Understanding Defi Flash Loans: Complex Attacks, Inflation and Composable Systems

Two recent flash loans on the defi platform Bzx have started a fierce debate about the subject of using uncollateralized loans in a quick trade. Essentially these flash loans are providing people with the ability to borrow crypto without relinquishing any collateral.

The scheme was used to exploit funds from the Bzx platform twice, as an individual or group gathered around $954,000 in a matter of four days from well-executed flash loans.

Flash Loans: Attack or Innovative Forms of Defi?

Decentralized finance (defi) flash loans is a hot topic right now, after the lending platform Bzx saw $954,000 siphoned from two flash loans. The first one took place on February 14 and then another Bzx ‘attack’ occurred on February 18.

The method of execution called a “flash loan” has been a contentious subject because people don’t necessarily agree that flash loans are an “attack,” “hack,” or “exploit,” because the scheme merely follows the rules of the said contract and loan system. A number of Ethereum proponents believe flash loans are useful and open up new avenues of decentralized finance. Read More

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