Welcome to “The Chopping Block” – where crypto insiders Haseeb Qureshi, Tom Schmidt, and Tarun Chitra chop it up about the latest news. This week, Laurence Day, smart-contract sleuth and co-founder of Wildcat Finance, joins the show to discuss the ramifications of the Curve Finance exploit that has the DeFi world talking.

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Show highlights:

  • how Curve Finance, one of the most prominent DeFi protocols, got hacked
  • why maintaining different coding languages and clients is so hard
  • whether developers are responsible for this kind of attack
  • whether Curve founder Michael Egorov’s loans in Aave and Fraxlend have put DeFi at risk
  • how the loan in Fraxlend impacted the liquidation price of the Aave loan
  • Tarun’s reaction to the situation, given that his firm Gauntlet has tried to mitigate these risks in the past
  • how people in the community worked together to keep DeFi safe and resilient
  • why Tarun got canceled on LinkedIn
  • what happened with the BALD meme coin mania on Base