Welcome to our recap of the major stories in the crypto world! Here’s what has happened over the past week:
BAYC gets hacked… again
Following a previous hack of the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) Instagram, their Discord server was hacked.
Our Discord servers were briefly exploited today. The team caught and addressed it quickly. About 200 ETH worth of NFTs appear to have been impacted. We are still investigating, but if you were impacted, email us at [email protected].
— Bored Ape Yacht Club (@BoredApeYC) June 4, 2022
The hacker posted phishing links on Discord, and managed to steal 200 ETH worth of NFTs when users connected their wallets to this fake site.
The @boredapeYC Discord server was hacked Saturday, with the attacker making off with 200 ETH ($360K) worth of NFTs, according to @yugalabs, which made the disclosure 11 hours after word of the exploit surfaced online.@elitanjourno reportshttps://t.co/ZPpc9xsuLi
— CoinDesk (@CoinDesk) June 4, 2022
We would like to urge all users to take extreme caution when clicking any links, even from official sources.
The phishing links will look very similar to the actual link, but there may be some slight changes to the URL.
In recent days, some of our users have received DMs from a fake Krystal Twitter account, inviting them to click on a link to claim a ‘prize’.
I also received this message
Scam everywhere pic.twitter.com/LM5TPU535f
— LIXIQ 美丽的女孩 (@lixiuqiu16) June 9, 2022
If the deal is too good to be true, it usually will be a scam!
Tron, which debuted the USDD algorithmic stablecoin last month, is looking to avoid the trouble its fellow token TerraUSD ran into by boosting transparency and adding collateral.https://t.co/8hGosnK15b
— Mint (@livemint) June 6, 2022
Over-collaterisation means that there is more money in TronDAO’s reserves than the circulating supply of USDD. This ensures that even if USDD loses its peg, there is more than enough money in the reserves to maintain USDD at $1 USD.
The TronDAO has guaranteed a minimum over-collaterisation ratio of 130%.
🤑The #USDD real-time collateral ratio is now over 200% with a guaranteed minimum collateral Ratio of 130%!
— USDD (@usddio) June 7, 2022
However, if you look at TronDAO’s reserves, it comprises 3 main assets:
The stablecoin USDT is only ~ 20% of the entire reserve, and the majority of the assets are in BTC and TRX.
Both BTC and TRX can be considered volatile assets, so their value may fluctuate. When TronDAO sells these assets to defend the peg, the total value in USD may not be enough to bring USDD back to its peg.
Moreover, USDT’s reserves have been in question, and critics are still unsure whether they are able to fully maintain the peg to the US Dollar since cash only consists ~ 5% of their entire reserves.
It remains to be seen if USDD is able to stand the test of time and maintain its peg in the long run.
More funds for crypto startups
Both Cronos and Solana have set up new funds to help accelerate the growth of crypto startups.
Cronos’ program consists of a $100 — $300k seed funding with additional grants and mentorships,
We are excited to announce the launch of the Cronos Accelerator Program🚀
⏭ Accelerated growth for early-stage projects building on @cronos_chain
💪Supported by successful leaders & founders
💵$100M-backed war chest
— Cronos (@cronos_chain) June 7, 2022
while Solana’s fund focuses on Korean crypto startups, particularly those who are in the gaming, NFT or DeFi space.
Solana sets up $100 million fund for Korean crypto startupshttps://t.co/X0IRsiZnFB
— The Block (@TheBlock__) June 8, 2022
Solana could possibly be targeting crypto startups in Korea that relied on the Terra ecosystem before its collapse.
Despite the bear market, these networks seem to be investing heavily into new startups to accelerate their ecosystem’s adoption and growth.
This follows a recent announcement by Binance, where they recently launched a $500 million fund.
Continue to invest in the industry.
— CZ 🔶 Binance (@cz_binance) June 2, 2022
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FTX and OpenSea are on Forbes
The Fintech 50 list by Forbes is out, and nine cryptocurrency and blockchain companies, including FTX and OpenSea, have been included.
💰 The @Forbes #Fintech50 is out! Congratulations to the @NEA & @ConnectVentures companies honored, including: @FTX_Official @onegoodleap @Guideline401k @opensea @Plaid–the most innovative startups in: #personalfinance #investing #payments & #crypto 👏🏽https://t.co/ulY9RHqtPQ
— NEA (@NEA) June 7, 2022
The other companies include rather well-known companies within the crypto space, such as Circle, Fireblocks and Paxos.
Some of the criteria that these companies need to meet include:
- Strong growth over the past year, and at a faster pace than competitors
- Have a publicly live, working product
- Have significant U.S. operations
Korean exchanges plan to delist Litecoin
After the recent Mimblewimble update (MEWB) to Litecoin, new privacy features have been added to the network.
— Litecoin (@litecoin) May 20, 2022
With any blockchain, it will come with a blockchain explorer that allows you to view the details of every transaction, including:
- Transaction details
- Wallet address of the sender and recipient
With the MimbleWimble update, users will be able to move their Litecoins via ‘Extension Blocks’, which helps to mask all details, so that they can only be seen by the addresses that are involved in the transaction.
This privacy feature is only opt-in, and most transactions are still publicly available on Litecoin’s ledger.
However, crypto exchanges in Korea have begun to delist LTC after this upgrade.
South Korean crypto exchanges Bithumb and Upbit plan to delist Litecoin, saying the token's new privacy features violate the country's anti-money laundering law (@andrebeganski / Decrypt)https://t.co/yBKv9KQkMbhttps://t.co/4cDJiD4FdX
— Techmeme (@Techmeme) June 9, 2022
This could most likely be due to the Specific Financial Information Act, which makes confidential crypto transactions illegal in Korea.