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Several decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols are working together to recover approximately $300,000 worth of cryptocurrency that became locked during the largest hack of 2023.
Inverse Finance, the owner of the cryptocurrency, is apprehensive that arbitrageurs are preparing to seize the accumulated funds once they become accessible again on June 8th.
As per a proposal presented on Tuesday, the automated market maker Balancer intends to carry out a "permissioned arbitrage" of its "bb-e-USD" pool "prior to others gaining access to it." This information was shared in a forum post by Balancer's governance lead. Balancer had temporarily frozen the pool in mid-March as an emergency response when the borrowing and lending platform Euler Finance encountered a $200 million loss due to a hacker (who subsequently returned the funds).
The plan is currently under discussion and requires the approval of Balancer's community members, as it would entail modifying the mechanics of the DeFi protocol. Once the arbitrage is successfully executed, organizers intend to conduct a second vote to determine the distribution of the recovered tokens.
DeFi's ecosystem is akin to a intricate network of interlocking Lego bricks, and the Balancer situation exemplifies this complexity. The plan has already garnered the support of three other protocols: TempleDAO, which will lend Balancer the required specialty stablecoins for the arbitrage process; Euler, who patched the smart contract; and Inverse, the entity seeking the return of its funds. Their collective endorsement highlights the collaborative nature of the DeFi community in resolving such challenges.
“Inverse is clearly very concerned about recovering their coins,” the pseudonymous Balancer contributor Tritium wrote in a forum post.
Sources familiar with the matter reveal that the endeavor to recover Inverse's cryptocurrency was a formidable undertaking that spanned several months. Overcoming numerous technological challenges, particularly the intricate nature of the arbitrage smart contract, posed significant hurdles. Compounding the difficulty was the fact that Inverse had previously fallen victim to multiple exploitations, rendering any chance at recovery immensely valuable.
"Overall this has been one of the more positive exploit endings of the last year," said the Head of Growth for Inverse Finance, who goes by the screen name Patb. "First the Euler recovery and then this."