Compound User Liquidated for $49 Million, Price Oracle Blamed

Key Takeaways

  • Over $100 million has been liquidated on Compound over the last 24 hours.
  • One user farming Compound’s native COMP token suffered a loss of $49 million.
  • Signs point to an oracle exploit as the cause of the liquidations.

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Compound has seen over $100 million in liquidations in the last 24 hours, according to LoanScan

More than half of the collateral liquidated was in the form of DAI, a stablecoin that’s designed to match the price of the U.S. dollar. One user who was farming Compound’s COMP token was liquidated for over $49 million due to becoming undercollateralized. 

Source: EtherScan 

Paradigm investor Georgios Konstantopoulos was among those to point out the incident on Twitter earlier today.

He outlined how UniSwap’s Flash Swaps function was used as part of the exploit.

Compound is one of the most used and established DeFi protocols — its total value locked (TVL) is currently at $1.55 billion according to DeFi Pulse, placing it behind only Maker and wBTC.

SIMETRI gains of 484%

Compound lets users lend out funds in exchange for earning yield and is completely decentralized. Other users can then borrow funds, but they have to put up crypto collateral that exceeds the amount they’re borrowing.

Stablecoins such as DAI are often used as collateral in DeFi protocols like Compound. If a user becomes undercollateralized, the liquidator can take the collateral and repay the debt. In this incident, someone used a Uniswap flash loan to draw the DAI needed to pay off the debt, then took the profits.

DeFi protocols often rely on oracles to pull in data such as price feeds. On this…

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