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DeFi project New Free DAO has reportedly suffered a flash loan attack, losing over $1.25 million.
The attacker swapped the BNB for BSC-USD.
Flash loan attacks continue to be a popular attack method for bad actors.
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DeFi project New Free DAO lost over $1.25 million in a flash loan attack, PeckShield reported. The price of the NFD token has dropped by over 99%.
Blockchain security company PeckShield has alerted the crypto community that the New Free DAO project has probably suffered a $1.25 million loss. The company says that the project has likely suffered a flash loan attack, causing the NFD token value to drop by over 99%.
#PeckShieldAlert #slippage PeckShield has detected that $NFD has dropped -99% probably falls victim to a flashloan-assisted attack
The exploiter grabbed ~4,500 $BNB (~$1.25M) and has swapped ~2,000 $BNB to ~550k $BSC-USD
The attacker has made away with $1.25 million worth of BNB and has swapped it for BSC-USD. The token was created on the Binance Smart Chain (BSC) and was a DeFi token that seemingly focused on the NFT niche, and offered a multitude of features.
However, the project does not seem like one that has a particularly strong reputation within the crypto market. There is little information on it, but it appears to have been popular enough to have lost over $1 million dollars.
Flash loan attacks are a popular means of attack in the DeFi space, and several projects have been victims of the attack. They work by essentially manipulating prices after the attacker takes out an uncollateralized loan. They are comparatively easier to execute, hence their popularity.
In recent days, more and more projects have suffered from a flash loan attack. Blockchain cybersecurity firm CertiK said that a flash loan attack on the Avalanche blockchain resulted in the theft of $370,000 from a smart contract and liquidity providers. Curve Finance is believed to be among those affected.

CertiK Skynet has reported a #flashloan attack on #AVAX impacting contract 0xe767c… & some LPs. The attacker profited ~$370k USDC.

Possible impacted protocols include:@nereusfinance @traderjoe_xyz @CurveFinance
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Last year, Cream Finance suffered three flash loan exploits, with the third one seeing $130 million stolen. PancakeBunny lost $200 million in a flash loan exploit in what was one of the bigger heists.
As such, projects have made securing their protocols a high priority. However, flash loan attacks look like they will continue to happen, but teams are working on security nonetheless.
The DeFi market has always been a favored prey for attackers, as there is a large amount of capital flowing into it. New projects and protocols with little security auditing, and being new, are common targets for these attackers.
Over the past 18 months, many major projects have doubled down on their focus on security, as these attacks can have cascading effects. CertiK reported in January 2022 that 44 attacks in 2021 were due to centralization issues. Other causes include missing event emissions, unlocked compiler versions, and a lack of proper input validation.
Rahul’s cryptocurrency journey first began in 2014. With a postgraduate degree in finance, he was among the few that first recognized the sheer untapped potential of decentralized technologies. Since then, he has guided a number of startups to navigate the complex digital marketing and media outreach landscapes. His work has even influenced distinguished cryptocurrency exchanges and DeFi platforms worth millions of dollars.
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