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Solana’s Investigation Indicates Wallet Exploit Tied To Slope Mobile App

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Following the Solana wallet attack, the Solana Status team updated the public and detailed that the wallet addresses affected by the breach were tied to Slope mobile wallet applications. The team further stressed that “there is no evidence the Solana protocol or its cryptography was compromised.”

Solana Status Report Says Affected Addresses Were at One Point Created in Slope Mobile Wallet Applications

During the last 48 hours, the Solana team has been dealing with an attack that saw thousands of Solana-based wallets compromised. At the time, Solana Labs co-founder and CEO Anatoly Yakovenko thought the exploit possibly stemmed from a supply chain attack. He explained that iOS and Android wallets were affected when he said: “most of the reports are Slope, but a few Phantom users as well.”

On August 3, 2022, the Solana Status Twitter account explained that the addresses affected in the hack were tethered to Slope mobile wallet applications. “After an investigation by developers, ecosystem teams, and security auditors, it appears affected addresses were at one point created, imported, or used in Slope mobile wallet applications,” Solana Status wrote. “This exploit was isolated to one wallet on Solana, and hardware wallets used by Slope remain secure.” Solana Status said:

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While the details of exactly how this occurred are still under investigation, private key information was inadvertently transmitted to an application monitoring service. There is no evidence the Solana protocol or its cryptography was compromised.

Slope Finance published an official statement from the wallet team and breach details are vague. Slope said “A cohort of Slope wallets were compromised in the breach, we have some hypotheses as to the nature of the breach, but nothing is yet firm, [and] we feel the community’s pain, and we were not immune. Many of our own staff and founders’ wallets were drained.” Slope also added that the team was actively conducting internal investigations and audits, while working with security and audit groups.

Security Experts Say Slope’s Seed Phrases Were Logged in Readable Plaintext

During the official statement, the Slope team further recommended that Slope wallet users “create a new and unique seed phrase wallet, and transfer all assets to this new wallet.” Slope added:

If you are using a hardware wallet, your keys have not been compromised.

Data from Dune Analytics shows that there were more unique addresses that were affected by the breach than initially reported. Statistics show that 9,223 unique addresses suffered from the bug and $4,088,121 in crypto was stolen. Most of the assets hacked were made up of solana (SOL) and SOL-based USDC.

It is being said that Slope’s mnemonic seed phrases transferred to Slope’s server were logged in readable text. The Slope wallet team allegedly stored the mnemonics in debug logging software via a centralized Sentry server. Security experts at Ottersec detailed that “anybody with access to Sentry could access [a] user’s private keys.” Ottersec also noted that the Slope team was “very helpful in sharing data related to the hack.”

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Where could Avalanche [AVAX] go with these developments

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The Avalanche network in the late hours of 9 August reached a new milestone after it recorded an all-time high in daily transactions metric. It was accomplished when the metric crossed 1.51 million transactions.

Interestingly, the previous all-time high (ATH) was observed just a day earlier. What’s more impressive is that the value of the metric was greater than that of Ethereum, Arbitrum, and Optimism combined.

Source: Patrick O’Grady/ Twitter

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Ava Labs has also been actively developing the network. They have released an upgrade called AvalancheGo Verbier which is named after a popular skiing destination. Head of Engineering at Ava Labs, Patrick O’Grady, stated,

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 “Over the last few months, we’ve been shipping large and expansive changes to the PlatformVM to prepare for v1.8.0. This release is almost exclusively dedicated to that effort.”

Furthermore, the core browser extension announced its support for custom Avalanche subnets along with Ethereum and EVM-compatible chains as well.

This update puts users firmly in control of all their cross-chain assets and makes it simple to access their favorite dApps across networks.

It also allows users to easily view, bridge, and transfer assets across multiple blockchains. This update puts Avalanche in a pole position to scale its operations on a large platform.

That being said, Hubble Exchange has launched a native perpetual futures exchange on Avalanche. The exchange lets traders collateralize multiple tokens to trade perpetual futures contracts, giving traders the ability to maintain exposure to digital assets while using them as collateral to trade perpetuals.

How is AVAX reacting?

In response to the above-mentioned developments, Avalanche’s governance token AVAX, at press time, was trading at a loss of 2.92% over the past day.

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According to data from CoinMarketCap, AVAX, at the time of writing was changing hands at $27.38. But it still managed to put together a bull run that led AVAX at 16.55% gains this week.

The fallout on 10 August was visible across most major cryptocurrencies and was seen as a reaction to the inflation news coming out of the United States.

There has also been a sharp decline in volume across Avalanche with a nearly 21% dip over the day.

Now, will the token recover as market sentiment improves, remains the tight-lipped question in the Avalanche community.

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Kanav is a journalist at AMBCrypto. He has a Masters in Media and International Conflict and is interested in areas of digital society, crypto developments in the political sphere and the socio-cultural impact of a crypto-society.

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What Is FLOW Blockchain And Why Is The Price Up 100% In The Last 24 Hours?

