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Breaking Kyber Network: DeFi Liquidity Hub Suffers Frontend Exploit

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Updated by Nicole Buckler
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In Brief

  • Kyber Network has suffered a malicious hack
  • Whale addresses were the target
  • Kyber had said that the situation is now under control, and that victims will be refunded
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Kyber Network, the multi-chain DeFi liquidity hub has suffered an exploit, the team has announced. 

According to the announcement, Kyber Network noticed a suspicious element on their front end and has shut down frontend operations to conduct an investigation. 

They were also able to compile a list of suspicious wallet addresses being active during the time of the exploit. 

At the time of writing, $265,000 worth of assets were lost, with two addresses affected. It seems that the hackers were targeting ‘whale’ addresses.

The team promised to reimburse the amount of assets lost. And while Kyber Network says the threat was neutralized, it cautioned against any suspicious activity with the users’ wallets, at the same time urging all DeFi projects to check their frontends and associated Google Tag Manager (GTM) scripts.

Kyber Network Statement

According to a statement from Kyber, “On 1 Sep, 3.24PM GMT+7, we identified a suspicious element on our frontend. Shutting down our front end to conduct investigations, we identified a malicious code in our Google Tag Manager (GTM)which inserted a false approval, allowing a hacker to transfer a user’s funds to his address. At 4pm GMT+7 we announced to our community that we had disabled the UI, during which we investigated the cause of the frontend exploit. A malicious code in our GTM was identified upon which we disabled GTM.

“Conducting further checks, we found that after disabling GTM, the bad script was eliminated with no further suspicious activity. The script had been discreetly injected and specifically targeting whale wallets with large amounts. We restored the UI, with the steps after to identify all of the attackers’ addresses, and identify the extent of the damage, and which addresses were affected. We announced the UI going live again at 5.46pm GMT+7.”

This is a developing story.

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Catherine Ross-Mychka
Before joining be[in]crypto, Catherine worked as a deputy editor in chief at Cointelegraph, editor in chief at Currency.com, and crypto managing editor at Benzinga. She has hosted numerous video shows and international conferences, has moderated over 30 panels and interviewed over 60 crypto entrepreneurs and executives.
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