PancakeSwap, Cream.Finance Suffer DNS Attack, Urge Users to Exercise Caution

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PancakeSwap, Cream.Finance Suffer DNS Attack, Urge Users to Exercise Caution

Cream.Finance and PancakeSwap tweeted they are under a DNS attack by a third-party.

Users Urged to Be Cautious

In tweets made today, DeFi protocols Cream.Finance and PancakeSwap reported that their DNS had been compromised leading to a pop-up on the website that asks users for their seed phrase as a precondition to using the dApp.

Both, Cream.Finance and PancakeSwap have urged users to not, under any circumstance, enter their seed phrase (private key) on their websites. As a precautionary measure, users are requested to not use the sites until the issue is fixed.

Binance CEO, CZ reiterated the same by tweeting that a number of DeFi projects are unfortunately under a DNS hijack attack. The crypto mogul urged users to spread about the same and not use any of the impacted platforms until the bug is fixed.

It is worthy of note that a DNS attack does not mean that the underlying blockchain network has been compromised. In fact, DNS attacks are extremely commonplace over the Internet and can easily be executed by targeting specific domains which, in this case, happened to be those of Cream.Finance and PancakeSwap.

Hackers Continue to Attack Inexperienced DeFi Users

Decentralized finance or DeFi is a fairly novel phenomenon. However, its popularity has skyrocketed in the past year or so which reflects in the fact that there is more than $40 billion worth of digital assets locked in all DeFi protocols in existence.

Unfortunately, the surging popularity of DeFi has also attracted the attention of nefarious elements on the web which has made DeFi protocols an attractive area of assault for hackers and cybercriminals looking to make a quick buck.

During the famed “DeFi Summer of 2020,” BTCManager reported how DeFi protocol Balancer had been exploited by a bad actor who was successful in stealing more than $500k worth of digital assets from its lending pools.

Similarly, in November last year, bZx suffered a major hack that led to a loss of funds to the tune of $8 million.

On a recent note, BTCManager reported how major crypto exchange Binance halted all trading and deposits of Cover Protocol’s token after the latter suffered a brutal attack from a sophisticated hacker.

Aisshwarya Tiwari

Aisshwarya is currently working as the Chief Editor at crypto.news and holds more than 4 years of experience in the digital assets industry. He holds an undergraduate degree in Commerce with Honours and a post-graduate diploma in Liberal Studies. Before entering the crypto industry, Aisshwarya worked as an SAP Consultant for a global IT firm. He also cleared the CFA Level 1 exam before pivoting to the crypto industry due to its novel and exciting propositions.