Transit Swap Exploiter Returns Large Chunk of $28.9M Hack

Security firms help locate the hacker's IP address following the $28.9 million exploit.

AccessTimeIconOct 3, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. UTC
Updated May 11, 2023 at 6:50 p.m. UTC
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Transit Swap, a cross-chain decentralized exchange (DEX), has received 70% of stolen funds back from a hacker that exploited a smart contract vulnerability.

In a blog post published on Monday, Transit Swap said that $18.9 million has been returned after a slew of security firms helped triangulate the hacker's IP address.

On Friday last week, the hacker capitalized on an exploit on Transit Swap's swap contract, which typically facilitates the exchange of assets.

The Transit Swap hack is the most recent in a long line of decentralized finance-related exploits this year. In September, prominent crypto market maker Wintermute had $160 million siphoned out of its DeFi business, while Curve Finance lost $570,000 in a hack in August.

"At present, the security companies and project teams of all parties are still continuing to track the hacking incident and communicate with the hacker through email and on-chain methods," Transit Swap wrote on Twitter. "The team will continue to work hard to recover more assets."


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Oliver Knight

Oliver Knight is a CoinDesk reporter based between London and Lisbon. He does not own any crypto.

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