On Friday, decentralized finance (DeFi) stablecoin project Origin Finance announced a plan to compensate users affected by a $7 million November exploit — part of a wider trend from developers, users, and traders that has seen actors across the DeFi space more widely embrace insurance products and other exploit backstops.
On November 17th, Origin Dollar announced that its yield-bearing stablecoin project had been the victim of a $7 million flash loan attack. While the attack is just another instance of what has been a brutal summer and fall for DeFi protocols facing hacks and exploits, the Origin Dollar team’s response stands out for its attempt to fully compensate users.
In a blog post on Friday, Origin Dollar product manager Micah Alcorn laid out a multi-tiered plan that would immediately pay 75% of users their lost funds back in the “audited, and relaunched with new security measures in place” stablecoin OUSD.
For larger depositors, however, payments would be a more complicated process, involving a 1-year timelocked quantity of the e-commerce utility token OGN. Whether or not these larger depositors will be fully compensated for their loss therefore depends on the performance of the OGN token.
Even with the timelock, Alan, a semi-anonymous core developer at insurance-adjacent ‘coverage’ protocol Cover, says that the effort from Origin might help attract new users to the space.
“I believe protocols (and their auditors) need to start taking responsibility for the code they push out,” he said. “Whether it is through they themselves providing coverage, or reimbursing funds, this type of behavior sets a strong precedent and allows users to feel more confident in the platforms they use, which helps boost TVL, so a win-win.”
In the past, DeFi protocols have offered users little more than a “don’t risk more than you can afford to lose” disclaimer, but market movements appear to be trending towards better protections.
According to Alan, Cover…