FORCE token sees volatile 24 hours following coordinated attack on ForceDAO

The DeFi platform was the victim of an attack shortly after launch, with 183 ETH compromised. After an initial selloff, FORCE tokens are in recovery mode Monday.

Hackers made off with 183 Ethereum (ETH), worth roughly $386,000 at the time of writing, following a coordinated attack on DeFi platform ForceDAO Sunday. Following an initial selloff, ForceDAO’s native FORCE token was in recovery mode on Monday, capping off a highly volatile 24 hours for the newly launched project. 

ForceDAO detailed the Sunday exploit in a series of tweets, taking ownership of the “engineering oversight” that resulted in the attack, which centered around the platform’s xFORCE contract. 

In a follow-up blog post, Alberto Cevallos explained:

“The exploiters were able to deposit FORCE tokens that would fail the transfer [f]rom call and receive xFORCE tokens, as the xFORCE contract expects a revert from the token but instead receives false.”

He continued:

“A user could then withdraw these newly minted xFORCE tokens for the remaining FORCE tokens in the vault, and liquidate them for ETH on exchanges.”

An additional 14.8 million FORCE tokens were compromised in the initial attack, though they’ve since been returned to the pool.

Often described as a quantitative hedge fund, Force is both a protocol and decentralized autonomous organization, or DAO, that’s designed to produce higher-yielding DeFi opportunities for its community.

The FORCE token collapsed more than 99% on Sunday, from $2.21 to a low of just 2 cents, according to CoinGecko. The token has since recovered 173% in the last 24 hours.

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Ren price rallies 40% after adding LUNA, SOL and FTM to its ecosystem

Ren continues to gain momentum as the addition of new tokens and the protocol’s focus on DeFi and interoperability leads to an uptick in trading volume.

The cryptocurrency sector has emerged as a hot topic on the global stage in 2021 thanks in large part to the growth of decentralized finance and non-fungible tokens which have caught the general public’s attention. 

Throughout the sector there is a need for interoperability between networks as many of the most popular projects are on siloed blockchain networks and high Ethereum fees prevent developers and investors from interacting across chains.

One project focused on solving this project is Ren, which revealed on March 31 that Solana and Fantom had become the latest tokens supported by the interoperability-focused protocol.

These additions mark the third new token supported by the protocol over the past week, which has coincided with a 40% rally in the price of REN as community members from the newly supported tokens discover a newfound interest in the Ren ecosystem.

REN/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

As more NFT and DeFi projects continue to emerge on separate blockchain networks, the need for projects like Ren is likely to increase as the cryptocurrency ecosystem as a whole looks for ways to increase its interconnectedness. 

REN price soars as its ecosystem expands

2021 got off to a hot start for Ren thanks to the explosion in growth of decentralized finance and the protocol’s ability to bring tokens from other blockchains onto the Ethereum (ETH) network where a majority of the active decentralized applications exist.

Momentum for Ren really started to build on Jan. 26 after it was announced that Dogecoin (DOGE) could be transacted on the Ethereum network through the renDOGE bridge.

The announcement of a partnership with Alameda research on Feb. 2 followed by the protocol’s integration with the Binance Smart Chain on Feb. 18 helped push Ren to an all-time high of $1.84 on Feb. 19 before the overall market correction that began on Feb. 20 dropped the price back below $1.

Following the downturn, Ren has continued to expand its ecosystem through integrations with DeFi protocols like 1inch (1INCH), PancakeSwap (CAKE) and BadgerDAO (BADGER), as well as through the addition of new cross-chain assets including Digibyte (DGB), Terra (LUNA), Solana (SOL) and Fantom (FTM).

A collaboration that was formed with Polkadot (DOT) back in June 2020 has also been paying off for Ren of late as DeFi projects like the Acala network prepare to launch on the Polkadot network once the upcoming parachain auctions are complete.

According to the most recent ecosystem update, the RenVM surpassed $3 billion in total volume at the end of February and has paid out over $5,500,000 to node holders since its inception. The team has also released an update for Ren Bridge 2, which is now fully open-source and can be accessed on GitHub.

