Decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol, Pike Finance, has issued a statement following a misleading statement about a vulnerability in USDC Coin (USDC) after the platform was exploited for $1.6 million on April 30.

Details of Pike Finance’s exploitation and response

Initial know Pike attributed the exploitation to a vulnerability in USDC, but soon after corrected itself and confirmed that the exploitation was due to their own security negligence.

The exploit was mainly thought to be due to poor integration of third-party technologies such as the Cross-Chain Transfer Protocol (CCTP) and Gelato Network automation services, which are linked to USDC issuer Circle.

However, Pike Finance clarified that the real cause was the integration of their own protocol with CCTP and not a flaw in the USDC product itself. They acknowledged that the vulnerabilities in their smart contract functions during the handling of these transfers led to the enormous financial loss.

Impact and ongoing issues

The April 30 incident was not an isolated situation. It followed an earlier one exploit on April 26, where attackers managed to steal $300,000 worth of digital assets. Both attacks exploited the same vulnerability in Pike’s smart contract, which was identified but not adequately addressed by Pike’s developers, despite warnings from OtterSec.

In the current exploit, the attackers managed to siphon off $1.4 million in Ether, $150,000 in Optimism (OP) tokens, and around $100,000 in Arbitrum (ARB) tokens. Combined with the previous exploit, a total of $1.9 million was lost.

Future steps

Pike Finance acknowledged both the impact of the attacks and the miscommunication in their initial response. They have committed to improving their security protocols and continuing to work on securing their platform against future attacks. This incident serves as a reminder of the risks present in the DeFi space and the importance of accurate communication and robust security measures in maintaining trust and security in the crypto ecosystem.


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