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Kyber shows “perilous” DeFi needs guardrails

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By Akash Mahendra, 12 December 2023

Decentralized finance (DeFi) has been rocked by a sophisticated cyberattack on KyberSwap – an “OG” DeFi Protocol – which resulted in a staggering loss of approximately $54.7 million. Yesterday, the platform announced it had recovered $4.7 million through negotiating with smaller players in the heist - however, the main hacker remains at large and reluctant to talk.

While highlighting the increasingly advanced tactics employed by cyberhackers, this incident also serves as a stark reminder of the escalating security challenges within DeFi, which continues to carry clear perils.

The DeFi ecosystem – while revolutionary – is not immune to significant risks and the Kyber Swap hack is by no means a stand-alone case. In 2022 alone, the industry witnessed an alarming $3.8 billion siphoned off through various cyberattacks. These figures underscore the urgent need for heightened vigilance and improved security protocols.

Strengthening these security measures is critical to sustaining trust and stability in this evolving financial landscape: DeFi must prioritize the implementation of robust and advanced security mechanisms.

Haven1 stands out here in that it is inherently designed to counteract the vulnerabilities exposed by incidents like the KyberSwap attack, thus providing a more secure and scalable blockchain solution.

A pivotal component of Haven1’s security arsenal is its network-level guardrails, which play a crucial role in bolstering security and fostering trust within the DeFi ecosystem. By integrating such innovative tools, Haven1 could potentially prevent incidents akin to the KyberSwap pool’s loss, paving the way for a safer DeFi environment.

Haven1’s Provable Identity Framework is also designed to enhance trust and security in Web3. The Kyberswap attacker, for example, would have had to verify their identity to use Haven1 and so could not hide anonymously. Any attack on Haven1 would have real-world repercussions and consequences - akin to attempting to rob a bank, unmasked and ungloved.


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