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Anyone looking at the charts will have seen FLOW due to the incredible rally that its price has been on. The digital asset has gone from being in the shadows to be on the radar of crypto investors after growing more than 100% in a single. However, lesser known is the reason behind this rally. In this article, we take a look at FLOW and what has triggered such an increase in price over the past day.

Meta News Is The Catalyst

On Thursday, news broke that Meta (formerly known as Facebook) was moving forward with its NFT plans. It was implementing an NFT feature for its sister platform Instagram across 100 countries. The platform had been going deep into the metaverse and NFT space, and the announcement did not shock the market. However, the long-time coming news came with a new player that had previously not been named in the plan.

Naturally, as NFTs need a blockchain to run on, Meta had to announce the blockchain that it would be using. It went against everyone’s predictions that the social media giant would use one of the leading NFT networks to implement this feature. However, it announced that the FLOW Blockchain would be its official partner to host the NFTs on its blockchain.

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FLOW trading at $2.7 | Source: FLOWUSD on TradingView.com

The news of the announcement quickly circulated, and FLOW blockchain gained more recognition as a result. By the time the day was over, its’ price had already risen more than 100% to be trading above $2.50  as investors flocked to capitalize on this newfound fame.

FLOW Continues To Rise

It has been a day since the Meta news broke, but FLOW has not declined in any way. The digital asset has risen quickly as it garners more support from the crypto community. At the time the news broke on Thursday, FLOW had been trading at around $1.85. At the time of this writing, it is trading as high as $2.74. This registers as a new two-month high for the digital asset.

FLOW blockchain was built by Dapper Labs and launched in September 2019. It has a strong community of supporters, as Dapper Labs had been behind the creation of CryptoKitties back in 2017. When it launched the NBA Top Shot, FLOW blockchain had garnered more attention.

Despite this, though, the blockchain has not been able to reach a point where it was competing with market leaders such as Ethereum and Solana. However, Instagram’s popularity may yet make it a top contender.

FLOW’s rally has pushed it upwards in the market. It is currently the 29th largest cryptocurrency with a market cap of $2.8 billion. This puts it ahead of cryptocurrencies such as ApeCoin, Algorand, and Bitcoin Cash.

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TA – Apecoin Price Rallies Ahead Of The $10 Mark

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The price of Apecoin (APE) shows strength after bouncing from a weekly low of $3.10 against Tether (USDT).

APE price has seen a relief bounce, with Bitcoin (BTC) rallying from a daily low of $19100 to a region of $23,000. (Data feeds from Binance)

Price Analysis Of APE On The Weekly Chart

Weekly Price Chart Analysis For Ape | Source: APEUSDT On Tradingview.com

From the chart, the price of APE saw a weekly low of around $3.10, which has formed support.

The price has built more momentum as it faces resistance at $10.

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With a break above the $10 mark, the price of APE would rally to $12.

If the price of APE on the weekly chart fails to break the $10 mark, then a retest is bound at $6.7.

The volume shows decent buy bids, pushing the price of APE higher.

Weekly resistance for APE price – $10.

Weekly support for APE price – $6.7.

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Price Analysis Of APE On The Daily (1D) Chart

Daily Price Chart Analysis For Ape | Source: APEUSDT On Tradingview.com

The price of APE found strong support at around $3.4, with what seems to be the bottom on the daily chart.

APE has continued to rally above this support region of $3.4 to a high of $7.7, where it has faced resistance.

At the point of writing, the price of APE is at $7.4, trading above the 50 exponential moving averages (EMA), which corresponds to the support at $6.2. 

APE price would find support at $6.2, which corresponds with the daily 50 EMA if it drops due to weekend sell-offs.

If the 50 EMA region fails to hold the price, $5.2 would be a good support to hold sell-offs and for a possible bounce of APE price.

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With more buy bids, we could see the price of APE retesting at $10, which has been resistance on the daily chart.

The RSI for APE price on the daily chart is above 65, indicating healthy buy bids for APE.

The volume also indicates positive signs for APE prices to trend higher.

Daily (1D) resistance for APE price – $7.7, $10.

Daily (1D) support for Apecoin (APE) price – $6.2, $5.2.

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Price Analysis Of Apecoin On The Four Hourly (4H) Chart

Four Hourly (4H) Price Chart Analysis For APE | Source: APEUSDT On Tradingview.com

The price of APE has shown great strength on the 4H chart after forming support at $4.22. 

APE price has rallied from this region, forming a bullish uptrend channel on the 4H chart.

The price of APE was rejected at $9.10, which saw sell-offs.

APE price is $7.4, trading above the 50 & 200 EMA with prices of $7 and $6.1 on the 4H chart. These prices would act as support areas for APE on the 4H chart.

The price of APE has formed an upward trendline after rallying from a low of $6.50.

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Four Hourly (4H) resistance for APE price – $8, $10.

Four hourly (4h) support for APE price – $7, $6.1.

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