- BurgerSwap has become the victim of a flash loan attack.
- The DeFi protocol suffered losses in the region of $7.2 million after the attackers managed to extract WBNB, BUSD, and ETH, among other tokens.
- The growing rate of cyber-attacks is fast becoming a major source of concern following the recent assaults on PancakeBunny.
- BurgerSwap has announced that they will cover all losses suffered by their users during the cyber-attack.
BurgerSwap, an early automated market maker on the Binance Smart Chain, has become the victim of a cyber-attack that resulted in losses of over $7 million. The perpetrators utilised a flash loan in their assault, which is one of the most common methods of breaching the security of DeFi protocols.
BurgerSwap the New Victim
Cyber-attacks are growing more vicious with each passing day, with many speculating that the boom of cryptocurrencies and DeFi have drawn a great deal of unwanted attention from cyber-criminals. BurgerSwap was the latest victim of a wave of attacks, as it was announced that the protocol had lost a sum of $7.2 million during a flash loan attack.
In the wake of the attack the protocol has temporarily suspended Swap, including the addition or removal of liquidity, to avoid further losses.
The use of flash loans in attacks on protocols has risen astronomically in recent times due how seemingly easy they are to pull off. The attacker instigates such an assault by obtaining a flash loan from a lending protocol, which they then use to unethically manipulate the market.
Attacks can span a matter of seconds, and multiple DeFi protocols can be targeted at once. This particular attack resulted in the loss of tokens like WBNB to the value of $1.6 million and 432,000 BURGER, valued at the time at $3.2 million. Other tokens that were pilfered include xBurger, USDT, ROCKS, and BUSD.
On the Flipside
The Way Forward
Since the attack, BurgerSwap has stated that the tech team is working hard to resolve the issue, and a solution will be published soon. The protocol has also stated that it will cover all of the losses incurred by users as a result of the malicious attack.
In related news, Pancake Bunny also fell victim to a flash loan attack, which saw the loss of over 500,000 BUNNY tokens.
The impact of this attack on the protocol has left them in dire straits, as the value of the token plummeted by as much as 95%, although no vaults were compromised.
Due to the frequency of these attacks, Binance has taken immediate steps to beef up the security of the Binance Smart Chain by partnering with CipherTrace. This deal will see CipherTrace’s transaction tracking and wallet attribution software introduced to the Binance Smart Chain and will provide analytical support for BSC.