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There seems to be nothing stable about stablecoins. As if the Tornado cash sanctions weren’t news enough, Acala Network’s stablecoin aUSD was compromised, and the attacker took advantage of a bug in the iBTC/aUSD liquidity pool causing $1.2B to be minted without collateral. This event caused the stablecoin to crash all the way down to $0.01. The Acala team was able to freeze these tokens, by switching the entire network into maintenance mode, which meant that all other features were also halted.
Acala managed to freeze funds instantly, which stopped the protocol from crashing, but raised questions surrounding decentralization. If the network was able to freeze funds in an instant, how is Acala any different from USDC, or any other centralised service? At present, the erroneously minted money has been burned. From hitting rock bottom, aUSD has recovered to just under $1 at $0.93. Unlike other DeFi hubs, Acala did not experience a total collapse, and it may have something to do with the hybrid nature of how the operations are set up.
If the network had not been put under maintenance mode, the hack contagion would have spread, and the tokens would have most likely disappeared by now. At the same time, open ledger systems allowed the network to identify the wallet that erroneously minted aUSD, and community governance allowed for the tokens to burnt as to not affect the system. What is incredible is that all of this happened within 48 hours.
Does the Acala attack serve as a case study stand as an example for the implementation of a certain level of decentralization? Could this model ultimately be dangerous, considering malicious actors within the company could halt the network and its operations and affect millions of dollars worth of funds? As the DeFi ecosystem evolves, security is going to play a much larger role in being able to make user experience better.
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