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Crypto roundup: market stabilises after wobble; Cream Finance spills $130m in DeFi hack – Stockhead


The crypto market looks like it’s trying to find support around current levels after its big daily dip. Meanwhile, DeFi project Cream Finance has copped a hefty flash-loan hack.

Quite a day in crypto, this one. A day that’s seen more than US$850 million worth of crypto liquidations, over US$210 billion lost to the overall crypto market cap, and dog-meme coin Shiba Inu (SHIB) hit an all-time high and mark its territory in the top 10 by market cap.

At the time of writing, the overall cryptocurrency market cap is sitting at US$2.59 trillion, according to CoinGecko, and down about five per cent since this time yesterday.

Check out this top-coin grid overview, below. Reflecting the broader crypto market, it’s a sea of red, with the odd notable green outlier – e.g. top right…

Coin360.com

Since losing the US$60K zone about eight hours ago, Bitcoin (BTC) has largely been chopping around sideways in the high 58K to low 59K areas. Its market-moving buddy Ethereum (ETH) has been doing similar stuff, trading either just under or just above US$4K for several hours.

Cause for alarm? Many an analyst believes the “bull market” could remain intact even if Bitcoin drops all the way down to levels around US$50K. Just as a reminder, Bitcoin was sitting at about US$43K only one month ago.

And here’s one respected tweet-happy chart watcher we follow, who’s been half expecting today’s move…

Veteran trader Peter Brandt, meanwhile, is famed for correctly calling the 2018 Bitcoin top. He’s not playing that card just here, just yet, even if he is getting a bit uncomfortable on the fence…

 

Another DeFi project creamed in big exploit

Cream Finance is the latest protocol to give decentralised finance a bad look and provide more ammunition for the likes of Securities and Exchange Commission boss Gary Gensler and US Senator Elizabeth Warren.

The DeFi lending protocol has been hit by another* “flash loan” attack, with the hacker making off with more than US$130 million in Ethereum-based tokens.

*(It was also hacked for US$34 million in August.)

Smart-contract auditing firm PeckShield broke the news of the exploit on Twitter a few hours ago and has specific details about the flash-loan hack, what that actually is, and how it was caused.

Cream Finance, meanwhile, has announced it’s “investigating an exploit on C.R.E.A.M. v1 on Ethereum”.

DeFi and smart-contract insurance specialists such as Nexus Mutual (who spoke with Stockhead in August) and Bridge Mutual, are well across the exploit…

Playing the DeFi game still carries enormous risk. Covering that risk with insurance just makes good sense.

That said, as crypto analyst Adam Cochran notes on Twitter, the funds in Cream’s staked ETH 2.0 service are custodial,  meaning that those particular Cream liquidity pool tokens are “likely saveable”.

And this is because the Cream team and  their validators probably still have the underlying ETH, writes Cochran, “and can snapshot balances at the time of the hack”.

 

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