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Hacker Exploits BNB Chain-Based DeFi Protocol Ankr

Fri, 12/02/2022 - 06:13
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Alex Dovbnya
Ankr has become the latest decentralized finance protocol to suffer an exploit
Hacker Exploits BNB Chain-Based DeFi Protocol Ankr
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Ankr, a decentralized finance protocol that is based on BNB Chain, has been exploited, according to a Friday announcement

The attacker managed to create a massive number of Ankr Reward Bearing Staked BNB (aBNBc) tokens. 

According to blockchain security firm PeckShield, the aBNBc token contract has an unlimited mint bug.

The price of the token has collapsed by nearly 100% following the exploit.   

The attacker has already transferred some of the stolen funds to Tornado Cash, a decentralized cryptocurrency tumbler. A portion of the ill-gotten crypto has been bridged via Celer and deBridgeGate, PeckShield says. 

As per Lookonchain, an on-chain analytics firm, the hacker has already made off with roughly $10 million worth of USD Coin (USDC) tokens.  

Ankr's liquid staking feature allowed users to deposit BNB tokens to obtain their wrapped version. The protocol functions as a cloud computing platform   

Binance has already addressed the hack, claiming that it is currently working with relevant parties in order to investigate the incident. The exchange has assured its users that their funds are safe. 

In October, Binance's BNB chain was temporarily suspended after suffering a $570 million hack.

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at