Synthetix Hacked, 37M sETH Stolen

This asset has extremely low liquidity in the secondary market, so it's hard to understand the value of stolen assets
25 June 2019   751

The platform for the release of synthetic assets using the blockchain of Ethereum Synthetix was attacked, which resulted in the seized 37 million sETH stolen, The Block reports. Estimating the value of these assets is problematic due to their low liquidity in the secondary market.

There has been an incident with the price feed of sKRW, we are currently investigating the root cause, but during the time when the price feed was returning the wrong value we believe an automated arb bot converted into sKRW and then into sETH.
 

Kain Warwick

CEO and Co-Founder, Synthetix

Warwick asked the bot owners to contact the platform to help eliminate the vulnerability and offered a reward. According to information from the Synthetix Discord channel, the team has full control over smart contracts and does not intend to resume transfers in the system until the problem is resolved.

According to The Block analyst Theo Leibowitz, the advantages of Synthetix are leveled by the vulnerability of the mechanisms for ensuring the value of synthetic products produced using the platform, which makes its users at significant risk. "The irony of this situation is that the currently suboptimal design of the Synthetix platform makes it's actually very difficult to realize gains from this kind of attack", he said

sETH is a synthetic version of Ethereum in the Synthetix system and can be used for trading on the project's stock exchange. The platform uses its own token SNX, which is necessary for the release of synthetic assets based on it.

BitPay to Add Ethereum Support

The company will implement Ethereum support on BitPay Visa prepaid debit cards and allow merchants to accept coin as a mean of payment
17 September 2019   229

BitPay cryptocurrency processing will add support for Ethereum in the coming weeks. Merchants will be able to accept a coin as payment, and users can store it in their wallet.

BitPay is consistently at the forefront of using cryptocurrency to solve real-world problems and offer our global customers the best options to accept and pay with multiple blockchain assets. As one of the largest crypto currencies by market cap and one used by thousands of companies, Ethereum is the next logical choice.
 

Stephen Pair

CEO of BitPay

The company will also implement Ethereum support on BitPay Visa prepaid debit cards.

It is exciting to see BitPay leading the way in integrating Ethereum into global payment systems. This truly opens up a new world of possibilities for the Ethereum ecosystem, and together we can continue to be a leading innovator for real world use cases for cryptocurrencies.
 

Vitalik Buterin
Founder and creator, Ethereum

At the moment, the service supports Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash, and also offers merchants settlements in stablecodes USDC, GUSD and PAX and 12 world currencies.