Feb 20, 2023

Platypus to Compensate $8.5M Loss After Flash Loan Attack

Crypto platform Platypus recently announced a compensation plan for users affected by a flash loan attack that drained nearly $8.5 million from the protocol, causing its stablecoin dollar-peg to depeg. The firm is exploring a method to potentially recover the funds, which would require the approval of a recovery proposal in Aave’s governance forum.

In a tweet on Feb. 18, Platypus said it was working on a plan to compensate the losses and asked users not to realize their losses in the protocol, saying this would make it easier for the company to manage the issue. Asset liquidations were also paused, said the protocol.

The flash loan attack was first reported on Feb. 16 by blockchain security firm CertiK. The attack was made possible by incorrectly placed code after it was audited by auditing company Omniscia. The version of the MasterPlatypusV1 contract from Nov. 21 to Dec. 5, 2021 “contained no integration points with an external platypusTreasure system” and therefore did not contain the misordered lines of code.

Flash loan attacks exploit the smart contract security of a platform to borrow large amounts of money without collateral. Once a cryptocurrency asset has been manipulated on one exchange, it is quickly sold on another, allowing the exploiter to profit from the price manipulation.

Platypus noted that different parties, including legal enforcement officials, are currently involved in the funds’ recovery process. Further details about the next steps will be disclosed soon.

The attack has caused the Platypus USD (USP) stablecoin to depeg from the U.S. dollar, dropping to $0.33 at the time of writing. The firm is urging users to remain patient while they work on the compensation plan and recovery process.

The incident has highlighted the need for decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols to take measures to protect users from flash loan attacks. The attack has also highlighted the importance of NFT marketing, Twitter NFT marketing, and NFT promotion for protocols to increase awareness and protect users from such attacks.

DeFi protocols are increasingly turning to NFT marketing agencies and web3 agencies to help them create and promote NFTs to increase awareness and protect users. NFTs can also be used to reward users for their contributions to the protocol, thus incentivizing them to continue to use the platform.

The Platypus incident has sparked a renewed interest in the security of DeFi protocols and the need for protocols to take greater measures to protect users from flash loan attacks. As the DeFi space continues to grow, protocols must be more vigilant in protecting users from such malicious attacks.

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