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KyberSwap Faces $46 Million Crypto Hack Triggering Concerns In DeFi Space

In a startling development, the decentralized exchange, KyberSwap has fallen victim to a significant exploit, resulting in the loss of approximately $46 million in various cryptocurrencies. According to the update given by KyberSwap on X, the attack targeted KyberSwap Elastic, prompting urgent advisories for users to withdraw funds. 

Meanwhile, the incident raises questions about the vulnerabilities in decentralized finance platforms.

KyberSwap Security Breach

Kyber Network’s renowned decentralized exchange, KyberSwap, encountered a major security breach as approximately $46 million in crypto assets were drained. The exploit, which affected the KyberSwap Elastic protocol, triggered a rapid decline in the platform’s total value locked (TVL), plummeting by around 70% within hours, DeFiLlama data showed. According to the latest data, the platform’s TVL fell from $84.9 million to $14.32 million within a few hours following the news.

KyberSwap users were promptly notified to withdraw their funds as a precautionary measure. Meanwhile, blockchain analysts revealed that the attacker left on-chain messages, hinting at negotiations with protocol developers, employees, DAO members, and liquidity providers.

According to DeBank data, the top affected assets in the exploit are Arbitrum (ARB), Optimism (OP), Ethereum (ETH), and Base. A close look at the report suggests that around $18.85 million were lost in Arbitrum, followed by $15.36 million in Optimism, and $7.44 in Ethereum.

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Crypto Community Reacts

The exploit’s repercussions extended beyond KyberSwap, impacting the broader crypto community. Kyber Network Crystal (KNC) token prices experienced a brief dip, reflecting the market’s sensitivity to such incidents. The incident adds a layer of complexity to the ongoing regulatory scrutiny faced by major crypto exchanges.

Notably, as of writing, the Kyber Network Crystal v2 lost 2.86% over the last 24 hours and traded at $0.72, while its trading volume from yesterday rocketed 154.39% to $58.48 million. The crypto has touched a low of $0.7202 in the last 24 hours.

As the crypto landscape navigates security challenges, regulatory demands, and transformative leadership changes, the incident at KyberSwap serves as a stark reminder of the evolving risks within the decentralized finance (DeFi) space. Meanwhile, investors and industry participants are urged to remain vigilant in the face of potential vulnerabilities in the DeFi ecosystem.

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