DeFi & L1L2 Weekly (12/04/2023)

Solana on-chain staking is now supported on Tether blacklists validator address that drained US$25M from MEV bots. Ava Labs launches Evergreen subnets.

Apr 12, 2023
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Weekly DeFi Index

This week’s market cap, volume, and volatility indices were negative at -0.32%, -22.93%, and -45.22%, respectively.

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News Highlights

  • Solana on-chain staking is now supported by the Exchange, and SOL token holders can earn staking rewards of up to 5% APR. Head over to for more details.
  • Ethereum’s Shapella upgrade is expected to go live on 12 April and for the first time, users will be able to withdraw their locked ETH from the Beacon chain. 
  • USDT stablecoin issuer Tether blacklisted ‘Sandwich the Ripper’, an Ethereum validator address linked to an MEV bot exploit that drained about US$25 million worth of digital assets. Tether has now frozen 3 million USDT from the exploit. However, the crypto community has expressed concerns regarding the move by Tether. 
  • Avalanche developer Ava Labs released Evergreen subnets, a suite of tooling and customisations aiming to help institutions improve control and communication on the blockchain.
  • A smart contract on DeFi protocol Sushi suffered a $3.3 million exploit over the weekend. The exploit involved Sushi’s ‘RouterProcessor2’ contract used to route trades on the SushiSwap exchange, and developers urged users to revoke the contracts. The protocol confirmed it has recovered 100 ETH (~$186,000) to date.
  • zkSync aided Gemholic, the team behind the decentralised exchange GemSwap, in identifying a solution to retrieve 921 ETH (~$1.7 million) raised in a token sale. This was after a bug in Gemholic’s smart contract resulted in the team losing access to the funds.

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