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What we’re covering this week
- Mango market exploit and exploiter
- Coinbooks: Accounting software for DAOS 🧮
- Continuation of Hack weeks 🔩
- Tether goes commercial paper free 💵
- Updates from Cypherock 💥
On Oct 11, Mango market was exploited and attacker managed to drain $116mm but things did not end there. Three days later, attackers came out and revealed his identity, claiming that his team operated a highly profitable strategy and all their actions were legal open market action.
Things started when at 10 PM UTC, attacker funded account 1 with $5mm USDC and offered 483 million units of MNGO perpetual contracts for $0.03 per unit. Five minutes later, attacker funded another account, account B with an additional $5mm. Using $5mm in account 2, attacker bought the 483 million perps. The outsized position in MNGO-perp led to spot price of MNGO/USD to rise 5-10x, in matter of minutes. This further caused a mark-to-market increase in the value of the account 1 that was long MNGO-PERP, which the account used to loan and withdraw $116mm worth of assets. But what are the learnings to take from this attack?
The exploit strategy was possible because of essentially three vulnerabilities in the protocol design. The market for MNGO was a low liquidity market which combined with no limit on perpetual trades allowed attacker to use unrealized profits collateral in low liquidity asset market to borrow in high liquidity asset markets.
Wait, the drama doesn’t end there. Three days after the exploit, the attackers came out with his identity and called all his team’s actions to be legal open market actions. He further claimed to have helped negotiate a settlement agreement with the insurance fund with the goal of making all users whole as soon as possible as well as recapitalizing the exchange. Furthermore, the Mango DAO treasury is set to welcome the deal with 98% votes in favour of attacker keeps $47mm as bug bounty and return $67 mm to the DAO, thereby, agreeing they won’t pursue any criminal charges against the attacker.
Coinbooks is an enterprise-grade accounting software for digital assets that allows you to stop tracking your digital assets on excel spreadsheets and helping you accounting and calculate tax thereby saving you hours. It aims to change the way decentralized autonomous organizations or “DAOs” and crypto companies currently perform accounting. It works by integrating with crypto wallets and existing accounting software so that crypto companies can manage both their crypto and non-crypto transactions in one place.
The wild west days of DeFi continue with over seven exploits in the past week. Check the list of projects
Tether has eliminated over $30 billion of commercial paper. Tether now claims to hold $68 Billion with no commercial paper as collateral for USDT. Check out the discussion on what the community has to say about it.
Updates from Cypherock
- Read how Cypherock is building the best hardware wallet experience for Near Protocol
- Catch Rohan, Co-founder at Cypherock talk about pain points and future of Self Custody at Proof of Human Podcast
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