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Wintermute Hacker Who Stole $160 Million Is Now Main Curve Liquidity Provider 

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Updated by Geraint Price
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In Brief

  • Funds from last year's Wintermute hack have been found in Curve's 3pool.
  • Curve's founder says there is no way of stopping the exploiter's transactions.
  • Curve's 3pool is liquidity pool enabling swaps between USDC, USDT, and DAI.
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Wintermute’s 2022 hacker has provided 28% of the liquidity on Curve Finance’s stablecoin liquidity pool with stolen funds.

According to Etherscan, the hacker is contributing about $114 million out of $409 million behind Curve’s 3pool.

Wintermute Exploiter Revives DeFi Debate

The hacker receives a hefty fee slice as a main liquidity provider when Curve users swap tokens the criminal provided.

Pools like Curve enable token swaps through market-making algorithms rather than intermediaries. Liquidity providers earn significant fees by depositing tokens with high trading volumes, which offset minor fluctuations in a token’s price set by the algorithm.

In its smart contract, Curve’s 3pool enables swaps between USDC, USDT, and DAI. The immutability of the smart contract means that an effected swap or deposit cannot be revoked.

This irrevocability means that criminals can benefit from stolen funds without recourse on the victim’s behalf.

Curve founder Michael Egorov says no one can prevent the hacker from providing liquidity since the pool is permissionless. Furthermore, Curve argues that EVEN governance votes cannot change any smart contract which holds funds.

Curve 3pool Asset Holders
Curve 3pool Liquidity Providers | Source: Etherscan

Earlier this year, a U.K. court ordered Oasis to rewrite its code to recover funds from an earlier hack. Oasis developed a frontend application for the decentralized stablecoin DAI. The move was controversial because DeFi principles dictate that funds cannot leave users’ wallets unless they sign a payment with their private key.

USDC Market Cap Tanks $13B Amid Banking Crisis

One of the stablecoins in a Curve pool, USDC, can now be transferred between networks using its issuer Circle’s cross-chain transfer protocol. The new method enables USDC transfers between Avalanche and Ethereum by burning USDC on the source blockchain and minting it on the new one.

The new tech comes amid a confidence crisis in the U.S. banking sector and an uncertain regulatory climate, contributing to a $13 billion decline in the coin’s market cap to $30.71 billion. CoinGecko pinned the coin’s peak market cap at $56 billion on June 20, 2022.

USDC Market Cap | Source: CoinGecko
USDC Market Cap | Source: CoinGecko

Political divides have slowed the passage of U.S. crypto legislation. This regulatory bog has seen crypto firms like Coinbase express interest in moving to areas with clearer laws.

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