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Crypto news: SOL dips following $320m hacker attack

By Daniela Ešnerová


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BNB/USD
Binance Coin / USD
289.79 USD
-5.13 -1.780%
BNB/USD
Binance Coin / USD
289.79 USD
-5.13 -1.780%
BTC/USD
Bitcoin / USD
16854.70 USD
-187.25 -1.100%
ETH/USD
Ethereum / USD
1235.09 USD
-23.7 -1.890%
SOL/USD
Solana / USD
13.7228 USD
-0.5321 -3.770%

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Solana (SOL) logo against red background with with lines representing downward market moves.
Solana (SOL) has seen steeper losses over the last 24 hours than any other cryptocurrency from top 50 – Photo: Shutterstock

The price of solana (SOL) tumbled on Thursday after hackers attacked Wormhole, a bridge between the Solana and Ethereum networks, and stole more than 120,000 wrapped ether (wETH) worth around $320m.

Solana fell more than 14% taking its price down to $94.65 by mid-morning in London.

Wormhole is a communication bridge that connects Solana to other decentralised finance (DeFi) networks that allows users to transfer cryptocurrencies between a number of blockchains without using decentralised exchanges.

Originally built on Solana as a bi-directional bridge for Solana and Ethereum cross-transfers, Wormhole now also supports transfers between Binance Smart Chain, Polygon, Terra, Avalanche and Oasis ecosystems.

On Wednesday, an on-chain analyst, tweeting under the nickname ‘samczsun’, posted a message from the Wormhole team to a hacker, which was attached to a transaction block. 

The tweet read: “This is the Wormhole Deployer: We noticed you were able to exploit the Solana VAA verification and mint tokens. We’d like to offer you a whitehat agreement, and present you a bug bounty of $10m for exploit details, and returning the wETH you’ve minted. You can reach out to us at contact@certus.one.”

ETH/USD

1,235.09 Price
-1.890% 1D Chg, %
Long position overnight fee -0.0500%
Short position overnight fee 0.0140%
Overnight fee time 22:00 (UTC)
Spread 5.00

LUNC/USD

0.00 Price
-3.230% 1D Chg, %
Long position overnight fee -0.0500%
Short position overnight fee -0.0500%
Overnight fee time 22:00 (UTC)
Spread 0.00000688

DOGE/USD

0.10 Price
-4.160% 1D Chg, %
Long position overnight fee -0.0500%
Short position overnight fee 0.0140%
Overnight fee time 22:00 (UTC)
Spread 0.0012155

XRP/USD

0.38 Price
-1.930% 1D Chg, %
Long position overnight fee -0.0500%
Short position overnight fee 0.0140%
Overnight fee time 22:00 (UTC)
Spread 0.00314

Chart of the day: SOL and ETH slump after hacker attack

A line chart representing price movements of solana (SOL) and ether (ETH) in reaction to news about hacker attack on Solana-Ethereum bridging solutionSolana (SOL) fell 7%, while ether (ETH) was down 3.5% – Credit: TradingView

Wormhole then issued a tweet that it was investigating a potential exploit.

Following the attack, some $360 worth of ETH was not backed, and Wormhole said that it would add the amount to the system over the following hours to ensure that ETH was backed 1:1 to fiat currency. 

It was the second biggest DeFi attack to date since last April, when cross-chain protocol PolyNetwork was hacked for $611m.

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Quote of the day

Jack Dorsey, former chief executive of Twitter and founder and CEO of Square, speaking to CNBC

“If bitcoin existed before Twitter started, I think we would see completely different business models. I don't think we would be as dependent upon one business model. I think there would be a much healthier balance of business models.”

Top coins by market capitalisation

As of 07:00 GMT: 

Winners and losers

  • quant (QNT) added a whopping 24.29% over the last 24 hours (and 35.42% over the last week). It is now 58th biggest cryptocurrency by market capitalisation.
  • solana (SOL), the seventh biggest virtual token by market capitalisation, lost 14% over the last 24 hours - more than any other top 50 coin in the period.

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