Euler Finance hacker starts returning stolen Ether

Euler Finance hacker starts returning stolen Ether

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The recent attack that drained $197 million from Euler Finance was nicknamed the greatest decentralized finance (DeFi) hack from 2023 so far. However, this may not stick around for much longer as the hacker reportedly had a change of heart.

On March 18, approximately 3,000 Ether (ETH) ($5.4 million) were returned to the address of the Euler Finance implementer from the address of the Euler Finance hacker. Blockchain researcher PeckShield identified three transactions that were used to send the funds.

Cointelegraph confirmed that the hacker transferred 1,000 ETH per transaction to the Euler implementer’s account. However, the chances of the hacker returning the entire $197 million loot remain slim, as no further outgoing transactions were recorded at the time of writing.

On March 16, Euler Finance announced a $1 million reward to track down the hacker and recover the funds.

The exploiter was able to drain $197 million through multiple transactions and then used a multi-chain bridge to transfer the funds from the BNB chain to Ethereum.

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Shortly after a $1 million reward was announced, the stolen funds were moved to crypto mixer Tornado Cash.

Euler Finance demanded that the hacker return 90% of the funds within 24 hours to avoid potential jail time.