Over $200M Withdrawn from Balancer (BAL) Pools After Project Reports ‘Critical Vulnerability’

Balancer (BAL), a decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol, witnessed a rapid reduction in its Total Value Locked (TVL) by over $200 million within a span of 24 hours after it cautioned users to withdraw their liquidity due to the discovery of a critical vulnerability.

In an announcement made on the social media platform X, the Balancer team disclosed the identification of a critical vulnerability affecting multiple V2 Pools. In response, the protocol executed emergency measures to safeguard the majority of the TVL. However, a portion of funds remained exposed to risk.

Users were promptly advised to withdraw the impacted Liquidity Pools (LPs) to minimize potential losses. Balancer emphasized that while only 1.4% of the total TVL faced risk, cautionary steps were taken, including the temporary pause of some pools, to ensure user protection.

Notably, Balancer reassured users that funds within the “mitigated” pools were secure. Nevertheless, a prompt shift to safe pools or withdrawal was strongly recommended, especially for pools labeled “at risk.”

The aftermath of the announcement reflected a decline in TVL, dropping from $840 million on August 22nd to $630 million on August 23rd. As part of its mitigation efforts, Balancer effectively secured the majority of the funds, resulting in a current TVL of almost $669 million.

Thanks to the swift response from Balancer Liquidity Providers (LPs), more than 97% of initially identified vulnerable liquidity is now confirmed as safe. It’s important to note that despite the vulnerability not being exploited, a small fraction of total TVL, 0.89% ($5.6 million), remains exposed. Users holding funds in this category were strongly urged to initiate immediate withdrawals using the platform’s user interface.

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