Earlier this month, Tron Network announced that they would choose Wintermute as their official DeFi market maker. Wintermute is a crypto-native market maker that provides liquidity on several exchanges and platforms. They trade billions of dollars on a daily basis. They provide liquidity across multiple venues, including OTC trading, derivative trading, and derivative derivative trading. They have liquidity for over 50 platforms.
Wintermute, which launched in 2017, is now the official DeFi market maker for the Tron Network. The company’s crypto-native approach to liquidity makes it a powerful and unique asset for the Tron Network and TRON tokens. The company recently raised $25 million in a funding round to accelerate their growth.
Wintermute is primarily a market maker for DeFi, but it provides liquidity for several crypto exchanges and platforms. In addition, the company has developed an external liquidation scheme. This system allows all participants to bid on liquidation auctions. The company has also created a “Maker Keeper” system, where anyone can set up their own keeper. This system is essentially a single point of failure for the entire Maker ecosystem.
During the past year, the DeFi market has made some great strides. Axis Infinity lost over $600 million to a Ronin network hack in August, Harmony lost about $100 million in June, and Wintermute was hacked in early September for $162.5 million. As a result, many people in the crypto community are optimistic that the value of major crypto assets will recover.
The attack on Wintermute isn’t the first time the company has been compromised. In June, a white hat hacker stole $20 million worth of OP tokens from the company. The company was also hacked in early September to the tune of $160 million from their DeFi market maker. The company’s CEO did not provide any details on the attack, but said the firm’s centralized finance operations were unaffected. In the aftermath, however, the company will be doubling down on its DeFi strategy.
Wintermute, like many other DeFi companies, is facing the challenge of keeping software secure. The company has been transitioning to a more secure private key generation method. However, an early report suggests that a private key leak caused the attacker to gain access to funds. The company will need to update its software in order to stay secure.
As a result of the hack, Wintermute will need to disrupt its services for a few days. However, CEO Evgeny Gaevoy said the company’s centralized finance operations remain unaffected. The company provides liquidity for over 50 platforms and trades billions of dollars each day.
The company also says it is treating the hack as a white hat. The hacker, who took over 70 digital currencies, received $61 million worth of USDC tokens, $13 million worth of Wrapped Bitcoin, $29.4 million worth of Ether, and $162.5 million worth of DeFi tokens. In addition to this, the company has received five million DAI tokens.
The company’s CEO has made it clear that the funds affected by the hack are safe, if a market maker agreement is in place. In addition, the company has promised to reimburse any bug bounty or lost funds.