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DeFi exploits netted $1.57B in 4 months of 2022: 2021 records shattered

02 May 2022 : 10:02
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  • PeckShield said that in the four months of 2022, the exploitation of DeFi protocols has netted $1.57b
  • In the entire 2021, the amount lost to DeFi hacks was lesser, i.e., $1.55 billion
  • The total value locked (TVL) for (Defi) industry has sunk by around 20% since the start of 2022

Decentralized Finance, or Defi, is not a particularly safe world due to a lack of identities and the lack of regulations to punish those who take away the hard-earned money of investors. The blockchain security firm, PeckShield, known for revealing a number of hacks and rug pulls, has confirmed that in the four months of 2022, the exploitation of said protocols has netted $1.57 billion. 

Defi hacks in 2022 break 2021 records

PeckShield stated that in the first four months of 2022, Defi protocols had lost a total of $1.57 billion to hacks. On the contrary, in 2021, due to exploits, protocols reported a loss of around $1.55 billion. The point to note here is that losses in all of 2021 are still lesser when compared to those in the initial four months of 2022. 

The biggest losses for the month of April were Beanstalk and Fei Protocol. A flash loan attack on the credit-based stablecoin protocol Beanstalk caused a loss of around $182 million, and Fei’s exploit led to a loss of $80 million. By the looks of it, 2022 might become a record-breaking year in the history of Defi. 

It is also important to note that a huge chunk of this portion goes to the Ronin Bridge hack, which was the most expensive Defi hack ever. This hack might be the reason 2022 goes down as one of the worst years in terms of blockchain exploit prevention.

Total Value Locked sinks nearly 20%

The total value locked (TVL) for the entire decentralized finance (Defi) industry has sunk by around 20% since the initiation of 2022 as the crypto market remains bearish while hacks on protocols continue to increase. The TVL now stands at $199 billion, down from around $236 billion at the end of 2021, as per data from DefiLlama.

Another important factor to note here is that CertiK, a blockchain security firm, has raised $60 million in funding from SoftBank Vision Fund II and Tiger Global in order to prevent exploits in the Defi industry and save investors’ funds.

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