Signs of rising fundamentals 

Alongside the recent integration with multiple DeFi platforms and the addition of Solana, Fantom and Luna to the Ren ecosystem, the VORTECS™ Score, an algorithm comprised of current and historical market sentiment, trading volume, recent price action and Twitter activity, has risen as high as 78 over the past week as fundamentals for the project improve.

VORTECS™ Score (green) vs. REN price. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro

As seen in the chart above, the VORTECS™ Score flipped green on March 26 and has remained in this zone for a majority of the time since then. Previous backtesting of the Markets Pro system has shown that higher VORTECS™ scores hint that the current market conditions are similar to conditions in the past when the asset rallied over the next several days.

With the momentum of nonfungible tokens starting to wane, traders could soon be looking to rotate into the next hot sector and there are signs that activity on DeFi platforms is again on the uptick.

As blockchain technology increases its presence in the mainstream financial markets, Ren is one altcoin investors are clearly watching due to the fact that interoperability will remain a major focus in helping to unify what is currently a disjointed cryptocurrency ecosystem.

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Flamingo (FLM) TVL rises as Ethereum gas solutions remain elusive

Flamingo’s total value locked continues to rise as DeFi investors are attracted to the platform’s zero-fee transactions and high-yield liquidity pools.

Yield farming has grown in popularity over the past year alongside the rise of decentralized finance, but recently the ability to earn a good return has been limited by the high transaction costs on the Ethereum (ETH) network. 

As a result, yield farmers have begun exploring options outside the Ethereum network for more accessible opportunities in a low fee environment.

One option that has shown steady growth in liquidity since launching is Flamingo Finance (FLM), a DeFi platform based on the Neo (NEO) blockchain and the Poly Network interoperability protocol.

Flamingo finance total liquidity and 24-hour volume. Source: Flamingo Finance

Flamingo aims to become a full-service DeFi platform and the protocol currently has a cross-blockchain asset gateway (wrapper), an on-blockchain liquidity pool (swap), a blockchain asset vault, a perpetual contract trading platform (perp) and a decentralized governance organization (DAO).

The cross-blockchain asset gateway is currently capable of wrapping ERC-20 tokens including Wrapped Ether (WETH) and Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC), as well as Ontology-based (ONT) tokens.

Interaction with the protocol is done using the NeoLine or O3 wallet browser extensions for Neo tokens, the Cyano wallet browser extension for Ontology-based assets, and the MetaMask browser extension for transactions requiring the Ethereum network.

While the platform is not really a contender with Etheruem, the low fees have been attracting users, as shown by the rising TVL. Once all collateral has been wrapped and deposited on the Neo blockchain, all transactions on the Flamingo protocol have a fixed cost of 0.011 GAS and there is a option to choose a feeless transaction if the user is willing to wait a little longer for the transaction to process.

Competitive yields boost liquidity

When Flamingo originally launched, it offered simple staking and high yields to attract the initial pool of liquidity that helped get the ecosystem established. It has since shifted into offering yield opportunities for liquidity pool providers, especially on pools where there is a greater need for liquidity.

Liquidity pool staking rates on Flamingo Finance. Source: Flamingo Finance

As seen in the graphic above, all of the pools are paired with Neo and rewards are paid out in FLM token.  

According to Flamingo’s Twitter feed, the protocol is now gearing up for the release of Neo 3.0, which began its Testnet launch on March 25. Once fully implemented, Neo 3.0 could see increased activity on the network and spark a rise in value for FLM as it’s the base pair for all of the liquidity pools.

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Everipedia (IQ) rallies 400% after an NFT collaboration with the Associated Press

Everipedia price spiked to its highest level in years following the project’s pivot toward NFT art.

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) continue to take the world by storm as evidenced by the March 16 announcement that Sotheby’s would be entering the NFT game by facilitating the sale of tokenized art by the anonymous artist known as “Pak.”

The latest cryptocurrency project to receive a boost from NFT related activities is Everipedia (IQ), a blockchain-based encyclopedia that has the vision of creating “a world where all knowledge is available to all people.”

The Everipedia ecosystem also includes PredIQt, a decentralized knowledge base and DeFi platform that includes a prediction market where users can make predictions about future market events and earn cryptocurrency for successful predictions. 

