The incident marks the latest in a series of attacks on DeFi platforms in 2023. According to the Level Finance team, the attacker targeted the Referral Controller Contract, allowing them to siphon 214,000 LVL tokens before swapping them for BNB tokens. However, the liquidity pools and DAO treasury were reportedly unaffected, and the team was able to deploy a patch within 12 hours.
Despite the quick response, the hack highlights the ongoing security concerns surrounding DeFi platforms, as even audits have not been enough to prevent attacks from occurring. Level Finance has promised to release a post-mortem of the incident, which could shed light on the details of the attack.
Before the hack, Level Finance had a total value locked (TVL) of around $41 million, which has since decreased to $32.5 million. The platform offers programmatic pools of liquidity, efficient hedging of capital, and risk management. Its native LVL token incentivizes ecosystem use.
Unfortunately, Level Finance is not the only DeFi platform to have suffered a hack in 2023. Other notable attacks include those on Euler Finance and Sentiment, which resulted in the theft of $197 million and $1 million, respectively. In both cases, the teams were able to negotiate with the attackers to recover most of the stolen funds.
The increasing frequency of DeFi attacks is cause for concern, even though the current level of hacking activity in 2023 is not as severe as in 2022 when numerous high-profile attacks took place. Nevertheless, the potential for a single large hack to occur remains a very real threat.
As the DeFi ecosystem continues to grow and attract more users, it is imperative that platforms take steps to improve their security measures. Audits alone may not be sufficient, and additional measures such as bug bounty programs and hacker insurance may need to be implemented.
In the meantime, investors in DeFi platforms should exercise caution and conduct thorough due diligence before investing their funds. While DeFi has the potential to revolutionize finance, it is still a relatively new and rapidly evolving space, and security risks should not be taken lightly.