In making strong claims of being the future of finance, decentralized finance, popularly known as DeFi, has gained massive success, with the DeFi sector currently holding more than $220 billion.
Despite their successes, decentralized protocols have become prime targets for cybercriminals. According to Immunefi, funds lost to DeFi hacks and scams in 2021 exceeded $10.2 billion.
Following a report on January 28th, Qubit Finance now joins the list of ever-growing DeFi protocols to suffer a major exploit.
Qubit Finance Exploited for $80 Million
Qubit Finance, a DeFi lending and borrowing protocol on the Binance Smart Chain, was exploited on January 28th, with the hacker making away with over 206,809 BNB ($80 million) from its lending pools.
Developers of Qubit Finance reported that “the hacker minted unlimited xETH to borrow on BSC.” According to Qubit, its team is currently working with security and network partners on its next steps.
Following a post-mortem on Qubit Finance’s chain, security firm Certik reported that the attacker had utilized a deposit option in the QBridge contract to illegally mint 77,162 qXETH.
PeckShield adds that the hacker used them to drain the entire store of BNB held on QBridge. According to data, Qubit’s hack is the seventh-largest DeFi exploit by the quantity of funds stolen.
On the Flipside
- The Qubit Finance team has sent an on-chain message to the hacker, offering a bounty of $250,000 in return for the stolen funds.
Why You Should Care
While hacks, scams, rug-pulls, and protocol exploits are common within the crypto sector, their presence has raised concerns, and calls for the stiffer regulation of cryptocurrencies have risen as a result.