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THORChain suffers network outage but why did RUNE witness a rise

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THORChain suffered two back-to-back exploits on its ETH Router. The first took all the ETH from the system via an attacking contract that sat in front of the Router. The second took all the economically significant ERC20s via an attacking agreement that sat behind the Router.

Well, the DeFi protocol has come a long way. On 10 March, it was the third-largest project as per Messari. But this doesn’t guarantee a long time, hiccup-free rides. 

Apologies for the inconvenience?

THOR Chain experienced a 6-hour network outage in the early hours of 19 March. However, it has recovered since. And, all pending transactions have been listed in subsequent blocks. This wouldn’t come as a total surprise given the platform’s immense traction in 2022. In fact, the hard fork scheduled for the following Monday was expected to be delayed by six hours due to the outage.

THORChain tweeted that its network recovered after a brief outage and that no funds were currently at risk. 

Chad Barraford, the core developer of THORChain, stated in a tweet on 18 March that the THORChain network encountered a failure, causing it to stop producing new blocks. However, the core developers released a fix. 

As per the root cause, the protocol updated the same on 19 March, it read 


Since the error was in the mempool and not the ledger- a fix was possible. The node that proposed the block simply had to run the updated software to handle the error and keep going. ‘Thus no hard-fork necessary,’ the team added.

Nonetheless, the network was soon online. That said, it had to catch up to the huge number of pending transactions amidst the outage. Furthermore, it pushed the team into the state machine at a fully-maxed operation- 5000tx/block at 833 tx/sec run rate.

Source: Twitter

The native token, RUNE, witnessed an impressive rise despite this obstacle. It was up by 16% in just 24 hours; it traded just shy of the $13 mark. The community itself supported the protocol regardless of the noise.

Ambiguous metrics

It can be noted that volume picked up after synths’ introduction to the system. In fact, synth volume/TVL was up by 700%.

(Synths are derivative assets  existing on the Thorchain chain (tendermint/cosmos based) and are backed by tangible L1 assets in the liquidity pools.) 

This surge was quite evident in the graph below that showcased a similar trend for development activity as well.

Source: Santiment

According to the stochastic oscillator, THORChain’s crypto was oversold (<=20).

Source: Santiment

As seen above, the negative sentiment across the platform overpowered the counterpart. This explained the selling attribute mentioned above. Could this become an obstacle later for the protocol and its native token? Well, that remains to be seen.


Shubham is a full-time journalist/ Crypto data analyst at AMBCrypto. A Master's graduate in Accounting and Finance, Shubham's writings mainly focus on the cryptocurrency sector with particular emphasis on market research studies and communications for >2 years. Also, a die-hard Chelsea fan #KTBFFH.
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