Stablecoin DEX Saddle Finance hacked for $10 million


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Saddle Finance, a decentralized exchange for trading stablecoins, was hacked in a DeFi exploit today.

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The unknown hacker carried out the exploit at 07:40 AM UTC and netted about 3,540 ether ($10 million), according to on-chain data.

Saddle Finance confirmed the incident, saying its team was investigating a “possible exploit.” 

A smart contract audit firm called BlockSec was the first to notice the exploit and notified Saddle. BlockSec was able to rescue $3.8 million from the exploiters with an internal system that can detect and front-run hacking incidents using off-chain arbitrage bots called flashbots.

“The project was taken for around 4,900 ether ($13.8 million). Among them, 1,360 ether ($3.8 million) was rescued by us,” BlockSecTeam told The Block on Twitter.

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Still, the hacker made off with more than $10 million in ETH from Saddle’s liquidity pools. Saddle Finance said it was in the process of recovering the $3.8 million from BlockSec.

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