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Fake Token Mimicking Ethena Labs’s ENA Causes $290,000 Loss in Binance Exploit

In a recent security breach on the Binance launch pool, an imposter token masquerading under the same name as Ethena Labs’s ENA token was exploited, leading to a significant loss.

The fake token was used to unlawfully extract 480 BNB tokens, valued at approximately $290,000. The exact vulnerability that allowed this exploit remains unknown.

The incident was first reported by PeckShield, an on-chain security firm, at 8:31 am UTC on March 29. The firm initially misidentified the counterfeit token as Ethena Labs’s genuine ENA token in a post on X.

This deceptive operation occurred just hours after Ethena Labs‘s ENA token was officially announced on the Binance Launchpool on the same day, causing confusion among investors and stakeholders.

This incident follows the successful launch of Ethena Labs’s USDe synthetic dollar on the public mainnet on February 19.

By March 8, Ethena had distinguished itself as the top-earning decentralized application (DApp) in the cryptocurrency sector, promising investors an annual percentage yield (APY) of 67%.

Although the exploit involving the counterfeit ENA token is relatively minor in comparison to other cryptocurrency thefts, it occurred closely following the Prisma Finance hack on March 28, which resulted in losses exceeding $11 million.

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These events underscore the ongoing challenges and security vulnerabilities within the crypto industry, which have historically undermined investor confidence.

Throughout 2024, over $200 million in cryptocurrency assets have been compromised across 32 separate incidents up to February 29, as reported by blockchain security firm Immunefi.

This figure represents a 15.4% increase from the losses recorded in January and February 2023, which totaled $173 million.

The cryptocurrency sector experienced significant losses due to hacking activities in 2023, with a total of $1.8 billion stolen.

The North Korean Lazarus Group was responsible for approximately 17% of these losses.

The “2024 Crypto Crime Report” by Chainalysis highlighted that 2022 was a peak year for crypto theft, with over $3.7 billion in funds stolen, demonstrating a substantial decrease to $1.7 billion in 2023.

The report attributed the decline primarily to a reduction in decentralized finance (DeFi) hacking incidents, with the total value stolen from DeFi platforms dropping by 63.7% year-over-year.

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