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Kyber Network Loses Almost $50 Million in Devastating Exploit

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Thu, 23/11/2023 - 7:33
Kyber Network Loses Almost $50 Million in Devastating Exploit
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Kyber Network, a prominent player in the decentralized finance (DeFi) sector, has fallen victim to a major security breach. 

The incident, which unfolded over several hours, resulted in a staggering loss of nearly $50 million. Kyber Network, known for its KyberSwap Elastic platform, offers users the ability to exchange various digital assets without relying on a traditional intermediary, a hallmark of DeFi systems. 

This exploit comes as a blow to the network, which had gained significant traction during the "DeFi summer" hype, a period marked by surging interest and investment in decentralized finance.

The scale of the exploit

The attack on Kyber Network was multi-faceted, impacting several chains including mainnet, optimism, polygon, and arbitrum. 

Detailed by cybersecurity firm PeckShieldAlert, the exploiter transferred substantial amounts, including 1,000 Wrapped Ether (WETH), equivalent to about $2.06 million, to a suspicious address. 

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Analysts from the community reported losses across different chains: 7.5 million on mainnet, 315k on base, 15 million on optimism, 2 million on Polygon, and 20 million on Arbitrum. The cumulative total reached approximately $47 million, marking one of the most significant losses in recent DeFi history.

Response and recovery efforts

In response to the breach, Kyber Network advised users to withdraw their funds as a precaution and emphasized the avoidance of phishing links. 

The KyberSwap aggregator, a separate entity within the network, remains operational. 

Kyber Network has committed to providing regular updates as their team investigates the incident. 

Recovery efforts are ongoing, with a focus on understanding the exploit's mechanics and enhancing security measures to prevent future incidents.

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