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Mango Markets hack: Assessing the driving factor behind the “bold” settlement

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Solana [SOL]-based DeFi platform Mango Markets approved a proposal that will let the hacker keep almost half of the $113 million he stole from the protocol earlier this week.

In a twist of events….

…the Mango Markets DAO has voted overwhelmingly in favor of a counteroffer. This would enable the platform them to receive $66 million, and the hacker to walk away with a record $47 million. All this, without the risk of legal action against the accused.

According to the Mango DAO governance forum, the counter proposal passed with overwhelming support from the community, with more than 96% that voted in favor of this move. Furthermore, as per the agreement, the hacker will return 799,155 mSOL, 761,577 SOL, 281.498 BTC, 226 ETH, 1,809 AVAX, 32,409,565 MNGO, and 10,000,000 USDC among other tokens.

“All mango depositors will be made whole. By voting for this proposal, mango token holders agree to pay off the bad debt with the treasury, and waive any potential claims against accounts with bad debt, and will not pursue any criminal investigations or freezing of funds once the tokens are sent back as described above.” the proposal reads. 

A division of trust 

The comments left on the proposal page by the community members made one thing very clear. And it was that the proposal to make depositors “whole” played a big part in motivating them to vote in favor of this proposal. This move was described by many as audacious, given the huge bounty awarded. 

As per the industry standard, most bounties are capped at 10% of the exploited funds. Furthermore, the DAO also submitted to the hackers demand of repaying the protocol’s debts using funds from the treasury. These debts stemmed from a bailout that was facilitated by Mango Markets and Solana-based Solend earlier in June.  

The hacker’s initial proposal was very unpopular with the community, which was evident by the 90% votes that went against it. 



Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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