- Forbes

Panic ensued and investors started selling TerraUSD (UST). As more TerraUSD (UST) were sold, more Luna tokens were minted. As a result, the latter’s circulation rose.

Then came the collapse of the Luna crypto. Crypto exchanges reacted by removing TerraUSD (UST) and Luna from their list.

Terra Luna logo, with Luna crypto founders Daniel Shin and Do Kwon seated on a couch, with legs crossed
Terra Luna logo, with Luna crypto founders Daniel Shin and Do Kwon seated on a couch, with legs crossed

Luna Crypto Founder

In any kind of cryptocurrency crash, more so for such a massive scale like the Luna crypto crash, it would only be natural to look for the leader or president/CEO.

Do Kwon, who, based on various reports, was nowhere to be found since the collapse. He is currently branded a fugitive.

Channel News Asia reported that the Seoul Southern District Prosecutors’ Office already contacted the Interpol (the International Criminal Police Organization from France) for assistance.

Kwon is now under Interpol’s “red notice.” If he happens to be in any of the organization’s 195 member states, the police force in any of those countries can arrest him.

He and five more Terraform Labs employees will undergo trial in a South Korean court for fraud and other charges in connection to the Luna crypto crash.

Do Kwon in gray long sleeve shirt with arms stretched behind his head while lying on a couch
Do Kwon in gray long sleeve shirt with arms stretched behind his head while lying on a couch

People Ask

Will Luna Coin Recover?

Like an individual who got terribly ill, according to Capital.com, Luna is now on its way to recovery.

Do Kwon proposed the creation of Terra 2.0. The crypto community approved of this new blockchain in May 2022.

How Much Was Luna Before The Crash?

The price of a Luna coin before its collapse was $80, according to Analytics Insight.

Will Luna Ever Go Back To 1 Dollar?

According to Coin Culture, the market cap of Luna must first reach $7 trillion before it could reach $1.

Final Thoughts

Expectedly, the collapse of Luna crypto added - perhaps renewed? - the fear of investing in digital currencies.

As if investing in general is not already risky, not to mention how volatile cryptocurrencies are, this incident only triggered more speculations.

Still, the Luna crypto crash won’t entirely prevent people from investing in crypto, but hopefully would make them wiser investors.

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About The Authors

Elyse Woods

Elyse Woods - As a product marketing manager, I've had the opportunity to help a variety of companies improve their sales margins and audience reaction to new products. Since I am passionate about product perception, marketing, and company statistics, I have brought commitment and positive results to the companies with which I have worked. What makes a product successful fascinates and inspires me.

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