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$200 Million Crypto Exploit, Bitcoin Drops Below $23,000, What's Happening? Crypto Market Review, August 2

2 Aug, 20223 min readBitcoin
$200 Million Crypto Exploit, Bitcoin Drops Below $23,000, What's Happening? Crypto Market Review, August 2

The beginning of the week was not as smooth as we expected it to be following the massive rise in positivity we saw previously. First, we had a Vasil hard fork postponed, then Ethereum decentralized derivative trading platforms reported that they might face some problems after the Merge update. Less than 24 hours ago, the market faced a $200 million hack of the Nomad bridge.

Bitcoin losing ground

Unfortunately, Bitcoin was not able to hold above the $23,000 threshold and had already reached a $22,800 price level, which shows that the first cryptocurrency does not have enough buying power behind it. The lack of trading volume on BTC caused a reversal from the local high of $24,800.

Luckily, Bitcoin is still moving in the local uptrend since the middle of July, which means that the biggest cryptocurrency on the market is still in a local bull market, and market participants should not aim at new lows.

The most likely scenario from a technical standpoint right now is another test of the local trend's support level located at around the $22,000 price level. At press time, the line has been tested twice in July and ended up as a rally to new highs.

Massive $200 million bridge exploit

Another event that disrupted the entire industry is one of the biggest exploits we saw in the last few months. The Nomad bridge faced a critical issue. More than 40 addresses grabbed around $150 million worth of cryptocurrency. White Hat hackers acquired $8.2 million and ENS names got around $6 million.

#PeckShieldAlert PeckShield has detected one of @nomadxyz_ bridge exploiter 0xC994...0cf599 transferred ~1,205 $ETH into intermediary address 0x7a98...dFa308 and ~2,580 $ETH into intermediary address 0x8d5D...121124, and started to laundering stolen funds via @TornadoCash — PeckShieldAlert (@PeckShieldAlert) August 2, 2022

Such a large exploit affected users from different networks, including Cardano and Ethereum. Some Cardano holders used various Cardano-based assets to get madUsdc stablecoin, which was drained "thanks" to the exploit.

The issue that allowed the draining of funds from the bridge was found in the Replica smart contract that marked invalid contract interactions as valid ones and allowed spoofing messages. Attackers simply copypasted transactions and drained the bridge.

The problem for most attackers is that on-chain analysts had already tracked and marked almost every wallet that participated in the bridge drain. Some ENS address had been marked from the beginning, basically revealing the identity of hackers behind them.

The project's management urges users to become "White Hat" hackers and return funds for a 20% reward, which would be around $200,000 per $1,000,000 stolen.

Crypto market is in red

The situation on the cryptocurrency market leaves much to be desired as the majority of assets are losing up to 10% of their value in the last 24 hours. The liquidation volume on the market is almost at $100 million in the last 12 hours, with the majority of liquidated positions being long orders.

The cryptocurrency market lost more than $30 billion in capitalization in the last 24 hours, showing that the industry has already seen a sentiment reversal. Sentiment had been overwhelmingly positive considering the number of fundamentally bearish factors existing in the industry.

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