The cryptocurrency space has seen significant growth in recent years, with decentralized finance (DeFi) playing a significant role in this trend. However, the security of these platforms is crucial, as demonstrated by the recent hack of the Ankr platform.
On December 1, 2022, Ankr platform was the target of a major hack.
According to reports, the attackers were able to compromise Ankr by gaining access to a developer's private key and altering the platform's smart contract for its BNB liquid staking token (aBNBc). This allowed them to mint a staggering 60 trillion aBNBc tokens and bypassing verification in the process. The attackers then swapped these tokens for USDC stablecoin and moved them off the Binance chain and onto Ethereum, then uing crypto mixer Tornado Cash to launder the funds.
The financial impact of the hack was significant, with Ankr estimating the damage to be $5 million worth of BNB across liquidity pools on various DEXs. In response, Binance froze nearly $3 million in funds and paused Ankr token withdrawals. There have also been suggestions that the attack may have been an inside job, as the wallet address of the initial attacker was connected to that of an Ankr developer.
In the aftermath of the hack, Ankr has taken several steps to prevent future attacks and restore value to its users. The aBNBc and aBNBb tokens have been discontinued, and new ankrBNB tokens will be minted and airdropped to affected users. Ankr is also working to improve its security measures and prevent similar attacks in the future.
Overall, the Ankr hack serves as a reminder of the importance of security in the DeFi space. While attacks like this are unfortunately a possibility, protocols like Ankr are taking action to safeguard their users and prevent further losses.
In conclusion, the recent hack of the Ankr platform serves as a reminder of the importance of security in the decentralized finance (DeFi) space. While attacks like this are unfortunately a possibility, protocols like Ankr are taking action to safeguard their users and prevent further losses.
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