Platypus Finance, a decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol, has recently fallen victim to a security breach, resulting in the loss of over $2 million. The project, which operates on the Avalanche blockchain, was exploited in a flash loan attack. Security firm PeckShield alerted the community about the breach.
In response to the suspicious activities detected within the protocol, Platypus Finance has taken the proactive step of temporarily suspending all pools. The attack primarily targeted the AVAX-sAVAX liquidity pool, but the project has not provided an official comment on the specific attack vector used.
Flash loans are a DeFi feature that allows users to borrow assets without collateral, provided they repay the loan within the same transaction block. Unfortunately, attackers have exploited this mechanism to manipulate market prices or exploit vulnerabilities in DeFi protocols. They borrow significant sums, artificially creating market conditions, profiting from the resulting discrepancies, and repaying the loan within a single transaction block.
This isn’t the first time Platypus Finance has experienced a security breach. In February 2023, the project suffered a flash loan attack that targeted its newly launched stablecoin, USP, resulting in a loss of $8.5 million.
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