Breaking: Hyped Defi Project COVER Protocol Exploited, Hacker Mints Unlimited COVER Token

By Prashant Jha and Sunil Sharma
December 28, 2020 Updated December 28, 2020
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Defi project COVER protocol has become the latest victim of an exploit resulting in millions of stolen Cover tokens worth $2 million. The hacker exploited the cover protocol and minted an unlimited supply of cover tokens. The price of token has crashed by more than 77% since then.

The price of the token crashed by over 77% within an hour of the exploitation news coming out. The price of the COVER protocol token dropped from a daily high of $950 to $219 within an hour of the exploit. The token price has recovered since then and currently trading at near $302.

Source: TradingView

How Hackers Managed to Exploit COVER Protocol?

The attackers managed to exploit a bug in the Cover’s incentive contract called infinite mining bug’. Nansen, an analyst group focused on Ethereum wallets revealed that the exploiter managed to carry on his exploits for over 2 hours and all of the $2 million stolen funds were minted token.

The exploiters carried the attack mainly in two parts where they first minted Cover tokens for around two then dumped 114 Cover tokens on newly launched 1Inch DEX, before carrying on the exploit for another hour. After minting the Cover token for another hour, the hackers finally dumped all the tokens

Latest Update on Cover Protocol Hack

  • Binance Steps In, Suspends COVER Trading and COVER token Deposits

As per the latest update on COVER hack, Binance has suspended the COVER token trading and deposits following the hack news. While many are appreciating Binance for quick response many others are questioning the quality of on-boarding process and standards in Defi space.

  • The Cover Protocol Hacker Returns All ETH Profits Back to Deployer Account

As per the latest reports the exploiter of COVER protocol hack has returned all the ethereum profits from selling COVER tokens back to deployer account. This is very unusual as this exploitation seems to be not an attempt to steal COVER tokens rather a dump scheme to crash the prices.

The total amount of Ether returned is 4350 valued around $3 Million at the time of reporting. Crypto community is taking this event very seriously and this might attract regulators as well.

Defi ecosystem has managed to increase its market cap from under a billion to over $17 billion this year itself, thus making it a prominent success story. However the recent slew of rug-pulls, exit scams, and multiple exploits has also drawn several parallels with the infamous ICO era. Defi is on the verge of making it big and finally going mainstream through its use cases in the Forex and digital banking networks. However, the growing concerns around security must be addressed to make that possible.

An engineering graduate, Prashant focuses on UK and Indian markets. As a crypto-journalist, his interests lie in blockchain technology adoption across emerging economies.
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