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Crypto market maker Wintermute hacked with over $160M stolen

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on Sep 20, 2022
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  • Wintermute has been hacked for $160 million, the crypto market maker's founder and CEO says.
  • Attacker exploited the firm's DeFi operations and hacked 90 assets.
  • Firm says CeFi and OTC operations safe, though services might be disrupted.

Crypto market maker Wintermute has reportedly suffered an exploit, with roughly $160 million in digital assets stolen, the firm’s founder and CEO Evgeny Gaevoy has announced.

This latest crypto news sees yet another instance where malicious actors have targeted a DeFi platform, stealing millions in crypto assets.

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Wintermute exploit: 90 assets hacked

As per the Gaevoy’s statement on Twitter this Tuesday morning, the attackers targeted the market maker’s DeFi operations, with 90 assets hacked. However, CeFi and OTC operations are understood to be unaffected according to the Wintermute exec.

Commenting on the stolen assets and the values involved, Gaevoy noted:

“Out of 90 assets that has been hacked only two have been for notional over $1 million (and none more than $2.5M), so there shouldn’t be a major selloff of any sort. We will communicate with both affected teams asap.”

The platform has assured customers who have MM agreements with it that their funds are safe. Nonetheless, they expect some disruption in services, which could last a few days before everything “gets back to normal.”

Gaevoy added in a tweet:

“If you are a lender to Wintermute, again, we are solvent, but if you feel safer to recall the loan, we can absolutely do that.”

According to the Wintermute CEO, the platform would be willing to “treat” the exploit as white hat hacking – meaning it’s ready to engage the attacker. In this case, the hacker would be asked to return the loot, keeping a certain percentage as bounty.

2022 has seen multiple hacks on crypto platforms, with some of the largest including  the Ronin Network heist where North Korea-linked hackers stole $625 million worth of crypto assets; the Wormhole attack saw over $320 million stolen and the Beanstalk exploit resulted in a $190 million theft.

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