Reports by a new post on Jan. 26, Marc Zeller, integrations lead at decentralized finance (DeFi) lending protocol Aave, indicated that the company purchased 2.7 Million Curve (CRV) crypto tokens, which would clear “excessive remaining bad debt” within the following 15 hours over a dozen transactions. The move comes after the community approval of Aave Improvement Protocol (AIP) 144, which deployed a swap contract that acquires 2.7 Million units of CRV, with a USD Coin (USDC) spend limit of $3,105,000 and a maximum unit value of $1.15 per CRV.
The bad debt on the Aave protocol resulted from a sophisticated exploit that took place on Nov. 23. Avaraham Eisenberg, who previously drained Decentralized Finance protocol Mango Markets and caused $47 Million in net damages, took on a series of heavy volume short CRV positions on Aave in an effort to orchestrate a short squeeze and force developers to buyback his positions at upward of 100 percent slippage owing to lack of liquidity.
Nonetheless, it turned out Aave had much more liquidity than anticipated, and Eisenberg reportedly lost $10 Million on the trade. Nevertheless, some slippage took place because of the incident, and Aave was left with a total of 2.656 Million CRV in bad debt while liquidating Eisenberg’s positions.
The same day, Mango Markets filed a lawsuit against Eisenberg, asking the court to rescind its $47- Million bounty agreement with the hacker for his role in the $117- Million exploit on Oct. 12, 2022. The United States Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Eisenberg with stealing $117 Million in digital assets. Eisenberg was arrested in Puerto Rico by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Dec. 27, 2022, on charges of commodities manipulation and commodities fraud.