Aave (AAVE) Freezes 17 Low-Liquidity Asset Pools in Effort to Prevent Attacks

The move comes after the $116 million Mango Markets exploiter Avraham Eisenberg tried to do a similar trick on Aave.

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  • Aave voted in favor of a proposal to freeze 17 low-liquidity asset pools.
  • The frozen pools are YFI, CRV, ZRX, MANA, 1inch, BAT, sUSD, ENJ, GUSD, AMPL, RAI, USDP, LUSD, xSUSHI, DPI, renFIL, and MKR.
  • Aave’s decision to freeze the pools comes after Avraham Eisenberg, the manipulator behind the $116 million attack on Mango Markets last month, attacked Aave’s Curve (CRV) pool and left the protocol with $1.6 million in bad debt.

Aave (AAVE), the largest decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol in the market, has voted in favor of a proposal to freeze multiple low-liquidity asset pools to stave off potential manipulators.

The proposal was posted on the Aave governance forum on November 22. It asked to temporarily freeze 17 assets on Aave v2 due to “the market situation of these assets is currently volatile.”

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The proposal received virtually unanimous support. This resulted in freezing the YFI, CRV, ZRX, MANA, 1inch, BAT, sUSD, ENJ, GUSD, AMPL, RAI, USDP, LUSD, xSUSHI, DPI, renFIL, and MKR markets on November 27.

Aave’s decision to do this comes after Avraham Eisenberg, the manipulator behind the $116 million attack on Mango Markets in October, left the protocol with $1.6M worth of bad debt a few days ago.

In an attempt to carry out a new “profitable trading strategy”, Avraham targeted Aave’s Curve (CRV) pool. He borrowed almost $50 million worth of the CRV token from the low-liquidity pool. He then short-sold it on the centralized exchange OKEx. Avraham was trying to liquidate Curve founder Michael Egovor’s massive $48 million loan. He would have been successful in doing so if the price of CRV went lower than $0.29.

Avraham did come close, sending CRV to as low as $0.40. However, as Avraham was gradually crushing the token over a ten-day period, Curve released a whitepaper. This document detailed its new stablecoin, crvUSD. Doing so coincidentally made the token price reverse and destroy Avraham’s shorts.

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In the end, Avraham lost around $10 million in this trade due to liquidations. However, he also left Aave with $1.6 million of bad debt. The protocol, which is the largest crypto lending platform with $3.65 billion in total value locked (TVL), later said that it has enough funds to cover this debt.

On the Flipside

  • It’s unclear when or whether the illiquid assets will be unfrozen.
  • Some argue there are still other low-liquidity assets on Aave v2 that could be targeted in similar future attacks.

Why You Should Care

Aave is the largest crypto lending platform in the market. Its decision to freeze certain low-liquidity pools indicates the protocol has, in theory, weaknesses that could be exploited.

This article is for information purposes only and should not be considered trading or investment advice. Nothing herein shall be construed as financial, legal, or tax advice. Trading forex, cryptocurrencies, and CFDs pose a considerable risk of loss.

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Arturas Skur

Arturas Skur is a cryptocurrency news reporter at DailyCoin who covers Web 3.0 domains, DeFi, and Ethereum Layer-2s. With over five years of experience in journalism and public relations, Arturas brings his critical thinking and analytical abilities to deliver insightful news stories. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, playing with his dog, and reading.