Welcome to The Chopping Block – where crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, Tarun Chitra, and Robert Leshner chop it up about the latest news. This week, they are joined by Samczsun, an anonymous security researcher at Paradigm, who delves into the intricacies of crypto security, ethical hacking and the shifting landscape of smart contract vulnerabilities. He also discusses his strong feelings about the “Code Is Law” philosophy and gives tips on how people in crypto can best protect their online security.

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Show highlights: 

  • what led Sam to a career in crypto security and his current role at Paradigm
  • how Sam uncovered one of crypto’s most legendary vulnerabilities
  • why security experts like Sam choose the path of white hat hackers over black hats
  • The craziness of the KyberSwap hacker’s proposal
  • parallels that Robert draws between this case and Avi Eisenberg’s Mango Markets exploit
  • what advice Sam has for the KyberSwap hacker
  • whether Sam, as a security expert, trusts storing his money on-chain
  • how the Platypus hack ruling by a French judge challenges the ‘Code Is Law’ philosophy
  • what the Security Alliance aims to achieve and its impact on the industry
  • how Sam suggests individuals should practice personal crypto security, including the importance of using password managers and hardware wallets, and avoiding SMS two-factor authentication




  • Samczsun, security researcher at Paradigm



Code is law: