Two days after getting hacked, Cream Finance has taken full responsibility and promised to make full all affected users.
The popular DeFi protocol Cream Finance, which became the latest hack victim earlier this week, will allocate 20% of all the fees it charges to repay the affected customers.
Additionally, the project has offered a bug bounty to the still unknown perpetrators and up to 50% for third parties who can assist with recovering the funds.
What Happened to Cream?
CryptoPotato reported earlier this week when Cream Finance – a permissionless, open-source, blockchain agnostic platform – was exploited for the second time in six months. At that point, the estimations showed that the unknown attackers managed to swipe around $25 million in ETH and AMP.
The project provided an update on September 1st that has a different amount, though.
“At approximately 12 pm on August 31st (UTC +8), CREAM Finance was exploited for 462,079,976 in AMP tokens and 2,804.96 ETH tokens.”
With today’s prices, it turns out that the hackers stole roughly $35 million. They did so through two transactions – the primary exploiter and a smaller copycat. Cream said the second wallet has a withdrawal history from Binance, and the two parties are working together to identify the attackers.
The DeFi project has also collaborated with PeckShield to determine that the root cause was an error in its integration process with AMP. It wasn’t an issue with AMP’s code, as some previous assessments suggested.
Cream has paused the AMP supply and borrowing services and promised to restart them when a “patch can be safely deployed.”
Reimbursements and Bug Bounty
The team vowed to reimburse all users whose funds had been stolen during the hack. To do so, Cream has committed to “allocate 20% of all protocol fees toward repayment until this debt is fully paid.”
The team also said it will post Cream collateral with the Flexa/A.M.P. team to secure the debt.
Separately, the DeFi project offered the hackers its regular 10% bug bounty plus a 10% bonus of the stolen funds if they are willing to return them.
In case a third party is able to identify and provide valuable information “leading to the arrest and prosecution” of the perpetrators, Cream promised to share 50% of the recovered funds. Lastly, the team said it has contacted “the relevant authorities to pursue all avenues available to us.”
DeFi Total Value Locked Hit ATH as Crypto Market Sees Resurgence
The decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem has printed its highest Total Value Locked (TVL) today, riding on the back of the resurgence in the broader market. Per data from DeFi Llama, the TVL covering all blockchain protocols is now pegged at $223.23 billion, a massive uplift from the $21.4 billion recorded from January 1 this year.
Per the DeFi Llama data, decentralized exchange liquidity pool on Ethereum designed for efficient stablecoin trading, Curve Finance, maintains the largest share of the pie with a value of $17.08 in TVL. Lending protocol, Aave ranks next with a total of $17.02 billion, while Maker also comes off with a total value locked of $15.43 billion. The growth of the DeFi ecosystem has largely maintained an upward trajectory, as more investors, including retail and institutional investors, began leveraging the earning options the emerging protocols that make up the ecosystem offers.
DeFi creates the most direct threat to traditional finance as the emergence of lending protocols for instance has lowered the barrier to entry for accessing loans. Many new investors also find it easy to commit their funds into the DeFi ecosystem as these protocols are governed by smart contracts, which makes them non-susceptible to the lapses of human-fueled organizational management.
Future Growth to be Backed by Mainstream Market
There is a more positive outlook in the broader digital currency industry, fueled by the optimism of approval of the first Bitcoin Futures Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) in the U.S. Per an earlier Coingape report, the ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF could be coming as soon as next Monday, October 18, marking an end to the undying anticipation from investors about such a product.
With the advent of the ETF, more funds will be pumped into the entire industry, and there is bound to be a trickle into the DeFi ecosystem. A number of investment managers, including Grayscale, are beginning to provide funds that track the performance of DeFi protocols, opening up additional avenues for more embrace of the DeFi tokens.
Besides the TVL, the tokens of DeFi projects are also seeing an additional boost with all protocols inking a market cap of $137.47 billion according to data from CoinMarketCap.
Report: Driven by DeFi, North America’s crypto volume increased 1,000% year-over-year
Digital analytics firm Chainalysis reported that the growth in North America’s crypto market has been driven by the rise in popularity of decentralized finance.
In its 2021 Geography of Cryptocurrency Report, Chainalysis said the monthly crypto transaction volume across North America grew by more than 1,000% from July 2020 to June 2021. The monthly volume reached a peak of $164 billion in May 2021 before dipping to just over $100 billion in June.
According to Chainalysis’ report, decentralized finance, or DeFi, was largely responsible for North America continuing to maintain its position as one of the largest crypto markets worldwide. DeFi transactions represented 37% of North America’s overall transaction volume from July 2020 to June 2021, with residents sending roughly $276 billion in crypto to platforms in the DeFi space.
The Central, Northern and Western Europe region sent the most in crypto overall — $389 billion, roughly 40% of its overall transaction volume during the same time period. Chainalysis said “DeFi whales” were responsible for turning the region into the world’s biggest cryptocurrency economy, with the majority of institutional-sized transfers going towards platforms in decentralized finance.
However, the report said North America’s DeFi transactions were led by retail investors in the last year, with many transactions under $10,000. Uniswap was the most popular DeFi platform in North America, with users having sent more than $100 billion in transaction volume between July 2020 and June 2021.
“Right now, DeFi is targeted towards crypto insiders,” said dYdX growth lead David Gogel. “It’s people who have been in the industry for a while and have enough funds to experiment with new assets.”
In addition, Eastern Asia’s crypto market has been declining, likely driven by the regulatory crackdowns on China’s crypto industry and mining in the region. Chainalysis reported P2P trade volume in China had dropped significantly over the last year, ranking the country in the 155th position worldwide compared to 53rd the year prior. Though Eastern Asia still received $591 billion in crypto transactions between July 2020 and June 2021 — a growth of 452% year-over-year — the firm labeled the region as the “slowest-growing” in its analysis.
“Mining isn’t the only part of China’s cryptocurrency economy affected by the crackdown,” reported Chainalysis. “The government has taken other actions such as campaigning against cryptocurrency in state-sponsored media, placing official warning messages on cryptocurrency-related apps, and potentially leaning on social media companies to suppress cryptocurrency-related content.”
DeFi Presents Multi-Billion Dollar Use Case To Disrupt Foreign Exchange Market, According to Shark Tank Star Kevin O’Leary
Shark Tank star Kevin O’Leary is saying that the foreign exchange market is a multi-billion dollar use case for decentralized finance (DeFi), a form of blockchain technology that supporters claim can revolutionize financial services by eliminating the need for intermediaries.
During this year’s SALT conference in New York City, O’Leary relates how investors must rely on foreign exchange middlemen to invest in overseas markets. He says the extra steps required in such dealings are often unnecessary and burdensome.
“Let’s say a traditional mandate, such as I want to go long Europe, I’m going to buy 50 stocks. I have to buy Swiss francs, Euro-based stocks and British pounds because I want to trade them on their domestic exchanges.
In between me and that transaction is what’s called the bane of the earth – the FX trader, the currency trader who clips me every time I buy and sell. Adds zero value and sucks friction out of the system. I can’t wait until we solve this problem and give them a new career shining shoes, because they add no value whatsoever.”
The celebrity investor believes that DeFi has the potential to eliminate costly middlemen from the foreign exchange market system.
“This is where DeFi can take us, on just one use case. But it’s a multi-billion-dollar one, and I want to be alive to have a regulator domestically allow me a payment system to a Swiss franc, back and forth if I want to trade it 50 times a day, with zero FX traders. That’s my mission in life, to help them find a real job.”
In May 2020, O’Leary led a $20 million fundraising round for what is now WonderFi Technologies, a Canadian firm that plans to launch a platform to simplify access to DeFi.