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Curve DAO Token jumps more than 51% – what‘s behind the CRV price rise?

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Edited by Charlie Mellor

11:01, 23 November 2022

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Representation of the curve dao token (CRV)
Curve dao token (CRV) has been on a rollercoaster – Photo: Shutterstock

Curve dao token (CRV) – the native crypto of the Curve decentralised exchange (DEX) that only trades stablecoins and wrapped assets – has seen a massive amount of volatility over the last few days. 

CRV jumped more than 51% at one point on Wednesday after seeing a major dip the previous day – the result of an apparent short attack, reportedly carried out on the decentralised finance (DeFi) Aave protocol.

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So what happened with CRV?

On-chain analysts have detailed the attack over the last couple of days.

On 20 November 2022, Twitter user DefiMoon accused Avraham Eisenberg – a trader reported to have been involved in October’s Mango Markets attack – of having a $17m CRV short position.  


0.10 Price
-3.860% 1D Chg, %
Long position overnight fee -0.0500%
Short position overnight fee 0.0140%
Overnight fee time 22:00 (UTC)
Spread 0.0012183


1,231.38 Price
-2.180% 1D Chg, %
Long position overnight fee -0.0500%
Short position overnight fee 0.0140%
Overnight fee time 22:00 (UTC)
Spread 5.00


16,829.60 Price
-1.120% 1D Chg, %
Long position overnight fee -0.0500%
Short position overnight fee 0.0140%
Overnight fee time 22:00 (UTC)
Spread 60.00


0.00 Price
-3.920% 1D Chg, %
Long position overnight fee -0.0500%
Short position overnight fee -0.0500%
Overnight fee time 22:00 (UTC)
Spread 0.00000682

Two days later, Lookonchain tweeted that another shorter had borrowed 20 million CRV ($9.9M) from Aave, before sending half of it to OKX exchange. Lookonchain said: 

“He has lent 37M CRV from Aave in the past seven days. The price of CRV dropped from $0.625 to $0.464, a decrease of about 26%. Now he is dumping the 20 million CRV he borrowed!”

As of 23 November, Lookonchain then detailed the tug of war between CRV short and long traders the day before. He said on Twitter

“CRV war was played out on Aave yesterday and ended with the longer defeating the shorter. Ponzishorter.eth shorted CRV by borrowing and dumping CRV. CRV guardians bought CRV, soaring the price to $0.72, and liquidating all collateral of ponzishorter.eth.”

At the time of writing, CRV was trading at $0.62, up 51% in the past 24 hours.

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