The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has warned investors about decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms. Via a public service announcement on the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center, the law enforcement agency describes how investors are losing money to hacks on DeFi platforms. The FBI urged investors to do due research before committing their investment to these platforms.
However, the FBI went on to beseech DeFi platforms to enhance their security mechanism by improving their monitoring and conducting stringent code testing. Since the beginning of the year, investors have lost about $1.6 billion to cyber attacks on DeFi platforms. The FBI alerted that hackers are strongly banking on the increasing interest in cryptocurrency. Also, the agency discussed how it has been difficult for investors to comprehend how the cross-chain and open-source nature of DeFi functions. Therefore, aiding hackers in leveraging these lapses to loot funds from DeFi platforms and their investors.
Additionally, the FBI said it also noticed how hackers are exploiting the shortcomings of Smart contracts. These smart contracts govern the activities of DeFi outlets. Now, hackers exploit the lapses to ransack investors’ funds in DeFi platforms. The FBI made some illustrations of how hackers had manipulated the shortcomings of smart contracts to loot funds.
The agency recalled how cybercriminals, in February, went away with $321 million from Wormhole’s token bridge. The FBI explained that the hackers used a signature verification vulnerability to carry out the mischievous attack. In another explanation, the FBI described how hackers attacked Solana DeFi protocol, Nirvana, in July by capitalizing on flash loan lapses.
FBI Encourages DeFi Platforms To Improve Defense Mechanism
Notably, the agency conceded that every investment opportunity comes with a risk or the other. The agency urged investors to research decentralized finance platforms before using them. It added that in a case where investors are skeptical about these platforms, they should consult finance experts.
Additionally, the FBI advised that DeFi platforms should employ private auditors to audit their codes. As indicated, it will help the firms to determine certain lapses in their platform before the hacker pounce on them. The agency also implores the platforms to conduct regular code testing, analytics, and monitoring. This will help them spot possible threats before they become exploited.
As part of its suggestion, the FBI urged decentralized platforms to set up an incident response initiative. According to the agency, it will help inform investors of possible exploitations, weaknesses, and other wary activities. Lastly, the FBI encouraged American Investors to always reach out to the agency via their Internet Crime Complainant Center or their Offices whenever they become victims of cyberattacks on DeFi platforms.