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Balancer: Second attack causes losses of over $200k

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Balancer, facing its second attack, lost $238,000 in crypto. Despite earlier warnings, hackers exploited the platform, leaving users concerned about its stability and security.

Balancer: Second attack causes losses of over $200k

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  • Balancer’s user interface has come under attack with malicious contracts deployed.
  • Balancer’s TVL and transactions have stayed stable despite the attack.

Balancer [BAL] has recently been thrown off balance yet again, with another attack on the Decentralized Finance (DeFi) platform.


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Balancer under attack

On 20 September, a post on X (formerly Twitter) by Exponential DeFi highlighted the hack of the Balancer domain. The post indicated that the hackers were prompting users to approve harmful contracts designed to siphon funds from their wallets.

At the time of this initial post, Balancer had not issued an official response, but one was subsequently posted.

In their official statement, the Balancer team confirmed that their frontend was indeed under attack. They cautioned users against engaging with the platform’s user interface (UI) until further notice.

Balancer bleeds over $200,000

In spite of the platform’s warnings, the attacker managed to successfully transfer some funds. A report from PeckShieldAlert revealed that the attacker had made off with approximately $238,000 worth of cryptocurrency.

As per the tracked wallet, the attacker initially received 1.04 Avalanche [AVAX], valued at approximately $9, which appeared to be a test transfer. Subsequently, the attacker exchanged 15.4 Ethereum [ETH] for over 2,700 AVAX and then sent these funds to the MEXC deposit. 

Notably, this marked the second attack on the network in less than a month. Balancer had previously issued a warning about a vulnerability on 22 August, which put $2.8 million, equivalent to 0.42% of its total value locked (TVL), at risk.

In their announcement on 24 August, users were strongly advised to “withdraw ASAP” if they had connected their wallets to affected liquidity provider (LP) pools.

Impact on TVL?

Data from DeFiLlama revealed that the initial hack experienced by Balancer had a noticeable impact on its Total Value Locked (TVL) and transaction activity.

Around 22 August, the TVL dipped from approximately $850 million to about $840 million. By 24 August, it had further declined to around $670 million.

Concurrently, the number of transactions surged to over 3,000 on 22 August, compared to the previous average of 2,000 transactions.

Balancer TVL and transactions

Source: DefiLlama

However, as of this writing, the TVL and transaction patterns appeared to have returned to normal. The TVL stood at around $710 million, and the number of transactions had reduced to approximately 1,600.

This indicated that the attack has not had any effect on these metrics, at least for now.


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How BAL has trended

Balancer’s native token BAL has maintained a consistent trend on its daily timeframe chart. Trading at approximately $3.2 at press time, it experienced a slight loss of less than 1%, and the preceding trading session also concluded with a loss.

Furthermore, it has been consistently trending below the neutral line on its Relative Strength Index (RSI) since around July. As of this writing, there have been no significant changes or noticeable spikes in its movement.

BAL/USDT price trend

Source: TradingView

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Adewale is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. While he is increasingly fascinating by the world of blockchain and cryptocurrencies, Adewale holds a degree in International Relations. Besides working on insightful articles that touch upon the crypto-space's hottest issues, he finds joy in supporting Manchester United and Afrobeat music.
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