Proposals in crypto assist communities make consensus-based selections. However, for decentralized music platform Auduis, the passing of a malicious governance proposal resulted within the switch of tokens value $6.1 million, with the hacker making away with $1 million. 

On July 24, a malicious proposal (Proposal #85) requesting the switch of 18 million Audius’ in-house AUDIO tokens was authorised by neighborhood voting. First identified on Crypto Twitter by @spreekaway, the attacker created the malicious proposal whereby they have been “able to call initialize() and set himself as the sole guardian of the governance contract.”

Hello everybody – our group is conscious of reviews of an unauthorized switch of AUDIO tokens from the neighborhood treasury. We are actively investigating and can report again as quickly as we all know extra.

If you want to assist our response group, please attain out.

— Audius (@AudiusChallenge) July 24, 2022

Speaking to Cointelegraph, Audius co-founder and CEO Roneil Rumburg clarified that the neighborhood didn’t go a malicious proposal:

This was an exploit – not a proposal proposed or handed via any professional means – it simply occurred to make use of the governance system because the entry level for the assault.

Further investigation from Auduis confirmed the unauthorized switch of AUDIO tokens from the corporate’s treasury. Following the revelation, Auduis proactively halted all Audius good contracts and AUDIO tokens on the Ethereum blockchain. 

Blockchain investigator Peckshield narrowed down the fault to Audius’ storage format inconsistencies.

The problem of @AudiusChallenge lies in inconsistent storage format between its proxy and impl. In explicit, the collision of Audius Community Treasury contract leads to an equivalence of disabling the initializer modifier. The proxyAdmin addr (0x..abac) performs a task right here.

— PeckShield Inc. (@peckshield) July 24, 2022

While the hacker’s governance proposal drained out 18 million tokens value almost $6 million from the treasury, it was quickly dumped and offered for $1.08 million. While the dumping resulted in most slippage, traders advisable a direct buyback to stop present traders from dumping and additional reducing the token’s flooring worth. 

Investors are but to get readability on the stolen funds as one investor requested, “They hacked the community fund right? The team’s fund is separate correct?”

Related: Yuga Labs warns of ‘persistent threat group’ focusing on NFT holders

Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) creator Yuga Labs issued its second warning about an anticipated “coordinated attack” on its social media accounts.

Our safety group has been monitoring a persistent risk group that targets the NFT neighborhood. We consider that they might quickly be launching a coordinated assault focusing on a number of communities through compromised social media accounts. Please be vigilant and keep protected.

— Yuga Labs (@yugalabs) July 18, 2022

In June, Gordon Goner, pseudonymous co-founder of Yuga Labs, issued the primary warning of a doable incoming assault on its Twitter social media accounts. Soon after the warning, Twitter officers actively monitored the accounts and fortified their present safety.


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