⚔️ Genie Accuses Rival Gem After DDoS Attack
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By Jason Levin
ATTACKED NFT aggregator Genie may be named after a magical wish-granting character, but Genie’s wishes were not granted this week. On May 1, Genie’s website was attacked – and founder Scott Gray accused competitor Gem of being behind it.
VICTIMS Gray said that Gem conducted a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, which is used to disrupt a site’s connectivity by overloading its servers with requests. Cryptocurrency platforms like Solana have previously been victims of DDoS attacks.
CRASH Scott tweeted that the attack began when Yuga Labs’ Otherside mint began. He tweeted, “In the last 24 hours a header with the URL http://gem.xyz has sent us 1.7M requests in an attempt to crash our website and degrade our performance.”
PRICING Scott told the Defiant, ”their backend was calling our API then their API was passing it to their front end.” Gray claims that Gem was using Genie’s pricing data to display prices on their platform. He attached the below screenshot of Genie’s AWS EC2 instance.
Yield Aggregator Taps ERC-4626 Standard for Vaults
By Owen Fernau
CAPITAL Yield aggregators are a strange breed. They generate earnings by pushing capital strategically through DeFi protocols and they have largely fallen out of the limelight in a crypto world engulfed by Bored Apes and multi-chain ecosystems.
V3 But the leader in the category, Yearn Finance, is still making moves. On May 3, the yield aggregator unveiled a third iteration of their core product, Vaults. It’s the biggest collection of updates in Yearn’s history. Upcoming changes include issuing Yearn’s vault tokens, which essentially represent deposits in the protocol’s vaults, using the ERC-4626 standard.
TOKENS In January, The Defiant reported how ERC-4626 standardizes yield bearing tokens, making it easier for developers to build on top of tokens that accrue value instead of having to create custom solutions for each. Chris Eberle, a contributor at Yearn Finance, sees the inclusion of the standard, as well as the whole of the protocol’s forthcoming v3, as progress towards establishing Yearn as a piece of DeFi infrastructure for yield.
Gensler's Ramp Up Sets Tone for Global Regulators
By Samuel Haig
NEWS Gary Gensler means business. That’s the takeaway from the news yesterday that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is increasing the headcount of its newly formed Crypto Assets and Cyber Unit to 50 positions from about 30. The unit is concentrating on enforcing securities laws in all aspects of crypto. from trading to lending to NFTs to custody.
PROTECTION “The U.S. has the greatest capital markets because investors have faith in them,” Gensler, the SEC’s chairman, said in a statement released by the commission on May 3. “As more investors access the crypto markets, it is increasingly important to dedicate more resources to protecting them.”
ENFORCEMENT Crypto supporters didn’t exactly applaud the news. “The SEC is a regulatory agency with an enforcement division, not an enforcement agency,” tweeted Hester Peirce, one of the SEC’s four commissioners. “Why are we leading with enforcement in crypto?”
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Traditional Institutions Are Increasingly Tapping DeFi Loans
By Samuel Haig
TRADING TradFi leaders are increasingly cozying up to DeFi. Case in point: Jane Street, a Wall Street quantitative trading firm with more than $300B in assets, has taken out a 25M USDC loan from BlockTower Capital. The loan, worth $25M, was facilitated by the decentralized funding platform Clearpool, it said on May 3.
DEAL Clearpool enables institutions to borrow uncollateralized loans via a network of lenders, and is backed by venture capital firms, including Arrington Capital and Sequoia Capital. The deal marks the latest round of DeFi-TradFi hookups. Leading crypto money market Aave launched its institutional platform Arc earlier this year, deploying on L2s Arbitrum and Optimism to offer low fees. On January, 30 institutions joined Aave Arc.
PERMISSIONED Clearpool launched its permissionless pools product in March, allowing whitelisted institutional borrowers to compete for stablecoins loans from its network of lenders. The BlockTower and Jane Street pool is the first permissioned product offered by the platform.
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Soaring Gas, Simmering Suspicion, and 50,000 NFTs: Inside Yuga’s Zany Metaverse Mint Ungodly hype creates ungodly expectations. That’s what happened when Yuga Labs, the creators of Bored Ape Yacht Club, launched the balleyhooed mint of their Otherside NFTs on May 1.
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