Data from Cointelegraph Markets and TradingView shows that the price of IQ has rallied 400% in the past week from a low of $0.00781 on March 8 to a high of $0.039 on March 16, its highest price in over two years.

IQ/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

Everipedia considers itself to be the next generation encyclopedia that has been redesigned for the modern age and the project has already become the world’s largest English encyclopedia by content in just a few short years.

NFT artwork brings attention to Everipedia

The lead-up to Tuesday’s price spike began on March 3, when the Associated Press announced it was going to auction an NFT that was created in collaboration with Everipedia by utilizing data that the AP published on Ethereum with Everipedia’s OraQle tech.

After an initial increase in trading volume following the announcement, action for IQ died down until the completion of the auction on March 10 which saw a winning bid of 100 Ether, which was roughly $180,000 at the time of the bid.

As part of the tweet announcing the winning bid, the AP stated “Stay tuned for more NFT collabs between AP and Everipedia!” Shortly after this announcement IQ’s trading volume spiked from $3 million to initiated another surge in trading volume which grew from $3 million to $252 million.

It remains to be seen what the Everipedia team has in store to capitalize on its newfound attention, but developments related to NFTs and decentralized finance show that the project understands the value and customer app of the two hottest trends in the cryptocurrency sector.

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Altcoins spike to new highs while Bitcoin bulls aim to recapture $57K

Terra (LUNA), Basic Attention Token and Cardano spiked to new highs as Bitcoin and Ethereum attempted to recover from their recent correction.

Bitcoin (BTC) price continues to recover from its sub-$55,000 correction and at the time of writing, traders are attempting to recapture the $57,000 level as a support. 

Data from Cointelegraph Markets and TradingView shows that a wave of early morning selling pushed Bitcoin price to a daily low of $53,167 and while dip buyers did manage to step in, the lack of purchasing volume is keeping BTC pinned in what appears to be a tightening range.

BTC/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

While Bitcoin price could continue to meet overhead resistance in the $56,000 to $58,000 range, a strong bullish case still exists as a potential $6.1 billion worth of Bitcoin options are set to expire on March 26. According to Cointelegraph contributor Marcel Pechman, derivatives data indicates that the upcoming expiry is more advantageous for the bulls as long as BTC remains above $52,000.

Ether (ETH) has also traded in a consolidation pattern since setting a new all-time high at $1,950 on March 13 and professional traders view the $1,750 level as strong support following multiple bearish retests over the past week.

Altcoins press ahead while Bitcoin price recovers

Several altcoins saw their prices breakout on Tuesday as partnership announcements and exchange listings have proven to be effective price movers.

The biggest announcement of the day came from Coinbase Pro, which revealed that it has begun accepting inbound transfers of Cardano (ADA) and will support trading services “on or after 9 AM PT on Thursday, March 18, if liquidity conditions are met.”

Terra (LUNA) has also put on another double-digit gain overnight, spiking more than 40% from a low of $14.60 on March 15 to a new all-time high of $20.60 on $1.4 billion in trading volume.

LUNA/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

Basic Attention Token (BAT) has also seen its price surge to a new record high at $1.18 as the blockchain-based web browser continues to reap the benefits of multiple announcements, including the acquisition of a search engine provider and plans to integrate NFT functionality and a DEX aggregator.

Traditional markets take a tumble as Treasuries rise

The global financial markets fell under pressure on Tuesday as weaker than expected retail sales and a rising 10-year Treasury yield, which closed the day up 0.87% at 1.621.

Following record highs set on March 16, the S&P 500 and Dow faced dropped throughout the day and closed down 0.16% and 0.39% respectively. The NASDAQ was able to start a late-day rally that helped its price close up 0.09%.

Analysts predict accelerated growth in the crypto market

Daily cryptocurrency market performance. Source: Coin360

Despite the drawdown in both Bitcoin and Ether price, the overall outlook for the cryptocurrency market is bullish as signs of steady mainstream adoption emerge on a daily basis.

Data shows that long-term cryptocurrency holders have been accumulating BTC in recent months, while short-term traders are confident that high leverage speculative trading will pay off. The steady increase in BTC accumulation suggests that the current bull market has ample room to run higher.

The overall cryptocurrency market cap now stands at $1.723 trillion and Bitcoin’s dominance rate is 60.8%.

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