The Ripple (XRP) ecosystem suffered quite a setback recently as around half of XRP’s $30 billion market cap got nearly saved from being stolen.
What happened was that a hacker tried to exploit a feature of the XRP Ledger to hack the Bitfinex crypto exchange.
Although the exploit was unsuccessful, nearly $15 billion in XRP tokens were flagged in a hazardous transaction.
The amount was only slightly half of XRP’s $31 billion market cap.
However, the actual transfer turned out to be a “partial payment” worth only a few cents.
If Bitfinex would have accepted this “partial payment” transaction as genuine, only then would a hack be possible.
The controversy led to a general negative sentiment around XRP in the market for some time.
Senior Ripple leadership tried to assuage the concerns of the XRP community.
Ripple CTO David Schwartz underlined that the XRP Ledger isn’t flawed or vulnerable. He criticised media reports about the incident by identifying them as “misleading.”
Meanwhile, CEO Brad Garlinghouse will speak at the World Economic Forum conference on 18th January.
The incident again underlined the importance of a secure financial infrastructure so that the safety of consumer funds and data is intact.
2023 saw around $2 billion in crypto assets being stolen. The crypto industry would certainly hope to do better this year.
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