The funds locked in the "suicided" Parity multi-sig wallets may not be freed without an Ethereum hard fork, the wallet provider admitted in a recent blog.

Initially, the Parity team tried to calm down nerves, and state that the funds were not lost, and a technological solution was possible. But it turns out that the only solution is changing the state of the Ethereum network, once again leading to the debate on whether "code is law", or if code could be changed centrally to correct a mistake.

"All of these funds are provably non-recoverable without a change in the blockchain’s state, opcode upgrades or consensus rules modification," wrote the Parity team in a recent blog.

Parity stated that the Ethereum network itself was solid, but there was great potential for user mistakes and third-party flaws.

"No one should be under any illusion that unlocking these stuck funds would be anything other than a rescue operation - and would only be possible with a hard fork. In none of these cases was the protocol specifically at fault," wrote the wallet provider.

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Parity goes on to propose several ways the network state can be change so that funds can become accessible again. But to achieve this, the Ethereum community would have to approve the changes and accept the hard fork. The hope of Parity would be that this time, the "rescue operation" would be accepted positively as a technological change, instead of an attack on the code's immutability and the main strength of the blockchain.

The wallet lockdown affected mostly ICO wallets, and few individual owners:

There is no mention of devops199 in the Parity blog, who may be the least significant problem and most probably did not have malicious intentions.

As a joke, users are wondering if devops199 could not freeze CryptoKitties, the game still slowing down the Ethereum network.