😠 Wallet Provider Slope Blamed For Solana Breach
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Users’ private keys may have been inadvertently leaked, according to the Solana team.
HACK Solana wallet provider Slope has been identified as the source of a hack in which attackers stole an estimated $8M in USDC, SOL and other crypto assets, according to a brief analysis released Wednesday by the Layer 1 blockchain.
USERS Slope users were urged to create brand-new wallets with alternative providers and to transfer their crypto assets to those new wallets. In a statement Wednesday afternoon, Slope acknowledged that a “cohort” of its wallets were compromised.
PAIN “We have some hypotheses as to the nature of the breach, but nothing is yet firm,” the statement read. “We feel the community’s pain, and we were not immune. Many of our own staff and founders’ wallets were drained.”
WALLETS Slope said hardware wallets were not affected and a full post-mortem was incoming. Solana, meanwhile, said its researchers had determined “private key information” – essentially the password to a user’s crypto wallet – “was inadvertently transmitted to an application monitoring service.” How this later led to the hack is yet to be determined.
Google Searches for ‘Crypto’ and ‘NFTs’ Have Plunged
By Claire Gu
BOTTOM Calling the bottom of the market is one of the toughest tasks for investors. How do you know when the worst is over and maybe, just maybe, it’s time to get back in and do some buying?
QUESTION That question is a big one at the moment as The Merge spurs a summer rally in Ethereum and dreams of a new bull run. As investors scramble for signs this shift may be actually happening, many are turning to an unusual metric — Google Trends data.
SENTIMENT Analyzing Google searches has become one of the best ways to get a handle on investor sentiment and retail interest. The Defiant has found that in 2022, web searches for “crypto” have tumbled 73%, and those for “NFTs” have fallen 86%. Meanwhile, 57% fewer people are searching for “Ethereum”.
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The decentralized file storage sector is growing rapidly.
By Jason Levin
STORAGE We live in the age of data. Whether it’s backing up our cell phones and photos or corporations storing their records, our appetite for storage continues to grow, with global data storage predicted to hit 181 ZB (zettabytes or 1021 bytes) by 2025.
SUBTLE While web2 behemoths like Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft’s Azure dominate the industry, there is a subtly growing sub-industry focused on decentralized data storage.
ACCESS Centralized storage providers like AWS store data on internal servers, implying that users’ access to their data can be cut off by the hosting company if it chooses to do so. This could happen for various reasons such as non-payment, violation of ToS etc.
A Primer on One of the Most Important Metrics in DeFi
SHARE PRICE Investors use market capitalization as the yardstick to measure both stocks and cryptocurrencies. A publicly-traded company’s market capitalization is synonymous with its value. That’s because it is calculated by multiplying the company’s total shares by the share price.
IPO However, cryptocurrencies are not companies. And unlike stocks, digital tokens do not represent an ownership share of the venture. Both stocks and cryptocurrencies debut in the market through public offerings; with the former it’s via an initial public offering, or IPO, and with the latter it’s an initial coin offering, or ICO.
SUPPLY Most importantly, market cap helps size up how investors view the prospects of assets. No matter how a cryptocurrency supply is allocated, the formula for market cap is always the same. Multiply the price of each token by the number of circulating coins. In the case of Bitcoin, that would be the following:
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🧑💻 ✍️ Stories in The Defiant are written by Owen Fernau, Aleksandar Gilbert, Claire Gu, Samuel Haig, Jason Levin, and yyctrader, and edited by Edward Robinson, yyctrader and Camila Russo. Videos were produced by Robin Schmidt and Alp Gasimov. Podcast was led by Camila, edited by Alp.
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