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Thorchain (RUNE) Hacked for the Second Time in a Week. See the Hacker's Message

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 13:09
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Vladislav Sopov
Top-league DeFi protocol Thorchain (RUNE) drained for seven-digit sum yet again. What happened?
Thorchain (RUNE) Hacked for the Second Time in a Week. See the Hacker's Message
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Popular DeFi protocol Thorchain (RUNE) has suffered from a devastating attack on its Ethereum (ETH) router, an element of its smart contracts architecture.

Thorchain (RUNE) falls victim to $8 million attack; LP funds are safe

According to the official statement the Thorchain (RUNE) team shared on its Twitter account, a sophisticated attack was organized against its protocol.

As its Ethereum (ETH) router was the main target, all ETH-oriented mechanisms are currently frozen until the results of a peer review are ready. The net amount of losses is estimated at about $8 million in actual prices.

Meanwhile, the team assures everyone that no liquidity provider has suffered a fund loss since the project's treasury shoulders the burden.

Right now, the smart contract ecosystem of Thorchain’s routers is being audited by top-notch cybersecurity vendor Peckshield.

"Whitehat hack?"

The most interesting part of the hack is the attackers' behavior. In their message shared in the transaction's hash, the hackers stressed that they have minimized the damage as they were focused on "teaching lessons." A 10 percent bounty would be sufficient to prevent the hack, they claim, outlining the paramount importance of proper security audits.

The Thorchain (RUNE) team confirmed that the outcome would have been worse if the malefactors had drained all funds accessible to them. At the same time, the team emphasizes that the project has offered a 10 percent bounty for three months in a row.

Thorchain (RUNE) engineers are going to keep the network chain halted and review all mechanisms both internally and externally.

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Blockchain Analyst & Writer with scientific background. 6+ years in IT-analytics, 3+ years in blockchain.

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